AEON Corporation of Japan - Best of the Eikaiwas | Glassdoor.co.uk
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Best of the Eikaiwas"

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    Current Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Tokyo
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are interested in eikaiwa teaching, Aeon is definitely the best option. The company as a whole is organized and professional. Most of the lesson planning is done for you so you don't need to worry about creating your own lessons which was really helpful when I started out. They also know how to help new teachers start in Japan. You'll get a furnished apartment, a bank account and all of the main paperwork will be done for you. (I know some schools help with getting a cellphone as well, but that didn't happen at mine). They pay the best out of the eikaiwas, and a lot more than ALT companies. You actually get to teach real classes, not just read stuff from a book. You don't feel like you are just there as a human CD player. You can actually help your students and see them get better every week.

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    Cons

    Like a lot of people have said here, it depends a lot on your branch school. The manager will make a big difference. I know that some managers speak English so they are easy to communicate with, but if you get a manager who doesn't then it can be really tough. Also, your apartment might be pretty far from the school so you will have to commute a lot. This gets twice as bad in the summer! The vacations are shorter than regular schools. Also, a lot of the national holidays in Japan are on Monday, so if your school is closed that day anyway you don't get any extra days to make up for it.

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    Advice to Management

    If a manager has a bad reputation, the head office should try to do more to help.

    AEON Corporation of Japan2019-04-20
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    "I loved it!"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher 
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teaching is amazing! Seeing your students improve is the most rewarding part, and I feel like I actually made a difference. You get supported all the way through your time at Aeon. From setting up your apartment and cellphone to training and helping you adjust to Japan. I felt like the company had my back. You get paid well! Also, the apartment is rent capped so I lived pretty comfortably. You will grow as a person. It's a big challenge, and not everyone is going to work out but I don't regret a moment!

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    Cons

    It's super tough at first. Especially teaching kids, I was tired a lot in my first month. But keep going and you'll get through. If you don't speak Japanese, you lose a lot of independence. I remember that even grocery shopping was exhausting because of the language barrier. You will have to recommend and sell materials. It's part of the job, but a lot of people seem surprised by it. (I actually got my current job because I had the sales experience at Aeon, so I guess it worked out!)

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    Advice to Management

    I know that managers aren't hired for their English, but please try to translate more office information!

    AEON Corporation of Japan2019-04-14
  2. "Great job /good to get you started in the field"

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    Former Employee - Instructor 
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending on the school you’re at you’ll have a great time. I had a great time at my school. The pay isn’t so bad if you are single, not a lot of debt. I was able to travel a lot and eat yummy food.

    Cons

    The schedule can tire you out so much you need to force yourself to go out on the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Give more time to prep or else your teachers will be robots.

    AEON Corporation of Japan2020-01-19

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