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Axiom or Smartkurve or Edknovate


Axiom are the Worst Agent in Bangkok

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Axiom or Smartkurve or Edknovate
Kirk Phatumanun is one of the most untrustworthy and dishonest.

I find Kirks behaviour childish, unprofessional and gutless. He does not have the strength of character to answer my questions over pay (or lack of it) In fact I think I have seen more courage in the kindergarten than i have experienced with this guy.
Kirky, if you are reading (put the Big Mac down) please read the following very carefully, as you will find it useful in the future:

If you have something to say, or someone to rob, the professional, proper and polite cause of action is to contact the employee and say it, even if you are robbing them blind. Failure to do so will result in more and more teachers turning their backs on you and the demise of your tiny little empire. Very soon, even the great Father Phatumanun will turn his back on you- and you will be all alone.
Complaint comments Comments (66) Complaint country Thailand Complaint category Employment, Staffing, Recruiting Agencies


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A  8th of Oct, 2011 by    +1 Votes
I understand your pain BangkokArjarn, this guy has been doing these kind of sleezy things for the past FULL YEAR NOW!! He is so incredibly stupid and just keeps getting more and more stupid with his repetitious lying and unprofessional ways. (Yet please understand he always claimed to me that he was the upmost professional in all situations.
If you read this, "Kirky" (as BA has called you), What a fat liar you are! You have screwed over so many people beyond repair and trust me, I know your business is in trouble. (Don't worry BA, Kirk's "empire" has already pretty much collapsed around him. Also, you're not the first teacher to quit on him. He's lost many many MANY teachers in the past full year than anyone else I know).
As we've all told you before Kirky and now BA, you are nothing more than a shameful most distrusting, (and volatile) unprofessional individual I've probably ever met here before.
Just face your fate and relinquish your business. Your time is finished.
Otherwise, you will just continue to get more and more hate mail for every teacher you screw over. We are all making absolute sure word gets out that you are a complete and utter fraud.
Have a nice day now
A  11th of Oct, 2011 by    +1 Votes
Update!! Update!!
To all those possibly considering (or whom are already potential candidates):
Kirk The Jerk has just posted a new ad for this upcoming semester for his ### company named SmartKurve (formally Edknovate, formally Axiom Recruitment).
If you jump aboard you will be walking down a road you would have never wished you went on to begin with!
Kirk is a COMPLETE liar. He lies lies lies about everything.
He will promise you a position; = complete lie
You are promised a specified salary; = complete lie (you will not be paid in full or at all in some cases) *In the ad just posted on October 10th 2011, he is promising 32 to 42, 000 Baht per month...Yah right!!!
DON'T BELIEVE A WORD OF THIS! No one is paying that high around here.
He promises all kinds of other incentives in the course of your start with his company; = more lies
He will treat you like a prominent employee; = utter lie!
He will instead threaten you by either physical harm or by "suing you"
He is professional; = complete lie
Just read all of the bad complaints on this website about his company and they will tell you just how "professional" he is. From running down the street yelling things at this one girl, to threatening someone else by saying he would KILL THEM in their home!
Does that sound like a perfectly normal acting "professional"??

Guys PLEASSSE don't apply with this company. You will regret it 101%.
(I guarantee you)
As for you Kirk The Jerk, you will fail this term just like you did the first term, AND last year.
N  28th of May, 2012 by    +1 Votes
Hey Kirk, just in case you read this, us guys in the community are still watching your every move.
It's quite apparent in the past week or so that SmartKurve still hasn't reversed stances on hires and how they are treated. So far there have been four posts from SmartKurve in the past few weeks and it's even more obvious that this agency is having trouble bringing people in. Hmmm. Maybe because they continue to dig deeper holes rather than figure a way to get out of them.
For all of you who don't know 'Kirk the Jerk', he is no more than a cunning, lying, dishonest and extremely volatile individual.
He's made personal threats of injury to almost all the people who have worked under this company.
He also sent a picture of himself holding a semiautomatic rifle to a former teacher as a warning (which I will try and find from my emails and upload to this website).
Kirk has even tried to threaten me just for posting about his company. His efforts are that of a coward and is only doing it to try and silence anyone who will try and expose his bad business practices.
Even now, his continuous posting on the job sites is almost an attempt to try and tell us "Haha, you guys think you can stop me and my company?
Even moreover, whenever we tried to expose what he had done to other employees he would always sing the same song about how, "The falang screwed me over" and that once again, it's OUR fault and WE were the cause of all that has happened to him.
Kirk wake up and smell the coffee! Everything that has happened to you (and continues to happen to you by the looks of your frantic and "urgent vacancies" postings), is BECAUSE of you! Obviously I'd say it's true that a leopard never changes it spots.
I'd bet 500, 000 Baht that the same thing is happening now. People apply, get hired, he lies about what he'll do for them, refuses to pay, or more than likely, makes threats, and the employees leave.
Stupid people never learn though I guess.

The last statement I'll leave you with is this (and for once just TRY and wrap this sentence around your head and learn to accept the faults you continue to make).
A happy teacher tells her or his colleagues about their experience with a company. An unhappy teacher will tell EVERYONE about that company and to stay the heck away from it at all costs.
D  3rd of Jun, 2012 by    -1 Votes
wittlefish is one gay individual with no life to speak of posting about other people that's my conclusion
D  9th of Jun, 2012 by    -1 Votes
BTW wittle fish next time of posting please use your real name of Darren Kingsley Hammerton if you feel that you are so righteous about bad mouthing a company M9458611 dazzachat@hotmail.com
N  30th of Jun, 2012 by    +2 Votes
Yeah okay Kirk. Trying to pose as not one, but two individuals in an attempt to post multiple comments about me.
Also, "no life" and "gay individual"? I'm merely doing what any person with integrity would do. Warn others about bad news so that they too don't get tangled up in a mess of disarray.
That second quote really shows YOUR lack of professionalism and you have the maturity level of a little kid. You've lost more employees than you can count through your volatile and unethical behavior. Your telling me I'M unprofessional?
This from the man who's screen name is 'Darrenisadickhead'??
Also, still got that pride thing goin' on too huh? Can't admit to your pinnacle of faults and wrongdoings to everyone?
N  9th of Jul, 2012 by    +1 Votes
Wow. I've no idea what's going on or who is at fault here. I do know this: I was researching Smartkurve to prep for an interview I have with them later today. I won't even be going. Even if they're both crazy, caution is a good idea.
N  10th of Jul, 2012 by    -1 Votes
Well I don't know who's crazy but a pedophile complaining about a company, someone should get his info and arrest this Darren guy.
N  10th of Jul, 2012 by    -1 Votes
Also Darren with your profile with your name on this board when someone Google you there won't be a school wanting to touch you with a yard stick. Also the company has secured with even more top-tier schools in Bangkok now so. It's all about supply and demand of the governmental contract and there is nothing that you can do LOL
N  15th of Jul, 2012 by    0 Votes
Actually, it's a fact very few people are going to want to 'hire you' as their employer' after the waterfall of bad news there is about you.
Perhaps there is nothing I can do okay, but your touting of the fact you have (and soon will be 'had'), top tier schools will probably be short lasted.
The first school you secured in 2010 booted you after just one year.
Also, there is one main thing that people can still do, and that is, post their experiences on here as freedom of expression.
In retrospect to your second to last comment, you are the person who's crazy. Making threats against all those people like Ben, Fogo, Niels, Hannah, Jeff, Benoit, Jimmy, Alexei, ...I mean, the list goes on and on. Dude, who do you think you are fooling?
Finally, your quote from your most recent comment could not be more ironic,
"A pedophile complaining about a company"...
Ah dude??? That's what this website's for hahahaha.
Now have a nice day and go get those top tier schools!
A  9th of Aug, 2012 by    +2 Votes
Yes I have worked for kirk and his policy is that pay is a optional perk that comes with teaching. Sometimes you get half and sometimes you never get anything, you have to go on a small strike just to get the money your owed and repeat next month and the one after. He only pays you a bit so you stay longer in hope of getting the money your owed.
N  18th of Aug, 2012 by    0 Votes
I think the best thing to do guys is just stay away from 'agencies' altogether. In my experience their nothing but trouble and hassle. Working directly through a school is the best way to go.
A  26th of Aug, 2012 by    0 Votes
This SmartKurve guy is a coward. I went for an interview with this ### today and he wasn't even there. He turned up 30 mins later with a volatile temper and attitude. I told him he was an arrogant, bad mannered ### to his face inside his house. As I was walking up the road he starts abusing me from a far away distance. When I turned back to confrote him, he ran back inside his house. What a coward. Then he was shouting abuse from his balcony knowing I couldn't get to him. Complete coward and obviously mentally sick.
N  17th of Sep, 2012 by    0 Votes
Accusations about someone being a pedophile is very serious Kirk. I don't know the person you accuse but there are a few things worth commenting on here:

1) Kirk says both that "wittlefish is one gay individual" and also talks about "misconduct with a minor school female student". Which of them is it?

2) If there was any substance in this, why is it posted on an on-line forum by the nickname "Darrenisadickhead"? That doesn't exactly make it appear credible.

3) I know from experience that Kirk is a complete liar.

I must also advice everyone to stay away from this horrible and wicked company! Seriously, if you step in there you will absolutely regret it!
A  4th of Oct, 2012 by    0 Votes
Be careful...they now withhold their company name...so if applying for a job through esl Thailand and you will receive a reply very quickly...''Our office is located in Ekkamai Soi 28'' please call 080-900-1820''...TEACHERS STAY AWAY!!!ITS ###!
A  19th of Nov, 2012 by    0 Votes
About thai job agent Smartkurve Smart Kurve (not smartcurve) or formally Edknovate, formally Axiom Recruitment.

Unfortunately i can confirm what most people say.
Sometimes you don't get paid or usually only half or even less so you cannot leave.
Every month you stay longer the worse it gets.
Promises will be made by Kirk about getting your visa and work permit but it'll never happen.
This is the worst thai school agent i have ever seen to be honest.
Bad school agents will always be there but this one is worse.
Hope my comments might help future teachers in Thailand and Bangkok to avoid people like Kirk Pathumanun!

Address details:
Kirk Pathumanun
Chief of Operation SmartKurve
Head Division Kurveconnect.com
916/13 – 14 Sukhumvit 55, Klongtonnuer, Wattana, Bangkok, 10110‎ – TEL/FAX 02-714-9138 OFFICE MOBILE 080-900-1820

Address and exact location Smartkurve Ekkamai 28 - Google maps:

Picture of the guy:


A  29th of Nov, 2012 by    0 Votes
For thai schools:
บริษัทตัวแทนจัดหางานในกรุงเทพฯ ไม่จ่ายเงินเดือนครู
Smartkurve.com คือ บริษัทตัวแทนจัดหางานไทยบริษัทหนึ่งซึ่งให้บริการจัดหาครูต่างชาติส่งไปยังโรงเรียนต่างๆ ทั้งในกรุงเทพฯ และรอบๆ กรุงเทพฯ
นายเกริก ปทุมอนันต์ (Kirk Pathumanun), ผู้บริหารของ Smartkurve (Chief of Operation SmartKurve, Head Division Kurveconnect.com) ผู้ขึ้นชื่อในการไม่จ่ายเงินเดือนครู ถึงแม้ว่าครูเหล่านั้นทำงานให้เขาเต็มเวลาก็ตาม. เขาเรียกเก็บเงินจากโรงเรียนที่อยู่ภายใต้สัญญากับเขาเต็มจำนวนแล้วปล่อยให้โรงเรียนเหล่านี้ต้องตกที่นั่งลำบากเมื่อครูเหล่านั้นไม่ได้รับเงินเดือน. นี่คือคำเตือนออนไลน์สำหรับโรงเรียนไทยและผู้ที่ต้องการหางาน หรือ คุณครูต่างชาติที่กำลังมองหางานสอนภาษาอังกฤษในกรุงเทพฯ ไม่ว่าอย่างไรก็ตาม ขอให้หลีกเลี่ยงตัวแทนจัดหางานที่ผิดกฎหมายนี้ด้วย

Some of his ads on Workcircle.com:
Need Native English Teacher (Bangkok)
SmartKurve (Thailand) Company Limited is currently seeking qualified Native English Speaker applicants for an immediate start in the second semester of the academic year 2012 to 2013. All teaching positions available are located within Bangkok Metropolis.

A  22nd of Dec, 2012 by    0 Votes
Please keep this thread alive with the latest details about Smartkurve if you are a victim and know about their whereabouts...
A final mugshot...in case you forgot who it is about or to warn others for this teacher trap...

Additional Domain Info: Registrant:
Capital, Ample Sea
ARC condo, 299/160 Veebhavadee road
soi 62
Bangkok, Duangmung 10210
Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Capital, Ample Sea @gmail.com
ARC condo, 299/160 Veebhavadee road
soi 62
Bangkok, Duangmung 10210
A  22nd of Feb, 2013 by    0 Votes
Let me tell you how this guy operates and gets business. He usually has the lowest bid at schools in the bidding process, For example at the school on Pahon Yothin His bid was 45, 000 baht per teacher and then paying teachers 30.000-32.000baht, So his margins for profit is very low. He makes more money during the contract by cheating the teachers, In the school I was at he would underpay them and then they would just leave (more profit) He would not cover absent teachers, other teachers would have to cover not get extra pay and he deducted from the absent ones(more profit) Clearly this company doesnt pay tax or certainly not the required amount for his teachers employed, So he makes more there. Teachers are promised Work permits, Which never materialize. A liar.He would place spy teachers and regular co ordinators among teachers to get information about what the teachers are talking about. I wrote to the director of the school, (it was in Thai and English) explaining how I was cheated, Fired after 6 weeks of the semester November 2012-December 2012 No salary, The school did nothing, No attempt to help a teacher, as was the case with teachers the previous semester, Clearly there is some corruption going on with Smartkurve and those involved with the contract for the school. Bearing in mind this school has an academic English Science Social and maths programme for fee paying students, The fact they are using such a disreputable agancy is cheating the Students and the parents who pay the fees.
I also wrote in Thai letters to the Thai Labour Department informing them of this company's activities, Can only assume nothing is being done as yet, . All Teachers keep the pressure up and do your research before ever going to this guy's agency whatever name he likes to use.

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