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WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby robertian » 01 Jun 2012, 16:20

Beware this company. They are currently (1st June 2012) advertising for English instructors for their TVTC program in various centers in Saudi Arabia. However, new employees will find that their contracts are not with Interlink but with a Saudi company called English Gate Academy (EGA) who have a contract with TVTC to supply English instructors. And this is where the problems lie. EGA treats teachers with disdain. They send them on visa runs and will not pay expenses. They deduct money for teaching days missed as a consequence of EGA's inefficiencies. They have victimized some individuals for daring to question them. They deduct money for housing unfairly. The company's accountant acts unilaterally and unfairly and deducts money directly from teachers' salaries at a whim. There is no recourse. Also, they will not issue letters of no objection (needed to obtain another job in the kingdom) even though teachers have fully complied with and completed their contracts. They will try to withhold your passports, even though this is contrary to international and Saudi law. Contract renewals are not at the discretion of the site directors (the teachers' line managers) but are issued by EGA admin staff, particularly the accountant whose knowledge of pedagogy and teaching ability is zero!
My advice: stay away from this company.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby LJTeacher » 05 Jun 2012, 06:28

Can you give me an update as to your situation with Interlink? They have offered me a position, and I have heard a mix of "bad" and "it's ok".

I'd appreciate your current insights.

Thanks
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby twinmaster » 11 Jun 2012, 23:43

Thanks for this update, I was offered a position and was supposed to fly over at the end of August, but I've just sent an email saying I'm no longer on board.

Based on the recent (and older) posts and reviews and warnings on a few sites I don't want to take the risk.

I'm making 52K baht a month in Bangkok, which is $1,000 or so less, but that's not worth being miserable in a bad situation that appears to be spinning out of control.

I know it's tempting, and one can always think positively and hope for the best, but based on this review and others I've decided it's just not worth it.

Thanks to A. Case for all his great worksheets over the years!
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby lalala » 13 Jul 2012, 05:16

Hi All:

I need to tell you my experience with this company. I was recruited by INTERLINK, but when I saw the contract I realize it was with EGA. This company has been a mess and complete chaos since the beginning. A lot of things were negative and bad in general. The visa issue was a big problem, and a lot of teachers left because they could not bring their wives with them. The accommodation was also very bad at times. I just feel tired of listing the issues, but I would like to recommend to anybody not to work for this company. Be very careful, and do not accept...
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby manama » 17 Oct 2012, 14:09

Hi everyone,
I've been working in KSA for a few months now, and honestly I disagree with everything, that's been said here. Problems with visa, passport, money...?! Nobody was trying to withhold my passport, I got it back along with my residence card and multiple entry visa. I am being paid on time. Money is decent. I have really good accommodation, that I don't need to pay for. There are guys who came here together with wives. People extend their contracts and don't even plan on going home or anywhere else. Working conditions are really good.
I have worked in China before and even though I did enjoy it generally, maybe mostly because I liked the place, KSA - as far as working conditions are concerned - is such a better choice.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby Alex Case » 19 Oct 2012, 20:56

Are you working for/ through Interlink?
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby manama » 27 Nov 2012, 22:24

Yes :)
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby markisapayne » 12 Sep 2013, 14:52

I also couldn't disagree more...a little inquisitive as to where the original person who posted was based?

I keep my passport (I believe that's a national policy), I usually get paid early, I chose my apartment and they pay me too much so I keep the extra, they've never deducted money from me, and a colleague who left last year (who wasn't a favourite of the company's at all) got a letter of no objection no problem. Contract renewals were simply a formality last term...you just ticked some boxes and signed on the dotted line. I really have no complaints... Perhaps it depends on where you're based and who your site director is... But nothing that was in the original post has been my experience.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby majedn » 22 Apr 2014, 15:27

It would be really appreciated if all teachers can place what cities they were placed when working with Interlink/EGA.

I recently got a job offer trying to push for a position in Madinah.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby Susan » 24 Apr 2014, 10:52

Yes, agreed. For chain schools, it can depend on which branch someone works at.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby Polaris » 02 May 2014, 06:57

Susan wrote:Yes, agreed. For chain schools, it can depend on which branch someone works at.



Indeed. Do not be so quick to judge an entire chain because of one or two bad apple branches. EF gets bashed a lot because of three out of 67 locations. But thanks for the heads up Susan.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby zavier » 12 May 2014, 09:41

Could manama and markisapayne share with us the locations of the branches they are currently working, please? I got an interview tomorrow with a Mr. Muscat for Interlink and the application has been made through English Today recruitment. I also have my concerns after reading this:
http://www.worldpress.org/Mideast/3740.cfm
And I wonder if it's worth it working for this company.
Thanks in advance.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby Blink » 26 May 2014, 04:18

Beware, this company now has agents in Beijing ("Peter") and in Shanghai ("Joanne") who are recruiting teachers for this "questionable" operation. They are doing their interviews in the coffee shops of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. They say they are only here for 10 days. Watch Out!
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby manama » 08 Jun 2014, 12:23

It doesn't matter where you work, people from various sites encounter similar problems like:
- they are not paid on time (delays up to over a month)
- company changes the curriculum very often
I'm not sure whether people will be provided with free accommodation next year or just allowance. The first option is obviously better, since it's not that easy to rent sth decent in KSA.
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Re: WARNING: Interlink jobs in Saudi Arabia

Unread postby monkeyboy » 18 Nov 2014, 09:54

I have to disagree with almost all that's been written about INTERLINK and EGA here. The reason there are two companies running side by side is due to Saudi law stating you have to have a Saudi partner on board to have a company here. That's part and parcel of business life. That out of the way, they're a trustworthy company and I've been with them for three years, many of my peers longer. We've all been paid absolutely on time and that's a lot more than can be said for some other companies here. The sites are generally pretty good and although some are a little run down, I've worked in much worse places. I think the negative feedback has been from teachers who haven't had their contracts renewed ad are getting a few digs in. There's decent scope for promotion and you tend to get the choice of the city you want to go in your second year, Medinah being the obvious exception due to volume of requests for the city and its religious connections. I'd absolutely recommend and I'll definitely sign for a fourth year.
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