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    Patchy communication, varied experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Native Speaking English Teacher in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Native Speaking English Teacher in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at SMOE full-time (more than a year)


    Based in the heart of Korea (Seoul)
    Government-based positions (SMOE is a government entity)
    Good pay for fresh grads


    Poor internal communication, You will get inconsistent details about policies, regulations and changes from various parties when it could just be centralized.
    They've scaled back to primarily Elementary-level placements
    Experience can vary greatly by location (i.e., apartment can be sub-par for some, but have a great school, or vice versa).
    Management does little to retain current staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be PROACTIVE, about retaining your staff. The budget issues you are suffering are a direct result of high turnover rates because you do little to nothing to retain the teachers you have; instead of focusing just on recruiting new teachers every year, trying improving the incentives (+2,000,000won is good, but maybe you could offer a relocation bonus if the teacher is willing to move to a location you have no teachers in). Alternatively you could offer a monetary bonus to teachers that stay with SMOE but you can ask them to represent SMOE at events, (i.e., have them talk to new teachers at the orientations, have them coordinate the current NSETs in their locations to set up social events).
    Delegate communication transmissions of your regulations, documentation requirements and policy changes to ONE party and have that party deliver the messages (could be done with a simple listserv).
    Standardize the experience by controlling available "set-up/relocation" package (i.e., 500,000 won for all new teachers without any support from the contracted school, or if the apartment is unfurnished; NO support (0 won) for teachers that receive support from the contracted school, or if the apartment is furnished).

    Negative Outlook

SMOE Interviews

Updated Nov 23, 2014
Updated Nov 23, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    Native English Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at SMOE in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    One interview from the recruiting company from Canada via phone. Then one long interview with someone from SMOE. Mostly asking how I would handle stress, living overseas, disciplining children, etc. Once hired I had 4 weeks to pack my life and go. They also like lot of official documents and seals to have those handy at any time.

    Interview Questions
    • How would I deal with children who are unwilling to learn?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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