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Dyadya Misha



Joined: 28 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: IPT - a warning Reply with quote

I know that (unfortunately) most new teachers, and new teachers to Russia more specifically, don't often know enough to come to these pages to seek advice from those already in the country. However, on the off chance that some do, here's a warning regarding IPT.

I've worked for IPT twice - pre-crisis and 'post'-crisis. I went back because it was a good company for which to work a few years ago - that's changed. While much of the criticism they come in for is wide of the mark, or simply hearsay, I've just had to get a lawyer involved to ensure that I got paid for my last month working for the company.

First off, I did leave without giving the one month's notice stipulated in my contract, and with that in mind I can see why IPT were annoyed at me. However, I jumped through all the hoops that were put in front of me when I knew I was leaving, gave detailed handover information, returned all materials, etc. The owner also knew that I was looking for work elsewhere as well, even if neither of us knew that I would leave so suddenly.

In the last five years, IPT have effectively fired two managers by text message and been threatened with legal action for non-payment of salary. And that's just the cases of which I am aware. Their administration is a shambles, with promises about bank accounts and housing made and broken, documents constantly getting lost, a general lack of internal organisation, account managers calling you while you're teaching their group to ask why you aren't teaching their group, etc.

To anyone thinking about working for them - think long and hard about the kind of company those who've been there know them to be. I was lucky that I have Russian lawyer friends in Moscow who could advise me, but many aren't so fortunate. There are companies that pay better, give you less hassle and more help and you would be better off looking around a little bit longer if Moscow is where you want to be.
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
Posts: 8928
Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hear hear! A truly dreadful place to work.

Steer well clear, or get a lawyer. You'll most likely need one in the end.
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Peg Leg Pete



Joined: 12 Feb 2010
Posts: 79
Location: Moscow

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job they didn't have your passport "for safe-keeping".
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking the same, but didn't write it. Good man for doing so!
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