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Directions: Head southeast on Hoàng Đạo Thúy toward Trần Duy Hưng. Drive 0,5km then turn left onto Nguyễn Thị Thập. Drive 67m then turn right. You will see the 2 white buildings - GLN IELTS REVIEW CENTER.Phone: 043 5558271
96 Lo Duc Street, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi
“The American Academy of Vietnam (AMA) is a diversified company specializing in innovative English language training and professional education programs. AMA evolved from the American Information Technology & Management Association (AITMA) in order to provide focus to the range of educational serv...”
Yes I have to agree that this school has some kind of problem.
I taught English at the university level. I have a BA, TESOL certificate and am certified by Berlitz.
Post interview I inquired about my status, I was informed that I didn’t qualify and also received an illiterate email response.
After teaching in many schools this is the first time this was said to me.
My sense is they are looking for inexpensive Filipino teachers. During the interview the manager kept talking about Filipinos.
They are on Philippine online news now:
"John dela Cruz* is a Filipino English teacher. Like many Filipinos, he yearns for greener pasture. And so he left the Philippines for Vietnam, teaching English to the Vietnamese. Dela Cruz signed on with the GLN English Learning Center as Head Teacher of their Main Branch.
The experience wasn't pleasant.
In his letter to the ambassador, dela Cruz wrote many alleged violations of GLN English Learning Center. In July 2010, according to Dela Cruz, General Manager Bui Thi Le Hang ordered then Tran Dai Nghia Branch Manager Hoang Nhung to forcibly take the Philippine passport of one Filipina teacher there. In the same year an electrical fire broke out at the Nguen Thi Dinh branch. According to his account, there were no fire extinguishers and no fire safety procedures in place, which he said was in violation of the Vietnam's Labor Code. According to him, there were still no fire extinguishers when he left their employ."
- From the Philippine Online Chronicles (Published April 29 2013)
The article's title was too extreme (too much of a media license, but story is true nonetheless)
Also on the National Newspaper: Manila Bulletin, GLN was mentioned in the last few paragraphs about its horrible practice.
"I received a letter from a besieged OFW, an English teacher in Hanoi, who was illegally dismissed without warning, leaving him helpless in a foreign land. His employer, a certain GLN English Center owned by Bui Thi Le Hang, refuses to settle her financial obligations, defying both their contractual agreement and Vietnamese Law.
Our kababayan sought help from the Philippine Embassy, which they readily extended by writing a letter to the employer. However, the embassy could not pursue other legal options as it did not have the resources to do so. I was told that our embassies only intercede legally when our citizens face the death penalty. In the end, our kababayan was hard-pressed to accede to the unjust treatment of his employer and swallow the moral, legal and financial damage resulting from it."
I used to work here, and at one point the owner (Mrs. Hang) asked us to write positive reviews on The New Hanoian. Since I am safely out of Vietnam, I can say that this is an awful place to work.
I hope TNH would allow the posting of the news links here so that others may be warned from working for this terrible place.
The Philippine government already issued a suspension of this company's hiring Filipinos due to persistent abuse.
"Case Filed with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Case No. DAE 13-04-0570
Against GLN English Center, Bui Thi Le Hang, Nguyen Son Thuy, Nguyen Thi Lan Huong for violation of Section 1 (a)1, Rule II, Part VII of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers.
"Wherefore, premises considered, respondents GLN English Center, Bui Thi Le Hang, Nguyen Son Thuy and Nguyen Thi Lan Huong are hereby suspended from participating in the overseas employment program pending investigation of this case and/or until further orders from this Administration"
So ordered. 25 April 2013. City of Mandaluyong, Philippines.
Hanz Leo J. Cacdac
Simply put, skip this company. It's not good for your health.
I used to work for this company briefly in 2011 and then in 2012.
The company is infamous for a series of abuses perpetuated against its foreign workers- whether native speakers or not. This is one of the reasons why I refused the full time offer which was significantly lower than what I would have been earning part-time. The abuses were so bad that in fact in 2010, the owner tried to forcibly take away the passport of one of my co-teachers. She pretty much snapped and asked her branch manager to ram the bedroom door and try take my co-teachers' passport. The poor woman pretty much just left Vietnam shocked and bewildered. It started when she refused anymore classes, as she was already traveling through different branches and it was way over her contract hours. It pretty much went downhill from there. There are better schools out there, I am happily teaching in another school here in Hanoi at the moment after I got back to Vietnam earlier this year and I couldn't be any happier with a different school. Hanoi got the best people and the worst ones as well. The people in this company unfortunately are the latter.
Had to agree with the rest of reviews here, this is a horrible place to work, the place deteriorated after they illegally fired (did not even pay him for his work rendered, no severance pay awarded) one of their good head teachers in February. The case is apparently up now at the Ministry of Labour. The boss is an arrogant woman who never really cared for her customers (she would never honor one-on-one classes) and most especially she treated her teachers like dirt. I used to work here last year but then decided not to come back because of what can only be described as a spiteful top management. The boss Mrs. Hang only just really listen to her HR Manager Mrs. Huong who really knew nothing about HR much less the local labour laws which are hardly enforced anyway.
Don't expect to get treated well if you plan to work here.
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