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SMOE Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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  1. "NET"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMOE full-time

    Pros

    Great holiday vacations twice a year.

    Cons

    sometimes placed in a school that does not treat the NET right, having to do "summer" and "winter" camps that was basically just babysitting

    Advice to Management

    Vet the schools, make sure whoever they work with is professional


  2. "Interesting experience, needs more respect in the field"

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

    I worked at SMOE full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to be as creative as you want with lesson design

    Cons

    Not much respect as a foreign language teacher, your voice doesn't matter much

    Advice to Management

    ESL Teachers need more respect; provide more intercultural training

  3. "Great benefits from this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMOE full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation, holidays, mission statement

    Cons

    Teaching too many students in one week


  4. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMOE full-time

    Pros

    -Good Experience
    - Good pay package
    - Meet other teachers from all over the world
    - Chance to explore other countries

    Cons

    - Frequent changes in terms of coworkers, supervisors, etc etc
    - Cultural and language barriers
    - Limited opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Differentiate good teachers from bad and treat better qualified and more dependable teachers better than random backpackers.


  5. "Benefits were better back in the day"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You only had to work less than 30 hours

    Cons

    Desk warming gets pretty boring

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the signing bonus and make the English camps more fun and free flowing


  6. "Great if you are adventerous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great experience and requirements are easily met. Great way to travel

    Cons

    Little job growth opportunities, schools are hit or miss, culture shock


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Public School Teacher in Arcadia, CA
    Former Employee - Public School Teacher in Arcadia, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SMOE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid-back work atmosphere and you will love it if you enjoy working with children or kids. Great experience for people looking to learn about other cultures.

    Cons

    The change in atmosphere, from life to work may be too abrupt for some. It's easy to stay inside your self-made box if you don't make an effort to reach out more; as is expected, teaching children consists of more discipline and baby-sitting than actual teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure better coordination between foreign teachers and native teachers; but since they are for the most part hands off I don't see it as a huge issue.

  8. "A Great way to get into Asia"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I worked for the SMOE for 3 years having a fantastic experience. The staff was very accommodating despite what other reviewers may say. The school was close to provided housing and pay was adequate.

    Cons

    From colleague experiences placed at different school, Principals and staff can be difficult to work with. Varying levels of English speaking staff members can make things like understanding lesson plans or schedules difficult. Principals of each school are the final word, if you cannot get along with them you may have a hard time at the school.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to level the treatment of the each Native English Teacher so that reviews are not so drastically skewed.


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    "ESL Instructor"

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    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SMOE (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cushy, and very easy to get stuck in. I had a particularly positive experience because I was at a middle of the road school. The less experienced but younger teachers worked there, so were people that I could relate more to.

    Cons

    You are under supervision at the school, so quality can vary. You get a $100 raise every year, that's it.


  10. "Awesome country; a great central hub to asia"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very few countries can compete with the infrastructure of the city. Also, international exposure is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Working in a foreign setting is tough. be sure to soak in/learn the local culture, and avoid being recluse as isolating as it can feel at times


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