Moderator: Tempo Gain
bjorkchicago wrote:I wanted to write a quick post regarding American Eagle since I have about 2 months under my belt so can at least shed a dim ray of light on the subject.. I'm at a VERY new branch in Toufen. Very small town in Miaoli County and, coming from more than a decade in Chicago and a few years in San Francisco, it is definitely quite a change. But that is for another thread.
The director at my school is relatively young (33 I think?), but very professional and well-educated. Fortunately for me her English is exceptionally fluent which I think probably alleviates some frustrations that could arise otherwise. I'm working on my Mandarin, but it is a work in progress which I think will continue to be a work in progress for some time. Sure, there are some things that we're just doing by trial and error, but we're in it together and i really do feel like a colleague rather than an underling.
The corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu and I have been there a few times for trainings and will be there in 4 weeks for some more, and in my limited experience I found the entire operation to be quite efficient, modern and clean buildings, decent lesson plans, and the higher-ups I've met seem to be approachable and down-to-earth.
I'm not a doe-eyed naive guy here, either... yes, I'm new to the ESL scene, but at 37, I've had my share of jobs and i can definitely say that i feel STRONGLY, based on what I've read and heard first-hand, that I think I'm fairly fortunate in my position. Yes, I have heard that perhaps i make a LITTLE less money than what others make in similar positions, but as a newbie I don't feel exceptionally entitled to the highest payscale immediately, and i also have a really great arrangement for my housing so i probably come out ahead anyway.
Hamletintaiwan wrote:I assume that you are American.
I have never worked for American Eagle Institute but have been there for interviews.
It's just a hunch, but, if you are not American and/or do not have a very standard American accent you are second choice only if hired.
In other words, if they hire you and you are not from the US you might be replaced as soon as the opportunity for that arises.
I also noticed that they are looking for new teachers quite frequently. Therefore, they must have fast turnovers.
I suggest, if you aren't from the US, and have two schools lined up, don't work for American Eagle. I might be wrong but maybe someone else can elaborate on this.
canucktyuktuk wrote:A quarter way through my third year there..... I'm totally burned out. They want too much. Word of warning... don't do the full time position.... at least at my branch...
How are you? I have a job offer from American Eagle in Nanjing or Chendu and was wondering if the workload really is that awful? Is it bearable for one year or should I look elsewhere? I mean, do you need an iron will just to finish a year of teaching? Is the pay rate fair? Are the kids well-behaved? They're not drop-out students are they? Do you make friends with the other staff or do the secretaries speak English well? Can they help you out?
Also, if you don't mind me asking, which branch do you guys work for? Thank you very much in advance. Any advice is greatly appreciated!