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management positions at large companies like EF, etc.

 
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5h09un



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: management positions at large companies like EF, etc. Reply with quote

what is it like to work in these positions? some comments here regarding them have gotten me curious.
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Denim-Maniac



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My opinion is worth a lot less than Babala's actual experience posted below.


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Babala



Joined: 28 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a DOS at EF however I must state that my particular centre only does corporate training. I am lucky that I have a great owner and CD. There are definately pro's and con's.

Pro's

-you work less teaching hours
-you work directly with both foreign and Chinese staff so you see both sides of the coin
-EF encourages teachers to stay and there are quite a few incentives
-I am able to have a lot of input into course material
-in CLT we don't have the crazy summers that other EF schools do
-I can hire who I want (in my school we do not take new teachers, they need some experience)

Con's

-you are the go between management and teachers
-some teachers can be a serious pain in the @ss (i feel very lucky as I have a great staff) but in the past.... if a drunk teacher gets locked out of their apartment at 2am, guess who they are calling
-I have to deal with corporate clients who can be very demanding
-you have to learn to pick your battles

All in all, I really like my job but it all boils down to who you work with. As I said before, I have wonderful Chinese and foreign staff so that definately makes my job enjoyable.
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Non Sequitur



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my observation over the years it is the 'ownership' that is the big variable.
EF generally seem to be franchises, which sets up that variability.
I think there needs to be two aspects. The other is company-owned outlet models such as Disney.
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