June 27th, 2019 at 9:11 am
Worked in Vietnam for a few years now and at some of the big schools. This is by far the better one I've worked at.
Pay is decent, schedules are good, nice holiday too. They have workshops and check in on you to ask how you're getting on so I've definitely learned some new skills while being here.
Quite a bit of test marking at the end but manageable. Management is friendly and helps out a lot. HR is really supportive.
June 27th, 2019 at 7:53 am
Working for Schools Link (not the language centers - this program works in public schools) means that you get a regular timetable of daytime hours (no evenings! no weekends! yay!) with roughly 18-20 teaching hours per week. Books and materials are all provided and lots of support is available to you from the management team if you need it. The books they teach from are easy to use and interesting too. As well as public holidays and Tet you get a week off for Christmas and also up to 12 days annual leave. You also don't have to write reports (other similar companies want you to do that every week) and you get observed twice a year to help with your teaching.
I worked for this company for several years and in that time have taught at multiple schools, the majority of which have been great working environments. They support your professional development and are always happy to help if you need further support. The pay depends upon qualifications etc and you do have to pay tax but that is because the company is legitimate and follows Vietnamese law, unlike many other less scrupulous companies that pay cash in hand so they can avoid contributing anything to the society in which they operate. If you do a good job and wish to stay with the company then your salary will increase every year and they have a very open system regarding pay scales. Overall it's been a really positive experience working for them.
June 24th, 2019 at 1:48 am
*****Here's why you must be careful about who your children learn from and fear their safety at Language Link Vietnam*****
Don’t believe all the hype that you hear from their “positive reviews” that have been written and rewritten by management on a few occasions as they are trying to persuade you that they are not sly and they are good to hide their previous misdeeds and mishandlings of their prior actions and intentions. This company is currently under investigation and facing lawsuits due to multiple incidents that are dated back from 2013-2018 as this probably won’t be their first or last. Before you sign any contracts, make sure you read up on all of The Vietnamese Labor Laws, Contracts, and everything else that they give to you before signing anything as you will know exactly what to do when they consciously start violating you and therefore go beyond the Vietnamese Labor Laws in the process.
A small number of violations include:
1. Privileged westerners in positions making threats of violence to minorities as this stimulates from pure jealousy and envy as this is an educational institution for parents to bring their innocent children that are supposed to come to the center to learn English as a 2nd language as privileged westerners in position are trying to turn Language Link Vietnam into, "The Wild Wild West."
2. Privileged westerners in positions bringing minorities into rooms 1 on 1 behind closed doors in what is supposed to be MANDATORY performance evaluations ONLY to be discussing the fatalities of minorities in America among police shootings while the privileged westerner in position says, "I know that's a messed up way to build a rapport." Furthermore, the privileged westerner talks about bringing security guards in the room at the same time in the beginning of the meeting as if minorities are a threat. And to top it all off as this is the first time ever to "introduce" and to have a MANDATORY "meeting" with the privileged westerner in position, their are talks to fire the minority as the privileged westerner in position apologizes to the minority with his head down as he shakes his head from left to right and just continues to talk on and on and on while his hands are shaking while the minority sits there quietly and listens.
3. Privileged westerners in positions telling minorities 1 on 1 behind closed doors in MANDATORY meetings that, “You are the younger version of me back then.” “You are a team player.” “You are ambitious.” You have to wait your turn." "Anyone can do what you did." “It feels so good to be around you.” "I should have been friends with him."
4. Privileged westerners in positions having MANDATORY private meetings for degrading credibility directly to minorities and to scold their personal achievements behind closed doors.
5. Going inside the locker of minority teachers and replacing their teaching materials with toilet paper and laughing about it when confronted.
6. Privileged westerners in positions and HR giving mixed evaluations on the same exact evaluation. For example: A privileged westerner in a position telling you to your face that you “passed” but does not give you the teacher evaluation report. Then the privileged westerner discusses with HR that you “did not pass” as HR is in on this as well. Not to mention that HR is sending out CCed emails among your colleagues to discuss that you “did not pass” and is saying that you “cannot get a raise.”
7. Imagine that the privileged westerner in a position looks you in the eyes and tells you that, "Observations are meant to be negative and that you will not get any observations this year." Following that comment, imagine that you get a surprise observation the next following day.
8. (Ways Language Link Vietnam is distracting and diverting attention from teachers complaining about their pay) Privileged westerners in positions using rhetoric to encourage colleagues to divide, marginalize, bully, pick sides, and physically fight instead of working as a cohesive team as certain colleagues that hang around management are easily persuaded and influenced by positions of power without objectively looking for motives as the thinking is herd-like and can be easily manipulated as the privileged westerner in position plays victim while the threats and abuse continue on for the minority teacher. And when threats are made verbally by privileged westerners in positions of power and those being surrounded, then minorities must find ways to protect themselves by any means necessary as teachers are role-models and they should never have to think about their safety in such a safe country with lovely and friendly people and in a company where innocent kids go to learn as this goes beyond violating dignity which is in The Vietnamese Labor Laws.
9. Imagine that colleagues that have surrounded themselves with those in management are getting in your face in saying, "We were just playing with you!" In addition, imagine that the colleague points his fingers to the back of your head as he makes a gun gesture while you got your back turned. And from the moment you turn around, he puts his hands down. How would you protect yourself then? How would you protect yourself in a company that parents trust to send their innocent children to go learn English?
10. When these situations took place, an email was sent to HR about the incidents. Nobody in HR asked questions or replied back to the email. As long as parents did not find out, they were ok with anything that happened as they allowed these behaviors to continue. The only time HR replied back was on a separate email when a Vietnamese Labor Law violation had been caught up on their end.
11. Never dealt with these ideologies on racism, racial profiling, or discrimination in Vietnam until these situations at this company happened as these are not the only incidents within the company that took place as these incidents clearly violate The Vietnamese Labor Laws as these close-minded ideologies come from privileged westerners that move to Vietnam as those set of ideas and beliefs get embedded into the company as they are supported from the top and trickle down through others. The only time questions such as, “How hard is it to be ‘a certain race’ living in Vietnam” come up, is when you enter into Language Link Vietnam. Otherwise, you just don’t get those types questions in Vietnam. This is not a company based on fairness or education, but based on The Wild Wild West.
12. And if you think that this is company based on fairness or education, then continue to allow toxic privileged westerners in positions to call your kids, “stupid” outside of class.
13. You still think this company is based on fairness or education? Imagine that you are in another MANDATORY meeting and you are told that "65% of Vietnamese are boring and aren't going to go anywhere in life." Without having any empathy or compassion for all of the challenges that they had to face in the past.
14. With all the reasons stated above to include reasons that are not even stated, it's no wonder why minority teachers don't come to the company unless it was MANDATORY.
15. Lastly, privileged positions of power are STILL allowed to be maintained and kept despite all of this.
March 11th, 2019 at 9:12 am
I had suffered a light pain at the left shoulder, because everyday I carried bag ony at this side. Comparing to the other side, it was hard and inflexible.
When came here I did not think that it could help but I was really satisfied.
The staff only used her hands, not just massaging, very thankful to her.
Nice staff and good service.
March 11th, 2019 at 9:07 am
Sau khi ngủ dậy lưng của tôi bị đau đột ngột, tôi hầu như không thể cử động được vùng lưng. Lúc ngồi, hay lúc đi tôi đều bị đau nhói vùng lưng. Tôi rất lo lắng. Rất may tôi đã được chữa khỏi đau ở lưng chỉ sau 4 buổi tới kinmaku. Tôi rất kinh ngạc vì hiệu quả bất ngờ.
February 9th, 2019 at 10:41 am
El pasado mes de Enero de 2019, efectuamos un circuito de 6 días por Laos, privado, hoteles 4 estrellas, media pensión y guía en español. Antes de comenzar el circuito nos subieron el precio unos 300€ , nos duplicaron el precio de alguna excursión, y el presupuesto de la comida , según el guía era de 10€ por persona....mejor no confiarse...
January 28th, 2019 at 12:48 am
My partner and I are dedicated to our yoga practice and are somewhat new to Hanoi. We found Amit and Yoga Cafe by chance and now feel like home in this studio. As a teacher Amit is warm, knowledgeable, and very encouraging. Off the mat he is ready and willing to share wisdom from his many years in study of the mind/body. The cafe is awesome and homemade chai is amazing!
January 5th, 2019 at 8:43 am
Ordering from their website is a nightmare. Avoid it.
The website doesn't reflect actual stock, so just because it says something is in stock, it doesn't mean it really is. "Maybe at the end of the month."
If they can't fulfil your order immediately, they will cancel any special offers or discounts that applied when you ordered and insist that you pay full price. (In many other countries this is called "Bait and Switch" and is illegal).
Then, they won't actually deliver on the day that they promise to. "We will be on time" they wrote but they didn't come at all. After a lot of back and forth, they agreed to come by 11pm the following day (yes, that is 11pm, not 11am).
December 18th, 2018 at 6:38 am
I’d like to share a very warm recommendation for Minh Ho as an insurance agent, who for the last ~4 years has helped my wife (Vietnamese) and me (not Vietnamese) with health insurance from both Liberty Mutual and Pacific Cross.
We've dealt with emergencies requiring immediate assistance in Hanoi, routine medical checkups in Thailand, direct billing issues, dental questions at Westcoast, and claim problems with Minh and he's always been extremely helpful and responsive. This also includes finding packages that cover maternity, which my wife and I have used successfully this year.
If you're looking for health insurance and not sure where to begin, Minh should be your first stop.
The quality of packages all differ from place to place so there's no one-size-fits-all plan that I can recommend, but I do highly suggest contacting Minh if you're looking for someone who might be able to help you find a health insurance plan that's suitable for you.
Thanks so much to Minh for all he's done for my wife and me, and have a wonderful holiday ahead!
December 4th, 2018 at 8:07 am
Higher priced than Pepperoni's but the same low quality fare. Had lunch at their Aeon Mall location this week - what God awful excuse for a pizza! I must say the service was excellent, but I'm sticking with Capricciosa (Vincom Bà Triệu) because I like good food.
November 7th, 2018 at 10:19 am
I've been studied here. Very good
October 26th, 2018 at 5:03 am
I went to this storage facility earlier this week and rented a unit called M size. The store manager (Mrs Ly) was very kind and explained the whole process. I now have a key and can go to my mini storage unit anytime, which is great! Overall, very happy. Recommended.
October 24th, 2018 at 7:10 am
Reminded me of Tacos bars in california. Has a really fun time here with friends on a rainy evening. The watermelon and basil margarita is DANGEROUS !!! was soooo good. From the food, the winner was the chopped cheese taco and the shrimp, which is spicy!! Price is ok, makes a nice change from noodles anyway :)))