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Berlitz Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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  • Low pay, sometimes disorganized in communicating teacher expectations, at times difficult to find steady work schedule (in 27 reviews)

  • No benefits because the teachers are on a freelancer contract (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "French, English, Spanish, and Italian Language Instructor"

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    Current Employee - French, English, Italian, and Spanish Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - French, English, Italian, and Spanish Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Mondays don't feel like Mondays around the staff there.

    Cons

    Traveling between Schaumburg and downtown locations with the possibilities of traffic


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The cheapest ever"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Berlitz part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice to meet people all around the world

    Cons

    -Highly desorganized people and a lot of miscommunications with the teachers.
    -They are not only cheap on the rates but also on the materials and supplies.
     It is absolutely not worth working here.

    Advice to Management

    See you never!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with in a team environment.

    Cons

    Business is sliding due to current hostile US foreign policy.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Berlitz underplays teachers, over pays administrators"

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    Former Employee - Russian Instructor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Russian Instructor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Berlitz part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teachers sympathize with each other

    Cons

    If you divide the $10.25/hour pittance by the prep and travel time, you wind up actually getting $5/hour . It's shameful.Teachers are the reason for the booming business, not the support staff and admin, yet they are paid unskilled labor wages, as Berlitz rakes it in by charging high fees.

    Advice to Management

    In my experience, management is aloof and only interested in their slice of the pie.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "ESL Instructor"

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    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    They provide high-quality materials, great students, and instructional management support

    Cons

    No matter how long you are with the company or how many degrees/certifications you hold, they never offer raises!

    Advice to Management

    When an instructor has dedicated years to your company, and has pursued professional development, you need to stay competitive and recognize their hard work with financial compensation. You charge a lot for the classes, why not reward the instructors who deliver those classes?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great and Dynamic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Berlitz has a great and dynamic environment. It has a friendly staff and of course an amazing diversity.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  7. "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Berlitz part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The management is very flexible and supportive.

    Cons

    This is part-time work only.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Spanish instructor"

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    Current Employee - Translator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Translator in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students were nice, professionals most of them.

    Cons

    Pay is low. You have to like the method they use.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Below Poverty Level Wages/ No hours"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I taught for a special three week program they had recently.
    I really enjoyed my students.

    Cons

    -No benefits, as often as you get sick working with kids they should at least offer health insurance. I got sick three times in the three week period. I wanted to take off and the supervisor flat-out refused. So you have to work when sick.
    -Disorganized. We changed classes and students multiple times, changed the grading scale multiple times, changed the tests multiple times. Lots of last minute changes.
    -People in the front office are on a power trip.

    Advice to Management

    New Supervisor and office people
    More organization and communication
    More hours and opportunities


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Spanish Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spanish Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Spanish Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Berlitz (More than a year)

    Pros

    It has native instructors, you are going to practice the language you choose.

    Cons

    You don't make money there and the schedule is only to work for hours.


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