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Wall Street English Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The ready-made lesson plans allow you to be creative and bring your own personality into the class (in 15 reviews)

  • Always paid on time and given clear assistance and guidance on any administrative matters (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • and forget about the work-life balance, you won't have any social life if you work at WSE (in 8 reviews)

  • Too high expectations, too low salary (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    Amazing staff
    Very supportive management
    Good hours usually

    Cons

    Hours tend to fluctuate based on need, because of this, this job can seem unstable at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Decent pay. Promotion opportunities. Long hours. Bureaucracy ."

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    Former Employee - Service Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + The pay is competitive for China.
    + You will receive training.
    + There are promotion opportunities.
    + HR is supportive, and there is a clear chain of command.
    + There is a focus on quality and standards.

    Cons

    - 30 class hours per week makes the pay amount less competitive. Standard is 25 in China.
    - A lot of bureaucracy. It's sales vs service team in most centers, and you better protect your arse at all times.
    - When it comes to students vs teachers, it always lands on the side of the student regardless of what happened, which makes fairness questionable.

    Advice to Management

    When you have foreigners operating in other countries, there will be a clash of ideas, misunderstood behaviors and misunderstandings in general. Provide training regarding this early on, and also train students to have an understanding of this in the orientation class. Part of teaching is the sharing of ideas and culture, which will offend some people at times. Don't hammer the teachers for this, especially since most students want this. Instead, make it part of the system to educate students about acceptance.

  3. "Foreign Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and supportive management

    Cons

    Pay was relatively low for comparable work


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fantastic culture
    - Managers who cared for students and staff
    - Opportunities to advance and learn career skills
    - Above average pay
    - Bery standardized curriculum

    Cons

    - Normal cross functional team challenges stemming from conflicting priorities.
    - If not interested in management classes career may be limited (true of China in general)

    Advice to Management

    - Work in strengthening cross functional teams by aligning priorities.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to teach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    The WSE methodology focusses on many crucial teaching techniques and so you get to become an expert in context creation, instruction giving, elicitation, error correction and concept checking which will serve you well throughout your ESL teaching career.

    Cons

    There are a total of 80 units of study and while these are generally well planned out and easy to assess, they can become rather repetitive after a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    The sales team can be rather challenging to work with and do not have anyone to ensure their moral compass is pointing in the right direction.


  6. "Part-time Sale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to practice sales skills

    Cons

    Get tired of the same work


  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Service Manager Itaim in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Service Manager Itaim in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Wall Street English (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good methodology and product, culture of hiring for attitude and training for skill. Possible to transfer countries, so great if you are interested in travel/living abroad in many different places.

    Cons

    Tensions between service and sales built into business model.
    Especially in small networks, opportunities for professional growth can feel limited after a certain point.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great for a fun experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for the area. Great staff and students. You gain a lot from the experience by getting involved in extra activities. International staff.

    Cons

    The weekend and evening schedule needs some getting used to, and your coworkers usually must be friends because of this. "Same thing, different day" lessons.


  9. "Foreign Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Expert Trainer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Foreign Expert Trainer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street English (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company, Renowned, Respected, Reliable

    Cons

    Inflexible work hours, lack of back up for emergencies

    Advice to Management

    co-operate with employees


  10. "English teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    good living wage, 20-30hrs work week

    Cons

    20-30hrs work week of non stop teaching


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