Instructor (Former Employee) – Vienna, VA – January 10, 2019
The people were nice at this place. The students were happy to be there too. There were plenty of materials to choose from. With the varying number of students, it posed a challenge in approach. It was helpful to learn from that.
English Instructor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 18, 2019
You'd think that with such low wages and no benefits, only people who were really passionate about teaching would work there. In reality, you get two types of teachers there - young, enthusiastic people who come for some experience and then move on to better things, and people around retirement age who are utterly complacent.
As a result of all this, there is no "community" feel, and teachers get more acceptance when they celebrate that their student calls out sick than when they put in some extra effort.
Spanish Tutor (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – February 26, 2019
I enjoyed working in this diverse workplace. We had teachers from all over Latin America and other parts of the world.
We taught our class in a conversational informal style, that encouraged students to ask questions that were not limited to language. Many of these students were going to travel abroad, so many of their questions were also cultural, and I was glad to answer those questions.
The culture was all inclusive and our conversations were always stimulating and we brought that enthusiasm to learn new things to our students.
I met very interesting people form all over the world
Berlitz Korea, Seoul — English Instructor (Former Employee) – 서울 - City Hall – February 1, 2019
The company provided a safe and challenging environment with excellent training. The hardest part was the daily schedule changes and split shift. The best part was the company's overall reliability about pay and help in a foreign work environment.
Student Advisor (Former Employee) – Ar Riyāḍ – January 23, 2019
This was another interesting job had where I worked as a student adviser . The whole work environment was comfortable but due to the visiting and registering students it was a bit stressful . I would say it was a little rewarding when I saw the satisfaction of the students making their decisions to join the center after I had given them a long lecture and an honest advise about their bright future with Berlitz .
Access to food is close by
had to handle a bunch of prospective students one after the other
TOEFL and ESL Teacher (Former Employee) – Costa Mesa, CA – November 8, 2018
It was productive and fun. I enjoyed my stay there. I got the chance to teach interesting people. The teaching method was easy to adapt. The management style was not cut-throat but we still got our work done.
Teacher (Former Employee) – San Juan, PR – November 3, 2018
Berlitz was my first job. As a teenager teaching adults, many of them presidents or high ranking officials of private industries, it was quite a challenge to say the least. Many of my students were Japanese who by the end of a month were speaking fluent English. Others were American executives headed to Latin America on business and needed the skills to be in charge of their destinies away from home.
Spanish Language Instructor (Former Employee) – Baltimore – October 3, 2018
It is the right place to start in the language teaching profession and learn teaching methods to better deliver knowledge in the classes. However, after a moment the use of the same method can be frustrating for the teacher who can not opt for other structures.
English Teacher (ESL) (Former Employee) – Damascus – September 27, 2018
I liked working there but the pay is terrible. My manager and coworkers were great, I still think about advice my manager gave me on a regular basis even though I'm not teaching anymore. She was very wise and one of the top people I've ever worked with. I enjoyed teaching there but it's impossible to live on the pauper's wages they offer.
ESL Teacher (Current Employee) – Torrance, CA – August 26, 2018
I enjoyed working at Berlitz because the students came from different countries and were very motivated to learn English. I was also able to learn many things about their countries of origin as well. So I would have to say that teaching them was the most enjoyable part of the job.
The hardest part of the job was that there were not enough hours and no raises. Berlitz Torrance has specially dwindled.
One nice thing about Berlitz is that they were very accommodating with your own schedule. Most teachers have other jobs since Berlitz doesn't have enough hours so they will work around your own schedule. They also offer the same flexibility to the students.
It would be a wonderful place, were it not for corporate oversight.
Instructor (Current Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – August 17, 2018
Sadly, as wonderful as the position can be with regard to the actual job, it is equal to how awful it is with regard to the corporation. No raises for three years (company wide), many, many required "extra" responsibilities that are unpaid, and absolutely zero appreciation/loyalty for employees.
Students, local staff
Poorly managed, required unpaid work, no support, inadequate supplies