English Program in Korea

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English Program in Korea Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
53 Reviews

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Pros
  • Money is good for the cost of living in Korea, a good place to be able to save up (in 6 reviews)

  • Great co-workers, adorable kids, not too demanding job, good pay (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • No opportunities for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Lots of scheduling changes that are given to you last minute (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great way to live abroad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher

    Pros

    Teaching is rewarding and the compensation is good.

    Cons

    You'll make more stateside with a degree.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good opportunity, no support

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to live abroad, experience a new culture, good orientation in beginning as far as culture goes.

    Cons

    After orientation, you are on your own, preparing you for teaching could be better.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy and fun job. Plenty of free time to study the language or do as you please. Having a coteacher is great.

    Cons

    No choice over location. Lots of time spent "desk warming" where you must stay at your desk even though there is no work to be done.

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  5.  

    Overall, good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learned a lot, loved the kids, co-teachers were nice

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy with regards to age

  6.  

    A good place to work for the unemployed English Majors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent savings potential for just graduating.
    School provided lots of cultural educational opportunities.
    Hours are very reasonable.
    Lots of free time for continuing education.

    Cons

    No material was provided to teach from.
    Translating teachers rarely present.
     Little to no feedback directly provided for improvement.
    No real career advancement opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create standardized books for different English levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    The program is amazing.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher  in  Gwangju (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Gwangju (South Korea)

    Pros

    The pay is great and the amount of time you get to do other things like travel and try new experiences are unmatched.

    Cons

    Depending on how your co-teachers are will depend on how hard work will be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Can be good can also be bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Much less work than typical Korean Hagwons. Pay is close to Hagwon rates. Co-teaching with capable teachings can be enriching and rewarding.

    Cons

    No control over where you are placed. Some teachers can be very difficult to work with. As such if you get a good co-teacher you'll have a great year. A bad co-teacher (i.e. a teacher who has no desire to co-teach but must because of directives from above) you will likely have a long year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try selecting Korean co-teacher who are keen to co-teach. Select CELTA (or other 120 hour TESOL) certified native speakers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    English

    Former Employee - Native English Teacher  in  Incheon (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Incheon (South Korea)

    Pros

    Easy job.
    Decent pay for a recent college grad.

    Cons

    No room for growth in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow us to have more power with policy implementing.

  10.  

    Gambling in another country

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher (NET)  in  Daegu (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher (NET) in Daegu (South Korea)

    Pros

    Seeing Korea, experiencing another culture, decent salary expectations.

    Cons

    Really luck of the draw working conditions. Some will get a great position, others will get a school where the teachers really didn't want you to begin with but are stuck with you. No opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher  in  Cheongju (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher in Cheongju (South Korea)

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel Asia, decent salary, free apartment.

    Cons

    The situation can get stale if you stay for more than a year.

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