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EC English Language Centers Reviews

Updated 30 Aug 2019

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Pros
  • "Good accomodation, excellent food and a great team of teachers(in 6 reviews)

  • "I am extremely grateful for my boss, the academic director(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay, no/lousy benefits, corporate culture(in 5 reviews)

  • "Rent in Malta is out of control(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun times and flexibility"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher 

    I worked at EC English Language Centers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun classes, flexible scheduling (ability to take time off and come back, or choose which class times to teach).

    Cons

    Low paying profession in general: hard to teach enough hours to make enough money to pay off student loans, put aside savings, etc. Some students have very low motivation, which can be frustrating. Others are fantastic.

    EC English Language Centers2019-04-22

    EC English Language Centers Response

    May 10, 2019

    Dear Colleague, We appreciate your feedback and were pleased to read your comments regarding great co-workers, fun classes and flexible scheduling. We are very much a purpose-driven organisation and are passionate about delivering the highest standard of education to our students. ...

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "worst company i've ever worked at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EC English Language Centers full-time

    Pros

    it's a job that paid some bills

    Cons

    there is way too much workload for the given amount of pay. your work and efforts are never recognized because your managers will be very demanding and needy. Many of the coworkers are unreliable. Different departments often do not communicate well and don't get along.

    EC English Language Centers2019-08-30

    EC English Language Centers Response

    September 19, 2019

    Dear Colleague Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you feel it was the worst company you’ve worked at. It’s difficult to comment on your specific circumstances without knowing what your role was or where you worked. However, I can comment on the points you have ...

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  3. "EC Los Angeles"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EC English Language Centers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff and teachers. Wonderful location and great students!

    Cons

    Pay could be higher for all ESL professionals, but its fair for the going rate at a private language school.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    EC English Language Centers2019-07-12

    EC English Language Centers Response

    July 17, 2019

    Dear Colleague, Thanks for your feedback, and for your positive comments on our staff, students and location. I note your comments about pay for all ESL professionals. Despite the constraints of the industry, we endeavor to benchmark the salaries to ensure we are paying competitive ...

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  4. "Flexible"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EC English Language Centers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The admin staff were extremely helpful, supportive, and flexible! It wasn't a problem to find anyone to cover classes if you needed a day off.

    Cons

    No stability and low pay

    EC English Language Centers2019-07-17

    EC English Language Centers Response

    August 8, 2019

    Dear Colleague, Thanks for your feedback. Great to read your comments about our admin team and how supportive they are. Regarding stability, it is an unfortunate side to the industry. With students enrolling on a continuous basis, week-by-week, the numbers can increase or decrease ...

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  5. "Pathetic pay given the workload and expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EC English Language Centers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opens doors to many international student relationships

    Cons

    there's a lack of structure management is not very patient and often full of criticism rare opportunity to become full-time teacher or even get more hours but that doesn't stop you from getting more work anyways especially during summer season

    Advice to Management

    stop being so sensitive and defensive

    EC English Language Centers2019-07-25

    EC English Language Centers Response

    August 8, 2019

    Dear Colleague, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I agree that this industry, and EC, is a great place to build international relationships. Regarding your other points, I’ll address those in turn. Our schools all operate with the same basic structure, with ...

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Teachers are apparently always the problem"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EC English Language Centers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    students are awesome and the view from the building is amazing.

    Cons

    - there's no opportunities for growth. only 3 lead teacher positions which are occupied by long term employees, returnee or transferred from another EC school. - the management and staff can demand a lot from teachers without really consulting what we want - staff arent always supportive of teachers but look to us to blame for poor student survey results - teachers dont get access to the building 24... hours - there are such silly rules as time goes on such as no food or drinks in the new classrooms and more mundane responsibilities are thrown onto teachers - no respect for teachers. some of us might be taking this as a job to pay the bills but not all of us. EC is the perfect place to go if you want your passion to burn out. no wonder so many people keep leaving.

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    Advice to Management

    get happier workers or treat the current ones the way they deserve.

    EC English Language Centers2019-06-25

    EC English Language Centers Response

    July 1, 2019

    Dear Colleague, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I’m pleased that you’ve had a positive experience with our students. Regarding your other comments, I’d like to address each in turn. Firstly, you state that there are no opportunities for growth, but very recently ...

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  7. "A challenging but great experience"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at EC English Language Centers part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Creative freedom, great people, lovely students. There is no set curriculum for any of the classes so you have the freedom to create your own class or use the provided textbook as a guide. It's great for experienced teachers who have a lot of ideas they want to put to use.

    Cons

    Needs a little more structure and support for teachers. This is not a job for someone who wants someone to tell them exactly what to do all the time. At the location I worked at, there was not really a syllabus or set curriculum. We had a long list of goals to achieve for each level and that was it. That may be difficult for newer teachers or teachers who need more structure. The nice thing, however, is that... you can work together as a team to address these issues. For example, at the location I worked at, we decided to create course maps for the core class and after we implemented them, both student and teacher satisfaction improved!

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    Advice to Management

    Always have at least a skeleton of a course map and syllabus for each class as it really makes a difference in how both teachers and students feel to have something physical they can look at it and work with.

    EC English Language Centers2019-05-20

    EC English Language Centers Response

    May 23, 2019

    Dear Colleague, We appreciate your feedback and were pleased to read your comments regarding the team, the students and the creative freedom you enjoyed during your time with EC. We will pass your feedback regarding the curriculum and instructions along to our academic department. ...

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "EC Higher Education-An Epic Failure"

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

    I worked at EC English Language Centers full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My new job (not at EC) is awesome.

    Cons

    By far the worst professional experience of my life. 2 years ago, EC embarked on a higher education initiative with guidance from disgraced former education industry leaders, and hired inept, ill-experienced ex- teachers and office ladies who lacked university degrees to lead their university relations, marketing and admissions. The university pathway products and processes these individuals created made zero... business or education sense, and were impossible to sell in the market. So, EC then hired experienced, well-connected international higher education sales staff to try to sell these horrible products. When the sales staff attempted to provide guidance to the Executive Leadership Team or the university partners on how to develop attractive academic products, efficient industry-standard admissions procedures, and marketing strategies, they've been fired one by one and not offered severance packages. Yesterday, EC fired the remaining sales staff, and the division has been bought by Study Group. An epic failure.

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    Advice to Management

    Get out of the industry. You have no business doing 'business".

    EC English Language Centers2019-05-14

    EC English Language Centers Response

    May 23, 2019

    Dear Colleague, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback but were disappointed to read your comments, particularly that you consider your time at EC the “worst professional experience of your life”. However, we disagree entirely with your ...

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, dedicated co-workers"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EC English Language Centers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional co-workers, Commitment to student services

    Cons

    Not enough communication between the teachers and the administrators

    EC English Language Centers2019-03-28

    EC English Language Centers Response

    April 9, 2019

    Dear Colleague, We appreciate your feedback, and were pleased to read your comments regarding our professional co-workers and commitment to student services. With regards to the level of communication between teachers and administrators, the Boston Director of Studies has meetings ...

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Laughable"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EC English Language Centers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff at EC are nice. Well most of them.

    Cons

    One of the cheapest companies I’ve worked for. They will push you to get walk-in sales meanwhile there is absolutely no incentive for getting sales. They give you 1%, that is hilarious. There are endless meetings on how to be better and provide better customer service to the students. Such a waste of time. And It’s hilarious when the company makes us do things like “Professional goals, plans, dreams, (other... stupid bs). This company doesn’t care about your well-being because if they did, they would pay their employees better. This company is such a joke. And there is no room for growth. Instead of opening up more locations, focus on treating your current employees better and pay them a better living wage.

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    Advice to Management

    Instead of opening up more locations, focus on treating your current employees better and pay them a better living wage.

    EC English Language Centers2019-04-30

    EC English Language Centers Response

    May 10, 2019

    Dear Colleague, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback but were disappointed to read your comments regarding incentives, wellbeing and opportunities for growth. We disagree that training on how to be better and provide better customer ...

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