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ELS Educational Services Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2019

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2.5
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Reiji Terasaka
16 Ratings
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
  • "Low pay like most teaching position(in 16 reviews)

  • "There were not enough students to keep teachers on full time(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "ESL teacher"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff are fantastic and the new management are very flexible and supportive

    Cons

    difficult to get seniority and regular hours because staff stay for a long time!

    ELS Educational Services2019-04-24
  2. "Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Student in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely Rewarding to help young people see the world.

    Cons

    The Organization itself is a competitive industry without much money in it.

    Advice to Management

    Good job Eddy

    ELS Educational Services2018-12-05
  3. Helpful (9)

    "Wonderful Students; Disfunctional Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many students are engaged in learning. Enjoyable to be in the classroom.

    Cons

    Curriculum is outdated: teaching business professionals with cassette tapes? Management treat staff inconsistently and regularly interact with "favourites". Management are interested in numbers and money solely. Regularly promote students who have not achieved the next level in order to keep students in the school and make more money off of them. Teachers are expected to set rules in the class, yet they don't allow...

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    Advice to Management

    Have some training on how to work with employees. Learn the labour laws and ensure they are applied. Avoid letting everyone know who your favourites are and treat staff equally. Stop gossiping about employees to other employees. Provide learning and growth opportunities for staff.

    ELS Educational Services2018-08-09
  4. "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
  5. "Wonderful Professional Growth"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Ruston, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teacher support and ample opportunities to advance career.

    Cons

    Only left my job due to cut backs

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    ELS Educational Services2019-06-25
  6. Helpful (4)

    "MGMT Team Needs to Introspect Themselves"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The amazing international students are the only reason that's keeping me here in this company. If you have a Master's or above in ESL Teaching, you shouldn't even consider working here unless you are incompetent to find other jobs.

    Cons

    The center plays favorites when it comes to managing its teachers. Different rules and standards are given to different teachers. This is not just a feeling or observation. There are text messages to prove just how unfairly teachers can be treated at the center. The center also often lies to its teachers. It also has the power to unethically change students' grades.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to one another. Stop lying to your teachers. Do not play favorites. You are losing excellent teachers and ending up with only the lazy ones working for you.

    ELS Educational Services2019-07-24
  7. Helpful (3)

    "No Job Security"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    international students and expanded cultural awareness

    Cons

    bad pay, no job security, incompetent, unqualified management

    Advice to Management

    establish consistent standards, then see that they are followed

    ELS Educational Services2019-07-13
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Needs new blood"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students were amazing to work with. So was much of the Center staff.

    Cons

    Bloated management Not keeping up with the times - Change how you do things!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your stakeholders

    ELS Educational Services2019-05-24
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Soul-crushing"

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    Current Employee - Instructor 
    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

    paid time off and health insurance

    Cons

    curriculum is poorly designed and students' time is often wasted on non-academic activities

    Advice to Management

    I have been teaching ESL/EFL for ten years in many different capacities. I’ve worked at public elementary schools, universities, one-on-one tutoring services, and private language academies. I understand that no school is perfect and that some things must be compromised in order for teachers to make a living. That being said, I have loved teaching at all of those institutions. I loved teaching until I came to ELS. As...

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    ELS Educational Services2019-05-09
  10. Helpful (6)

    "You can do better"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good for a Language School

    Cons

    Low pay, disconnected, over-stressed, untrained management

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you and your administrative staff are less important than the product your selling - your teachers. Value teachers by paying them fairly and create an environment that nurtures a career worth keeping.

    ELS Educational Services2019-04-13
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