Teacher Review: The Pros & Cons of Teaching for Magic Ears

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Honest review … Magic Ears is an online English tutoring company – and they are constantly hiring! This is a fairly new company, so there is an opportunity to move up in rank quickly with secondary positions. I started working for them in April this year and my starting pay was $22/hour. It is a wonderful company to work for.

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The Good

You are treated as a person, not a number.  I receive emails, calls and texts via Skype regularly when they (or myself) wish to communicate.  There is always a way to contact someone if you need assistance.

You are not penalized for sick or emergency days.  No voice, stuffy congested head – no worries. Inform them that you are sick and Magic Ears will trust you.  No doctor’s note required.

Teaching platform is awesome and smooth.  Very rare to have tech issues. The classes are interactive and engaging for both the students and the teacher, which makes the time fly by.  Classes are 25 minutes long.

The company is so kind to you as a person.  I am often called or emailed with a message to tell me I did a good job.  Even feedback from them about an area to improve on is given in a loving manner in order to help me to be a better teacher.

Work from anywhere in the world as long as you have a stable and fast internet connection.  Currently, I am living in the Dominican Republic. I work early in the mornings for a couple of hours then take a break and walk across the street to the beach all day.  After dinner, I work for an additional couple of hours in the evening.

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Do I like waking up early and staying up late at night?  NO! But, Magic Ears pays really well and the schedule permits me to do whatever I please during the whole day … which is getting a tan on the beach, taking a walk or snorkeling for fresh conch to cook for dinner that day.  This sure beats the wintery mix in the Northeast right now (I came from Pennsylvania, USA).

Speaking of the US, Magic Ears only hires native teachers from Canada or the United States.  They are looking for a specific accent.

Starting pay is great with a chance to go up to $26 per hour.

The Bad

Honestly, the only con for me was the length of time it takes to get started. And even this (although annoying) is a good thing. I got hired in early April and it took about 3 weeks for me to complete the application, training and probationary period. This is because they pace it very slowly and it is not possible to hurry and finish it all in a few days (even though I wanted to).

Then, I was teaching classes – but this was also a slow process. For the next 3 weeks, I was only scheduled 1 or 2 classes a day. Finally, after almost 2 months, I was teaching almost every slot I choose to open up.

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The Rest

Be willing to accept constructive criticism.  Once you are on a roll teaching, you will receive feedback or Skype messages telling you to improve on a specific topic.  This is not optional and you must make adjustments to your teaching style immediately or you will not have future bookings.  Remember, we are hired to work for someone else’s company and they have a right to call the shots. Don’t take things personally and put up an offensive “I know what I’m doing” attitude.  Just listen to their suggestions and make a slight adjustment.

I hope this answered some of your questions regarding this ESL company.  I really do like working for Magic Ears and I highly recommend it.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.  Below is a link to apply – you will have a better chance of getting hired if you use a referral code.




  1. Thank you very much, your information was very informative. They have already reached out to me and I wanted to hear from someone who had experience with the company.

  2. Thank you so much!! Your review, very helpful. Gave insight to the timeframe


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