TEFL Institute Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Tefl

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TEFL Institute

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Starts your career overseas, you have a great work balance in your life.

    Cons

    Poor pay, there are much better jobs you can find without going through the TEFL process

  2. Not the Best place I ever work in! I end up leaving the company without paycheck for 2 month.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TEFL Institute

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, free coffee and tea

    Cons

    With such a management, the company should have not existed. Tiron Gibbs didn't pay teachers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Close the company and never own the business again

  3. Never Paid

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    Former Contractor - Instructor
    Former Contractor - Instructor

    I worked at TEFL Institute as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    About the only positive thing that I could say about this company is that the students were great. Aside from that I don't think that there is anything that I could add.

    Cons

    The primary downside is that I was never paid for my work. The CEO of the company sent out an e-mail that there were a number of employees were not paid. He claimed that he would pay everyone "in the next few months". That was about a year ago and I still haven't been paid and I can't get any response from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Paying your employees would be a good start.

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  5. Stay far away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TEFL Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work itself is interesting, you meet lots of great people looking for experiences abroad. Great co-workers, culture. But this doesn't outweigh the disadvantages by any stretch.

    Cons

    The company is a scam. It wasn't always this way but has slowly deteriorated since the fall of 2012. So please do yourself a favor and stay away. If you're considering being a student of TEFL, same goes. There is about a 50% percent chance your class won't take place and refunds are out of the question.

  6. Back to Michigan! Bye TEFL Institute!

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    Former Employee - TEFL Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - TEFL Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TEFL Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, decent office culture, true catering to other staff by the CEO and sales manager. Being able to make use of individual skill-sets and have flexibility in how to achieve each sale is always fun too. The CEO is accessible and personable, and, while some persons writing here before me clearly disagree, is committed to building and maintaining a good staff. The product I liked and took the online course myself, and the student services department is again full of very helpful ladies. The company is back up on it's feet.

    PROs: Office culture/FOOD! interesting product, fun people, room to advance, and a high commission rate.

    Cons

    Runs like a start-up: not always a bad thing, as I prefer it to a strict set of practices, but disorganized model. Specifically the training or introductory period needs formalizing, as during this period advisors may not make any sales (they're still learnin'!) and it causes a high-turnover. It's pretty Darwinian but doesn't need to be.

    Commission: Never tried it before, worked for me, but for people who want to get paid for their time and not for what they're producing, this is not the place for you. Commission wages, in Illinois, can be distributed monthly, so if you're someone who needs hourly-wage, 2-week paychecks you will not be a good fit.
    Commission isn't for everyone and it can be devastating to expect success and not find it, as some of the reviews below me make clear, and you could end up working a whole week for nothing in return. That's your "right to work," and is a choice, and should not compel you to vent your incompetence against on review forums.

    I have had a paycheck be given to me a few days late, however it came late with a full explanation, verbal apology, and notice of when I would receive it from the CEO. I have never had a check bounce. Ti Ron Gibbs, the CEO, does take great pains to make sure the staff is paid and communicates well as long as you're willing to. I'm reading reviews below and am finding they rarely parallel with any experience I've had, but things could be different now.

    Advice to Management

    The product is fabulous, your employees should be too! I would suggest the advisor position be explained/listed as more of a marketing-type opportunity + the customer service, advising, and advertising responsibilities. Alternatively, making someone or a few folks responsible for producing leads as an advertisement/marketing department might be more beneficial and organized while allowing the advisors to focus exclusively on your actual customer.

  7. Yep, another unsatisfied employee

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TEFL Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The workplace was funny. Very loose, and the staff was great. I was also great to talk to people about there dreams.

    Cons

    The workplace was funny, which was the CEO plan to distract us from how poorly the company is run. Oh, and the paycheck thing like everyone else. I think that my first paycheck was late, and my last one bounced. Tiron Gibbs insisted that this had never happened before. Hard to believe after seeing the other posts here.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO is in the business to make money, and not education. This should not be a for huge profit industry. More transparency, and increased knowledge of marketing and ethics would go a long way.

  8. The reviews are accurate. Please do not work here!

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    Former Employee - Student Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Services in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TEFL Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission. Fun to talk about teaching abroad.

    Cons

    The CEO is terrible. Paychecks do bounce, and there are unpaid workers. Please check the rebuttal FB group create by Ti Ron Gibbs in order to see a list of unpaid instructors along with a lot of excuses that try to explain all the bad reviews. Please read all of the reviews, including those that are filtered, on multiple sites both about the quality of the products as well as working there before you seriously consider working here.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire someone who can run the company.

  9. Instructors work hard for no pay!

    Former Contractor - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Instructor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at TEFL Institute as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to develop your own curriculum as there is no oversight from headquarters
    Fun to train prospective EFL teachers who are generally enthusiastic and worldly

    Cons

    Checks come late or not at all. Unresponsive management.
    Poor quality product: TEFL materials are poorly written and need editing. Course was being offered while materials were still being written.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting ads on craigslist for new instructors until you can pay those you owe. Have your course materials professionally edited.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Volunteer here if you don't want to get paid!

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TEFL Institute part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You don't have a boss nagging you because they don't communicate. The students are great, though they always become frustrated with the poor management and lack of communication.

    Cons

    Let's see... never received a paycheck, horrible communication, terribly managed, had to try to cover for the company to the students, had students complaining because of the bad organization.

    Advice to Management

    Give up.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Fun at first, but you'll slowly become more and more dissapointed

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TEFL Institute full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Fun to talk about your teach abroad experiences (if any) on the phone. The students really do appreciate it and it is of use to them
    -Almost all of my co-workers were friendly people with similar experiences to me. Nice multi-cultural environment
    The neighborhood is pretty nice. Lots of great lunch spots within walking distance

    Cons

    -Lack of leads. If you're working an all commission sales job with 1 to 2 leads a day, it can really be disheartening
    -Constantly having to speak to dissapointed people. After the Student Services of the company collapsed, it left hundreds of people without pay, refunds, certificates, you name it. It really sucks because you won't be able to do anything for them other than send them to a voicemail that won't be returned
    -It's just really difficult to make money, especially at first. Word has gotten out about how poor the company's support is to enrolled students, leading to a lack of leads. You can do well, but it will likely take several months until you are making money. Do not take this job if you don't have some savings.
    -Bounced and late paychecks are now quite common. Instructors have not been paid for work done over a year ago. You hope and pray your check clears or you receive it on time.
    -Turnover is incredibly high. Most don't make it to 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Fix the student services department. Enough with the part-time workers. It completely ruined the company. PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES. This place can be successful since there is such a demand for TEFL, but only if administrative support for employees and customers is dramatically improved.

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