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Q: What private English schools/agencies are best to work for in Beijing?

I've heard horror stories about all of them, EnglishFirst, New Oriental, Hampson etc. So which one is best to work for in terms of pay, hours, treatment, benefits etc.

9 years 27 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Beijing

 
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Maybe new oriental i heard bad things about EF or Aston i dont remember which .

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The one place that I did work at was New Oriental and that would be the best that I've come across. Not so much teaching in a center but they do have some programs that you can get into that is pretty decent in terms of teaching here. 

I don't know all about Hampson but the only place that I went to it didn't seem that good. It was a small training center and probably wouldn't recommend being at that place if it was the same guy running it. 

EF is really big and I'm not too sure about it. They do advertise the most out of all of the training schools so they do know how to recruit students the best more so than any of the other training schools in Beijing. You can't teach without students and that's where some training schools fail at and EF succeeds!

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EF varies city to city its a franchise and isn't owned by any one company. But I must say, I've had more legal problems from teachers with this school than any other rip off school in China.

New Oriental is a great school in terms of fairness but are well known for their corruption and low success rate for having students pass test for goiing abroad.

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Be careful with the agents and schools

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A:Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for sure. I used to be involved in hiring new teachers and a couple of times we had people we wanted to hire who were having trouble with their old school - situations similar to yours. Our school was legally able to hire foreign teachers, did everything by the book and was well connected, usually schools that mess people around with visa stuff aren't operating legally so a call from our visa guy to theirs telling them they were breaking the law, we were in the middle of processing the visa stuff with the PSB and the next phone call they got regarding this teacher was likely to be from the PSB asking some hard questions was usually enough to get them to co-operate. No school doing illegal stuff wants the PSB getting too interested in what they're doing. There's a chance a new employer could figure something out if they really want to hire you but these are difficult times, their hands might be tied too.    -- Stiggs