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Low pay but flexible

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Comparatively low pay, but job was flexible. At first hours were guaranteed but then all non-US academic specialists were pushed to be employees of a company in Hong Kong, "providing services" for OpenEnglish, and a lot of long-time employees had hours majorly reduced.
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Just what a pioneer needs

If you know what a pioneer is, then you know what I'm talking about. Flexible and remote. Allows you to be mobile and supports the more important work. Apply!
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If you are dedicated to teaching it's the place for you.

Make your own schedule. Work the hours you want. Home office. Good pay and constant teacher development! Teach kids or adults. The course is very intuitive so teaching and learning are very straight forward.
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Enjoyed it

I did really enjoy working for open English because of the flexibility with the schedule there were no problems with getting paid although you are a paid monthly
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An organized and pleasant workplace

The platform is very easy to use, and staff members are supportive! The group lessons are very enjoyable as students feel more confident to interact with you and your fellow classmates. Do wish the working hours were a little more flexible though!
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Inclusive work environment
  • Time and location flexibility
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager

Was good while it lasted

You can work pretty much anytime and the working hours are quite flexible. However, I recommend working here to supplement your income and not as your primary job because classes can be very repetitive. At times, the lesson material doesn't suit the level of the students and in the three years I've worked here they've barely changed or improved them. They also recently decreased the hourly rate without any warning and laid off a lot of teachers. I now earn $300 less than I used to.
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Productive and great place to work.

Plenty of classes for students. Good schedules. Management is responsive to teachers. Cons: pay. Could increase salaries. Great lessons planned for teachers.


Lots of students to teach. Good schedule for classes


Salary: Need to increase
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Work from home

I feel happy working here. The hiring process took a bit more than expected, but loved it.You have to be good at using Zoom. It certainly helps if you have previous teaching experience.
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Teacher Layoffs?

Recently laid off from here (not terminated for cause) due to lack of students. Overall, I enjoyed teaching the students, although as others have mentioned, it can be repetitive teaching the same lesson again and again.... I wonder how many teachers were let go?
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Goood job

Great place to work. I work 40 hours a week most of the time. Students are friendly. There is a chat where teachers can share tips and opinions. I like it.
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Not a company for serious educators

Company used to be good and cared about education. Now...not so much. Little to no emphasis on pronunciation. Classes overfilled. No set pay date during the month. Pay is low especially considering how many students that can be put into class. Communication isn't open, which is ironic given the company's name.


Easy material to learn, teaching the kids is fun


Little emphasis on helping the kids progress in their English, low pay, teaching the same lesson for up to eight hours per day, company puts profits over people, the eternal gaslighting on Slack (you can't criticize the company), the company's preferred teaching methods are turning into the clownshow of other ESL companies.
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Productive and fun workplace

A fun workplace with lots of support from other teachers and HR, however can be very draining and repetitive with teaching the same classes over and over.
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Very flexible job if you travel a lot or want to stay at home. Management is responsive and the students make an effort. Lessons are prepared for you. The downside is that if you want to make a semi-decent income you would need to work long hours and same lessons repeat over and over again. Would like to see more variety and a pay raise would be nice as well as career pathway to monitor/manager.
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Solid with room to improve

Remote work since COVID, good support from HR and leadership. Health care options have high deductibles and out of pocket. Multiple projects and shifting priorities. Need to be flexible and willing to pivot quickly with little warning or communication.
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Good if you're an expat.

If you're living in another country it's pretty great as you are paid in dollars and the exchange rates go a long way. You are pretty much responsible for everything and communication with management is great.
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Flexible schedule

What I enjoyed more about working at open english is the flexible schedule you can change every 3 months. You can also cancel or drop shifts as late as an hour before your class time and if it’s picked up by another teacher you are free from that responsibility but remember you are not getting paid for that class.
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Worst teacher communicating company I have ever worked at.

I’ve been an ESL teacher for 4 years. I’ve been with 4 platforms with some at the same time. This company I was asked to work with adults. I normally work with children. It was a nice change for me. From the beginning I had a lot of miscommunication and mis information with them about how to fill out forms or how to get my Slack set up or how to get my schedule. They use Salesforce and that is a confusing program in itself. For a month I was getting my schedule wrong and getting in trouble. You don’t get a “place ticket problem here” form on the Teacher hub. You have to search for all the forms. I would get my reviews and I was getting excellent marks but getting feedback that my background was to “busy” I asked for permission on Day 1 if I can keep my background because I teach other platforms! They apologize then next review I get the same bad feedback! My last review I had %100 new student rate when overall average was %95. My personal %98 when overall %96. I was doing Awesome! I got a dollar raise too after 6 months. They would send me many many new beginner ESL students who were on level 0 or 1 and I would get amazing student feedbacks of me being their favorite teacher. Then I got fired 15 mins to my last shift of the day. It was for missing to many classes or being tardy. I normally screenshot everything but guess I missed some?! It was confusing. I couldn’t prove to them discrepancies that I had months before that they told months after! Word of advice: Great company for experience. I love the students. I love the curriculum but screenshot everything! Be very on - 
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Splendid had a great time really fulfilling job would thoroughly and utterly recommend to anyone who wants to have a career to pay for housing food and energy
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Solid remote gig if you are living in Latin America.

The job as an online English teacher was pretty straight forward.The lessons are all planned out. Schedule is flexible; you can drop shifts for someone else to pick up anytime, and you can pick up available shift if you want extra hours.


Flexible schedule, great students, good lesson plans


low pay
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It's not a bad place to work if you don't need the money.

It's not a bad place to work if you don't need the money. The pay is the lowest I've ever received or seen in the U.S. But if you move to Ecuador, you can survive.


Well organized, there is no unpaid work required of teachers, they give constructive feedback on your teaching.


Third world wages! They offer incentives that they try not to pay out.
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Decent Place for Supplemental Income

This company doesn't pay well, but it does offer complete schedule flexibility. You work as an independent contractor, which means zero benefits. Pay is set at $13 an hour, regardless of qualifications. That means anyone can do this with some experience teaching English as a Second Language. All lessons are cookie-cutter. The students are great and fun to teach, but you will never teach them more than one time.


Flexible Work Schedule


Low Pay, Little Opportunity for Growth
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.9 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.9 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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