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I have been working at 51Talk full-time (More than a year)
This job is very creative. It is well suited to a creative person. I work at home. I set my own schedule. I work with no boss breathing down my neck. I have physical problems, including chronic pain from a nerve injury, sustained as a result of an auto wreck. I am a cancer survivor. The company doesn't even know these things about me, as I do my job well, and I do not let my physical problems show while working. Since I don't qualify for disability and must compete with healthy people to make a living, this job is a special and wonderful opportunity for me. I am an artist, and the job allows for so much freedom and creativity. I hope to have a long, long, relationship with this company. I have made good friendships with the families of my students. I get lots of bookings, and I love my students and their families. I have enjoyed learning about China and there is so much more to discover. It has made my world larger. I know that I have made a positive impact on the lives of some students.
The language barrier can make things difficult when communicating with support staff, but that is to be expected. I have experienced some of the frustrations of dealing with some of the company policies, but overall, this is the best job I've ever had.
Advice to Management
In America, we assume ourselves to be, "innocent until proven guilty."
I think it must be a cultural difference, but at times it seems like the opposite is true when problems occur at 51 Talk. They can make a teacher feel she is " guilty until proven innocent ." I would like to see teachers given more respect, as the technology is daunting at times, and it is not right to blame the teacher for things beyond our control. The support staff has been helpful.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at 51Talk (Beijing, Beijing (China)) in May 2018.
A recruiter sourced my resume and connected with me, but I have heard you can direct apply or be referred by a current employee. Next is a prompt for an application/informational form. It doesn't take long, but you will be asked to set up an interview time where you meet digitally with a "recruitment associate" based in China. In doing so, there are two parts; 1) question and answer with the recruitment associate and 2) deliver a demo course of a couple slides (they provide this to you). They also request a bio, submit a 2 min video, and to run a speed test on your technology. The digital interview is pass-fail and they will notify you immediately following. If the answer is "pass", you receive an offer packet almost immediately via an automated 51Talk e-mail account and are requested to submit more biographical information for a teacher profile. Unfortunately, my recruitment associate quit following up after this point and I was never prompted to on-board despite "pass" and receiving the offer e-mail. So far, I have not been able to receive any further information from 51Talk nor from the recruiter who initially contacted me. It's as if they have become a ghost.