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ELS Educational Services Reviews

Updated 2 Jan 2020

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2.5
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ELS Educational Services CEO   Curt Uehlein (no image)
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Pros
  • "Great benefits for an ESL school (used to work for 2 other companies that didn't give any benefits)(in 24 reviews)

  • "Health Benefits, great international students(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Your job depends on enrollment numbers(in 22 reviews)

  • "Low pay like most teaching position(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "A good place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Good environment. -Flexible schedule -Good benefits -15 paid vacation days, 10 sick days and 2 personal days

    Cons

    -Low salary for what you do -Good positions are limited

    Advice to Management

    listen to new generations

    ELS Educational Services2020-01-02
  2. "Location Dependent"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Students, Coworkers, potential for new assignments

    Cons

    Lesson Calendar Schedule/Format, Potential inconsistencies throughout locations

    ELS Educational Services2020-01-01
  3. "Out of touch"

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    Current Employee - Center Director 

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time

    Pros

    StudentS always make it worth it.

    Cons

    Head office is out of touch with centers. They pay below market and give “merit “ increases which are less than inflation.

    ELS Educational Services2019-12-20
  4. "Good for Fresh Graduates Seeking For Jobs"

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    Current Employee - LTC Assistant in Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly and helpful staffs - Bonus and travel allowance - Free flow of coffee and tea

    Cons

    - Not much self and career growth - Required handle a lot of work that's out from the scope of the job - Little compensation and raise pay - No clear job instructions from the first day - A lot of self-learning and discovery in the center

    ELS Educational Services2019-12-03
  5. Helpful (2)

    "So Much Incompetence, So Little Reward"

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    Former Employee - Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Meeting students from a rich variety of nationalities and backgrounds is interesting.

    Cons

    I have worked for 6 different entities at both private and publicly owned entities. This was the worst. The schedules are nuts (a "session" lasts only 4 weeks so you really have to compact your lessons and you waste a lot of time on grading and reports) Local management was incompetent (for example, a top staff person with no training or experience for managing a training school) and the two top people could be very cruel in their critiques and demands (I saw them reduce long term employees/colleagues to tears with their criticism) and I never saw or heard of anything really constructive or supportive that they did. The pay is poor and instructors spend hours outside classroom teaching time to prepare lessons and do grading). ELS had a multiyear contract with Saudi Arabia to teach young Saudis. That contract was canceled when a new Saudi king took over so enrollment dropped like a rock. Teacher hours depend on enrollment, so hours dropped drastically, too. Don't work here if you need a steady, reliable income because it's just not here any more.

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    Advice to Management

    Shut down. ELS had lots of good years; that's over now. National management is inaccessible and non supportive. Local management where I worked was incompetent and cruel. There aren't enough students to generate reliable jobs for teachers.

    ELS Educational Services2019-12-06
  6. Helpful (4)

    "No buck for the bang."

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    Current Employee - Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Great co-workers and administration team.

    Cons

    Very low, hourly pay. Only paid teaching hours. Not paid for planning or grading. High quality expected, but not much given back to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for planning and for grading. Teaching is not just something that happens when the students are in front of you in the class.

    ELS Educational Services2019-10-16
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Pull Back the Curtain before Jumping in!"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Invaluable colleagues - there is nothing else redeeming at the organization expect for the very few people left.

    Cons

    Too many to list! Everyone understands the industry is incredibly challenging, but there is no appreciation or even value to those of us who have stayed - perhaps stupidly as countless colleagues have been fired or "removed" quietly over the past 2 years. There is zero value on the human aspect of what the actual people bring to the company as a whole. It's an incredibly sad place to be associated with at the moment and in it's current state.

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    Advice to Management

    Management as it's own agenda and doesn't really care what the day to day staff laboring away have to say! Please note, Rejji Terasaka is no longer the CEO nor has been for nearly a year now - Glassdoor needs to update their info to Curt Uhlein.

    ELS Educational Services2019-09-05
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Insufficient support from HQ"

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    Former Employee - Center Director in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working with students and international agents was great. Many of the admin staff at HQ were wonderful to work with as well. Center team was cohesive and the work environment was fun and positive.

    Cons

    Inept district directors didn’t give proper support to the center. Various members of corporate management side were aloof and didn’t address concerns at the center level. When the host institution didn’t renew the agreement, I was left high and dry, despite assurances that the company would find positions for those willing to relocate. There is zero loyalty. A lot of waste at HQ.

    ELS Educational Services2019-09-02
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Do not work at this employer!"

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    Former Employee - Public Relations in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Provides a nice newer office space to work in.

    Cons

    unprofessional management, finger pointing for basic errors, lack of upward mobility, misleading employees by telling them what management wants them to know

    Advice to Management

    Become more human towards your employees!

    ELS Educational Services2019-08-31
  10. Helpful (1)

    "It was alright"

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    Former Employee - Else Instructor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive staff, great students, friendly teachers.

    Cons

    Just be watchful of things. The system is pretty tight and you have to really put as much as you can in the timeframe.

    ELS Educational Services2019-07-12
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