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How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:04:56 pm »
   Hi there. I just had an interview for a job at a Poly School in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do. I would appreciate feedback from anyone who has taught in that branch, or in another POLY school. I taught in Korea several years but never in a kindy-elementary. I had sent my c.v. to a recruiter asking for a job,  I was surprised that the recruiter even got back to me, because I am NOT the typical 22 year-old North American female candidate! He arranged an interview with the director.
   The interviewer was clear. I'd be teaching 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. M/W/F and 9 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. T/TH. There would be NINE 40 minute classes, per day, 5 periods with kindergartners and 4 with elementary kids. Preparation periods and lunch are included. Salary 2.5 million won. There are 11 western teachers there. Essentially, the school director confirmed what the recruiter had told me. He said there was medical but NO dental insurance.
   This is a very hectic work schedule. There are lots of issues that could potentially develop.So, I politely asked the director if he could let me talk to the other western teachers there. Immmediately, he changed the subject, and would not answer this question. So, I am suspicious. With a such hectic schedule, the school needs to be very organised, with good staff communication, low stress and a positive energy, and minimal lesson planning.Otherwise, things can go very bad quite quickly. It happened to a Canadian friend of mine at a hagwon in Bucheon (not POLY).
   If any of you have worked at Cheongju POLY, please drop me a line. Similarly, if you have taught at other POLY branches on a similar schedule, please let me know. Thank you, and Merry Christmas.


  • m.corless
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Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 11:39:10 pm »
Wow, nine 40 minute classes a day consistently is a lot... public elementary school is 4 or 5 per day.
With years of prior experience in Korea you should be eligible for around 2.5 million/month in a job that doesn't have so many teaching hours.


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Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 08:00:13 am »
Return flight?  If not, ask for 2.6 a month.  It should be 2.7 or 2.8 which they use to pay, but that was also working till 7 or 8 instead of 6:30.  Ask for more or take a job working less with slightly less pay.  You have experience as you said already so you should be able to demand some decent compensation. 


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Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2018, 12:37:48 pm »
I did two years at a Poly years ago.  It was a pretty brutal schedule but no one who was teaching kindy was at less than 2.65.  I was at just under 3/month and this was over a decade ago.  So they're paying less all these years later.  For the pay they're offering you it's not worth it.  Your day is going to be non-stop and with all the homework marking and report cards you'll be expected to stay late to finish if you don't get it done during regular hours.  I think they also offer one of the lower housing stipends in the industry to force people into taking their housing. 


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 11:21:55 pm »
  Actually, the recruiter, Starteachers wanted to contact my references before the interview. I decided to ignore that request. I felt the guy from the school was pretty straightforward, but what was on offer was brutal. Nine 40 minute classes per day is tough. Are all kindergartens like this now? It was either jailed president Lee Myung-bak, or jailed president Park Geun-hye who deregulated the teaching hours so kindergartens could stay open for longer.
  I will certainly ask the recruiter for something better than this. Is anything better available in the private sector?


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019, 09:00:40 am »
Poly School, pretends to be of the league of an international school but it is nothing more than an ate-up hogwan, that stresses out the kids and the teachers. 

If you want to teach between 45-50 classes per week...right on. 



Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 03:20:57 pm »
5 morning kindy classes and 4 elementary classes seems pretty normal for a kindy/elem hagwon.

But Poly gets its bad reputation because they basically don't have holidays, and some of their managers screw their staff over everything. When I lived in Cheongju the Poly there had an ok reputation though.
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Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2019, 08:34:45 pm »
  Well, during the interview with Poly I was able to give good answers to the questions the guy asked, and I got the impression he was honest and straightforward. But 9 periods is a lot of teaching, and I was concerned about the length of the working day. The interview was in December for a job starting in March.


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2019, 05:34:55 pm »
They have a lot of branches all over korea! I haven't worked here but you can maybe try this site esllist.com. I go there before for school reviews.


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2019, 06:30:30 pm »
  Thank you. I will look at the site.


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2019, 07:43:17 pm »
I've seen the same story for Poly all over the internet, and that is people can't keep up with the work load. Too many classes and correcting eats up the entire day. No free time either before or after work to do anything but correct and catch up on sleep, then do the same thing all over again the next day. You get paid but the UNPAID hours are how they exploit you as basically a slave. Slaves work and don't get paid either.

Avoid like the plague. You will talk yourself into the job saying, "I don't mind hard work!" You WILL. All the stresses of living in a foreign country, too much work, not enough sleep will slowly erode your ability to think, relax, or focus.

The pay is also terrible.

If they don't want you to speak to any foreigners working there, WOW! Do not respond or hang up the phone immediately.


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2019, 08:32:46 pm »
  Thanks. It is interesting that the recruiter for that job wanted me to give him-the recruiter-letters of recommendation before he would put me through to employers.
   Poly would not let me contact other teachers at Poly. Would Poly give me a letter of recommendation if I had taught there? Has any Poly teacher completed their contract?


Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2019, 04:25:13 pm »
  Thanks. It is interesting that the recruiter for that job wanted me to give him-the recruiter-letters of recommendation before he would put me through to employers.
   Poly would not let me contact other teachers at Poly. Would Poly give me a letter of recommendation if I had taught there? Has any Poly teacher completed their contract?

I've known teachers who completed their contracts with POLY but very few would re-sign again for good reasons. The teaching schedule is a disaster, teaching materials are long and mediocre, you're mostly babysitting kids for 5-6 hours, moderately teaching for a few more hours, and expected to stay until closing time to finish any task not done by then--11.30 hours work schedule doing free labor for 3 hours every day. Not a very fun way to live life because it is really exhausting. There are some other bullshit too but it varies by branches. POLY is a business they don't care if you live or die while working under them. NEVER sign up for their shit if you can help it.


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Re: How is Cheongju POLY (or POLY Schools in General)?
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2019, 04:58:48 pm »
WAKE UP

That is exploitation.
I teach 1 FTE which is 21 hours of which 3 are homeroom classes (mentoring). I went on strike to get 18 hours. You'd be willing to work 40 hours at a ridiculous low pay, sacrificing your UK state pension and benefits and future teaching career for a kindergarten factory. You do not even get the intrinsic reward of doing good in a world of evil.
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