I'm about to sign my third contract with VIPkid and I love my job. My day starts (somewhat early) talking and playing with cheerful children which sets a great tone for the day. I was never a brick and mortar teacher! I had my own pet-sitting business for 10 years and wanted a change that was still emotionally rewarding, but more mobile. If you easily connect with children and can follow a lesson plan you will find that working with VIPKid is also mentally rewarding. There's an amazing feeling of accomplishment as you see these children progress with your help. I have built long-lasting relationships with a couple of families in China now too!
The hours can be rough depending on where you live and what time of day you are at your personal peak. It is Beijing hours...so you must work around childrens' school schedules and the time difference. Their peak hours are Monday-Friday from 6p-9:30p, Saturday and Sunday from 7a-9:30p. I am EST and I regularly teach Mon-Thurs from 6a-10a, and Friday and Saturday from 8a-10a and 9p-12a and have taken Sundays off. On average, I teach 50-55 classes per week and have no trouble getting booked despite what you may hear other places. The company has a massive customer base and is expanding at a rapid pace. They are always going to need teachers!
Some things to keep in mind is that you are not finished when you are done teaching. You still have to type feedback for every class. All in all, once you are used to doing it, it
优点make your own schedule, fun and joyful job, pays well, builds relationships, lets you travel
I love VIPKID. If you're good at this job, it will reward you tremendously, both financially and personally! In my experience the best performing teachers here are simply high energy and love what they do; that happiness that shines out while your teaching is what keeps them coming back, period. The kids are A M A Z I N G . They are almost ALL so happy and respectful in class. Curriculum is okay, could definitely be better. I do love having flexibility to adapt the curriculum based on the student's needs!
The hours are rough and take a lot of getting used-to (early morning hours). Hours aren't guaranteed, so your schedule is affected by demand, holidays, etc. The raise policy is absolutely terrible - you need to jump through many hoops in order to qualify for a raise, and you only have the option to qualify every-other contract, so once a year. I'm going on my 2nd year with no raise.
If you're good, you can get short notice bookings during Peak Times, which is an extra $4 hourly.
Staff at HQ really tries to build a supportive community - they are adorable and you can tell they really care. That said, the cancellation policy SUCKS - i only recommend if you are in good health and if you either don't have young children, or, if you do have young children, that you have a reliable support/backup for child care- cancellations add up quickly , and once you hit your maximum, an automatic "review of contract" is triggered where they will lock you out of teaching for 2 we
优点the kids are great, flexibility, ability to adapt curriculum, wonderful training resources, friendly and supportive staff.
缺点raise policy, cancellation policy, curriculum isn't always great, the time difference is rough
First, making $22 is not the norm, as your pay is pre-determined and can be as low was $16 AND it depends on if you are booked by parents. Even if you open all your time slots, it takes some sort of magic formula to get fully booked all the time. Second, you are a free contractor, but there are tons of rules and regulations to follow that can affect your bookings if you break any of them. Third, and and this is what annoys me the most, you are expected to provide props and a secondary rewards system, at your own expense, both of which are unnecessary. There is already a rewards system built into the classes. And just like real teaching, you are underappreciated, tied up on in bureaucracy and at the mercy of the parents to get paid. The parents can rate you, which directly affects your bookings. Teachers are expected to follow rules, but there are really no consequences to students that don't.
The only way I would recommend this job is if you REALLY like kids and teaching, like waking up early, and don't want to leave your house. The kids are generally fine, and the curriculum is easy to teach (esp if you have esl experience). However, be warned, unless you live alone, finding a quiet place to work and set up the background you are required to make yourself, is surprisingly difficult. Actually, making the background was the only part I enjoyed. Also, there are only 2-3 minutes between each class so if you are fully booked, a bathroom or breakfast break is nearly impossibl
优点platform is easy to use
缺点Zero benefits, unreliable pay, lots of prep work
Overall VIPKID was a good fit for me, but there were some downsides.
The majority of the questionnaire does not apply to VIPKID. The job is of a gig type. Classes were taught in a one-on-one virtual classroom on the VIPKID platform. My experience with the students was wonderful. Almost all were highly motivated. The lessons were provided. We were paid on a per 25 minute class payment schedule which was more generous than comparable platforms. We set our own teaching hours from among what were available, during Beijing, China after-school hours, but did not teach during times when we were not selected by students. That meant getting up in the middle of the night US time to teach, without benefits, and waiting for 1/2 hour or more without pay between students. China just closed the platform to non-Chinese teachers, so my job just ended. I will greatly miss the students and this opportunity. However, VIPKID is planning to open a world-wide platform with a slightly different selection of courses. The pay will be lower than it has been. However, if virtual teaching is a benefit to you it will be good. Also, teachers should have more opportunities to teach during daylight hours in their own time zone.
优点Set your own teaching hours. If commuting to work is a problem and you prefer part-time, this will work; the kids are terrific and highly motivated. You don't need to plan classes.
缺点The hours are between midnight and 7 am for me in the US MST zone. There are unpaid teaching breaks, no benefits, and compared to a brick and mortar school the pay is lower.
English As A Second Language Teacher | 北京市 | 2021年4月20日
It’s a legitimate company that gives you an opportunity to make money while teaching and interacting with awesome kids in China.
It’s a legitimate company that gives you an opportunity to make money while teaching and interacting with awesome kids in China. Super flexible schedule. Good pay. The students are so respectful and willing to connect and share. Ability to move up to higher level of classes where you’ll teach students as old as 15/16 who speak more fluent and the conversation is just more natural and enjoyable and teaching can really become rewarding. Timing for bookings can be rough when dealing with Chinese time zones. Also, can get lonely since there is no employee interaction, all online face to face with students. You’ll never actually meet someone from the company other than when you get interviewed.
优点Super flexible schedule, Good pay, students are so respectful and willing to share, Ability to move up to higher level of classes, where you’ll teach students as old as fifteen years old, fluent and the conversation is just more natural and enjoyable, teaching can really become rewarding
缺点Timing for bookings can be rough when dealing with Chinese time zones, can get lonely since there is no employee interaction, all online face to face with students, You’ll never actually meet someone from the company other than when you get interviewed
English As A Second Language Teacher | 北京市 | 2020年11月1日
Was Good, Just Turned Bad in Fall 2020
This job was great in that the students are so adorable and fun to work with.
PROS: Flexible schedule (you pick your own), pay was up to $22/hr (I was making $21), the material and curriculum are done for you, and help was always available for tech issues.
CONS: Although schedule was flexible, you mainly had to have early mornings or evenings free to get bookings. Eventually, that meant starting work at 2-4:30am. (Depending on your time zone) This eventually led to very odd eating and sleeping patterns. It’s absolutely doable during school and such, but it really catches up with you and is horrible for your health in the long term. Just because you have slots open for teaching doesn’t mean you’ll get booked. Lots of teachers were complaining of low bookings.
The reason I left was because starting in the Fall of 2020 VIPKID has new contracts with a new pay scale. They made the pay scales super confusing and complicated so that you possibly may not notice the new contracts come with a significant pay deficit. $100+ loss for me per month. That’s why I left and that’s why my review is 3 stars. If they didn’t do that for the pay scale, I would have left a 4 star review because it was a helpful job through college.
优点Flexible schedule, pre-made curriculum
缺点Pay cut with new contract, early hours, little sleep, low bookings
English As A Second Language Teacher | 北京市 | 2021年9月14日
Good Company going through a re-organization
VipKid is a good company to work for, part-time. Bookings are not guaranteed, and it takes a while to build a following. I have worked for them for over three and a half years. I have always been paid when it was due.
Right now (Summer/Fall 2021), they are going through some re-organizing because of new rules limiting foreign teachers for children in China. That was VIPKid's bread and butter. They do have a USA based program called BookNook which they started last year. It works with large underperforming school districts to improve reading. There are not a lot of classes open at this time. They are also looking at implementing adult classes in China, taught by foreign teachers. This has just started.
As a result of the new rules in China, many have left the company as active teachers. I am sure. some will return if VIPKid gets through this major blow to its business model.
I am sad that I may have to find other remote work. It has worked well for me, up until this point.
优点Choose own schedule, no minimum hours, direct deposit of 1099 payments
缺点reorganization right now, change of pay with 30 days notice, have to do mock demonstrations to get hired.
English As A Second Language Teacher | 北京市 | 2021年5月15日
Best part-time work from home job
I have worked for VIPkid for 3 1/2 years now. I work a part-time schedule that is fairly consistent. When I got hired it was relatively easy. I understand the hiring process now is quite a bit more difficult. The cancellation policy can be a little strict, but with the proper documentation and preparation it is very doable. To pay for new teachers is not what it used to be. It is very hard to get a pay increase due to their new tier structured system based on The number of classes taught. The hours are pretty brutal (you set your own schedule) but once you see those smiling faces from halfway around the world You forget how tired you are. . I have met some wonderful families and I have several students that I will remember for the rest of my life. While this job has some negatives, the pay is reasonable and the students are amazing. There is little to no prep. You just log onto the portal and wait for that little smiling face to greet you.
优点Set your own schedule. Amazing families and students. No prep.
缺点Cancellation policy. Hard to get a “raise”. Crazy work hours.
English As A Second Language Teacher | 北京市 | 2018年7月26日
Great option for extra income!
VIPKID is a great opportunity for those who do not need to rely on a set steady income. As a contract worker you rely on parents to book you. I can personally say that I have a five star rating with over 500 reviews and yet my classes are still not fully booked during certain times. This is usually because students go on vacation or maybe because there are more teachers than there are students. But I will say the culture is amazing. There are Facebook groups and YouTube channels to help you get started and help you have better reviews and build your clientele. It allows you to work from home in the comfort of your Pajama pants. The job itself is truly wonderful. They prepare all the material for you and all you do is review the PowerPoint slides and teach the lesson to a student. Is long as you have a teaching background, know grammar and pronunciation techniques, you will be fine! The kids are fantastic most of the time and it’s a very rewarding job. I love it and it allows me to stay home with my daughter.
缺点Not a steady income
English As A Second Language Teacher | 北京市 | 2021年11月4日
Good and bad points with this company
This is a great job if you are just looking to earn some side income. This job/company does not provide sick days, paid time off, holiday pay or any kind of retirement options since they are not U.S. based. A HUGE complaint that all teachers have is that their misses class/cancellation policy is too strict. If you miss any more than 6 classes or cancel before 24 hours you are usually let go even if your reasons were completely valid. There is no adjustment for how many classes can be missed if you work more or less. So, someone who teaches 8+ classes on a daily basis is going to possibly need more cancellations than someone who only teaches 2-3 classes per day or only works 2 days per week. Oh, and you work the evening hours on Beijing time zone; so, that means you work the very early morning hours before most people even start their day. This job I would only recommend if you are looking for side-hustle money not a real income that pays the bills.
优点Work from home
缺点Too strict on cancellation policy, very early morning working hours, no benefits.
This is one of the reasons they have blanketed social media and search engines with ads that they’re “hiring” teachers. They do not have close to enough students per teacher ratio. Is anyone doing the math? 100,000 students would cover 20 hours of work for 5,000 teachers. For the 40,000 teachers this company purports to have, they would need to have a supply of 1.6 million REGULAR students.
Before January of 2018, teachers were getting consistent bookings. However, the company expanded their market likely the result of a huge investment flow from Kobe Bryant. The teachers I knew teaching for this company at this time suddenly went from consistent work to almost none.
Hiring and training policies are never stable. Even their rock star, young, model teachers with their own teaching and coaching V ipkid new hires have trouble keeping up. By the way, these teachers make money with their referral coaching for new teachers and they want you to use their link so they get the referral fee from vip kid. Nothing wrong with that, but most applicants are unaware. Also note, that even being coached by one of these rock star teachers may not be enough to get you through the hoops. Here’s why:
If you have a bachelor’s degree and decent resume, you will make it to an interview where you will give your first practice class. The interviewer ( most likely from their call center and native Chinese speaker) will pretend to be a student. Mine was very difficult to understand since sh
terminated on 3rd contract with stellar performance
I have had a stellar record until Feb 2019 when I and my 5 children were hit with 2 rounds of stomach viruses, for which I had to cancel classes. I teach many students every day (between 8 and 18 classes in a 24-hour period). When I had to cancel, I had no choice. My students, their families, and I have outstanding relationships and keep in contact over We Chat. They knew I was sick and did not care that I had to cancel. They wanted me and the kids to feel better. I understand in China, people go to community centers when there is an illness of any kind. We do not do that in America for stomach viruses. It is pointless because there is nothing doctors can do to cure stomach viruses, and it would be a huge cost to do such a thing. As a result, there is no doctor's note. Just my word.
They told me they would review over 2 weeks to determine the outcome of my contract. I have taught over 3100 classes and have 1131 5-apple ratings and 4, 4-apple ratings. I poured my heart and soul into this job because of my students. VIPKID did not care. They looked at one month, which was clearly an anomaly, and terminated me for "poor student experience". You've got to be kidding me. Parents called VIPKID constantly, and they refused to answer them about why I wasn't teaching anymore. I have students in tears. Again, VIPKID does not care.
VIPKID's myopic analysis based on one factor within one month to determine my contract outcome clearly demonstrates we are just numbers in a sea of 60
VIPKID just slashed the majority of veteran teacher salaries in a pandemic
I have been at VIPKID for 2 years. I enjoyed it as a part time job. I love my students and families and have enjoyed great bookings and success. I understood that I would never get a raise as I only work part time (about 60 - 80 classes a month) in a difficult time zone. My morning classes now end at 6 am after the Chinese regulations in November eliminated 6 am to 7 am. I was fine with choosing to work part time with no raise. I devoted countless unpaid hours to passing level demos, certifications, quizzes, making props/rewards, investing in high quality equipment such as an external camera, head set, lighting and seasonal backgrounds. I joined management teams such as Builders Council. I am certified to teach every single class and level offered. I did the whole 9 yards and was fine with it. Happy to do it even, as I love the kiddos and parents.
Yesterday, VIPKID revamped veteran teacher pay.. Now, base pay never increases. The vast majority of teachers are getting pay cuts. I am getting an 8% pay cut after not receiving a raise for 2 years. It is about $1.75 less per hour. A total slap in the face after 2 years of devoted service, including working on Christmas! Others, sadly, have it worse. To break even at my current pay rate, I must teach 200 classes a month. At 201 classes, I make one extra dollar. 201 classes in my time zone is extremely difficult if you ever want to see your kids and husband.
VIPKID is never honest with teachers. I was promis
English As A Second Language Teacher | Remote | 2020年1月2日
Excellent place to work if you are cool with these 2 things:
1. As a teacher, you are NOT an employee, you are a contractor. There is a big difference. There isn't a guarantee of hours. They don't "give you hours" or "give you a schedule". A contractor is a business owner... a freelancer. It may take some time to build up your clientele. So, go into it expecting to POSSIBLY have to wait until you can work the amount of hours you desire. There are many tips available on YouTube of things you can do to grow your clientele more quickly in order to be able to work the amount of hours you want to work. Also, there are many who never have to wait long. They are fully booked the first or second week of working. Everyone's situation varies. Don't go into this as your only source of income that you depend on to pay your rent and bills. Add this as a secondary job or side hustle until you start getting booked consistently by regular students. Then you can transition into VIPKID being your primary gig (although I recommend ALWAYS having a side hustle just in case). There are ebbs and flows with scheduling. Certain times of the year are more in demand than others and will, therefore, be easier/harder to get fully booked... depending on the season.
2. Teaching hours cater to China's timezone. Therefore you will be working graveyard hours, VERY early in the morning, or weekend evenings (the specific hours vary depending on your timezone). If this is what you prefer, you're good. But if you are only TOLERATING this schedule to g
I don't usually review companies, but I was curious what people are saying about VIPKID. I saw that there's some misinformation on here, so I wanted to clear some things up.
First of all, the attendance policy IS strict, but it's not "six classes." I think people are confused about this because the wording in the contract and in the information pages is a bit confusing (I was somewhat confused for a while, too). Every three classes counts as one cancellation. HOWEVER, you can only have two cancellations in one day. In other words, if you have 15 classes in one day and cancel all 15, that counts as two cancellations, because each day is limited to two cancellations. If you have 15 classes and cancel 4, that counts (I think?) as two cancellations, and if you have 15 classes and cancel three, that counts as one cancellation. Cancelling a single class in one day also counts as a single cancellation. Now, that's still a strict policy, because if you teach several classes a day and cancel three days straight, then yikes, that could easily be all six cancellations. And I guess if you cancel one class here or there on six different days in a contract, then yes, that would amount to six cancellations, but most people don't just cancel a class here or there. If you need to cancel all your classes in a day, you can and get 1-2 cancellations, which is my point. Also, with every new contract, the cancellations roll over. So if you cancel four classes, then you get a new contract, you
优点work at home, awesome kids, rewarding work, provided curriculum
缺点no benefits, pay your own taxes and pay extra, stressful hours (I'm on EST)
Fun teaching gig with good teacher support and a reasonable seeming contract.
Teaching kids online is a great way to connect with students and exercise your skills as a teacher. VipKid makes this process easy with their relatively reliable proprietary platform and their pre-made lesson plans. They have clear policies on how to handle student no-shows as well as inappropriate behavior from students. They also allow you to pick your schedule with no minimum or maximum requirements on the number of hours you work. This means you can tailor your schedule to work the amount you want, and even work around doctor appointments, vacations, family events, etc. Their contract is also relatively benign compared to some other online teaching platforms I've seen.
As far as culture and connection, For an online gig, they do a good job of encouraging teachers to connect and providing ways both online and offline for them to do so. They have area meetups monthly both on and offline, and they have a forum where teachers can connect with each other to ask questions or just say hi. They also specifically make posts honoring teachers of different cultures, backgrounds, etc. This year they celebrated pride for the first time. They constantly state that they want to be inclusive, and have even taken some of my suggestions for inclusive language in their training materials.
They have multiple ways to get in touch with support both during class and outside of it. They will answer any issue from "hey my student keeps running away from the camera" to "I don't think I g
优点Really fun teaching gig, Can work in your house, Can set your own hours with no minimum or maximum hours, Good support available both during and outside of class, do a good job of encouraging teachers to connect
缺点Work is currently unsteady because of changing laws, You do not get paid for training or class prep or documentation
English As A Second Language Teacher | Remote | 2018年4月23日
VIPKID- Profit over Education, Below Average ESL Company
I learned a lot at VIPKID through the workshops. I stayed pretty fully booked most of the time, but the bookings were also erratic at times. Each new group of teachers has it worse. I started last June (2017) and I had to wait 28 days to teach a class. Newer teachers are in "trial jail," waiting to be graced with enough trial classes to earn a regular class. This can go on for months, during which time, they are told to just take workshops.
Almost all other online ESL companies in China are better. The others offer regular, achievable raises and have actual human beings that you can interact with as managers. VIPKID has salary caps and they make it very hard or next to impossible to get the higher level salaries. Some ESL companies will start people out at $25 base pay now, if their qualifications are good enough. I work for one of those now. VIPKID is on par with larger companies as far as having bad cancellation policies. Even when they improved theirs, it was bad.
A lot of newer and smaller companies are more accomodating, because they realize that's the way to keep good teachers. VIPKID enthusiasts usually (a) don't realize that other companies even exist and (b) are trying to make money off referrals. It is possible to make $16,000 on the last referral "milestone." That is why people should take what VIPKID teachers and recruiters say with a grain of salt.
VIPKID markets themselves extremely well, which explains their extremely fast growth and expansion. In t
优点Workshops are great preparation to work in the ESL field. I loved my students very much.
缺点No personal, direct managers, Impersonal computer system gave inconsistent feedback, High profit motive for the company, Lack of concern or respect for teachers, Unfair feedback review, Next to impossible to get raises, Very sloppy curriculum materials
First off, I am a current fully booked teacher that works between 35-42 hours a week. I have been with the company for almost 4 year. Years ago, this was a wonderful job that I would have recommend to anyone that qualified. In the last year and a half it has just continually gone downhill.
They continually take away job benefits/perks that were promised to teachers in the interview process such as a raise, money after the first contact for supplies, and the 3 year sweatshirt (making us pay for it is not a reward!). The incentives at one time were wonderful and really made the job/hours worth it. Now you get tokens that expire and take so much time to add up to even make it worth it, they have continually made it harder to receive anything that makes you feel valued and we the teachers are the back bone of the company.
The hours can be hard but you do it for the benefit of staying at home, paying off debt, traveling, or what ever your needs are. You easily fall in love with students who are amazing! I teach children I truly look forward to seeing multiple times a week. It is the biggest plus of the job!
I have had many students that are switching English companies because of the latest price increase in classes and dissatisfaction with the company. I had several parents tell me that were told the teachers were getting raises and that was what the price increase was due to. This is a complete and utter lie! What is even worse is they are now changing the pay structure w
There is no guarantee that you will ever get booked. How much you get booked strongly depends on all kinds of factors outside of your control, like the Chinese exam seasons, Chinese holidays, etc. There is little to no leniency for teachers who have to cancel classes due to emergencies, like extreme illness or sudden death of a family member. The communication with the Head Office is limited, and my attempts to contact them are often met with an unhelpful copy-paste response. When things go wrong, the company often sides against the teacher, like in cases of bad, inaccurate parent feedback or blaming system-wide technical issues on a teacher's personal equipment; I myself have taught full classes only to not be paid for them for reasons outside my control. They have now announced a new "incentive pay" program which essentially cuts most teacher's pay by up to 20% or so. If you are a new hire, forget about making more than $15/hour (BEFORE TAXES) for the first several years. And we haven't even talked about the issue of VIPKID paying teachers as Independent Contractors; we are employees in all but name. Controlling how many teaching props we use (requiring 2D and 3D props in every lesson), requiring that we provide an external "reward system" for the students, even controlling how much we smile. They require us to spend hours and hours in unpaid time in order to become "certified" to teach at different levels and to sit through online workshops. They even micromanage our class
The convenience and flexibility of this job make it very tempting. They were the deciding factors for me. If one is really ambitious, you can maybe even book a couple of classes before you go to your 9-5, if you needed/wanted some padding on the income. I worked for VIPkids for a year. Over the year, I developed a pretty strong connection with some of my regular students and I really liked teaching them. The technology is cool and the platform is improving as far as teaching materials go.
However, over the course of the year - and especially towards the end of 2019 - VIPkid's policies changed. The quality of the support for teachers decreased both inside and outside the classroom. There is very little transparency in the company, I heard down the grapevine from a teacher based in China that the structure for parents also changed. I can't say for sure whether that is a direct cause, or maybe there are just way more teachers competing for classes but towards the end of 2019 there were less bookings than what I used to get on average.
There were also huge changes made in payment structure and I do not believe that VIPkid did their due diligence to make teachers realize what was happening. As a teacher in Canada I also noticed that starting around October/November I was receiving less of my pay based on the average USD conversion rate. I tried to figure out what was going on and luckily my bank was able to show me the USD amount that VIPkids was sending me from their inte