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Wall Street English Reviews

Updated Sep 18, 2019

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3.4
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Wall Street English CEO David Kedwards
David Kedwards
118 Ratings
Pros
  • "Furthermore, we are proud to say that the working environment has always been amazing(in 30 reviews)

  • "The lesson plans are perfect for first time teachers wanting to learn how to effectively teach english as a second language(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some people don't like the structure of WSE because all of the materials are written to a standard(in 25 reviews)

  • "The salary doesn't reflect the average ESL teacher/trainer salary in China at the moment(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street English

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Good workplace atmosphere.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, and pay ceiling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job.

    Wall Street English2016-04-07
  2. "Average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    Performance recognitions and good incentive scheme for sales team

    Cons

    Need more career path for other teams than sales team

    Wall Street English2019-06-20
  3. "good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time

    Pros

    good atmosphere excellent program working with foreigner teachers

    Cons

    low wage too much overworking

    Wall Street English2018-02-21
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Poor employer"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wall Street English

    Pros

    - Decent access to teaching resources - Institutional support - Chinese staff are fun to work with - Motivated students

    Cons

    - No flexibility with lesson plans - You are not teaching English, but are testing the students' ability. The company advertises on English teaching websites knowing full well that it does not employ people to teach. Do not kid yourself that you will be able to get round this. - The motivations of Western staff in coming to China to work is highly dubious, and the chances of you meeting some extremely suspect... people is high. I worked in a centre with people I would normally cross the road to avoid - Unsociable hours. You will have limited time to embrace China and this defeats the object of moving to China - Profit based company. You are subservient to the corporate structure that only values individuals as potential routes to more profit - Chinese staff are bullied by both Western and Chinese managers. Again, this results in a toxic work environment - Meaningless meetings that reduce the time to prepare for classes - The stress and pressure put on managers trying to achieve monthly targets can result in a strained and unpleasant work environment. In some centres, this resulted in a breakdown of communications between Chinese and Western staff - Due to fear of being sued, you will not get a reference from the company except for the dates you worked for the company - The wages are poor given the level of sacrifice you need to do the job professionally - Except for the money, the job is basically pointless

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    Advice to Management

    - Do not advertise on English teaching websites. You do not want teachers and to suggest otherwise is a fiction. This should be established during the interview process and not during the induction process. - Better wages - Cut down on meaningless meetings, they are on the whole a waste of time - Tell the truth and stop the corporate double-speak

    Wall Street English2016-08-24
  5. "Pretty good and easy as pie"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Students older than 17 and up. Classes of 4 students. Often classes of 1 or 2. Student levels in one class are mostly consistent. Activities provided in the lesson plan folders mostly work rather well and the handout cards are great tools. The format is designed to actually help the students' progress, so on average the students gain a lot from their time there. Lesson plans are well put together and easy to follow.

    Cons

    It's huge corporate. Decisions get made so many levels above your head that there's no way of knowing where they come from. You can really feel that the teachers' opinions do not matter. Much of the party planning and preparation has to happen outside of the 40 hour workweek.

    Advice to Management

    Make the teachers understand that you value them as assets, people, friends, and allies. Remember personal information, birthdays, and pay attention to life situations outside of work.

    Wall Street English2015-07-08
  6. "It was an awesome experience"

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

    I have been working at Wall Street English full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Students and staff to be proud of.

    Cons

    Short-term vision based on impressing a bunch of monkeys, rather than following the lean vision that was had before

    Advice to Management

    Believe in yourselves and what WS has done over the years.

    Wall Street English2014-04-30
  7. "An exciting company"

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    Former Employee - Management 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    WSI has dynamic leadership and a very forward-looking strategy. They dominate the markets where they operate through excellent service, student follow-up and agressive sales strategies.

    Cons

    There are not a huge number of down-sides, although the teaching staff could be paid more. More support could be provided to schools that are within the franchisee network.

    Wall Street English2013-03-13
  8. "Working Life"

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    Former Employee - Center Manager in Jakarta
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You can improve you English skill

    Cons

    Have to work on the weekend

    Advice to Management

    Be transparant

    Wall Street English2019-09-18
  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Instructor 

    I worked at Wall Street English full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great schedule, Flexibility and fluent staff members

    Cons

    they dont provide housing

    Wall Street English2019-09-11
  10. "Great Place to Be"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wall Street English part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Team Environment Supportive Modern Great Methodology to teach

    Cons

    Inconsistent English/Spanish communication depending on who you speak to.

    Advice to Management

    Consider having an English-speaking liaison for all English teachers to communicate to management.

    Wall Street English2019-09-10
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