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  1. "THE BEST ESL COMPANY I WORKED WITH"

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    Current Employee - Business English Trainer and Certified Assessor in Manila, Manila
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bizmates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - compared to the previous ESL I worked with, Bizmates has a lot of students. I get easily booked (yes, even on my first day of work, which i thought was very unusual because in the previous company i worked with, it took me more than 2 weeks from my first day to get booked). - great colleagues. we often help each other. - best boss! Sir Hika is the best. He always make it a point that he gets involved in every activity that we do. Though he is the CEO, he is very approachable. - Japanese culture is the best. Students are very respectful, even when they dislike you. in my 1.5 years of stay here in Bizmates, i never tried that my student got angry at me nor shouted at me nor dropped the call angrily because they dislike me. (i experienced a student angrily dropped the call in my previous company) - students are mostly JAPANESE PROFESSIONALS or few are graduating university students. there are no kids here. - compensation is the highest among other companies. starting rate is at 140/hour and it could go as high as 230/hour - in relation to compensation, Bizmates also offers incentives. There are many to mention but one of which is raffle draw - to state the obvious, working from home. Mac OS are very much welcome because it only uses Skype and web browser of your choice. - really really flexible working time. You can either work from the morning or evening as long as you work with the peak hours daily (4am to 7am; or 9pm to 12mn PHT), and Bizmates only require 10 HOURS OF WORKING PER WEEK. yes, part timers are very much welcome. - new Bizmates system. it encourages you that if you work harder efficiently, it is easy to increase hourly rate. Well, these are only few Pros that I could share. I remember during my very first HR interview here in Bizmates, the interviewer told me that she has been working in the ESL industry for 12 years (2017 then) and that she also worked from my previous company. She advised me that I am in the best company already and that I should not waste this chance. Glad that I did. I was wondering why my colleagues has been with Bizmates for more than 3 or 4 years already, now I understand. Also, I will be opening a new business for next year (fingers crossed) but I have no plans of leaving Bizmates.

    Cons

    - Taxation system is difficult in the beginning, thanks to colleagues who share their knowledge about this and it made it easier. - Bizmates contact numbers (calls and sms) are all Smart numbers, making it difficult to contact, especially during sudden power outage

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    Bizmates2019-11-13

    Bizmates Response

    November 24, 2019President

    Hi there. Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying your time with us. And congratulations on pursuing a business of your own. We actually have quite a few trainers who have their own business and teach with us at the same time. A lot of trainers say that not only is teaching at Bizmates a safety net in case their business faces tough times, but it’s also a stress reliever. Anyway, great to have you with us and wish you the best in your new business as well. Hika Ito, CEO, Bizmates Philippines

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Surprised and Disappointed. Horrified."

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    Former Freelancer - Prospective Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bizmates for less than a year

    Pros

    ability to work form home. flexibility in scheduling.

    Cons

    very, very, very, very, very, extremely low rates compared to other online english companies.

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    Bizmates2019-03-15

    Bizmates Response

    July 1, 2019President

    Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. I’m guessing that you are a native English speaker unfamiliar with the home-based teaching industry outside of your own country. As a native speaker, you have the luxury of choosing to work for a variety of English schools that offer English lessons to students who want to learn English. Our goal is to help businesspeople communicate effectively in global business, not to speak English like a native speaker. This is a completely different philosophy. And that’s why we look for trainers with business experience, excellent communication skills, and a positive attitude. So although being a native speaker may be an advantage to you at an English school, it actually doesn’t mean anything to us at Bizmates. So no we don’t pay a premium for that. Believe it not, many of our trainers earn very well, up to 80,000 PH pesos (about 1,500 US dollars) a month. No, these trainers aren’t necessarily the best English speakers, but they are excellent communicators in English. So many of our trainers have been able to purchase a new house, move back in with their families, send their children to prestigious schools after joining Bizmates. So, it’s actually very offensive not just to me but to all the people who are actually based in other parts of the world to make such a comment. But I can’t blame you because I had the same mentality when I only knew Canada and Japan. So, I think you made the right choice in not joining us. But I just hope you have the opportunity to work in other parts of the world to gain a deeper global insight and cultural understanding. Best of luck. Hika Ito, CEO, Bizmates Philippines

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    "Business English Trainer for a year"

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    Former Employee - Business English Trainer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bizmates part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was really good. Pay was ok. Awesome CEO. Nice Coworkers

    Cons

    The taxation system. It was very tedious.

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    Bizmates2018-09-07

    Bizmates Response

    September 9, 2018President

    Hi there. Thank you for your input. Thank you for the awesome remark. : ) As for the taxation system, it’s not Bizmates that’s making it hard. It’s the BIR. They set the rules and policy. And we are forced to follow them. And if you ever work in a company that doesn’t follow the rules, they are breaking the law and you would be too. No one wants to live life wondering if they’ll ever be caught by the BIR. I certainly don’t want my trainers to feel that way and neither do I. Hope that makes sense. Hika Ito. CEO, Bizmates Philippines.

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