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Language Link Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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  1. "Location dependent"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Language Link as an intern

    Pros

    Everything is taken care of; taxes, housing, transportation, etc. Great co-workers and local staff. Good supply of material and available assistance.

    Cons

    Schedule can vary wildly and other branches were not as good as mine


  2. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Allows you to get your visa to live in Russia

    Cons

    Terrible training, very unprofessional management and very low salary.


  3. "Great publisher"

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    Former Employee - Freelance Designer and Illustrator in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Freelance Designer and Illustrator in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Language Link (More than a year)

    Pros

    one of the oldest London publishers with office in China... good contract, communication excellent.

    Cons

    nothing to specify here as con

    Advice to Management

    no comment


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  5. "Not a wonderful experience"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Language Link as a contractor

    Pros

    The management has treated me fairly and my living conditions, provided by the company, are rather good.

    Cons

    Even with limited training as part of their Teacher Intern program, you're treated the same as an experienced teacher, with the same number of hours and given little leeway when it comes to difficult classes.


  6. "ESL Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)

    Pros

    Good salary compared to other schools and countries.

    Cons

    Paid in both cash and direct deposit.


  7. "Good for a Visa"

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    Former Employee - EFL Teacher in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Former Employee - EFL Teacher in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - No hassle with visa
    - Always pay on time
    - Guaranteed salary even if you don't work many hours

    Cons

    -They make it seem like the hour cap on the salary is the exception to the norm, but it's actually the other way around
    - low pay

    Advice to Management

    give teachers more freedom over their schedule


  8. "Legitimate Opportunity"

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    Current Intern - Teacher Intern in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Intern - Teacher Intern in Moscow (Russia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Language Link as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - comprehensive training
    - receptive administration
    - fully-equipped (though you should have no issue potentially sleeping on a sofa bed) housing accommodations plus utilities included in employment package with repair personnel on staff
    - Wi-Fi provided in each flat at a very reasonable rate to the employee
    - Russian Federation taxes paid for by company
    - airport pick-up and drop-off service
    - health insurance
    - transportation allowance when assigned 'in-company"
    - employee discounted Russian language classes with qualified and experienced teachers
    - reference letters provided upon completion of work-study and TEFL training components
    - livable salary while living in a ruble economy, though exchange rates have worsened a bit in comparison with the last year; quality food is available for purchase in grocery stores at very reasonable prices and less expensive than convenience foods
    - extremely efficient and timely public transportation system in Moscow
    - the appropriate visa required to work in Russia is provided

    Cons

    Cons
    - contracts can be late and different from what you would otherwise expect; read before signing and prepare to find a different employer or return home should you not receive your extension or contract as expected
    - travel time to teaching assignments may be up to 1.5 hours in time, though if there is an issue with the schedule, administration is receptive to input and if problematic, will adjust the schedule to be doable; total commute times for the day may reach 4+ hours- there are some who didn't continue with the company due to these times
    - longer commutes on the metro (1.0 - 1.5 hours) can be tiring
    - some complain that the salary is lower than other companies in Moscow; however, a flat with utilities paid for is provided and should be taken into consideration, particularly when considering it is Moscow
    - assignments can change with short notice, but this is usually do to unexpected and unforeseeable circumstances, outside of contract or commute issues
    - can be a very petty work environment, bordering on toxic
    - no holiday parties or transition/adaptation activities to assist in adjusting to a new country and environment
    - take advantage of why you're there and keep an eye toward the future in terms of goals- if Russia is your goal, this is a good way to get started, but not an end point


  9. "Honest company with wonderful support"

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    Current Intern - English Teacher
    Current Intern - English Teacher
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Language Link as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The administration has been very supportive. My salary and overtime is paid on time and full. The training I received was comprehensive and the resources available to be allow me to do my job well. They made moving to a new country as easy as possible.

    Cons

    The schedule is variable and sometimes changes happen with limited notice. The training month in Moscow was very intense and involved 14 hour days including transit. Housing conditions were underwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Shorter days during the training period would have been nice, however the overall content was worth it.


  10. "A Fine Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company provides employees with visas and full visa support, pays the incredibly high taxes (~60%!!) on foreign workers, has helpful and friendly staff and reimburses air fare so you can travel home upon completing your contract! I've been working for the company for 5 years in a number of different centers and I can honestly say that I've never had a problem. While the salary may seem small by US/UK standards, it's actually more than doctors make here and it's more than enough to survive on and have fun with since apartments are already paid for. The work schedule is also really light. Teachers never end up being in class more than 25 hours a week - so it's not even full time!

    Cons

    There can be misunderstandings between Russian and non-Russian staff but these are usually cleared up without incident.


  11. "A good way to begin ESL teaching."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Moscow (Russia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of support from DoSes, some great colleagues, great visa support, offices and classrooms tend to be clean, presentable and professional.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrendous hours occasionally, some incredibly rude and unprofessional administrators, apartments are not acceptable, although one there's a decent allowance if you decide to forgo company housing.