Approach International Student Reviews

Updated Aug 21, 2020

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3.8
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9 Ratings
  1. "Excellent company to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Approach International Student full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I've worked at Approach for over five years, and I am so grateful. The culture is so positive, caring, and so many people have gone out of their way to help me. All staff truly cares for its students and the company offers amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Love everything about the company!

  2. "I endorse it!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Allston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Approach International Student full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Culture! Employees are very friendly and all managers go above and beyond to help everyone to grow and sick professional development. Compensation is above the avarage.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but you must be flexible to change schedules when needed.


  3. "Amazing Approach!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Approach International Student full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been working at Approach for 3 years now. I just love it here. Co-workers are amazing and there is always a friendly and positive atmosphere. Every single day of my life, I learn new things. Very understanding staff and benefits are amazing. Thank you Approach for everything!

    Cons

    This company is amazing that there are no cons.

  4. "The place to be if you want to grow!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Allston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Approach International Student full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Approach is a fast-growing company that has grown tremendously in the past 3-4 years. I have been working here for three years, and I have seen the enormous challenges the management had to face. The administration had to go through a significant adaptation: from being a small company to quickly becoming a medium-to-large successful school. Even with this rapid change, the management team has exceeded our expectations! They are respectful to employees and are always incentivizing others to grow with the business. Approach has not stopped growing and has ambitious goals for the future! Approach is definitely the place to be if you love what to do and if you want to grow to higher positions quickly. The staff here is a plus! Approach has a very diverse community from different countries. If you love different cultures, learning other languages, and trying new foods, you will absolutely love working at Approach! Each one of us has a diverse cultural background, and we love working with international students. Because most of us and most of our students are away from their family, Approach grew to be a fantastic community that feels like family! Approach has amazing benefits for people who love developing their skills. Full-time employees have tuition reimbursement and lots of chances for professional development (Especially if you are the type of person who wants to grow with the company and apply for higher positions). I benefited a lot from going to conferences in and out of the state, getting tuition reimbursement to help me pay for school, and taking different short certificate courses to polish my skills. The Approach kitchen is also a fantastic benefit. We have access to free coffee and food! I have saved tons of money!

    Cons

    In the Allston location, parking may be difficult, but don't worry, we have lots of tips to share on where to park.

  5. "Payroll is unorganized"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Approach International Student part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Students are a plus, Administration not so much.

    Cons

    In my opinion; very unorganized. They couldn't get my payroll straight, and they still owe me money. I wouldn't recommend working there, some Teachers left for that same reason.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good for entry-level ESL teacher"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Approach International Student part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, laid back environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of training, need to learn as you go

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Faculty in Allston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Approach International Student full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you're interested in teaching ESL, or even thinking about starting ESL teaching career, this is the place to be. I have been working here for almost an year, and I have grown tremendously thanks to Approach. I honestly don't know where to begin here. There are just so many benefits working at Approach. First, every single one that you will be working with at Approach is incredibly nice and so caring. We are always open to each other and looking to help and support. The teachers and staffs here are so friendly and always welcoming. I have never felt so comfortable working in a foreign country, (I am from South Korea btw) but this place, it is like home away from home! Second, we have a great kitchen area which is always full of food and snacks for teachers and staffs. Are you tired of bringing lunch boxes to work? Don't you worry! Approach makes sure that all employees are well fed and happy! Personally, this saved me a ton of $$$$, and you will save a lot of $$, not having to bring food to work. Third, there are countless opportunities to grow here. If you're willing, there are just so many chances for you to go onto higher positions. We have more than 800 students here, and this means we need a lot of people to teach and manage. If you think about it, it is a very promising job with a possibility to grow and upgrade your resume. We are more like a family all together. Honestly, I can't thank enough for all of my coworkers to help me be in this position. I feel blessed to have met Approach in my career path. Please do not hesitate to apply! We're eager to meet you and get to know you!! Cheers!

    Cons

    If you drive, parking maybe a little difficult, but not really. We know a lot of tips with this matter. So, no worries!

  8. "Swinging door of teachers and students"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Approach International Student full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Inevitable to learn at least some Portuguese while teaching English. Good food sometimes for free. Free coffee too...sometimes.

    Cons

    Most teachers don't stay long because of low pay and seem to only teach at the school while looking for teaching positions abroad The benefit package is a joke/nonexistent.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Approach International Student part-time

    Pros

    The people who work there are great! I had a great time teaching and working at Approach.

    Cons

    It can be a bit disorganized at times, but overall I loved it.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Language School"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Approach International Student part-time

    Pros

    Warm, open environment. Hard-working office staff.

    Cons

    Long classroom hours, meager pay

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