I will admit the overwhelming response is negative. That could be because they are really THAT bad. Or, it could be that people who are unsatisfied are more likely to complain, when given a chance, than are people who are happy. (It’s one of those tenets of marketing.) I don’t know. My interview last night was very positive and professionally done. Though, that may not mean anything.
I have heard some positive comments about HESS, though. Most of those who have good things to say admit that the salary is not as high as other places and that things can be challenging for some. The belief seems to be that it depends on the branch and the attitude of the teacher. Again, I don’t know.
My own philosophy as a career counselor, as well as the training I received from my perpetual boy scout of a father (be prepared!), rebels against the idea of making the move without a job waiting. Though, I can’t deny that finding a job in Taiwan from half way around the world has its own challenges. I don’t think I can ignore, either, the advice and suggestions of those who’ve been through the experience before.
If Hess offers me a job, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m trying to evaluate all information, so I can make an informed decision. If I do choose Hess, I’ll do it knowing there is a risk.
Just taking it one day at a time.
P.S. The fee is NT$20,000. And, from what they said, it is only after the 1st month. The 1st is a “trial period” wherein I can leave if I’m not happy, with only 7 days notice.