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Raffles Education Corp Lecturer Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  1. "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fixed work hours. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about career development.

    Advice to Management

    Career development please.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Do you want to work at Raffles Indonesia?"

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

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

    Pros

    The Surabaya campus has a great central location with wonderful colleagues

    Cons

    As others noted the management does not fully cover visa run expenses when the lecturer has to get a new Indonesian visa in Singapore. Sometimes lecturers have to work illegally on visitor visas. High turn over of local & foreign staff. Management's focus on money alone has created a toxic office environment!

    Advice to Management

    Stop exploiting your lecturers and staff and care more about the students whose parents pay exorbitant tuition fees to study at Raffles. Offer career growth to your lecturers and stop employing them illegally on visitor visas.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. 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.


  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 (7)

    "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 (9)

    "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.