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  1. "Paid Vacation"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    First of all let me explain the meaning of this review's title "Paid Vacation". I worked at HG (Happy Goal) for the past 3.5 years and 6 years in total in China. Before coming to China, I've had way more serious jobs than what I did in China. These jobs were usually accompanied by stress, responsibility, efficiency, deadlines etc. But not in China! In China, work in very easy, no high expectations or responsibilities,...

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    Cons

    No two consecutive days off. Only 5 days annual leave for the first contract and 1 extra day for every next contract. Deductions for not clocking-in/out on time - many teachers have that problem as the company has really strict policy on arriving to work on time and leaving on time. You're allowed to forget "fingerprinting yourself" twice a month but then you have to send an email to your supervisor explaining the...

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    Advice to Management

    You need experienced HR managers, professionals, who can deal with foreigners and their problems/responsibilities. Stop flipping sales responsibility to EDU department. Provide more certified trainings and career opportunities.

  2. "Narrow minded,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Teaching method is clear and consistent. Teaching plans are already designed.

    Cons

    The OA system is in chinese. The supervisors don’t know anything about Language Teaching and can barely understand English. They solve problems in the worst possible manner (they frequently loose your paperwork) Extensive meetings are hold in Chinese.

    Advice to Management

    Need some prepared and professional supervisors. More foreigners in the Mangement.

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    "A good secure ELS Centre to work from."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nantong, Jiangsu
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    33-hour contract with only 22 classes, plus overtime for extra. Paid every month on time and accurately. This is a good school to work at, you can comfortably spend several years working here.

    Cons

    Some schools have split days off, some have consecutive days. It teaches American English to children who learn English English at Jiangsu schools.

    Advice to Management

    Management could extend the contracted hours to allow for better training and development of its teaching team.

  4. "Easy and fun work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Fun, creative curriculum Training provided Good salary Work not too taxing

    Cons

    Working hours not great - very rare to get two penultimate days off, very little annual leave

  5. "Good balance between work and free time"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I've spent 3 years working at Happy Goal and during this time I've seen positive changes in the company management and working environment. Working with kids was easy and joyful, and for most of the times you get their love and respect. Best things about working as an ESL Teacher in Happy Goal are its fun working environment and international team - your coworkers are from different countries and cultures, and that...

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    Cons

    - No two consecutive days off (either Mon-Wed or Tue-Thu) and hard to get vacation/days off on weekends. - HQ management doesn't speak English well or at all, so there were several occasions when teachers had problems because of misunderstanding or lack of communication. - I felt that the service that the students’ families paid for wasn’t always what was promised. Some, not all, arrived with expectations that sales...

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    Advice to Management

    - More financial support and opportunities for career development to "stable" teachers who are in the company for more than 2 years. - Focus on quality, not quantity, when employing new teaching staff. - Give more certified training to teaching staff (e.g. additional TKT, TEFL/TESOL, CELTA etc.). - Improve HQ staff: employ more foreigners or locals with working experience abroad.

  6. "Great place to start teaching in China"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time

    Pros

    - Supportive tutors - Great kids - Good materials - More training/academic support now compared to when I started - Reasonable work schedule and good salary for a training center

    Cons

    - Limited reprimands/punishments for those teachers that don't put in sufficient effort - Local tutors aren't paid much, but that seems to be an industry-wide problem - Disparity in working environment between centers can be quite large, new ones look great and older ones are kind of messy

    Advice to Management

    - More foreigners in management team - Standardise environment in centers and make sure local managers maintain it - Continue to give more training to teaching staff - Better training for local supervisors (limited management skills)

  7. "Great work and cultural experience"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher Trainer in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    As an actual employee, I've enjoyed most of my time working for this company. Teaching kids is an awesome experience that has been quite joyful. Kids love you and parents are quite grateful so see foreigners teaching their kids English - I've always been helped by Chinese staff whenever I was in need (hospital, banking, visas, etc.) - Great chance to meet people from different countries. - Growth opportunities for...

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    Cons

    Here are cons that I noticed from other teachers - Some people find it difficult adapting to Chinese culture and management style, they expect things to run the same way as back home. - Being stubborn or unwilling to change your teaching style won't help at all here. - If teaching or being with kids is not your thing and you come here just for traveling, don't even bother.

    Advice to Management

    - Annual increases & promotion raises could be better. - Increase number of Western personnel in management. - Listen to teachers needs to get a whole picture in how to improve things.

  8. "Good working enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    * Have all teaching materials * Good communication within coworkers * Many teaching opportunities (different ages, freedom of lesson plan)

    Cons

    * Really depends on the concrete office * Supervision might be poor

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Senior ESL Teacher in China"

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    Current Employee - Senior ESL Teacher in Changzhou, Jiangsu
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Happy Goal Kids English full-time

    Pros

    -The salary is quite good compared to other schools, and due to low cost of living in China, it is easy to save money. - The class number per week are fairly low - You can create your own courseware

    Cons

    - There is a cultural barrier to understanding managements decision-making. - The language barrier can make it difficult to both work and live in China. - Limited communication between the ESL department and the other departments.

  10. "Focus on the students, they're a joy!"

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    Current Employee - Head Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Happy Goal Kids English full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The students are amazing and I have the chance to work at one of their biggest centers with great facilities and lots of materials. Teaching is always great, the materials are all provided and if you have put in the necessary time and effort to plan a fun and dynamic class your success is pretty much guaranteed.

    Cons

    The management doesn't speak much English, the Center Director doesn't speak a word of English, which makes communication with your direct managers a bit complicated, but the people at HQ, as long as you have been good (no lateness or no complaints from parents) they will be more than glad to help you out.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers who are doing a good job need and deserve more support. Stable managers, in the last year we had 5 different supervisors in the Education Department and almost a complete turn over of teachers. Foster the passion for teaching in your employees, make education the main goal.

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