British Council
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Managers have been known to brag to each other about making teachers cry. It was a very difficult place to work because of bad feelings between teachers and management. The hours could be brutal as well, and all teachers work on Saturday and Sunday. Also, while the rate seems high, it really isn't for Hong Kong

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1.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
1.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
1.0 out of 5 stars for Management
1.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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A varied and vibrant working environment, where the staff were encouraged to cooperate, and assist in with the enhancement of the teaching pedagogy and practices implemented within the institution. There was a substantial amount of report writing during the year, but this was used as a means of ensuring that the learners were aware of their progress throughout, and also provided them with essential feedback, of which could be used as a tool for their personal learning growth and improvement. Due to the large number of staff working within the institution it was often a little impersonal, but the willingness of most of the staff to aid and assist each other encouraged a mutually beneficial climate. The ability to live and immerse oneself within another culture's working environment and and meet all of the challenges that it entailed, encouraged self improvement and a large number of learning opportunities which could be taken and used in a plethora of other future situations.

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autonomous working

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extensive termly reports
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Based on 896 reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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