Language Link Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Location dependent

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Language Link as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everything is taken care of; taxes, housing, transportation, etc. Great co-workers and local staff. Good supply of material and available assistance.

    Cons

    Schedule can vary wildly and other branches were not as good as mine

  2. Horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Language Link

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Allows you to get your visa to live in Russia

    Cons

    Terrible training, very unprofessional management and very low salary.

  3. Legitimate EFL Position In the Russian Federation with the Appropriate Visa (Moscow)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Work-Study& Full-Time EFL Teacher in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Intern - Work-Study& Full-Time EFL Teacher in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Language Link as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - comprehensive training
    - receptive administration
    - fully-equipped (though you should have no issue potentially sleeping on a sofa bed) housing accommodations plus utilities included in employment package with repair personnel on staff
    - Wi-Fi provided in each flat at a very reasonable rate to the employee
    - Russian Federation taxes paid for by company
    - airport pick-up and drop-off service
    - health insurance
    - transportation allowance when assigned 'in-company"
    - employee discounted Russian language classes with qualified and experienced teachers
    - reference letters provided upon completion of work-study and TEFL training components
    - livable salary while living in a ruble economy, though exchange rates have worsened a bit in comparison with the last year; quality food is available for purchase in grocery stores at very reasonable prices and less expensive than convenience foods
    - extremely efficient and timely public transportation system in Moscow
    - the appropriate visa required to work in Russia is provided

    Cons

    - travel time to teaching assignments may be up to 1.5 hours in time, though if there is an issue with the schedule, administration is receptive to input and if problematic, will adjust the schedule to be doable
    - longer commutes on the metro (1.0 - 1.5 hours) can be tiring
    - some complain that the salary is lower than other companies in Moscow; however, a flat with utilities paid for is provided and should be taken into consideration, particularly when considering it is Moscow
    - assignments can change with short notice, but this is usually do to unexpected and unforeseeable circumstances
    - if you're a good employee and have worked before, the list of cons is rather short

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  5. A Fine Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Language Link

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company provides employees with visas and full visa support, pays the incredibly high taxes (~60%!!) on foreign workers, has helpful and friendly staff and reimburses air fare so you can travel home upon completing your contract! I've been working for the company for 5 years in a number of different centers and I can honestly say that I've never had a problem. While the salary may seem small by US/UK standards, it's actually more than doctors make here and it's more than enough to survive on and have fun with since apartments are already paid for. The work schedule is also really light. Teachers never end up being in class more than 25 hours a week - so it's not even full time!

    Cons

    There can be misunderstandings between Russian and non-Russian staff but these are usually cleared up without incident.

  6. A good way to begin ESL teaching.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Language Link full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of support from DoSes, some great colleagues, great visa support, offices and classrooms tend to be clean, presentable and professional.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrendous hours occasionally, some incredibly rude and unprofessional administrators, apartments are not acceptable, although one there's a decent allowance if you decide to forgo company housing.

  7. Little respect for employees' personal time

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher

    I have been working at Language Link

    Pros

    This is one of the few ways to work in Russia, if that is your primary goal

    Cons

    You will quite possible work long hours for low pay. If you get an assignment that requires significant travel time, you will not be compensated for it, or for the often significant amounts of time you spend waiting between classes. If your clients do not come to lessons, Language Link will only pay you for 50% of the time you spend waiting, even if the clients pay for the missed lesson in full. They will force you to work overtime as they choose. In short, the employer will not respect your personal time, and you will not have a strong bargaining position, as you will be dependent on your employer for housing and visa support.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect for employees' personal lives.

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