GuyInTaiwan wrote:bigduke6: It probably depends upon which buxiban you work for. There's certainly a lot of weekend work and unpaid overtime in the industry here. Also, plenty of jobs involve bosses who will not support their employees at all, or who give conflicting signals such as the kids not getting enough work done, and then complaining that they're under too much stress. The Hess branch I worked at engaged in such things and would regularly do character assassinations of its employees (and get them to do those to each other), and would then blame the employees for the extremely low morale and turnover of both employees and students.
Yes, I agree it is 99% the school you work for. However, I would still use the word irritating as opposed to stressful.
Maybe if I did not have a marriage visa as opposed to one sponsored by the school, I would think differently. I can walk out anytime and do whatever I like.
Occasionally, I have to go in on a Saturday morning, but I get paid for it.
I also have a relatively thick skin, which is also important in this industry. Boss says something, I nod my head, in one ear and out the other, and I carry on as usual.
I have a co worker who is a nervous wreck, who almost shits himself if the boss says something to him. This has lead to him being taken advantage of in the worst ways possible.