Remote - ESL TEACHER (Current Employee) – California – July 18, 2018
I still work here part time. The hours are unusual, typically 4-7am on the west coast. The kids are great and the job is very manageable. All you need is a headset and stable internet connection to use your computer to teach. I don't much like the IT department, they are often unable to solve problems which can occasionally be reflected in your track record, causing issues with your employment. (For example, a verified system error once made me late for class. The parent was angry I was late and left a bad review, which made it harder for me to book new students!) Which brings me to my next point-- I don't much like the fact that parents rate us. I realize there is no better way to do it, but it does feel a lot more like customer service than actual teaching when I'm jumping through hoops with cartoon goggles to get a good review ;)
Contract teacher (Former Employee) – Home Based – July 13, 2018
There is no concern for teachers. It is all about money for the company and the company just figures they can keep getting more teachers to fall for the gimmick that they don't have to treat their current teachers with respect at all. You'll notice the average work time for this company is barely 1 year.
Pay is misleading; racist; sexist; No-show policy is ridiculous and I coud go on and on
Contract teacher (Former Employee) – Home Based – July 13, 2018
Unless you want to be treated like less than human don't work for this company. Management and staff do not care about workers concerns and show a complete disdain for employees. Arbitrary rating system, horrible cancellation policy, nonsensical bonuses, etc.
ESL Teacher (Current Employee) – Online – July 5, 2018
I started at VIPKID four months ago and with my income I have been able to stay at home with my daughter. The wages are not really high but they are better than most part time jobs outside the home. This is very convenient, you can choose your hours and change them when you want as long as you have not been booked. There is not much lesson prep so you don't spend much extra time working on this job if you don't want to.
The cancellation policy is harsh and I wish they would look at that. Sometimes you just don't know 24 hours in advance if you can't make a class. These rules are quite strict. Don't plan classes if you are unsure you can teach.
Overall, I am very happy working with VIPKID and I really enjoy the students!
Teacher (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – June 30, 2018
VIPKID has a great teaching platform. However, they aggressively recruit and hire through an incentive based reward system using current teachers. There are hundreds of recruitment videos on YouTube. This is because VIPKID teachers make money and earn awards through referrals. Unfortunately VIPKID has now hired thousands of new teachers. The numbers of teachers has jumped dramatically from about 25,000 to nearly 40,0000 with no visible increase in the number of students. Now, there is not enough work to go around. Some staff are still getting regular bookings but they are the exception. You are encouraged to take training classes to keep you busy but you are seeing fewer if any opportunities to teach. New teachers have it the worst. They are subjected to long waiting periods before they experience a class, that is if they even get a booking. VIPKID can fix this. They need to focus on recruiting more new students and fewer teachers.
Good training, flexible schedule.
Lack of bookings. Bad cancellation policy - these are contractor positions, not regular employees.
English Language Instructor (Current Employee) – Greenville, SC – June 29, 2018
This is a great job for someone looking to make some extra money. It's fun and easy, once you get the hang of it. There's a lot of hoops to jump through first, but it pays off. Don't be discouraged about not receiving students right off the bat. It takes time.
ESL Teacher (Current Employee) – Alexandria, IN – June 27, 2018
It's nice to set my own schedule but it can be difficult to get bookings. It's hit and miss on how much I am able to work each week. I would love to move up in the company but so far, there haven't been opportunities to do so.
Instructor (Current Employee) – 215 Silver Creek Lane, Shelby NC 28152 – June 21, 2018
I teach from my home, but the company is based our of China. I determine the number of classes I do each day/week. The time is very flexible and accommodating. Pay is great and I qualified for a raise after my first year. I am not sure of the policy after your first raise.
English Teacher (Current Employee) – Online – June 18, 2018
With VIPKID, you set your own work hours but peak hours (and most likely bookings) are going to be in the wee hours of the morning for our side of the globe. A one-on-one class room experience is very nice. You set up your camera and your "class room" area, some assorted props, and you're good to go. You can do this job from anywhere in the world as long as you have a hard line internet connection.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Stamford, CT – June 17, 2018
I recently had to leave my former job due to illness, and search for one that I can work, from home. I accidentally came across VIPKID and can honestly say it was one of the best paths I have ever embarked upon. I was concerned that I would be facing a risk, not knowing if I would need time off. Considering I am one of some 30,000 teachers, I feared that the company may not be as personal or understanding
I WAS VERY WRONG!!
VIPKID has been the most understanding and concerned company I have ever worked for. When I needed time off, one company agent commented that he hoped I was feeling better and that my health comes first! Another told me she was hoping I was going to be fine and that she was concerned about me! The amazing part is that, these two agents truly cared and meant what they said (based upon how they assisted me). No other company/organization, or supervisor, has expressed the personal care and concern, which VIPKID has.
VIPKID has made employment possible for me, at this stage in my life. I highly recommend that you consider VIPKID. It is no wonder that, for 2018, Forbes has ranked VIPKID as #1 for remote employment. Good luck in your job search!
teacher (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – May 30, 2018
This is one company where it is too big to really provide valuable feedback to anyone. The training process is a waste of time. I spent time and money on creating props that were not appreciated. In short: a HUGE waste of time and energy that left me with nothing but frustration.
create your own schedule; you can determine when you want to waste your time.
ESL Teacher (Current Employee) – Huntsville, AL – May 17, 2018
This job is what you make it. You set your hours. Before you commit, please understand that your hours are going to be very early in the morning while everyone else in the United states is sleeping. It takes some self motivation to get up and be prepared to smile and teach young children but it is very rewarding. Another thing you need to realize is that you are self employed. You basically own your own business and you have to build your business by being on time and doing a great job. If you have a good internet connection and can be self motivated, this is for you. I work in a regular school monday through friday. I get up and teach for an hour and a half every morning. I also teach on weekends. I average 100 twenty five minute classes a month and make $1000 a month. Y'all this is a legit side gig.
If you want a work at home job, you have a degree and you have taught kiddos before, this job is amazing! If you need help getting this job, find me and I will help. https://www.vipkidteachers.com/?refereeId=3084580&refersourceid=a01
It is a great job for early mornings or evenings, the pay is excellent too. I love this job!
TEFL Instructor (Current Employee) – San Mateo, CA – May 9, 2018
One of the best jobs to make money on the side, or even go full time if you are interested in working a lot of morning or evening hours. Able to plan your own schedule and take vacation any time you want. No company benefits are included.