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Berlitz Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible, diverse, friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, good working life balance (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Such humiliatingly low pay for teachers (who must have a Bachelors degree minimum) (in 32 reviews)

  • No benefits because the teachers are on a freelancer contract (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Low hours and no promotions.


  2. "English Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One gets to meet interesting people from different backgrounds

    Cons

    No room for advancement, no access to the decision makers

    Advice to Management

    Get the employees involved when making some changes

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Instructors Should be Priority"

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    Current Employee - Professional Educator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Educator in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Berlitz part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy, and relationship building with students in one-to-one setting.

    Cons

    -Unpaid 20 hour training (probably illegal)
    -Such humiliatingly low pay for teachers (who must have a Bachelors degree minimum)
    -No paid planning (they say just read from the book, but it is not possible to just show up and meet the students needs without preparation)

    Advice to Management

    Pay teachers more so that they perform better, and have loyalty to the company. Paying a professional educated adult $13 and hour to teach is immoral and will cause the demise of the company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good but..."

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Instructor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berlitz part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, relaxed, family friendly

    Cons

    low salary, you give more than you receive. no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Pay your instructors more, they're the core of your business


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Language"

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    Current Employee - Language Instructor
    Current Employee - Language Instructor

    I have been working at Berlitz part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, enthusiastic students who want to learn new language with native language instructors. A nice possibility to share different cultures

    Cons

    low payment, not enough classes


  6. Helpful (1)

    "International environment, diverse, fun, low pay, no job security"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Berlitz full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Meeting people from all over the world. Share your passion for language with eager learners. Very fun, diverse, multicultural environment. EXCELLENT benefits for FT employees. None for instructors.
    PS - CEO is no longer Mark Harris. It has changed twice since this profile was created, apparently. I did support his mission but it only lasted 18 months.

    Cons

    Very low pay. No job security. Constant reorganizations. I was truly happy with my work but the insecure atmosphere was not conducive to high productivity. I had 4 bosses the last 6 months of my employ before finally getting laid off after 15 years of loyal service.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees incentives, opportunities to grow, a career path, and a sense of job security. Stop reorganizing every year. Give a plan time to gain traction before you abandon it. Your employees are not motivated and often use their job as a "placeholder" until they find something better.


  7. "Language instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Berlitz part-time

    Pros

    Possibility of working from home by giving online classes. Possibility of gaining a lot of teaching experience. Very good training.

    Cons

    Payment is not the greatest.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fair to middling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Berlitz (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company follows work rules/policy&procedures
    The instructional training is great

    Cons

    Salaries and potential for extra earnings

    Advice to Management

    Instead of looking at where to cut costs, invest in your sales team (acquiring talent and training existing reps)


  9. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Odenton, MD
    Former Employee - Instructor in Odenton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good practice for young specialists
    - kind staff

    Cons

    - poor management
    - do not stick to their principles. Even though the lessons should be customized, they yell at you when you do not cover a chapter per day.
    - little salary.
    - old and boring materials

    Advice to Management

    Please, be more up-to-date


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hourly rate for part time teacher is low."

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    Current Employee - Mandarin Chinese Teacher
    Current Employee - Mandarin Chinese Teacher

    I have been working at Berlitz part-time

    Pros

    Woking with kids is great,they will always bring the joy to you.

    Cons

    As a part-time teacher only get paid $15 per hour at center. $20 for teaching at after school program. I have to drive about 30mins on the highway to get at school,only teach 1hr,then drive another 30mins back home.(30mins without traffic,usually longer). No benefit for part time teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Better have driving distance pay for the teachers who teach at school program.


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