ELS Language Centers

  www.els.edu
  www.els.edu
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1 person found this helpful  

Fast-paced and never boring

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Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Pocatello, ID
Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Pocatello, ID

I have been working at ELS Language Centers full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

This is an innovative and forward-thinking language center with a corporate structure. There is a lot of support to each center.

Cons

This company wants to constantly change their protocols and procedures without enough advance notice. The students and teachers end up confused.
This program is very expensive and intensive (30 hours a week) with mandated curriculum.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The main office needs to give everyone more time to adapt to changes, and they need to test changes more thoroughly before requiring each center adopt them. Keep everyone informed better.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

73 Other Employee Reviews for ELS Language Centers (View Most Recent)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. and Exploitive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in DFW, TX
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in DFW, TX

    I worked at ELS Language Centers part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros are that you get to work with interesting foreign students, and you get paid every two weeks. If you are one of the handful of full-time employees, you get great benefits.

    Cons

    The cons are that these folks take educated professionals and treat them like day laborers. The center in Dallas required us to make all our own handouts and teaching tools, then covered us in paperwork. If you complained, the director and assistant director could do nothing to help you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the real resource you have at your disposal, great teachers, and don't demoralize them until they leave in disgust and write you up on this website. All these reports cannot be from disgruntled people. Some of us just want to warn others before they are exploited too. Oh and you could actually do some work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Exploitative, overworked, and stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    I worked at ELS Language Centers part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You will receive a paycheck every two weeks (like every other job)
    Many of the students and some of the people that work there are really great people to be around. They are the only thing I have missed since leaving.

    Cons

    Where to start? The biggest problem for most people with ELS is that they don't pay anybody who works there what they deserve for the amount of work they have to put in. Teachers get paid very, very little and are expected to come up with lesson plays everyday with little to no help. Teachers also are only paid based on the hours teaching so the standard grading and lesson planning load of a couple of hours a night is unpaid and feels like a huge grind. While there is some health care available, other than that, the pay is ridiculously low, no teachers are allowed to work full-time, and there is pretty much no opportunity to advance.

    In addition, everything is done at ELS at a breakneck pace. The sessions are four-weeks long so there is almost no time off and definitely no vacation time unless you've worked there quite a while. This is a classic Catch 22 since there is no incentive to work at ELS long enough to earn that privilege. The pace also makes teachers and management scrambling to keep up with everything including the excessive paperwork and protocol that is required by the corporate offices.

    To make matters worse, the management both at the center and at the corporate level are incredibly unhelpful and get way too hands on and try to micro-manage everything. Teachers were constantly frustrated by changing rules and new restrictions at ELS. On more than one occasion, a rule was reversed and then reversed again making everyone who works at ELS look like hypocrites to the students. This has been made worse by the changes in the curriculum which literally wipe out all the lesson plans you've built up and force you to start over. These type of events made most of the biweekly meetings turn into showdowns between teachers and management which was not enjoyable to go through for anyone involved.

    Ultimately, ELS doesn't respect their students or the employees. By charging students huge amounts of money and paying teachers very little, it is clear what the priorities of ELS are. Please respect yourself and do not work here unless you absolutely cannot get a job somewhere else. That was the reason I took the job and I spent most of my time there hoping for any other kind of teaching job to open up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to be way more in tune with what is going on at the centers and start offering more practical policy on everything at ELS. Teachers and students are what keeps ELS going and yet their concerns and well-being are the most neglected. ELS's reputation is not strong and it will continue to go down in the future if this does not change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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