Wall Street English Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2020

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2.7
42%
Recommend to a Friend
38%
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Wall Street English CEO David Kedwards
David Kedwards
160 Ratings
Pros
  • "friendly working environment, good exposure to different type of clients(in 40 reviews)

  • "friendly environment, lesson plans ready to be delivered, good materials(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some people don't like the structure of WSE because all of the materials are written to a standard(in 29 reviews)

  • "There are plenty of better companies to work for in China(in 23 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Program Manager"

    4.0
     
    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.

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  2. "Average"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "good experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    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

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Poor employer"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    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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  5. "Pretty good and easy as pie"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  6. "It was an awesome experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  7. "An exciting company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Wall Street English Korea"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor, English in Seoul
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street English part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pre-planned lessons, comfortable work environment

    Cons

    Few training or development opportunities

  9. "Hit and miss"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Moscow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street English full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, students are cool

    Cons

    Hugely corporate. All about money. Students' education not a priority

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  10. "Long Hours but Professional"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Ho Chi Minh City
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wall Street English full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good help with moving to Vietnam, getting visas etc. Nice team in my center, lovely students

    Cons

    Long hours, short notice from upper management for changes meetings.

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