By now, you have no doubt heard of the popular language learning program called Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone has been on the market since 1992 and consumers have purchased it in hopes of learning a second language in less time than traditional language classes took.
But did you also know that you could become a language coach at Rosetta Stone and work at home enjoying a paycheck and benefits?
A Brief History of Rosetta Stone
During the 1980's the company founder, Allen Stoltzfus, learned German by immersion or living there and speaking and hearing nothing but German. Years later, he tried to learn Russian in a classroom setting, but found it much more difficult. Fast forward to today with the headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and revenues of $264.4 million as of 2013. Rosetta Stone continues to be a global education technology software company.
It was named after the famous Rosetta Stone of Egypt, which was discovered by French soldiers in 1799. The stone had two languages written on it: Egyptian and Greek. However there were three scripts on it: hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek. It is believed by archeologists that it communicated important information about religion and government.
What is the Certification Process Like to Become a Language Coach at Rosetta Stone?
There is a training/certification which must be completed within three weeks of job acceptance. It will be a total of 30 to 40 hours of paid time. While this is a work-at-home position, you may need to train both online and offline. The coaching positions will also require you to attend semi-annual meetings in your nearest “hub city”.
Rosetta Stone typically hires candidates who live within 50 miles of either Chicago, Harrisonburg (VA), Miami, New York City, Seattle, or Washington DC, although other locations may occasionally be posted.
What Are the Pay and Benefits Like?
While the pay is not disclosed, but according to Glassdoor salary reports, it appears to be around $17 an hour. As a part-time employee, you will work 8 to 15 hours a week depending upon learner demand. The benefits include:
- a 401k Plan
- tuition reimbursement
- product purchase program
- employee discount programs
What is the feedback from former workers?
Glassdoor has several reviews from former language coaches. The reviews are a bit mixed. Overall, most agree that the scheduling is pretty flexible but there are many workers who end up doing most of their hours in the middle of the night (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.). From what I gather, this will vary depending on what language you're coaching and the time zones of the people trying to learn it. Another negative is that many workers complain about no chance of advancing within the company and no pay raises for the home-based workers.
How Can Interested Individuals Start the Application Process?
The first thing would be to go to the careers page on their website and let them know that you are interested. Just be certain to apply to the correct position and location. If they are interested in you, you will be asked to do a voice audition. If that goes well, you will be invited to the hub city nearest you for an interview. The last procedure in the application process is to do a technology systems check.
Looking for more companies like Rosetta Stone?
Another place to look for these positions is FlexJobs. It's about $15 per month to get a subscription and access their work at home listings, but you can cancel it at any time if you don't find helpful leads. You can go here to see the number of ESL teaching jobs they currently have posted. They update with hundreds of new job leads every day.