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Middlebury Interactive Languages Reviews

Updated December 29, 2016
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  1. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Work can be consuming at times


  2. "Inspiring and Intensive Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    At the Summer Acadamies I had some of the best opportunities to work in a fast-paced environment and coordinate the program.

    Cons

    The pay for program assistants was far too low.


  3. "Working here is fun"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Middlebury, VT
    Current Employee - Manager in Middlebury, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have great flexibility, everyone is accessible, vibe is informal, yet people work hard. Benefits are decent, especially 401K and PTO. Office is bright and open. Relatively little bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Communication could always be better. Some people have left due to pending ownership change. Need more lunch options locally, slim pickings on Exchange St. IT support could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the core of what MIL is in the future. You have some great people, find a way to keep them. Communicate more often. Have more office wide events.


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  5. "teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages part-time

    Pros

    flexibility
    Great team
    Never feel alone
    feel supported
    Overall this is a great company to work for
    different ways to work as a team

    Cons

    sometimes feel like you want to work more with your students

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  6. "Excellent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, flexible schedule

    Cons

    small company, geographically limited to Vermont and a few satellite locations


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Online Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Your team and co-workers are good. Your immediate supervisor has good amount of power to make decisions and also is able to directly communicate with superiors.

    Cons

    The compensation for online teaching is not great. There are periods of more activity vs less. There are multiple platforms, all with different requirements and configurations.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Online Spanish Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible work hours, great support from management, lead teachers. Excellent technical support. Lots of grading and mandatory office hours and stude live sessions but not many students show up.

    Cons

    Lots of grading and mandatory office hours and stude live sessions but not many students show up. Many students think they can use google translator for tests and submit work for grading.


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    "Course Builder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people in the Provo office, who were great before the management team got turned on its head and budgets were slashed across the board (which drove them to turning on one another), are the only reason this company gets two stars and not one.

    Cons

    Imagine being invited to a party with people who seem to have an immense amount in common with you--from educational background to interests and values--only to arrive and discover that the same people are just as easily influenced by a dog-eat-dog corporate culture as they initially seemed to be unified. It's hard to remember much that wasn't a con about working for MIL... Including the fact that it actually released a product line called "MILF."

    Advice to Management

    This company is too far gone to have any hope of benefiting from any advice anyone could offer, even if management would listen to reason. The fact being that management will not listen to reason, there's little hope of any outcome other than total burnout.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Underpaid, overworked, mistrusted"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Language Teacher in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Full Time Language Teacher in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible hours.
    401k available to part timers
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    - Lead teachers only interested in finding fault
    -no personal creativity, everything is scripted and has a procedure, unlike teaching in other venues
    - pay is half of what a school district would pay, but you work at least 60 hours a week (they tell you it's 40)
    - little consistency in communication across the board, and too much useless information with the important parts missing (little to no efficiency in communication)
    - tons of nit-picky policies to make grading and communication uniform (I understand why this is needed, but it makes it feel as though teachers are merely executive assistants, not highly educated and trained professionals)
    - can feel like a commodity or grading robot rather than a teacher
    - almost no self determination by teachers as to how they work or what the best ways to teach content are
    - outmoded and inappropriate curriculum that they are slow to change or edit

    Advice to Management

    Promote teachers to create content and policies! A school or learning program is so much more complex and is very different from a business, although they may seem like the same thing from the outside! Hire education professionals to consult on all levels of the company.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Organization"

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

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hard-working people overall. Great product idea.

    Cons

    Upper management operates like a clique with little regard for other level of employees



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