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Carrot Global Review Summary
Carrot Global is a Korean online education company that hires Native English Speakers with Bachelor’s degrees to teach English predominantly to adult students. No teaching certificate or experience is required, though you must be available for 15+ hours a week, and the pay is $12-16 an hour.
|Pay (per hour):||$12-$16|
|Location / language requirements?||Native English Speakers|
|Degree / diploma required?||Bachelor’s degree|
|Teaching certificate required?||No|
|Teaching experience required?||No|
|Adult / child students?||Mostly adults|
|Class size:||One-on-one & group classes|
|Class length:||10-60 minutes|
|Minimum availability (per week):||15+ hours|
Carrot Global Pros and Cons
- No teaching experience or certificate required
- Short application form
- Teachers create their own schedule
- Mostly adult students who come in motivated and ready to learn
- Teachers can miss class with advance notice without penalty
- Mediocre pay
- Must commit to 15+ hours availability
- No guarantee of paid classes
- Mainly a part-time job – not enough hours to provide full-time work
- No pay for student cancellations
- Unpaid training can take weeks to complete
Is Carrot Global Legit?
Carrot Global Inc is a legitimate online education company that was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea, and has branches in Vietnam, the Philippines, China, and Canada. They utilize 2,000+ instructors to provide professional development and practical learning solutions in languages and IT skills for 200,000 learners across 28 countries. Their legitimacy is underlined by their work with major multinationals such as Samsung, Hyundai and General Electric.
Here is a rather bombastic video introduction to the company:
Carrot Global Online Teaching
Carrot Global ESL provides online English teaching to predominantly adult students. Rarely, they also have students who are juniors in high school. Carrot Global provides the curriculum and resources through their app, which has modules, e-books, and a voice recognition training system.
Carrot Global teach English through a video system akin to Zoom. The classes are one-on-one or in a small group depending on the level and preference of the students.
Teachers report that working with the student base at Carrot Global requires little to no motivation or engagement techniques because the students are predominantly adults and are keen and willing to learn!
Teachers also say that the management is easy to work with, but they do require specific feedback; for example, signing off on emails once a teacher receives them.
How Much Does Carrot Global Pay?
Carrot Global ESL pay starts at $12 an hour with the promise to get a raise based on job performance. Teachers report that when based in certain countries the pay can start a little higher, though rarely goes above $16.
If students do not show up for their classes, then teachers do not get paid for the time they were available. If a class is missed there is no compensation.
Teachers who work for Carrot Global only get paid once a month.
Carrot Global Hours
Carrot Global hours are between 4pm-10am (Eastern Standard Time), with classes lasting either 10, 15, 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
The company expects teachers to be available for 15+ hours a week during peak times. Even though teachers must be available, there is no guarantee that these hours will fill up completely.
Teachers create their schedule by filling out a form in their home time zone as well as the Korean time zone. Once you fill out those two scheduling forms, Carrot Global uses teachers’ availability to fill in classes.
Carrot Global Requirements
- English teachers must speak English as their first language (Native English Speakers)
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- Minimum of a BA degree
- Quiet area in which to work
- Reliable computer (Windows-based computer or Mac) with at least 2 GB of RAM
- Hard wired high-speed internet service (no Wifi) of at least 7Mbps (you can test your internet speed here)
- Webcam and headset with a microphone
- Consistent daily availability during peak demand times – minimum of 15 hours a week
- Available to start immediately
- Punctual and reliable
- Friendly and creative
Carrot Global Application Process
Carrot Global job postings can be found on some job boards, but most teachers recommend going directly through the company’s website to apply.
The application form is short and requires that teachers upload a professional CV with the following information:
- Current Position
- Professional experience (Date, Location, Company, Position, Description)
- Education (Institution, Date, Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained)
- Language skills
- Key qualifications
Once the CV is submitted, along with personal details and contact information, Carrot Global lets you know that they will reach out with any full-time or part-time positions when they become available.
Carrot Global Interview
If and when Carrot Global sets up an interview, teachers must watch videos and create a 10-minute demo. The company assigns teachers a manager who is in charge of onboarding them. 75% of teachers interviewed reported a positive and laidback experience.
Basic interview questions that may be asked include:
- What is your previous experience?
- How do you handle timelines?
- How do you deal with a distracted student?
After the interview, teachers go through a three-day training period where they conduct demo lessons for the company. These demo lessons use the curriculum provided and can be as short as 10 minutes long. The training process can take up to three weeks and is unpaid. During that time, teachers work with current Carrot Global employees who simulate what it is like teaching students there.
Working for Carrot Global Reviews
The Carrot Global Glassdoor page gives the company an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, with 58% willing to recommend them to a friend (at the time of writing). Most reviews boast positive experiences with the management and learning materials. However, many have problems working in Korean hours from their time zone, believe that the pay is low for the number of hours teachers commit, and the job is somewhat seasonal with not a lot going on during the winter months.
Below are a couple of recent examples:
On the Carrot Global Indeed page, the company has an overall score of 3.5 out of 5 (though this is from just 11 reviews). The most recent reviewer (from 2021) gives Carrot Global a 4 out of 5, enjoys the part-time job and describes the biggest challenge as making sure lessons start and end on time so as not to run over:
Conclusion – Is Carrot Global Worth It?
Carrot Global may be worth it for teachers lacking a teaching qualification or experience, who prefer adult students, can handle working Korean hours, have 15+ hours availability, and can afford to accept the mediocre pay rate. Though be aware that availability does not guarantee paid hours.
Teachers can apply here for Carrot Global.
A full list of online teaching companies can be found here.