It's more akin to a pyramid scheme than an actual job. You have to pay out of pocket for everything: internet, headphones, computer, class props, etc. You have two hours- yes that's right- you have two hours of "sick leave" no matter how many hours you work.
Love the work. I love teaching the students but the company reduced our pay and got rid of pay raises. It is an easy to use platform and there are great Facebook support groups.
Very early hours, reduced oay
I was so excited to work for VIP KID, but since COVID hit it is really hard to get clients since so many people applied. It seems there are not enough students for everybody. And now they expect you to pay to get more students? You do not get raises. You get $7 per class, which is crazy considering the amount of prep that goes with each class. There are no raises and the only ways to get more money per class are if you book over a certain amount of students. You can be an amazing teacher and not get students (because they cannot find you out of the millions of options) or you can be a subpar teacher that uses no props and still get booked. It seems so random to me. You have to work in the middle of the night if you want a lot of students it seems.
You get to work from home and set your own hours (kind of) its only from like 11pm-8am
horrible pay and hours and no benefits at all, no support and you have to buy all of your supplies
If you don’t mind getting up early, you will enjoy this job. VIPKID had a strict cancellation policy, so if you have classes booked and you try to cancel several they will try to guilt you. This is a Chinese company. Cultures are different. I feel they are more controlling with our liberties than what they should be but like I said different cultures. It’s easy it make $1,000 a month if you can wake up early. They are 13 hours ahead of CST.
Good money, good kids
Cancellation policies, hard to move up or get raises
They don't care about you as a person, your emergencies, or health issues. It's their way or the highway. They said they would pay teachers if America didn't but yet they lower pay rates for their veteran teachers instead of helping them advance and move forward. It's really hard to know you are working so hard and so many hours just to receive a .50 increase if applicable according to their astringent table in a 6 month period.
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.
Flexible schedule, pre-made curriculum
Pay cut with new contract, early hours, little sleep, low bookings
After nearly 5 years, I've given up on VIPKID and am looking to liberate myself. When I first started, we were given constant incentives to work more hours, and we were compensated well for doing so. Unfortunately, things have been going downhill for the past 2 years. The IT help might as well be a bot, there is little to no communication with humans (other than the students of course), and we are not paid well.
choose your own schedule
optional hours to work, pay
It’s a good place to accumulate extra income. It’s not a reliable income. You have to build your brand (yourself) and await for parents or learning partners to discover you out of 100,000 teachers. It takes time while some are fortunate and get booked right away.
Easy income, relationship with students and parents
No guarantee of income or bookings
I appreciate the freedom of being an independent contractor. Of course, more pay and incentives would be nice. As long as you realize this isn’t supposed to be a sole source of income (unless your needs a very slim) it’s great. I’m able to grow my savings, pay of bills and have fun with this job.
Choosing work hours
No guaranteed pay
If you live in the US the hours can be grueling, since everything is based off of China time. Bookings are not guaranteed and you have to teach every day of the week if you want to make a decent income (if this is your full-time gig). Bookings are highly dependent on the students schedule; so you can work a lot during summer, but when school is in session you will see a dramatic decrease in bookings.
Great community with lots of helpful resources for fellow teachers.
Periods of low-bookings, no way of blocking students you don't want to book you.
when I started in 2014 there was as much work as you wanted, and great incentives. The incentives were dropped over time but the money was still good and I loved my students so much I traveled to China at my own expense. Ive never agreed with the cancellation policy that makes us pay fir missed classes. And, the last two months have been horrible with so many teachers getting very low bookings for no understandable reason. Also the pay is being cut. The company has never communicated well but now something fishy is going on. The parents Ive talked to on wechat are very unhappy with vipkid and are not renewing contracts. I think the company may be in trouble but we are in the dark. And every six months its a lot of anxiety to see if the contract will be renewed
work from home, classes are fun, pay and incentives were good back in 2015
lack of transparency, decrease in bookings, pay cuts, treated as employee yet we are supposed to be ICs.
VIPKid is good for making money on the side--not reliable as main income as you can't get enough hours unless you work all night and have no other life. Getting sick or going into labor early are real concerns with this job as there is a basically flexibility when you cancel classes. Students can cancel up to 24 hours with no repercussions, but you the teacher can never cancel a class once it has been booked without it counting against you. This means students can book you during the normal booking hours then drop the class and you may not get rebooked at that time. There is no one-on-one communication with VIPKid if you need support, but if you are a Type A person who can manage your schedule well within the rules, it works.
I love this job, but they haven't given me a raise in the three years that I've worked for VIPKID even though my credentials have changed. I have earned a Master's degree, a teaching certification and a TESOL certification in the time that I've worked for them, but they still pay me the lowest amount on the pay scale that they offer. I have taken less hours with them recently because it's frustrating to be paid so little when I feel I am worth much more. I have asked for a raise, but they have very strict requirements for a raise, which includes working an ungodly amount of hours in a single contract period. If they don't change their policy, I will work for a different ESL company.
Students were great Curriculum was good Hours are a challenge Try not to miss any classes - they are strict about this One of the best jobs I have ever had!
I have been with VIPKID for over 2 years now. I really enjoy the flexibility of working from home. The work is carefully programmed and executed on the company's Teaching App. It is easy to make good money as an Independent contractor.
VIPKid is a great way to make a little extra money on the side or as a full time job if you choose so. Engaging with young minds to help them learn the English language is an exciting time for both parties. No two days are the exact same. The flexibility offered by setting your own schedule is a huge bonus. There are plenty of bonuses and support from the company to keep one engaged.