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China School Black List: Canadian International Educational Organization, the lowest pay school in GuangzhouI have worked for Guangzhou Canadian International Educational Organization (CIEO) for one and half years. Now i want to tell you something truth about the lowest pay school in Guangzhou.

The CIEO’s contract is terrible. The lowest pay, very long working hours, the teachers’ apartment is very far from its school.

Low Salary: 8500- 9500/month.(the Guangzhou lowest pay for foreign teachers). Although it was only 8500 for the first two month probationary period. You also have to meet all of their requirements to get the full 9500/month which includes such things as being present and on time, following instructions, having no children injured, and having no complaints from parents.(Just one made-up complaint by one parent.... and you never get the full 9500).

Long working hours: According to the contract you teach 25 hours a week, but you have to be there an additional 7-12 for meetings, office hours, or filling in for other teachers. That doesn't include lesson planning. It does say you have to be "flexible" though.

The foreign teacher turnover rate at CIEO is very high, every month you can hear some teacher quit from CIEO.

Off days: 1.5- 2 days/ week, no weekends(need to work at weekends)

Fine: the number of "fines" in the contract is a big issue including losing a certain amount PER MINUTE if you are late to class. CIEO seem to work their teachers pretty hard and dangle this "career progression" carrot to them all the time.

Apartment: it is shared with other foreign teachers, the shared apartment has 3-5 bedrooms. But the unhappiest thing is that the shared apartment in Panyu is very far from the school/centre. it costs you THREE hours every day on commuting by bus and metro .

Management: CIEO’s management is very messed up. CIEO has no idea of managing foreign teachers.The school always uses Chinese management to treat foreign teachers. If CIEO prides itself on being an INTERNATIONAL school. CIEO needs Foreign Management over Chinese Management.

I would not recommend this company to any foreign teachers, as I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company.


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This post is fairly inaccurate.  For example, their wages actually range from about 10,000 RMB/month-16,000 RMB/month, depending on the school type you end up at.
Beyond this, only their training centre's are asked to work the weekend(as is the norm I believe with that type of school).
Their turnover rate is actually fairly low, especially in the past few years, with teachers more likely to sign on for a second year than to leave after their contract is complete.  
The challenge about the commute is also a  bit strange.  I worked in the city for severals years at a training centre for CIEO before my current job, and never took more than 45 minutes to get to work, outside of rush hour.
I suppose the most pressing point to be made is the fact that the schools do indeed have foreign management.  They have a foreign manager over every location, as well as foreign representatives in their head office.
I worked for that company for several years.  I found that, more often than not, if I found myself in a tough spot, they were willing to work with me to sort it out.  Beyond that, and what was most important for me, as they were my first job in China, I had constant support from my school and their head office when I first arrived, to make sure I was comfortable in their housing, as well as in making sure that I was appropriately registered with the police.
I saw this post and felt the need to respond, and it seems quite opposed to actually providing any accurate information about this company.
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