Vaughan Systems Reviews

Updated 17 Jan 2020

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2.9
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Pros
  • "In theory) One of the highest paying language companies in Spain(in 7 reviews)

  • "The academy had a nice feel since it was not like the big offices in Madrid(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "You train for two weeks in Madrid without pay, and the training is intense(in 10 reviews)

  • "Teachers consistently treated like second rate staff (in contrast to office staff)(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "English Teacher"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Vaughan Systems full-time

    Pros

    You are given great resources to use. Great team environment. Great opportunity to advance through company. Salary better than a lot of other English Language Schools

    Cons

    Pressure to constantly obtain high customer evaluation marks weekly. Strict about using Vaughan Method. Training is very intense but very relevant.

  2. "Good experience"

    4.0
     

    I worked at Vaughan Systems

    Pros

    Great team and great teaching method!!

    Cons

    Having more consistent hours would be better.


  3. "Great company to work for once you put the time in"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, Valencian Community

    I worked at Vaughan Systems full-time

    Pros

    Training is provide and loads of material once you start. No need for planning for long hours.

    Cons

    The demand is in the evening so you often won't finish until 9:30 pm. The job can be repetitive.

  4. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vaughan Systems full-time

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, good working environment

    Cons

    Salaries could be much, much better

  5. "A good place to start, but that's about it"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Profesor in Madrid
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vaughan Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - good training and good support from most teacher training staff - a good environment mostly build your confidence as a teacher

    Cons

    - a company stuck in its old ways and reluctant to change - no career progression/qualifications/additional skills - indifferent to staff turnover - outdated top-down management style

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  6. "A good foot in the door but no long-term prospects"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Madrid

    I worked at Vaughan Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Can work there without any previous teaching experience or qualifications -Help you get a NIE -Can take holidays within the academic year -Can make good friends with other teachers -Adult students are good fun -Small classes -Easy to plan for once you know the system -Not too much admin -Can work other programs outside of office like 50/50 residential -Teacher training is generally supportive -If you teach the masters course you're paid slightly more and are paid for homework correction

    Cons

    -Timetable is usually afternoons/late nights and working 6 days a week -No increase in salary regardless of how long you work there -Hourly pay so salary fluctuates depending if the salesteam sell enough classes -No prospects for professional development -As the teaching style is a method , your work experience may not help you in the ESL world -Method is repetitive -You are given a ranking score depending on your evaluations. They try to keep things competitive among teachers. Sometimes feels like a popularity contest. -Big divide between teachers and back-office staff -Some unprofessional teachers who were hired merely because they're native -You are unpaid for writing evaluations for masters course -The trainers are inexperienced with young learners so they don't train staff to teach kids. Many teachers are put with them when they first arrive but they have no idea what to do. -HR seems a little incompetent

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  7. "Teacher"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - English Native Speaker Teacher in Valencia, Valencian Community
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vaughan Systems part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent management friendly people great

    Cons

    None I can think of now

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great starting place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Master Teacher in Madrid
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vaughan Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Better salaries than most other academies in Madrid, nice office environment and the ability to work more hours if you want.

    Cons

    Very few people have fixed hours which means your salary can vary month to month depending on the hours you are given. Not much personal development on offer and once you know their material you don’t really continuously improve as a teacher as there aren’t that many different courses on offer.

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  9. "Great opportunities with Vaughan"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Radio Personality in Madrid
    Recommends

    I have been working at Vaughan Systems part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to try a variety of roles Opportunities to teach and grow beyond the classroom.

    Cons

    Limited geographical mobility options available

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be focused on Quality, after buyout, focused on money"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Madrid
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vaughan Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for when Richard Vaughan was at the helm. His vision and expertise drove the company forward with efficiency and ease.

    Cons

    After it was bought out by a VC, the company took a rapid downturn. Many mediocre senior managers were hired, bad decisions were made, and lots of ego , little care for product / service quality.

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