Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza!
By: T < Show E-mail >
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Location: Europe (United Arab Emirates)
Perhaps the information is outdated, but the aforementioned problems with Number 16 are/were anything but 'completely false'. They are also specific to Zaragoza, and maybe these issues haven't arisen in other locations.
It's pointless to cover each problem again, as the original post is well-written and gives a comprehensive insight into what makes working for the academy so difficult. What is worth mentioning, however, is that teachers need to be aware of the reasons behind Number 16's flaws, and ask themselves if that is a company they aspire to work for.
To try and keep it concise, it's a business that is spreadingly rapidly. Its owner, Sergio, is highly ambitious and clearly wants a chain of schools throughout the country because, as long as Spain is mostly comprised of small academies merely catering to the desires of students who only want a Cambridge certificate, there is certainly great potential there. This clearly comes at a cost, which is the workers' salaries and contentness. During my time at Number 16, I felt like I was part of a juggernaut that was set at just one speed all the time - full steam ahead. If you are a seasoned teacher who is accustomed to having a burden placed on them, or perhaps somebody who loves the rush of always being on their feet, it won't perturb you so much. If you're new to teaching and looking to get some experience, it can easily be seen as a baptism of fire. Number 16 is predominantly comprised of the latter, hence its high staff turnover rate. Even the "veterans" can struggle to come to terms with the demands.
It's not all doom and gloom, of course. Number 16 does have a professional feel (at least to outsiders) to it that other schools could take a few lessons from, and I am a big fan of its method in a country that is too obsessed with what a piece of paper says instead of what they can say. So, who knows. Maybe this is merely a period that is part of a bigger plan, and perhaps Number 16 will/has slowed down and given more consideration to its employees.
Potential employees do at least deserve to be aware of its history and understand what they might be going into.