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Updated January 15, 2018
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  • Working hours make it tough to keep a sustainable work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Difficult to maintain work/life balance due to anti-social hours (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Tutor Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally supportive environment
    Great experience for anyone wanting to work with kids
    The kids are great and challenging, but usually worth it!
    Fairly flexible- great job for students etc
    Chance for upward mobility if you're good enough as a tutor
    Great hours- after school times and weekends

    Cons

    Starting pay is not a lot more than NMW
    Open all year round, so the centres aren't closed very long for holidays
    Appraisals are twice a year but wage rises only happen in May- never any other time

    Advice to Management

    Go back to twice yearly wage increases
    Give more sales based benefits

    Explore Learning Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thanks so much for taking the time to review your tutor role at Explore! It is great to read how much you enjoy the role. I have passed on your feedback about the wage increases and sales based... More


  2. "Tutor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Explore Learning part-time

    Pros

    Lots of support
    Fun working environment

    Cons

    Challenging to manage time with large groups of children

    Explore Learning Response

    Jan 10, 2018 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for taking the time to review your role at Explore. It is great to read you had lots of support and found it a fun place to work. I will pass on your feedback regarding managing time with... More

  3. "Tutor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Coventry, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, small company and team, alot of room for progression

    Cons

    Underpaid and alot of independent learning

    Explore Learning Response

    Jan 16, 2018 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for taking the time to review your role at Explore Learning. It is great that you like the working environment. I have passed on your feedback to the relevant departments. All the best... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Working with the children is the only good thing."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working with the children is the best part. Very rewarding to see them grow.
    - Fantastic experience to put on your CV.
    - Good training inductions after you get the job.

    Cons

    - Even if you are part time you will get asked to cover shifts almost everyday. In my case it felt as though you were frowned upon if you couldn't cover the shifts. Even if you let the managers know in advance that you have a busy week, they still ask you to cover.

    - The hours are draining (3:30pm - 8pm on week days and full days on weekends).
    - Due to the open hours, tutor training is usually at a ridiculous time. In my case it was often 7:30pm - 9pm on a weekday, which if you are working until 8pm, you miss the first half an hour and don't get a break.

    - All of the above mean that you loose your social life, particularly if you work towards the end of the week when people go out/ plan events. Even if you aren't on the rota to work the end of the week you will more than likely be asked to cover a shift.

    - When working an 8 hour shift you only get a half an hour break. I think even if you work a typical 4 hour shift you should get a break as you are constantly on your feet and tending to 6 children. Even when I had one child in my zone and I could sit next to them, I was asked to stand up to "make the zone look energetic and fun".

    - If you are confident with English and not with Maths (or vice versa), they do not offer any training to help you with these subjects despite what they claim, and you very often have to write down topics you aren't confident with at work and then learn them at home - UNPAID. They often say to have time during your shift where you can learn methods etc, but due to business you never get this time.

    - There's always something to improve on. Although I agree with this statement, you are never really praised for what you do as much as what you are told what you can improve on which for me isn't a con, but for others may impact their self-esteem.

    - Last but not least. PAY IS NOT ENOUGH FOR WHAT YOU DO. Although you can get a pay rise after a year of working there, until this rise you really aren't paid enough for what you provide to the company, particularly if you work during busy hours.

    Advice to Management

    Plan the rota's out carefully making sure there are always more staff than needed so staff who want extra training receive it. I loved Prodeceo for tracking your learning plan, however most of my learning plans could not be achieved due being unable to have the time during my shift to work on them, mainly due to lack of staff.

    Explore Learning Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for taking the time to review your role at Explore. I am glad you enjoyed working with the children so much, but am sorry to read about some of the concerns you have raised. I have... More


  5. "Good job if you like teaching young kids."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Stanmore, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Stanmore, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding job
    Rewards for tutors
    Career progression aspect
    New skills learnt
    Training
    Fun with kids
    Decent pay
    Friendly staff
    Can always ask for help/advice

    Cons

    Challenging kids
    Session notes are too time consuming. They should cut down on amount tutors have to write. This is my main problem. I would rather spend more time helping children on their problems than worrying about not finishing their session note!

    Advice to Management

    Session notes are hindering tutors in helping the students as tutors tend to focus more on finishing writing them. Quality of note is not satisfactory to my liking. One side of the note should be enough to tell parents if and how their child reached their personal goal and also include lizard cards and spaces they can move on the board. Any more writing takes too much time especially whilst dealing with 6 young 6 year olds!

    Explore Learning Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for leaving us such detailed feedback. I am pleased to read you find the role rewarding. I spoke with the education team regarding the session notes, they said we continually review the... More


  6. "Undertrained"

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

    I have been working at Explore Learning part-time

    Pros

    A close relationship with other staff who are all pretty young and if you have a good zone with a mix of ages work is enjoyable. Pretty flexible

    Cons

    For 5.10 an hour and a couple of online training sessions you are supposed to be able to deal with children with learning disabilities, behaviour problems, get 4-year-olds to concentrate for an hour, answer phones, write out session notes and man the desk. It's incredibly understaffed and everyone is undertrained.
    The session notes system means you are more focused on filling them than actually teaching and management expect you to be able to deal with severely autistic children with no training and 5 other children to look after

    Advice to Management

    Give more training for learning disabilities, make sure there is never a full zone of 5-year-olds and increase the pay

    Explore Learning Response

    Jan 2, 2018 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for taking the time to review your role at Explore Learning.

    I had a chat with our training team, and we would recommend you speak to your centre management team or Regional Manager... More


  7. "Part time Tutor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Borehamwood, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Borehamwood, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing - everyone in the centre wants to get the best out of all the children that come along, and I feel my team have my best interests at heart. It's such a fun place to work, I really look forward to my shifts!

    Cons

    At first there were so many children to get to know, but after a month or so its amazing how well you get to know everyone. You really build such a strong bond with all the kids that come along.

    Advice to Management

    I love all the awards available to Tutors, but it would be great to have more team outings and social budgets.

    Explore Learning Response

    Dec 18, 2017 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for taking the time to review your role as a tutor at Explore. It is fantastic to read you find Explore such a fun place to work and that you have built great bonds with the kids in the... More

  8. "Tutor at Explore Learning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very flexible
    Great atmosphere
    Excellent Training

    Cons

    Can become very busy but make sure you are ready to work efficiently

    Explore Learning Response

    Dec 18, 2017 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Many thanks for reviewing your role at Explore. All the best for your future career with Explore.


  9. "Tutor"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Recommends

    I have been working at Explore Learning part-time

    Pros

    positive work environment, friendly and supportive team and management, excellent feedback and strong training

    Cons

    extremely short/few hours, low pay

    Explore Learning Response

    Dec 18, 2017 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to review your role at Explore. It is great to read you enjoy the positive work environment. If you haven't already, do speak to your line manager about the short hours, as... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Most varied job you will ever do!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Explore Learning full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly varied job roles with lots of responsibility. You are essentially running your own company which is exciting and you are in charge of all job roles including finance, Recruitment, sales, development, training, daily-running of centre and team management.

    Children are amazing and fun to work with!

    Positive environment and lots of trainings provided, meaning there’s opportunity to develop.

    Lots of on-going training throughout your job roles meaning you always have a chance to improve.

    External Trainings are super fun, engaging and inspiring!

    Opportunity for bonuses

    Cons

    11am-8pm rota means it’s quite unsociable hours.
    End up working 1 full weekend a month, and your rota will be either always working one Saturday or Sunday.
    Long working hours and a lot of pressure with a big list of job roles.

    Targets for centres can be highly optimistic and unrealistic. Quarterly Competitions within regions are difficult to win, especially when centres all have different targets and some are easier to hit than others depending on various factors such as location. Usually same well-performing centres will win and there’s no opportunity for you unless targets become slightly more realistic in some cases and higher for those high performing centres.

    Explore Learning Response

    Dec 11, 2017 – Graduate Recruitment Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review about your role at Explore. It is great that you find the variety of the role so rewarding and enjoy working with the kids. We understand the hours are a... More


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