I am from York in the UK but have lived in China for almost 3 years. I only used Laowailast year because I believed their job ad that I would get a 20,000 rmb salary with a "famous chain school". The rep was friendly and won my confidence on the very first call because "Mary" said they were in business for almost 10 years and she sent me links to a bunch of great testimonials, that I thought (at that time) were true.
After I did everything I asked, she mentioned a $299 processing and application fee, that was not mentioned anywhere on their website. I refused to pay it and was angry about the last minute surprise and sent Mary to hell. But the very next day, she called me back claiming she spoke with the owner of the company who she said agreed to "waive the fee" because I have a degree in early education. OKay, we were back on track, or so I thought. But even after I signed all the papers they would not tell me the name of the employer or the starting date. I later learned from another LCC employee that they were basically shopping my resume around because I supposedly applied for an"old ad" for a job that was already filled. When I confronted Mary about this, she admitted it was true, but she promised to have a placement for me within a week.
In the meantime, my friend found me a job with her employer for 22,000 and a 2,000 housing allowance so I grabbed it (a bird in the hand...) But Mary called me back the following week claiming because I was bilingual her boss wanted to interview me to work in his marketing department and that I could earn more than 30,000 a month. When I asked for a written job description, she said she would send me one, but I never received anything. So, I just focused on my new job and during the trainer, a guy claiming to be the owner of Laowai Career Center called me up and asked me to come in for a job interview. But when he said his name was "Yuri", alarm bells went off in my head and I recalled that my other friend's BF was ripped off by a guy named Yuri about 18 months ago.
I calmed down and persuaded myself that maybe this was another Yuri, and called him back to see if I could do the interview on my day off so I would not have to call in sick. He said "no problem" and then I asked him if he was sending me the tickets to fly to Hanghzou for the interview, and he said no because the main office was in Beijing. So as we were talking I jotted down the telephone number he was calling from and casually asked him for his last name. He surprised me with his answer, because he said that his last name was not important, and that he would give me his card at the interview. Since I still did not get a job description from Mary, I asked Yuri if he could send me one. He said he would give it to me at the interview. Okay. I decided I would not ask any more questions and just go see Yuri.
When I went for the interview it was on Zhongguancun Street in Haidian District and there were no signs outside the door that said Laowai Career Center. But there was a sign that said "WiseWay Global Education Group" and "Gi2C". I then realize this was the very same Yuri that owned these other two companies and cheated my friend's BF with the BS internship with a no-name Beijing company. I decided not to waste any more of my time and did not go in. About 30 minutes later Yuri called me and complained that I was late for my interview. I told him to keep waiting that I was on my way and stuck in traffic. I decided to lie to the liar.
I will never respond to a blind ad again as long as I live.
None, because they are liars and bait and switch experts. The reviews and testimonials I thought were real turned out to be fake,
They fabricate jobs and then look for one to place you in after they get your resume. They shop your resume around looking for buyers. The owner of this company has a long history of cheating people according to scam.co, realscam.com and http://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral. They will try to shake you down for an-up front application and processing fee if you are dumb enough to pay it.
Advice to Management
Do not pass Go,do not collect $200, and go directly to jail!
Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District, Beijing. (walking distance from Peking University)
I was a job seeker at the time.