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  1. "business lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Business Lecturer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - Business Lecturer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very pleasant colleagues, supporting staff, planned out policies on how to conduct assessments.

    Cons

    Poor directing, unreliable payments, too low vacation leave which is not enough to go back home comfortably for more than 2 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Have related work experience, provide other forms of benefits for continuous development of staff


  2. "Fashion Design Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Fashion Design Lecturer in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
    Former Employee - Fashion Design Lecturer in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the college looks good, it had a small number of students at the time as it was a newly set up campus

    Cons

    the fact that students can literally get you fired for their own convenience , to delay a fee payment or to avoid sitting for an exam. students are very slow and irresponsive, don't understand English and hardly very few cooperate and bring their assignments on time

    Advice to Management

    Should be more professional and selective on hiring competent personnel


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Ruthless and Cheesy Management"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer
    Former Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great dedicated lecturers, and colleagues who are trying to support the Students at its best. Having the chance to get teaching experience abroad.

    Cons

    Poor "plastic attitude" Management in Singapore with ZERO dedication for education. Lecturers are seen as cost factors, not as assets. Poor working conditions with lousy salary, poor equipment, and 12-14 days holiday per year.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your Education Company to People who care about Education.


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Stay Away from This Company !"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Surabaya (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Surabaya (Indonesia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp (More than a year)

    Pros

    Networking and meeting new people
    Continuous learning experience
    Nothing else really

    Cons

    Horrible work environment where top management treats lecturers like objects and all they care about is the students' money only
    No induction and no help is given to newly arriving lecturers
    Management does not provide full financial compensation to lecturers for visa-runs and if they are asked to teach on other campuses, other than the one they signed contract for.
    Salary / income tax related statements including monthly payslips are not automatically provided
    Lecturers are sometimes bullied and verbally abused by top management.
    Top management's greed and lack of motivation makes the work environment toxic and extremely unpleasant

    Advice to Management

    Shut the company down if you can't treat your employees with fairness and respect !


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Do yourself a favor, keep away"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Difficult to think of any... maybe the strongest point in favor is that career advancement is still not entirely impossible, if one is willing to embrace distasteful office politics and rulings handed down from the top.

    Cons

    It sounds strange, but one gets the impression that the expat management is actively seeking to sabotage the daily work and careers of those under them, by creating a difficult work environment and making unreasonable demands, as well as disrespectful treatment (name-calling, belittling).

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps attempt to engender trust by behaving like decent human beings? At very least, more transparency and fairness would help.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bad management with worst HR"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I can't think of any pros!

    Cons

    The HR with long hair and thick make up at Raffles KL is the worst , unprofessional, rude and no manner HR I ever met, keep asking brainless questions during the interview.

    Advice to Management

    Pls hire a group of professional HR and fire the unprofessional one. You have to know the quality of HR represent the image of the whole company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Besides the wonderful relationship you can establish with some of the students and staff there's nothing to look forward in this organization.

    Cons

    It's clearly on of those work places to AVOID. Only "Yes, sir", kind of people will succeed here.
    Management is so poor and careless about anything else but cutting costs that it's very hard to believe how does Raffles has been around for 20 years. Everything seems to happen based on random decisions from pay-scale to career opportunities and promotions.
    Almost EVERYTHING IS BAD at Raffles, in all branches.
    Corporate Culture and values are disgraceful. Terrible expat package offer and even worst for locals.
    Management has no vision but applying a "Divide and Conquer" strategy to divide their staff between foreigners and non-foreigners. People cannot rely in each other because there is a permanent climate of subtle aggression and terrible gossiping culture.
    I've just managed to get hold of and survive for so long because of the cultural experience one has living in India.
    It's so bad to work in here, it's so poorly managed that the only logical explanation is that this business is acting as a façade to cover the money laundering of other illegitimate from the company chairman.

    Advice to Management

    Where to start?
    First take care of the great academic and non academic staff that you have. Keep the good ones, let the bad ones go.
    Did you ever wonder why no foreigner stays more than a 2-3 years period at Raffles? Your lack of vision for the business and respect for your staff members will backfire on you and it already started. They should evaluate why less and less students join Raffles every ,year (from Australia to Mongolia, with HQ at Singapure included)? If they were really concerned with the company growth and evolution (which they are not), a serious research, analysis and auditing would be conducted to measure where the market value is being lost. Management couldn't care less. They are just too busy keeping appearances.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Mindboggling incompetence"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp full-time

    Pros

    Nice advertisements, enough local support staff (their level of competence is a different matter). Building has a large car park for staff and students to smoke in; unfortunately they usually choose to smoke at the building entrance, following the example top management.

    Cons

    Management has gone from bad to worse, now tries all sorts of underhand tactics to get out of paying staff their last salaries: from bizarre letters to ensuring that promises are kept verbal so there's no written record to hold them to. Rampant cronyism, teachers hired on basis of relationship instead of qualifications/skills/experience; probably because the school prefers not to provide decent salaries. Stop cheating the students of the education they've paid for, and stop cheating parents who pay for that education -- it's a simple matter not to admit students who aren't qualified/interested in a course, but management seems blinded by $$$.

    Advice to Management

    Please, put the Ulaanbaatar school out of its misery


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Stressful, soulless, faceless, factory model-oriented institution"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Education Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perhaps the only positive thing in this company is that as a lecturer, you get to meet and interact with students from different cultures and backgrounds. Thus, learning becomes a two-way street.

    Cons

    This school makes you teach almost eight hours almost everyday. Little or no attention ever gets paid to professional growth. This place is run by salesmen, being a profit-driven institution. Ironically, in the hope of raising profits, lecturers report to people who know nothing about education. It is actually quite pathetic to see sales staff show potential students the campus without them knowing the content of what they are trying to sell. Even the most discerning, wisest and richest parents will not bother sending their children here. This school barely offers the complete campus experience. There are hardly any significant salary raises or adjustments. There are no benefits either. What appears to be a good salary at first becomes unacceptable given the amount of workload they dump on their lecturers. Administrators also like to incessantly, constantly and regularly blame staff and lecturers for any shortcoming. It is also a 100% pro-student administration since students are their cash cows for the sake of profit. In this school, it is all glitter, but there is no gold. Even as a lecturer, you will not be motivated to put your professional best because it will just be unappreciated by management and by the students. It is generally a stressful, soulless, faceless, factory model-oriented institution. People owning and running this institution are a disgrace to the profession of education. In other words, it is just a frustrating stint that will drive you to wit's end.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "could be a wonderful experience if it were not for management incompetence."

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Raffles Education Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro for this job is the interaction with students - most are eager to learn - and the satisfaction that comes with seeing the improvements is marvelous.

    Cons

    Raffles are in the business of education and students are cash cows. I am with RUI in JB where management talk in terms of efficiencies and productivity. With the result my course preparation time was reduced (efficiency!) and my course load was increased (productivity!) on the basis that as an experienced lecturer, very comfortable in the role, I don't need preparation time to develop new courses - it defies logic. But it also accounts for the very high turn-over of foreign faculty. I will resign at the end of my first year and within that year 9 other foreign faculty have left RUI in JB - that speaks for itself.

    Advice to Management

    Have realistic expectations for course delivery - no matter a lecturer's comfort level, preparation time is the key to successful lecturing. A simple job/time analysis similar to the 52 week macro breakdown and the 40 hour per week micro breakdown that I presented to management would be a sounder basis for making 'business decisions' about course schedules. Hire enough faculty to support the delivery of the course schedule. Recognize that there are many speciality fields within Psychology and hire a faculty that represents these specialities. On paper I have 20 days vacation per annum - however the current schedule offers limited opportunity to avail of vacation time - an extended week-end is the main option for a break. Management should honour the terms of its own contract. To do so might reduce the high turnover.