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  • Debs_89
    23 March, 2013 at 12:08
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    Hi Guys.

    Have a bit of a decision to make between two jobs. I have been offered one in China. Its with Shane Language School in Changzhou. Could anyone tell me about them? The other job I have been offered is in Chelyabinsk in Russia with The English Club. Does anyone know about the reputation about either of these schools?


    27 March, 2013 at 15:01
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    If you Google something like "Shane English School China review" you’ll find quite a lot of discussion about them. A similar search for English Club in Chelyabinsk doesn’t turn up a lot of information. A lack of negative reviews in forums is often a good sign…


    28 March, 2013 at 13:01
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    A lack of review can also mean it either a new operation, or maybe even an old one school with problems restarting with a new name. I’d play it safe and go with Shane if all other variables are equal.

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    30 March, 2013 at 0:43
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    I’m an American who has been working at The English Club in Chelyabinsk for more than 10 years. I think it’s a good place to work and I also like the city.
    We have almost 4000 customers; we are not small. There are about 100 employees working at our main office and 4 branches and several times a year there are parties and other activities for the employees. The compensation package is quite good, especially for this city and the city has everything you’d need to have a good quality of life. Chelyabinsk is also a railroad hub, so travel anywhere is easy and the public transport system is OK.
    I started here 10 years ago as a teacher, but now I’m the head of the International Department, so the opportunity to advance is certainly present.
    I’m not sure what else to tell you, other than the fact that they always honor everything on the contract and you’ll find that you can work enough hours, without being treated like a slave or property. I guess that part of the question is also, "what do you bring to the table?"

    7 April, 2013 at 8:07
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    I was teaching in China a few years ago at a university, but I had some friends working at Shane English School in Shanghai. They did not have anything good to say. I think they eventually quit before their contract was up because it was so bad.

    I don’t know about the situation in Changzhou, but the company has a bad reputation in general. If you want to work in China, I would recommend private junior or senior high schools. I think they have the best working conditions.

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    Eddy G.
    21 April, 2013 at 1:45
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    If someone says "that school has a bad reputation" they should provide some details or at least some links to prove it. Shane is a huge chain established over 10 years ago in China. Maybe one or two locations have problems, but I have always heard good things about them about colleagues who worked there although the pay is not the best.

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