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  • "Flexible hours and nothing else.(in 27 reviews)
  • "flexible schedule, you choose your prices(in 8 reviews)
  • "Pay and flexibility was good(in 6 reviews)
  • "Great people(in 4 reviews)
  • "Freedom to pick and choose everything from your hourly rate, the type of lesson you offer, the number of days and the time periods your are available, to the kinds of students you accept.(in 3 reviews)
  • "High commission taken No consequence for students who do not show(in 15 reviews)
  • "Low salary.(in 10 reviews)
  • "low pay and a lot of competition(in 9 reviews)
  • "No benefits / incentives for long(in 6 reviews)

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Found 227 of over 464 reviews

Updated Sep 14, 2023

    1. 5.0
      Sep 10, 2023
      Language Tutor
      Current Employee, more than 1 year
      San Francisco, CA
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook


      I have freedom and flexibility to structure my language lesson offerings as I choose. I am currently pivoting to offer language support for specific career goals and for relocation. Gathering direct student feedback helps me to develop my future curriculum. I personally love italki as my experience with it as both a tutor and a language student have been consistently positive. A competitor of italki take a significantly higher percentage fee per lesson; meaning that the overall income potential on italki is far greater and far more fair. italki is a great platform to develop one's language tutoring offering. And I believe that once one has identified a niche and personalised lesson delivery approach the rate can go above $20 per hour. (Which in the US will still leave a tutor very short of money.) There ARE also sufficient options to dismiss a student if one finds oneself in the unfortunate situation of having a poor experience with an individual. I am 100% team italki. But as I will outline in the cons section: Especially true if you live in an expensive metropolis, I would only suggest it as a side-income hence my headline: It is flexible pocket money.


      As everyone is taking lessons online / offering lessons online, it has become increasingly difficult to charge a rate that is sufficient to cover living costs. Therefor a language tutor offering general language lessons, without a specialism focus, will struggle to make enough. (But with a strategy it is definitely possible to make some money, obviously this isn't a tech career comparable income, nor is it secure income.)

      1. 1.0
        Jul 5, 2023
        Senior CopyWriter
        Former Employee
        China, ME
        CEO Approval
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        Great benefits. CEO is a friendly and accessible person.


        Typical Chinese company. Work is all about appearing to look busy while doing nothing. The higher management circles the office like a shark in an aquarium tank. Never seen someone look so busy and so idle at the same time. Just constantly circling around to make sure everyone's working non stop. Which just caused people to do pointless things to look busy. Their hiring process is also unreasonable, as they ask for references from the last 3 employers and HR managers. I've never had a single job where an HR manager was involved with an employee in any way past the hiring process. So, asking for references from HR seems excessive.

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      According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, italki employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.3 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at italki. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

      92% of italki employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated italki 4.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.1 for culture and values and 3.7 for career opportunities.

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