Reading Instructor (Former Employee), Austin, TX – October 17, 2014
IRD is a lovely company with great values and high standards. As a reading teacher, you get no job security or benefits, but the pay is good, especially for those who have just graduated and/or don't have a ton of experience teaching, or are looking for a summer job only. The management is exceptional.
Institute Instructor (Former Employee), Novato, CA – November 20, 2013
Pros: travel, decent compensation and reimbursement, thorough training and active support
Cons: long hours, rigorous schedule, physically demanding at times
While a summer instructor for the institute I was engaged in a thorough nearly month long training on the curriculum. I thought their training program was one of the best that I have been through. I learned so much and as I started into the independent teaching I gained so much personal growth through challenging myself. As an instructor you are responsible – more... for making sure you are ready to go at any of the numerous facilities you may be scheduled to teach at, you have to be organized and flexible. The benefit: I got to travel and work with students of ALL age levels which I thoroughly enjoyed. I reported to an experienced supervisor regularly, which I appreciated, and made contact with parents over the phone as necessary. My personal communications skills increased and since I was instructing reading skills (my favorite subject) I became a better reader as well! – less
I enjoyed helping people improve their reading skills and working from home the last 2 years there.
Enrollment Coordinator (Former Employee), Novato, CA – June 5, 2013
Pros: free coffee, tea, hot chocolate in the lunch room.
Cons: no breaks.
I took incoming calls from people interested in our reading programs and blended customer service with strong listening to understand what they were hoping to receive purchasing this product for their struggling children. Management was helpful and supportive the 6 years I was there; my co-workers were friends; and the hardest part of the job was over – more... the last few months there, learning how to demand people buy the product rather than explain how it worked and listen to their reasons for wanting it. The most enjoyable part of the job was talking to many people all day long. – less
Reading teacher (Current Employee), Oklahoma City, OK – May 27, 2013
Pros: great summer job, great pay
Cons: no benefits
The Institute of Reading Development is a great company with amazing pay and awesome supervisors! IRD caters to students who need a little extra help with their reading skills with a five week course. These classes are varied by age and grade level, and are located all over the US. As an instructor, I taught anywhere from 8-12 classes a week, and the – more... class size varied on enrollment. – less
Sales Representative (Former Employee), Santa Rosa, CA – May 21, 2012
This company is all about giving a chance to children that have a hard time comprehending with their reading. I loved this job and would go back if they had a location in Sacramento. This is seasonal but the pay is exceptional with bonuses
Excellent opportunity to help others improve their reading skills.
SUPPORT SUPERVISOR (Former Employee), Novato, CA – April 14, 2012
Pros: working with motivated people.
Cons: the commute, lack of public transportation to get there.
If the commute had not been so tough on my truck(it finally gave out) I believe I would still be there. Helping eval and get students into the appropriate program(s) was a joy. The works hours were excellent as I am an early riser and the people I worked with were a motivated group.