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Berlitz Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
176 Reviews
2.8
176 Reviews
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Mark W. Harris
25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is pleasant (in 12 reviews)

  • It's better and has more flexible schedule than Aeon and others (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely low pay- minimum wage (in 9 reviews)

  • No opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Management practices vary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Berlitz

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly atmosphere, working method

    Cons

    Lagging pay compared to other one on one / group facilitation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay instructors better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Teach business English to adults who work for several San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley companies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Berlitz

    Pros

    Excellent teacher training program, which prepares teachers to understand and use the Berlitz method

    Cons

    Too much time focused on "administrivia" and the completion of paperwork instead of improving content for students and the use of other teaching technologies to help students' improve their pronunciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more focus on meeting adult students' customer needs and requirements and to actively sell Berlitz's benefits to decision makers at prospective SF Bay Area companies whose non-native English speaking employees need to improve their English speaking skills for career advancement and increase the number of enrolled students at the SF Learning Center.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Berlitz Boston

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    Former Employee - English Instructor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - English Instructor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Berlitz part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Interesting people from all over the world to teach. Terrific chance to help people learn and perfect English skills.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Repetitive tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment

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    Former Employee - Language Instructor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Language Instructor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Berlitz

    Pros

    A courteous management and professional environment. Pay is always on time.

    Cons

    Part time job and low pay. All the instructors are part time employees and once the program end you are not sure ıf you may have another program to teach or not. Being part time means no
    benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pay should be raised to be able to hire professionals to instruct

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sloppy payroll and no respect to teachers.

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    Current Employee - Language Instructor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Language Instructor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Berlitz

    Pros

    When I can't make it, they always found a substitute.

    Cons

    Worst management that operates according to the company manual. The management follows the company manual and becomes heartless For example, I was not paid twice on time because the office made mistakes. Instead of apologizing me, the regional director said "we are doing our best to fix the errors." They also mis schedule me for a class, but I did not receive any apology. The management does not apologize because the company manual does not talk about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Please review the instructor's hourly rate. If you are charging students $60-70 per hour, the instructor should get a better hourly rate.
    - Please upgrade the office laptops because they are slow. 3 out of 4 PCs in the office are not working. The 4th one barely works and the students are frustrated.
    - Please update Berlitz text book because it has not been updated 40 years and still calls Russia as "Soviet Union".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun to start with

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    Current Employee - Language Instructor in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Language Instructor in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Berlitz

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly and so is the management

    Cons

    Not enough hours, if you rely on this job you will find yourself on food stamps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kindness doesn't pay bills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    English Instructor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Berlitz

    Pros

    The students you get are great and they really want to learn. The flexibility in scheduling is great and the managers at the learning center are completely understanding.

    Cons

    They pay could be better, but this is the type of job that is geared more towards people who are looking for something to do in their spare time

  9.  

    Berlitz is a good company to work for as a starting job out of college.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Berlitz full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees who are dedicated to their work and careers.

    Cons

    Can be a little difficult to get a salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation would help to keep top talent.

  10.  

    Mediocre

    Former Employee - ESL Teacher
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher

    I worked at Berlitz part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice staff, decent library.

    Cons

    The methodology works only for low levels, once you reach higher levels you're left to your own devices. Very low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp image and methodology.

  11.  

    Language Instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Berlitz part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the opportunity to meet so many different people.

    Cons

    Feels like volunteer work when you look at the salary. Most work here for the love of the job and those they are helping, not for the compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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