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Language Stars Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Working with children is very gratifying (in 6 reviews)

  • Center directors and other team members are very supportive and resourceful in helping teachers before,during and after class (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • center directors are asked to sell and meet impossible quotas, along with cleaning centers and taking kids to the bathroom (in 7 reviews)

  • No growth opportunity, job is pretty tiresome and unless you are a Spanish speaker, there is no way for you to get enough hours to survive from it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A company on the rise"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Language Stars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Language Stars is a great environment for someone who enjoys autonomy and the ability to make a true impact on the business. The atmosphere is very collaborative. Every team member is respected and given the opportunity to provide feedback on how the organization can help them be successful. Management has gone through significant changes over the past few years and there is a clear commitment to both grow the company and develop internal talent.

    Cons

    This is an entrepreneurial environment and that means you will be challenged to work hard. For me, this is a positive but if you’re seeking early retirement, this isn’t for you. I have found if you put in the time and effort you will be rewarded for your contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Continue to invest in the development of team members and reward those who show dedication and results.


  2. "Spanish Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Language Stars part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well educated people and the managers and Center Directors are so kind. Friendly environment. You will love the kids. Good training.

    Cons

    You can't support yourself with this job. Even if you work full time. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Give an incentives to your employees because people comes and goes in regular basis. Teachers spend at least 30min before and after class sometimes 45min and if you work in a Center they won't pay you for this hours.

  3. "It's not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Language Stars full-time

    Pros

    Your team is very helpful.
    The kids are fun.
    Parents are understanding.
    You are well trained.
    Staff is fun.

    Cons

    They could pay more.
    Management is kind of pushy.
    Long hours plus extra hours (no extra pay)
    Not enough substitutes.
    Parking isn't always available.

    Advice to Management

    Great work, try to be more understanding of employees.


  4. "Disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great relationship with families, mission is sound.

    Cons

    Very disorganized management, very turnover rate. Very little consistency.

    Advice to Management

    Turn teachers into managers.


  5. "Bone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Language Stars part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My love to teach is my reason to decide to be a teacher

    Cons

    I wish if I get more hours

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Bittersweet Goodbye"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Center Director
    Former Employee - Center Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Language Stars full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission
    Great staff
    Great opportunity for growth

    Cons

    hours, large amount of moving parts, vast job description

    Advice to Management

    keep moving toward progress and keep up with the open communication


  7. "Negative experience overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Language Stars full-time

    Pros

    Most of the teachers are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    The leadership team is not well organized.

  8. "Teachers are not appreciated"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Language Stars part-time

    Pros

    The pro is to work with children and see them grow.
    Lovely co- workers who all give their best in what they do.

    Cons

    Teachers are not appreciated and underpaid for what they do. Management makes your life harder instead of supporting.....
    They don't care about the families what should be the first priority. Big communication problem.

    Advice to Management

    Make this place a fun environment again. Where we should try everything to keep our teachers going, this way we can keep families. They actually don't like it when teachers are changing almost every month.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Need improvement"

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding to teach children a different language and to see them improve

    Cons

    Lots of work, pay is not enough.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the teachers a little better


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful Culture, Valuable Insight into Business"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Language Stars full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Language Stars for over 5 years and held multiple roles in Management and Upper Management. Day-to-day, what kept me going is the Mission this company is fostering and the multi-cultural, solutions-oriented, positive team surrounding me through all situations. By working at a smaller company like Language Stars, everyone gets to provide feedback and be part of positive change, even the teaching staff. It's exciting to be part of a growing organization that is constantly learning and improving, and you come out of your role having worn many different hats and gained insight into the inner-workings of our business.

    Cons

    The hours are long and almost always include weekends, since we are a for-profit educational company and we have to meet the demands of our customers. However, if you love what you do, then the days go by fast!

    Advice to Management

    Never lose that "open forum" mentality where team members can be free to share their ideas and concerns. Keep working to improve incentives for all employees (both monetary and non-monetary).


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