AEON Corporation of Japan Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • The students on the whole are really sweet and fun to teach (in 3 reviews)

  • I also got help getting a cell phone and opening a bank account (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • HOWEVER 95 percent of them fall on mondays which is usually most foreign teachers days off anyway (in 10 reviews)

  • You'll probably have little time for yourself if you work as hard as the japanese staff do (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A great start for people who are looking for a change

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    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Former Employee - English Teacher

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

    Pros

    Like what most people say, it depends on the school you work at. My school was fairly pleasant and the placement was all right.
    The part-time staff are fun to work with as well as the full-time.
    Students are fantastic!! They are very serious and will be ready for your tutelage.

    Cons

    Sometimes sales could take over the school atmosphere. It's not a big part of your job and you don't have a sales number but as a school there is a goal. It can be pretty stressful if you're not hitting your sales numbers or the schools "spirits" goals.

    Recommends
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  2. A great opportunity to live and work abroad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Help with moving/adjusting to live in Japan.
    Understanding trainers and coworkers.
    Wonderful students and the chance to know a variety of different people.
    The best of the eikawas to work for.
    Easy to follow teaching structures.
    *It is what you put into it and what your outlook is, remember it is a job and not a holiday.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is difficult with the hours that you have to work but is understandable considering the students.
    More and more kids to work with unless you love teaching kids.
    Japanese work ethic (no praise only criticism).
    Difficult to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job of weeding out some workers who are only looking to just goof off in Japan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok Place to get your foot in the door

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    Current Employee - English Teacher
    Current Employee - English Teacher

    I have been working at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of offices
    -Big
    -Some schools are AWESOME

    Cons

    -Too big, you are a number to them
    -Some schools are HORRIBLE
    -Some initial issues with payment on time
    -I felt like I was lied to at times

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Unique Experience offset by Business Culture

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    Former Contractor - Language Instructor
    Former Contractor - Language Instructor

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    AEON provides an intensive, comprehensive training program that will allow many people with diverse backgrounds to effectively teach English as a second language. Depending on the assigned location, employees may also be responsible for additional operations such as marketing, sales, interviewing (prospective students), course planning, and financial planning. Another great aspect of working with AEON is having a chance to meet a variety of people from different backgrounds. Depending on location, students will range from babies to retired adults, students to business professionals to hobbyists. Some excellent benefits of AEON include sponsorship into Japan (a costly and time-consuming issue), decent pay, and four 1-week company holiday plus an additional 5 paid-vacation days.

    While I would not strongly encourage someone to join this company, it is a great company to use to get to Japan. After they sponsor you, you must teach for one year but then you can have easier access to other jobs within Japan. I strongly encourage learning Japanese (not for AEON but for social situations, travel, and future job prospects) and forming lasting relationships with people while working with AEON.

    Cons

    Main con: This is not a teaching company. The real job lies in selling the class and supplementary materials to students to bring in more money. This is very similar to a marketing and sales job.

    The culture of AEON is very strong and cult-like with employees and management proclaiming about how great the company is and what a gift it is to work or participate in the company. While there is a 'corporate' training and teaching technique that everyone is supposed to follow, individual school head teachers and/or management often provide differing or mixed messages to new teachers. An employees experience is strongly determined by the individual head manager at each school - there have been a few amazing managers, many average managers, and an unfortunate number of crazy, abusive-by-American-standards managers. Also, expect to work extra hours unpaid (come into school an hour-30 minutes before work starts and leave about the same range after), have any travel activity scrutinized, and pay careful attention to some of the company's many outside-of-work-rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better system in place for monitoring school management and training of teachers. Encourage and/or help teachers to learn Japanese and more about Japan's culture before and while working for AEON as this will help them to enjoy their stay in Japan more and lead to less stressed/home-sick employees. Be more honest up-front about the focus of the employees' job being marketing/sales rather than teaching.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 2 people found this helpful

    A good way to go abroad for a couple of years.

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher

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

    Pros

    Getting to know the students and working with a range of levels is great. If you are just out of college or if you are looking for a way to teach abroad with little or no experience, this company is a good way to start as they will hire and train you.

    You have the opportunity to teach adults only or adults and children. Kids lessons can break up the monotony of teaching the same adults lessons repeatedly.

    Three weeks of vacation per year during Japanese national holidays, although traveling can be expensive because everyone is traveling during the same time.

    If you are recruited outside of Japan, the company has a single apartment for you, so you don't have to worry about key money. They also subsidize your apartment over a certain amount, helpful if you live in a big city.

    Cons

    Retail education at its finest. A lot of pressure is put on meeting the financial goals of the school. The teachers are expected to be salespeople too, and at times it feels as though you are recommending classes/materials just to fulfill that month's quota. The trust between teachers and students can suffer because of this.

    The lessons are very structured and don't allow the teacher much room to improvise or adjust the lessons to students' needs. The new digital format allows little time for teacher interaction with students.

    There's not much opportunity for a foreign teacher to move up. It's a Japanese company so there are only so many career opportunities for foreigners.

    Unlike some other language schools abroad, AEON does not pay your way to or from the country.

    There is a high turnover rate for foreign teachers. Most just want to live abroad for a couple of years or, they want to live in Japan but use this company as a starting point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of adopting technology for technology's sake. The digital lessons do standardize lessons across the company but they severely limit a teacher's ability to interact with the students.

    Hire more office staff so that the burden of closing sales is not on the teacher.

    Recommends
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  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Working at AEON was an unforgettable learning experience that enriched my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Teaching at AEON is very rewarding since you get to meet lots of students, in my case adults and kids, and see their progress from the beginning until the time you leave. I was in Japan for 3 years and it was amazing how much AEON's lessons really do give the foundation for students to improve their English abilities.
    -AEON also trains their teachers and is there to support them as necessary during the tenure at the branch schools
    -Fully furnished apartment was extremely convenient when moving since you don't have to worry about bringing anything but your clothes
    -Working at AEON gives an amazing opportunity to make real Japanese friends since you teach adults as well--not only kids. This really helps give that true Japanese experience of living in Japan.

    Cons

    -The hours can be tiring since you generally work late, but its the same with other English conversation schools in Japan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    It can be really great or it can be really bad depending on who your coworkers are.

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    Former Employee - English Instructor
    Former Employee - English Instructor

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

    Pros

    The students are usually prepared and excited to learn. Interacting with them was definitely the best part of the job. They pay is decent and you'll be able to have fun on your time off. If you have nice coworkers and the school is doing well monetarily you'll probably have fun. Class load also really depends on where you are as well. You could be teaching 20 classes a week or 30.

    Cons

    Plan to spend significant time during lunch as well as before and after work working. It can get very busy on Saturday so don't expect time to breath. If your coworkers try to overwork you, or if the school is doing badly, or if your school is short staffed(or just has bad staff), it will be very stressful. AEON is a business and spends much more effort retaining students than it does trying to provide workers with a good experience. They know most foreign teachers will leave anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little more effort on making your employees happy. It will reduce turn-over as well as mental breakdowns.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    if you have nothing you may want to do this

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AEON Corporation of Japan full-time

    Pros

    for non Japanese teachers this position is beneficial if you focus on business aspect of this company. you will learn a lot about customer service, business handling in japan, which can be used to go into international business once you return to your own company. will make lots of connections.

    Cons

    Slavery... and most likely you will become fat eating all of the sweets students bring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Couldn't wait for the contract to end

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    Former Contractor - English Teacher
    Former Contractor - English Teacher

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Students are hard working, friendly, talkative. Coworkers were nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Yelled at by manager every day for small mistakes or no mistakes,little training, stayed late every night w/no overtime, no out of work networking w/students or teachers, sales pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My school had a terrible manager who should have been fired her first year. She is unprofessional, rude, lied to students and teachers, only sales focused, no care for teachers, talked about students and teachers behind their backs, yelled at teachers or spoke to them unprofessionally. Very bad person. Made working with Aeon miserable. They lie about bonus upon completion and living conditions. Make sure u understand everything about your contract.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Assistant manager

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan

    Pros

    Great people to work with, decent salary and vacation, good management.

    Cons

    Long work hours, usually short handed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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