AEON Corporation of Japan
2.7 of 5 38 reviews
www.aeonet.com Tokyo, Japan 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 24, 2014

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    Unique Experience offset by Business Culture

    Language Instructor (Former Employee)

    ProsAEON 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.

    ConsMain 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 Senior ManagementHave 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    ESL Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsGetting 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.

    ConsRetail 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 Senior ManagementBeware 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    English Instructor (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    if you have nothing you may want to do this

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfor 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Couldn't wait for the contract to end

    English Teacher (Former Employee)

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

    ConsYelled 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 Senior ManagementMy 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great International Experience

    ESL Teacher (Former Employee)
    Warabi, Saitama (Japan)

    Pros- excellent environment
    - students are great and motivated
    - friendly co-workers
    - trainers are always open for help/assistance

    Cons- can be overwhelming at times (not often, though)
    - kids' lessons can be challenging due to behavioral problems

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is great and I never encountered any issues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bottom of the teacher food chain

    English Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsAble to live in Japan and experience its culture. Students are nice.

    ConsMy school manager was nice, but my fellow trainees weren't so lucky. Luck of the draw I guess. But upper management and trainers were not so supportive. They basically placed blame on the teacher rather than supporting them with constructive feedback on how both sides could improve the situation.

    Lesson structure is extremely rigid and robotic. I felt like a trained monkey at times, hence the label "edutainer". It doesn't allow for experienced teachers to modify the structure for the benefit of the student.

    Although you get paid days off, plan on taking them attached to the three major holidays in Japan- New Year's, Golden Week, and Obon. It's very difficult to take them at other times of the year and is strongly discouraged by management.

    Provided housing has walls that are so thin you can hear everything your neighbor is doing and vice-versa. Don't plan on doing any real cooking either in your micro kitchen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPointless. Any advice would fall on def ears.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    As they say, it's a job, not a vacation

    Foreign English Instructor (Current Employee)
    Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan)

    ProsFor a job right out of graduation, the pay is not bad and it allows you to live in a foreign country.

    ConsYou'll probably have little time for yourself if you work as hard as the japanese staff do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Acceptable Entry-Level ESL job

    English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan)

    ProsGood training and support of staff members. Fair salary and reasonable work load. Available overtime and insurance benefits.

    ConsRigid structure to lesson structure, almost to the point where it felt robotic. Foreign teachers are not allowed to use Japanese with students even outside the classroom.

    Highly profit-oriented when it comes to counseling students and trying to sell extraneous unnecessary textbooks or learning materials to students. Not worth the price the students pay to attend classes. You feel like a salesperson rather than a teacher, and are reprimanded if you do not sell enough materials to students.

    Hours can be long and vacation time is very little.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe manager at my school did not have much English ability and did not really communicate her expectations well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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