Overall Reviews at Qkids
Tutor | United States | May 2, 2019
This job is like a dream come true.
A typical day for me looks like this:
6:23am - Wake up
6:35-6:40am - Greet my students and introduce my name
6:40-7:10am - Smiling faces practicing english on an interactive platform. I'm guiding them through the games.
7:10-7:15am - bye students!
**3 more classes**
I end my day around 9:10 am.
The pay isn't as much as other companies, but their platform really makes up for it. If you are a teacher who doesn't like props, you wont need it here. I love that you can request unlimited time off (you only have to request more than 5 hours ahead. thats it!)
I love that they only require a 5 hour notice if you need to take off. And you may request unlimited days off at any time. There is no penalty for being sick or having and emergency with your kids if you request more than 5 hours in advance.
Sometimes, my students really brighten up my bad mood. One lesson, we learned the word love. At the end of class my student says "wait, teacher!" and I said "yes Elsa?" "I love you, teacher." I almost fainted it was so cute my heart melted. This happens all the time! They are so sweet and just worth waking up for every single day.
I will keep this job as long as I can.
They really look for animated faces and expression. They prize interactive and passionate teachers here. If you are looking for a work from home job that trumps all others, this is it!!!!
Prosunlimited time off, flexible schedule, opportunity for bonus
Consnot enough hours to work full time so you will likely still need a day job or another side gig
English As A Second Language Teacher | Midland, MI | Apr 19, 2019
It's good extra income
I like working for Qkids, I have been with them for over a year now. You can make your own schedule, you can call off as long as it is 5 hours in advance, and working with the kids is fun, my bosses are really nice. You get paid to be at home...
It is however important to understand the downsides of this company
1) You will either teach classes that are 1v4(30 minutes) or 1v1 (25 minutes) and will be paid the same amount for either class, which is not right. Teaching 4 kids is a lot more work and those 5 extra minutes are valuable when your classes are all back to back.
2) Choosing your classes is awesome. The hours are poor though because of the time zone difference. The only shifts (EST) are 6:40, 7:20, 8:00, and 8:40 am monday to friday, and there are evening classes available friday and saturday nights. The only way to make over $1000/ month is to teach classes every morning and also work the split shifts on the weekends. It gets old after a few months.
3) If you are depending on this money to pay bills, I wouldn't do it. The bookings can vary greatly, you will never get a raise, payment for classes depends on parent review, you only get paid once a month. You are a contracted employee, there are no benefits and you are up for review every 6 months where you can be let go with a weeks notice.
Qkids is a good company, but there is work to be done. If you are just looking for extra pocket money, by all means go for it
ProsWork from Home, Nice bosses
ConsLow pay, Poor hours
English As A Second Language Teacher | Remote | Mar 7, 2019
Good and Bad
If you want to have a great job at home teaching kids and have fun, then this is really awesome. The pay is good if you take on the hours, but it is really hard to not function as a zombie in this position. You fake a smile when you are pretending to be enthusiastic in the ungodly morning and graveyard night hours to teach. The job isn't enough to cover rent, yet they are beginning to require expensive teaching certifications and not increasing pay or benefits. The job doesn't pay enough to require paid and certified teachers. A lot of people have to have a second job-even though this job is on the computer at home! It simply doesn't provide enough hours to make it big. It is great for a little extra cash and it can be worth the experience I have absolutely loved working with the kids and the experience has been really fun. However, keep in mind, that any wages made this year are filed under independent contracts- which means that your taxes take a lot of what little you make working here. I will be quitting this position soon due to the lacking benefits, the early morning hours and because my degree is no longer sufficient teaching qualifications. It feels like it really isn't an investment anymore. If I can't make money or any benefits, this job is almost too exhausting to bother.
Prosflexible, fun, decent pay
Consinsufficient hours, operates in graveyard hours, sometimes frustrating
Teacher | Remote | Sep 3, 2019
Great Company for Busy People with Irregular Schedules
Qkids is a great company and I loved my time there. The platform is fun and user-friendly, they have many interactive tools that the kids love, and they are very responsive to questions and concerns. They are also very fair about handling parent complaints, platform issues, etc. and will always review a class before placing blame on you for anything. They really make teaching super easy.
The main thing that made them the company I preferred most was the fact that they have an extremely flexible cancellation policy! You can cancel up to 5 hours before (i think) without any penalty at all.
Unfortunately, you cannot work outside of the US or Canada for this job (the reason I had to quit). Furthermore, there are no additional benefits( other than pay) and it pays a tad bit low for requiring a Bachelors degree and an ESL/teaching certification ($16-20 an hour).
And, as with 90% of these kind of companies, there is not great job security (6 month contracts, and class assignment rates vary).
Overall though, I highly recommend this job for anyone looking to make some extra money on the side. The kids are great, and the company is very supportive of its teachers.
ProsSUPER flexible, great platform, on-par pay with similar companies
Consno benefits, only can work in US or Canada, lack of security
Teacher | Miami, FL | Apr 9, 2018
Fun work-from-home job
Each class is supposed to last 30 minutes, and can focus on a variety of vocabulary words and target sentences. You enter a classroom setting 5-3 minutes before, in order to get acquainted with students, and make sure equipment works. Students will most likely be different every class.
Management is great, and extremely understanding. There are coaches available to you whenever you have questions or issues, and time-off is easy to ask for.
You can make the most of it working from home, and not having to deal with terrible workplace environments.
The hardest part is time management. There are some classes that will be easy for students, and they will finish very quickly, so you may need to be creative to extend the lesson. There are other times when you can tell the lesson is too hard, and by trying to explain slowly, the time goes by too fast, and you may become late to the following class.
The best part of the job are the classes that are fun and enjoyable for everyone, and you get to see the smile on a child's face after you successfully teach them a new concept.
ProsWork from home, Fun
ConsNo benefits, no tax documents
Teacher | California | Jun 11, 2018
Flexible and fun but poor communication from management
The hours are a bit hard because they are super early
for Pacific time but they are flexible, go fast and its decent pay for that time. However, management appears to be friendly and wants to help but ultimately does not follow through with communication in the same manner.
I taught a couple classes. Management personally said they would review my trial classes and give me suggestions. However, I was sent a generic email that I was not hired after all but could reapply. I thanked both hiring managers personally for the opportunity and that I would still love to hear what I could work on and improve in the event that I'd reapply.
Neither responded back to me which was very unlike their friendly manner in the beginning. I felt it to be unprofessional especially since they had themselves said they would give me suggestions and also had been very helpful and friendly initially. It felt like a fake kindness.
ProsFlexible hours good for schedule. Decent pay. Work from home.
ConsHours are extremely early. Unprofessional management communication skills. Passive aggressive
Teacher | Indiana | Apr 24, 2019
Money is great but everything else...
I started working for Qkids about 4 months ago and it hasn’t been what I thought it would be. Although the money is kinda great, I’m not getting enough hours!! At first I was getting my whole schedule filled (as expected), so I cut my availability to 3 classes a day instead of 4 because I was tired. As many have said, classes are really early in the morning. As the weeks go by I’m getting scheduled for fewer and fewer classes - I only have one next week!! I have a feeling my contract will likely not be renewed if I’m not getting a chance to teach at all. I do not like the teacher rating system, either. I’ll get 10 good things said, then 2 bad (about the same class!) and I don’t get a bonus and get an email about how to improve?? I’ve noticed if I don’t grade the children highly I get bad parent reviews, which is ridiculous. Also - it’s just plain exhausting being all peppy and smiley and “yay” cheerleader at 5:30am, and it seems like it’s never enough for the coaches. I feel like a clown not a teacher.
ConsEarly hours, short breaks, poor communication with coaches, inconsistent hours
Teacher | Kansas | Mar 15, 2019
Teachers aren't valued
I worked for QKids for about 6 months before I was notified my contract would not be extended. I was a bit surprised, I had taught ~250 classes and had 276 "Likes." When I asked for more feedback, they told me they had received numerous complaints from families, which doesn't make sense because I always received my performance bonus. I was a little bummed because I actually did enjoy QKids and feel like I was cast aside. My theory is that there are so many people applying, it's become diluted and the position has become devalued. I don't have a problem with being rated by families, but I don't think that should be the sole factor when evaluating a teacher. After all, at times it can be hard to be super energetic when it's 4:40AM. Also, be aware that it's culturally acceptable to physically abuse your child in China. I experienced children being hit by adults in classes numerous times. It made me uncomfortable, and when I raised my concerns to QKids they gave me lip service.
ProsDecent pay, Enjoyed the students
ConsTerrible hours, position not valued
English As A Second Language Teacher | Stevens Point, WI | Aug 15, 2019
Great for College Students or People With Busy Schedules!
I'm a college student and have a busy schedule. I love working with Qkids because the hours are so convenient for me. At first waking up for the early hours of 4-5 am to teach was really hard, but the more often you do it the easier it becomes and soon it's not hard to do at all. I have the whole day to do whatever I need school wise/life wise and then at night I usually teach again and get done with some time to spare before bed. The pay is also very nice because it's not easy for me to get a job that requires heavy hours due to my school schedule, hence heavy hours at another job is equal to light hours at Qkids. I would recommend this job to anyone who loves teaching kids and is engaging with others. The most common question I get is "Do you need to speak Chinese?" and the answer is No, you don't. The kids/staff aren't 100% in their English speaking, but it is still easy to communicate with them without knowing any Chinese.
ProsPay, hours, flexible, enjoyable, convenient, engaging
ConsInterview process, early hours
Teacher | Atlanta, GA | Feb 23, 2019
Fun, Rewarding part time job!
QKids is a fun, rewarding job! The lessons require minimal prep work, are fun and easy to teach, and have cute characters that keep the students engaged. No teacher “putting on a show”. The lessons and games keep the students engaged, so that I can focus on teaching the content and not having a million props, reward systems and being over the top. That is not my teaching style, and even though I got hired by QKids and their b-i-g competitor, I choose to go with QKids and couldn’t be happier. They also book your classes for you, which I love. I give them my schedule and they fill it. If something comes up, no big deal. They have stand by teachers to fill in for you. (And don’t take money out of your pay because you got sick, your kids got sick and life happened). Everyone at QKids has been extremely nice and supportive! Highly recommend this company and plan on being with them for awhile!
ProsUnderstanding, flexible hours, fun, engaging
ConsEarly morning hours can take a bit to get used to.