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Gepik Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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  1. "Better than a hagwon!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gepik (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Government job, so no issues with being paid on time, health care and pension are paid into
    - GEPIK schools are close typically close to Seoul for easy access
    - More vacation time and generally more freedoms than in private academies (early leave, more time to take vacation
    - Good hours 8:30a-4:30a generally

    Cons

    - Actually working environment all depends on what school you are placed in and the staff there. School might as well be separate entities with how principals run their schools
    - Desk warming
    - The pay scale hasn't been updated in years to reflect the rising cost of living
    - There is no career advancement. If you want to teach university, most won't even look at experience at these schools

    Advice to Management

    -what management? If you have an issue there is no contact (or at least a contact made available) to help outside of the school itself.


  2. "Working for GEPIK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Government contract, so teachers have job security during the course of the contract.
    More vacation days than academy teachers

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for professional development
    Pay and benefits do not increase in line with inflation
    Teachers feel taken for granted

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers like the skilled workers they are

  3. "Fantastic work experience..."

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    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gepik full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a relatively smooth process to get on board with GEPIK, and I was fortunate to wind up at a wonderful middle school with great instructors and students. The city placement was great, and my apartment was a reasonable studio.

    Cons

    Once I left GEPIK's orientations and meetings, I noticed that they were pretty hands-off when it came to mediating difficulties in the school. I really didn't have too many struggles in that department, but once I called my representative and found out she was no longer the representative for my region, and I didn't really have much contact with GEPIK after that. I imagine they had assigned a new representative shortly after, but I resolved my issues in the meantime.


  4. "ESL Elementary"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Gapyeong (South Korea)
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Gapyeong (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gepik full-time

    Pros

    Great Support. Very Professional. Next to other opportunities in Elementary Education, after 6 years I NEVER heard anyone make an unfavorable comparison about GEPIK.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons.


  5. "ESL in South Korea!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Gwacheon-dong (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Gwacheon-dong (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful, life changing experience. An excellent chance to save money, as your apartment is paid for by the school, and living costs are low. A safe and interesting life full of fun opportunities.

    Cons

    You will be very far from your friends and family, perhaps that is perfectly fine for many people. It can be a crap shoot as to who your Korean co-teacher will be. Some co-teachers will want to do all of the teaching, and will consider you just an accessory to the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a system where long term teachers in Korea are given incentives to teach more effectively, and give genuine opportunities for promotions.


  6. "Major cuts to all schools except in rural areas"

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    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Pyongtak (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Pyongtak (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A good experience for somebody wanted to learn about a new culture.
    With the pay, you can save a good bit of money in a year.
    If you get a good school, you can have a laid back, rewarding year.

    Cons

    If you get a bad school, your life will become extremely difficult.
    The program is in the middle of some serious downsizing so it's very unstable. The past two schools I worked for lost their funding for native English instructors.


  7. "Easy but Unstable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Gepik full-time

    Pros

    Not a hard job. The benefits are good and given the cost of living, it's easy to save money. Your job satisfaction will depend on your school and your attitude. Lots of vacation time during the winter and summer break. Finish work everyday at 4:40

    Cons

    Very unstable job. Schools are getting their funding cut left and right. The overall program is a little unorganized and an your workload/job description will really depend on the school where you teach.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the program and insure uniform application across schools. Otherwise, change your mission statement.

  8. "Great idea, poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yongin, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yongin, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gepik full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Government backing, standardized benefits for native English teachers, some training, clear indication of primary contact for each native teacher. The annual training provided to first-time teachers was moderately useful and was a good point of contact for meeting other teachers and comparing school situations.

    Cons

    Problems took forever to solve, if they were solved at all. The individual Gepik coordinators weren't unkind, but they were overworked, underpaid, under-trained, and more interested in supporting the Korean co-teachers than they were in assisting the native English teachers. The program was obviously not well-implemented, as it's now extinct.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your lower-level people. Your junior employees (coordinators) are the ones who should be able to understand that native teachers and co-teachers are overwhelmed by one another's foreign-ness. They should be able to empathize, isolate conflict points, and implement creative solutions.


  9. "okay"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Gepik full-time

    Pros

    -Good hours
    -Free housing
    -Free round-trip ticket
    -Friendly co-workers
    -Good opportunity to work abroad

    Cons

    -No training given
    -Contract job
    -Position availability depends on funding from a city hall; if the school does not get funding your school can cancel your contract no matter how well you are teaching.
    -unorganized program


  10. "GEPIK good opportunity, but very unorganized"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good pay, good vacation and housing.

    Cons

    Unreliable and unorganized. Poor communication.


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