But I’ve learned a few things in Taiwan, and one of the first things is that I will never EVER again work for a large company, EVER. If you, like many, came to Taiwan to escape the fast-pace of Western society, working at Hess (or maybe even in Taiwan) is not for you. You are just working for another big company, in a different part of the world. In fact, if I wake up in ten years and read this post, and I’m working for a large company in some annonymous cubicle where no one says hi or acknowledges my hard work and persistance, someone please knock on my door and kick me in the head, (mom, dad) because I will forevermore be doomed to another spoke in the wheel, another rat climbing to the top in hopes that if I stick it out long enough, it will all be worthwhile, I’ll get a payraise or promotion (that no one else wants) and I’ll make a name for myself in my tiny, narrow, one-coloured cage. HA! I’m NOT bitter!
We have positions throughout Taiwan offering a variety of lifestyles and ensuring we can accommodate couples or friends who wish to live or work together. Our English Human Resources Department and Overseas Recruiting Managers are former HESS teachers who will walk you through your application, help you plan for your year in Taiwan, and assist with your pre-arrival documents. Once here, we organize all of your documentation for working legally at HESS.
Third, we know a lot of Hess teachers and most of them have (or had) perfectly fine experiences. Some had gripes and others didn’t. When my sister came to Taiwan a couple years ago I suggested she worked at Hess. She stayed here for a year and had a fine experience (not wonderful and not terrible).
So perhaps the people I know have gotten lucky or perhaps you just got really unlucky and had a bad experience. Either way, you’ve made your point and people can take the time to read your comments and evaluate whether to work at Hess.