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Web International English Reviews

Updated 15 Jan 2020

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1.8
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Pros
  • "Lesson plans are already made for you(in 20 reviews)

  • "Company helps you out with everything to get settled in China(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Closed all center in China overnight(in 14 reviews)

  • "You can easily see some of them really dislike the foreign teachers(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Decent School"

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    Former Employee - Outbound Sales Representative in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web International English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Staff at my center were helpful -Pre-made lesson plans

    Cons

    -Low salary for the job -Outdated lesson plans -Company is having issues

    Advice to Management

    WEB International was not prepared to teach children.

    Web International English2020-01-16
  2. "Fairly decent"

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    Former Employee - English Tutor in Xi'an, Shaanxi
    Recommends

    I worked at Web International English full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easily understood system Wide range of students

    Cons

    Booking system has faults Students in incorrect levels

    Advice to Management

    Focus on education instead of profit

    Web International English2020-01-07
  3. "Closed down all centers overnight!"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Hangzhou, Zhejiang
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web International English full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice students. Nice offices. Flexible schedule. Clean environment.

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of communication. No career prospect. Closed all center in China overnight!

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from this company!

    Web International English2020-01-04
  4. "Only good if your desperate to earn income"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Weifang, Shandong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Web International English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They pay on time and they were flexible with emergencies or time off.

    Cons

    Even though, it was written in the contract that there was paid time off, they acted as if the contract was worthless and refused to compensate. Their material is severely outdated and requires teachers to ad lib to keep students interested. Even though I was told this was an adult training center I had to constantly deal with young kids. Eventually it came to a point where we mostly taught young kids and indifferent teenagers. Management has no serious drive to change their curriculum nor do they take your suggestions seriously. The pay was bad compared to other jobs and they pander to the white teachers while neglecting teachers of other races.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop with the misleading bs and allow teachers to have input. Provide more transparency about what is being discussed in meetings. Update your curriculum for gods sake. If you want to hold onto good teachers expect to pay more.

    Web International English2019-11-19
  5. "Web International English and SpeakHi before they went bankrupt."

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web International English part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Probably the highest paying ESL company before they went bankrupt.

    Cons

    Management paid less attention on educating students and more attention on the money they could get from the students. They over promised on language acquisition which left students bewildered and dissatisfied when those grandiose promises were never be realised. Teachers' opinion mattered very little even though they were at the coalface of operations. Monitoring of classes was very subjective and evaluation depended on the whim of the technical staff. The IT department was very poorly managed. Every technical issue was always the teachers fault and none of the blame was ever directed towards the students. I'm under the impression that financial constraint precluded any funds being directed toward the upgrade of the servers.

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    Advice to Management

    It's all history now but Webi did more harm than good towards their students.

    Web International English2019-11-08
  6. "Terrible Company Run By Crook Family"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Shenzhen, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web International English full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They promised to pay well and did until they didn't.

    Cons

    They lied to their customers and their staff, refused to refund money and never paid the salary of thousands of staff for at least 2 months or more.

    Web International English2019-11-22
  7. "Not your first choice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web International English full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good curriculum, training covered everything

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt without any pay-offs to its employees

    Advice to Management

    don't steal money

    Web International English2019-10-28
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Average Experience in Chinese ESL Training Centre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Web International English full-time

    Pros

    Web International English is a fairly average English training centre in China, not the best, not the worst. The main benefit is the low level of commitment from the foreign teachers, there are no office hours and they only require minimal class preparation. As usual for the ESL industry, the students and some of the colleagues are the real plus for the job.

    Cons

    The lesson materials that they require you to use are both basic and out of date. There is very little importance attached to academic standards so you will often teach students who are clearly in the wrong level. There is no career development/training, and it is rare for foreign staff to stay here for longer than a couple of years. Relations with management have a tendency to sour, I saw many foreign staff leave on bad terms.

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    Advice to Management

    Professionalise the management within the centres, look to share best practices between centres for how to manage foreign staff. Reevaluate your teaching material and bring large parts of the material up to date. Pay more attention to your operations, focus more on the academic side of the business, sales should not be the only priority of an English training centre. Provide more effective training to the academic staff and implement career development programmes to train and develop the best staff.

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    Web International English2019-09-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "The company is gone now."

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    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Web International English full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It used to be a great place for an online teacher.

    Cons

    The company has closed, leaving its employees unpaid ( for several months).

    Web International English2019-10-22
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Spare yourself from this mess"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Web International English full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work is easy. I like Shanghai as a city.

    Cons

    This is my experience at the Shanghai HQ in Xuhui: 1. Low pay 2. No benefits 3. No chance of promotion (unless you are a suck up) 4. Unfair and unprofessional chinese working culture 5. Unhappy working environment 6. Racist and tacky coworkers 7. Selfish and clique-y supervisors 8. Outdated teaching materials 9. Lazy and arrogant students 10. Low number of classes=low pay Bottom line is, the whole company is an insult to experienced teachers. Go and apply at other places that care about their employees.

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    Advice to Management

    I’ve already told them everything I thought. Do they care? Nope.

    Web International English2019-09-28
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