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Peizheng College, Guangdong Province
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Simon in Suzhou



Joined: 09 Aug 2011
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Location: GZ

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MESL wrote:
This month, my salary was 11,600 yuan. Last month, my salary was 8,300. My salary fluctuates drastically because it's based on complicated calculations. Base pay plus number of lessons taught. If a month has a lot of teaching days and no holidays, my salary for that month will be very high. If a month has a low number of teaching days and several holiday days, my salary is much lower. If there's a holiday but it's on a Tuesday and I have only one lesson on Tuesdays, my salary is not affected much. If the holiday is on a Monday and I have lessons all day on Mondays, my salary will be much more affected. If the spring semester begins the second week of March, I will get base pay for all of March but not for any lessons the first week.


This is also a 10 month/year paycheck. Many of the teachers spend their summer holiday doing crappy kids summer camps and the like to supplement the 3 month stretch between paychecks.

Peizheng is not a terrible place to work (the students are generally lovely and the workload is fine), but the isolation + annoying administrative moves like the aforementioned pay structure (and CONSTANT interruptions in your daily living life--no water today, power outages, having someone come check something in your apartment every other week, 1998-era internet speed that often goes out totally, etc) build up and make it a very frustrating place after the first year or so.
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MESL



Joined: 23 Aug 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have worked for a couple of schools with a large number of foreign teachers, 25, 50, 75. I've worked for several schools with fewer than half a dozen foreign teacher. And a few where I was the only foreign teacher. I have found that the level of bureaucracy directly corresponds to the number of foreign teachers.
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MESL



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fired for taking a phone from a student.
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Simon in Suzhou



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MESL wrote:
Fired for taking a phone from a student.


Whoa! Sorry to hear that, really. As I've always said. PZ is fine until it isn't. I have seen them turn on good teachers quickly.
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Curtinca



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon in Suzhou wrote:
MESL wrote:
Fired for taking a phone from a student.


Whoa! Sorry to hear that, really. As I've always said. PZ is fine until it isn't. I have seen them turn on good teachers quickly.


The same can be said for just about any Chinese school. Make an enemy and you're toast!
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MESL



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With performance bonus and airfare, saved up 80,000 yuan during one year at Pei Zheng.
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