Magic Ears Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2020

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3.6
66%
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Pros
  • "After desperately searching for a job that I could work from home while having a newborn baby, I stumbled upon Magic Ears(in 45 reviews)

  • "Seems great because they give bookings(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "I actually had my Magic Ears account temporarily suspended on account of warm lighting temperature(in 28 reviews)

  • "Hiring Process sends mixed messages(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Earn your way on your time!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company offers true flexibility as it is promised. There is an opportunity to set a schedule, while earning beyond set hours with standby classes! The pay is higher than many online ESL companies. You are held to a high standard of teaching and given a coach from the beginning. The teaching platform is very interactive.

    Cons

    You may have to pay a small fee for funds to be deposited to your online PayPal or banking accounts.

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  2. Helpful (9)

    "Stay away... Horrible company"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Online ESL Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Magic Ears full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and the pay is reasonable for this type of work.

    Cons

    Horrible staff. They are rude and have a racist mentality. I have been teaching ESL for other companies for years and never dealt with so many constant emails and messages from any company. They want you to teach like a robot. You must land on this page at this exact time. You were 30 seconds early to this page. Just too much headache for only a few classes. The teachers are not appreciated at all. You are disposable to them and it shows. They think there is an endless supply of teachers.

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  3. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible ESL COMPANY"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is good, you can get extra bonus dollars for signing in early and picking up peaktime classes. The cancellation policy is good. Sick cancellations and emergency cancellations are good as well.

    Cons

    They message you to pick up classes WHILE YOU'RE TEACHING. The ranking system is unfair. Someone can rank up in two days with 10 classes, while someone with 200 hours and mostly five star reviews have not. They have a facebook group but when you ask questions it's considered complaining. They micro manage you outside of work ! JUST SAY NO TO MAGIC EARS.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Best Work-at-Home Job for a SAHM"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher/Trainer/Interviewer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours Understanding sick and emergency cancelation policy Interactive platform Great pay Raise with contract renewal Opportunities for growth Good communication with Beijing staff High standards

    Cons

    You may start with low bookings in the beginning, this may be discouraging for some. But I urge you to keep opening your availability because your bookings are based on the slots you open and your teaching rank. I also began with a low booking rate, but I always grabbed standby slots which filled my schedule. This is an independent contractor position. You get as much as you put it.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Decatur, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay flexible hours

    Cons

    Early morning or late night

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work at home. That is always a good thing.

    Cons

    None so far. I have worked for an awful ESL company out of China before, so this company is a refreshing change, so far they seem professional and dependable, not a fly by night organization. Very professional.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Junior Teacher in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    bookings 1 on 4 students sick policy great staff

    Cons

    sometimes too many teachers limited hours

  8. Helpful (54)

    "It's a Joy and a Struggle"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is higher than most ESL companies, good students, platform easy to use, great opportunity to work from home, no-penalty sick policy

    Cons

    If you take a look at the ME facebook page you can see that the way to get ahead in this company is to self promote through their facebook page, and to agree with the company no matter what you truly feel. The competition among the teachers is exhausting. For those of us who don't have the time to stay on facebook all day we are left behind. I personally know teachers who work MANY free hours to get noticed with the company; I'm not working for free. The way that they promote is frustrating. You are told that you need to improve on things to get promoted, but once you improve they only find more things for you to change....This isn't for everyone, though. Some of the lucky few get promoted right at 100 classes, while some go through the endless cycle of feedback meetings, changing and more feedback meetings. Students also have the ability to rate you 1 star for anything. Very difficult to contact someone from the company. Takes days to get responses, they have an office in Nashville but don't utilize it for teacher support, pay is usually incorrect or docked inappropriately

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  9. Helpful (10)

    "Best job ever!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They are so flexible and they really care for their teachers. I also love their training. The platform we use to teach is so fun and engaging.

    Cons

    Waking up early but for doing what I love and good pay, it’s not even that bad

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  10. Helpful (33)

    "Misleading"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Magic Ears part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Flexible schedule * Easy Money * Have their own teaching platform

    Cons

    * Support team only responds when they want too. * If you are on standby for a class they will transfer it to you and will call you again while you are teaching to pick up another class but you can't answer because they are calling you during the class they already transferred and if you don't pick up they will doc your pay EVEN THOUGH they just transferred you a class to take. * They are misleading about saying their in need for teachers. They rarely schedule you and only have you booked for standbys which is a waste of your time. Not guaranteed a booked slot. * I believe that teaching should be fun and interactive but there is a fine line between being a tutor and entertainer. The parents and Magic Ears only wants you to entertain the child versus actually teach them and correct their mistakes and Magic Ears basically agrees with that which is frustrating. No matter how hard you work, and how positive and interactive you are for the kids if you aren't silly enough or goofy enough then you'll get bad ratings. Like I said, I don't mind having a fun class but there is a fine line between teaching and entertainment. I am an experienced tutor/teacher for over 5 years not an entertainer. * They say they are culturally diverse but I don't see that in any of the training videos or platform slides.

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