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Qkids ESL Teacher Reviews

Updated January 1, 2019
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Pros
  • "You can work from home and basically set your own hours" (in 38 reviews)

  • "They are eager to learn which makes your role as a teacher easy to teach" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lastly, the hours can be rough for anyone not used to waking up early" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Occasionally technical issues (very rare)" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (35)

    "An Incredible Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    QKids offers great part-time hours that allow you to finish teaching every early in the day.
    The QKids staff is amazing, and I cannot rave enough about how wonderful they treat their employees and how kind they are to work for.
    The children are very sweet and enjoyable to work with.
    With small classes, it's very easy to interact and provide one-on-one attention during class.
    There is no lesson planning or grading-a teacher's dream!
    This job has great (and consistent) pay and scheduling.

    Cons

    Although it's not really a con, I wish I could teach more classes! With the time difference, teaching four classes a day is standard. It is perfect as a part-time position though!
    Also, once in a while it can be a struggle to be engaging at 6am, but it is definitely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    You have been such a blessing to me, and I am very grateful for the consistent and kind manner in which you interact with your teachers. Keep it up!

    Qkids Response

    Mar 20, 2018 – BD

    Thank you so much for the input! We appreciate your support very much.


  2. "Love this company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Online Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - ESL Online Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The lessons are fun and require little preparation once you know the content and games. The QKids team is always pleasant and fair to deal with. The children are usually bright and fun to tutor. Although props help sometimes, the rewards system is built in and props aren't required so that means less stuff to manage so you can focus on the material.

    Cons

    The schedule is done the week prior so you can't pick up any extra classes on short notice. The pay could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider raising the pay for this year.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It's ok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - ESL Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - ESL Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Qkids as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Beautifully designed lesson plans
    - Teachable students
    - Very few tech issues. (If there are tech issues from either side, QKids is understanding, but thankfully they are infrequent)
    - You are given a "mentor / coach" who is your direct point of contact with the company and they are easily accessible on the WeChat app.
    - Friendly communication from the company and the mentor. Everyone seems to be pretty laid back and personable.
    - Work from home
    - Direct deposit once a month, always on time
    - Teachers get a full schedule in the summer months
    -The iPhone teacher app is wonderful and convenient

    Cons

    - Lower pay (9 months out of the year it's $9 per class. In the summer it's $10 per class)
    - They state that there is a minimum amount of classes you must teach every week, but this is not true. The company assigns your classes and outside of peak summer months, it does not matter how many class slots you open or what times you open them. They will only assign 5-7 classes to you per week.
    -In order to get $10 per class, you must teach 15+ classes per week. It does not matter if you open your schedule to accommodate 15+, if they assign less than 15 classes to you, you will only get $9 per class (provided you get positive family feedback for the class, otherwise it's $8 per class).
    - This company over hires teachers to facilitate the influx of summer students and does not distribute what classes they do have in an equitable way during off peak times.
    - This company is deceitful in how they handle the bulk of their teachers during off peak times. They are not forth coming about class assignments (senior teachers retain full schedules), while most teachers are given the scraps.
    - They have a kind of bizarre 5 point teacher ranking system, which they are also not forthcoming about, and which teachers cannot see.
    - This is not reliable or stable income (except in the summer).
    - It's really discouraging and confusing to your teachers to see that some teachers get consistently full schedules week after week, while most do not and no reasons are ever given.
    - Waking up at 5:00 a.m. to teach 1 $9 class (or two $9 classes if it's a lucky day) is unmotivating and frustrating.

    On a different note...
    - Sometimes children bring phones or tablets or other toys into the lesson with them and they stay distracted, regardless of how much prompting, TPR, or props are used. This is one of the times where having the parents around can be a good thing, but sometimes you get kids who absolutely will not pay attention no matter if you call out their name 10x on each slide and have them do each prompt individually (which, by the way, is totally unrealistic with a class of 4 and a 28 minute lesson). Be prepared to be blamed for the child's lack of attention, even if you have 3 other kids in the same class who are engaged, participating, talking, smiling and having fun.

    Advice to Management

    If a child is playing with toys or other electronics during a lesson and the parent isn't around to take it away and THEN the parents get upset with the TEACHER, please don't blame your teacher who is quite literally on the other side of the world. That's really, well, kind of mean and unreasonable. Perhaps it would be more pertinent to ask the parents to make sure that the child doesn't have other toys or electronics in their hands during class-time. Especially if, when the class is reviewed, you see that all criteria for good teaching is being met and the other 3 students in the same class are engaged and happy. It's totally ridiculous and baffling to be blamed for something like this. You need to recognize that this is a parent problem, NOT a teacher problem. It is wholly disparaging to be blamed for something that is 100% out of our control. I've spoken with other highly rated, long term Qkids teachers who feel the same on this and no one understands why Qkids would put the blame on us in these oddball situations.

    If you are going to continue to rank teachers and base how many classes they receive on those rankings, please at least be forthcoming and honest about it. It is extremely unmotivating and unprofessional to see that some teachers retain full schedules, while most of us do not.
    Change your attendance policy so that teachers can reach the $10 per class mark even if we aren't assigned 15+ classes, which is out of our control since you assign the scheduling.
    We are up hours before the sun comes up working with multiple small children, singing the bingo song (multiple times!), clapping, cheering them on, smiling constantly for 30 minutes. It is in the company's best interest to have happy, motivated teachers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good for supplemental income"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - ESL Teacher
    Current Contractor - ESL Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Qkids as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You choose your schedule. The company is AMAZING. The work is pretty fun, if you like kids.

    Cons

    The hours. If you cannot find a way to wake up early then don't even consider this. I hate waking up every morning at 3 AM and not even to really work "full time." So I could never live off this alone, but I personally couldn't work this job and another job at the same time due to scheduling conflicts.

    Qkids Response

    Dec 3, 2018

    Thank you very much for your valuable input! We are always striving to better ourselves and improve the working experience for all of our teachers. Hope you enjoy teaching on!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Flexibility"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Miami, FL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff are so helpful and welcoming. I have been working for them for almost a year and they are always willing to answer your questions in the quickest way possible. They also allow you to have a flexible schedule, if you need to take a day off you can tell them at least 24 hours before without penalty. Other companies require you to give them at least a two week notice before requesting time off. Therefore, Qkids matches my schedule the best, when I need to take time off for studying or if plans change at the last minute. The teaching platform is very innovative and fun to use when teaching the kids. They are always so happy and eager to learn.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons, the only issue is the time difference between China and the USA. It limits the amount of hours to teach to either very early morning or late at night.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome to your teachers! They are always there to listen and help out. This creates such a nice work environment to be a part of.

    Qkids Response

    Oct 12, 2018 – Marketing Representative

    Thank you so much for your valuable input! We are constantly striving to better ourselves as always! We are only lucky to have you in ou Qkids family~ Hope you enjoy teaching~


  6. "Best job I've ever had"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - ESL Teacher
    Current Contractor - ESL Teacher
    Recommends

    I have been working at Qkids as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Pays well
    -Premade lesson plan
    -Amazing kids
    -Helpful and supportive staff

    Cons

    -Stressful hours if you teaching both morning and evening. It doesn't allow for a comfortable amount of sleep
    -Not enough hours available, I would do it full time if I could.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Scheduling is fantastic and use of the software is great!

    Cons

    Getting a bad rating is kind of scary due to previous reviews.

    Qkids Response

    Sep 10, 2018 – Marketing Representative

    Thank you very much for your sincere feedback! We truly appreciate all your efforts and your understanding towards Qkids! Please feel free to contact your coaches/trainers we will be more than happy... More

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Good Extra Money"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Columbia, SC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can work in your PJs! Great way to make extra money on the side. The children are adorable and very well behaved. Staff seems to always be available to answer questions.

    Cons

    Only get paid once a month.

    Advice to Management

    Listing $16-$20 an hour is a little misleading since you have to log into the class before it begins, and then wait 10 minutes before your next class begins. Therefore, making it $16-$20 for about an hour and a half.

    Qkids Response

    Sep 10, 2018 – Marketing Representative

    Thank you very much for your sincere comments! We truly appreciate your efforts in teaching and your understanding towards Qkids. We have well noted your advice and will take action in the future if... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "ESL teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent teaching platform, everything is planned all you have to do is guide the kids through the class. The kids are very smart and have usually already reviewed the lesson beforehand so it's even easier thanks to this.

    Staff are very understanding and collaborative. They're always there when help is needed or you have a question. I have always been paid fairly and on time.

    Cons

    Somtimes during the off season there seems to be fewer classes available

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

    Qkids Response

    Sep 10, 2018 – Marketing Representative

    Thank you very much for your sincere feedback! We truly appreciate all your efforts in teaching with Qkids! It is true that fewer students sign up for the classes when Chinese public school begins... More


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Had great expctations that became shattered over time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Qkids part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours, kids can be fun to teach.

    Cons

    VERY BUGGY PROGRAM. System crashes frequently, to a point where you miss your class and you don't get paid. And even if you do get paid, you can't get that attendance bonus or performance bonus that really makes this job somewhat worth it. Very unfair when you are adamant about being on-time, only for the program to fail on you.

    Lessons are extremely boring and sometimes don't make sense as to how this will teach anyone English for that matter. The need to smile constantly is unrealistic and draining. Parents are ALWAYS interrupting the lessons and saying the answers out loud during class. Sometimes I've seen parents physically hit children on screen if they don't cooperate or say something wrong. There's always that one Chinese dad in the background without a shirt on, itching his stomach; and frankly, it's disgusting.

    Scheduling rules are very confusing and vague. They have an app where you can schedule yourself or request shifts off. But they say not to use it and only email them or use wechat for scheduling. Then, WHY EVEN MAKE AN APP???

    Your teaching supervisor is always emailing you constantly tips you need to work on in your classes. Feels strange to be constantly watched and ridiculed on every movement and way you teach.

    Advice to Management

    Get better IT. Fix all the bugs in your program. Find a way to get parents to stop interrupting or even physically abusing your students. Thanks.

    Qkids Response

    Sep 9, 2018 – Marketing Representative

    Thank you very much for sharing your opinions!
    We are sorry about your experience with Qkids. Online teaching can be challenging since it is affected by the network and the system sometimes... More