Junta de Andalucia Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Auxiliar de Conversación Norteamericano

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Junta de Andalucia part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked in a public school as part of a cultural exchange program under the ministry of education and culture. My experience working as a foreigner in Spain was well-organized, well-supported, and a great learning opportunity. Overall great experience! - Government job means GREAT benefits. You'll be taken care of. - Good hierarchy and organization - Clear role description and well-communicated expectations - Ability to share culture and language is rewarding - Learning how to work in another country will make you more culturally competent, changing your life in ways you never expected. - Unparalleled work-life balance

    Cons

    - Process - while there was good organization in getting set up abroad with a Visa and insurance, the internal process for the public school program could be improved. I'd love to see more opportunities to measure impact and share effective methodologies across schools. - Cross-communication. It would be good if schools can work together more to develop approaches that work and share experiences of auxiliares to continue improving the program.

    Advice to Management

    - Leverage digital tools to allow auxiliares and bilingual coordinators to communicate and share resources so the wheel doesn't get reinvented year over year - Encourage testing and iteration to continuously improve the program.


  2. Proyectos de Excelencia PhD grants: one of the best paid PhD grants in Spain

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    Former Employee - Becario Predoctoral in Córdoba (Spain)
    Former Employee - Becario Predoctoral in Córdoba (Spain)

    I worked at Junta de Andalucia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary (around 1500-1600 € after taxes) is well above the mean monthly stipend for PhD students at Spain (around 900-1100 € after taxes). First year consists on a grant, then you get a contract for the next three years. "Proyectos de Excelencia" are top level research projects developed by most potent groups at Andalusia. It doesn't mean that those projects are world first class, but quite decent ones.

    Cons

    Nowadays there are little funds for postdocs at Spain and the few existent are extremely competitive. With a PhD in a "Proyecto de Excelencia" you may get an additional contract for a year at most. Then if you want to keep working on science you will probably need to migrate to another country.

    Advice to Management

    Much stronger effort should be made for promotion of new doctorates every year. There is a big investment on PhD staff education, but afterwards these fresh and excelent researches are let to go away, instead of giving them job opportunities and bring benefits back to Spain's society.


  3. Not a place to grow professionally

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Junta de Andalucia

    Pros

    If you are interested in Politics this is the place to be. Permanent job Reasonable salary Working hours mostly in the morning

    Cons

    No place for innovation No place for career development No place for real ethics

    Advice to Management

    Leave Politic ambitions aside and improve your goals towards citizens(clients) and employees


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  5. Wonderful experience overall

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    Former Employee - Language & Culture Assistant in Sevilla (Spain)
    Former Employee - Language & Culture Assistant in Sevilla (Spain)

    I worked at Junta de Andalucia part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Opportunity to live abroad -Opportunity to develop teaching skills -Opportunity to better your Spanish skills -Only 12 hours a week

    Cons

    -very unorganized -low pay -not a whole lot of direction given

    Advice to Management

    Let the English speakers that you hire be able to play more of a role in lesson planning and curriculum. Find a way to utilized the teachers to the max so they are able to make a difference!


  6. A good experience.

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    Current Employee - English Language Assistant in Granada (Spain)
    Current Employee - English Language Assistant in Granada (Spain)

    I have been working at Junta de Andalucia part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I taught English in Guadix Spain (Granada) and had a very good experience.

    Cons

    Figuring out the paperwork was arduous, but worth it in the end.


  7. Somewhat unorganized and difficult to obtain straight answers, but the over all experience makes up for it

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    Current Contractor - Auxiliar De Conversacion
    Current Contractor - Auxiliar De Conversacion

    I have been working at Junta de Andalucia as a contractor

    Pros

    -Bilingual Education -Working with a wide variety of students

    Cons

    -Late getting paid -Lack of organization within the schools


  8. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Junta de Andalucia

    Pros

    Time off, paid vacation, flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of Innovation, Dysfunctional Schools, apathetic colleagues


  9. Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sevilla (Spain)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sevilla (Spain)

    I have been working at Junta de Andalucia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you don't want to work hard, there you won't feel guilty. They actually pay better than in the private sector for most jobs, especially low skilled jobs. Working hours are just too good, as well as holidays.

    Cons

    Bad working athmosphere. No real committment from most people. Bad HR management. Bad compensation policy. Bad promotion system.

    Advice to Management

    The whole recruting policy and compensation policy should be changed. There should be more professional managers and technical specialists and less politicians and advisors. You should be able to fire people from time to time.


  10. Great for the recent college grad wanting to live/study in Spain

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    Former Employee - Auxiliar De Conversacion
    Former Employee - Auxiliar De Conversacion

    I worked at Junta de Andalucia

    Pros

    -Part-time and few hours make for an easy work/life balance -Better pay compared to most language academies -Paperwork with respect student permits done for you (or mostly) -Great for learning Spanish or completing a degree while trying to pay rent

    Cons

    -Absolutely no organization or communication between schools and Junta -No possibilities for advancement -No possibilities for residency after completing several years of work (the position is treated as a grant for learning Spanish, not actual work- which it is)

    Advice to Management

    -Offer opportunities for professional development (workshops, classes) specifically for auxiliars -Create opportunities for advancement (some auxiliars worked several years in those positions, surely they must know something about the program and how it's run)



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