AEON Corporation of Japan Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  • The students on the whole are really sweet and fun to teach (in 3 reviews)

  • In the short time that I worked at the school, I made lifelong friends (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Foreign teachers are not allowed to use Japanese with students even outside the classroom (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. Helpful (2)

    English Instructor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best pay for an English conversation school in Japan. The students are usually great, and the lesson structure is pre planned, so it's not difficult to learn how to teach.

    Cons

    Each school is different. At some schools foreign teachers have very little responsibilities while at others you're there long hours and it can be very stressful.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Your Experience Depends on Location and What You're Willing to Put up with

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Initial -Visa sponsorship -Training period to help orient new teachers to their soon-to-be work environments -Comparatively good pay at entry level On the Job -Some of the best materials in the business -Students are typically incredibly gracious and easy to work with -Coworkers can be wonderfully helpful in tough situations

    Cons

    Overall -The head office is controlling, manipulative, and cold -Management staff at schools is expected to put the bottom line first -Instructors are expected to tow the line and become a kind of hybrid instructor/salesperson -Unpaid 'overtime' is almost always necessary, even if not expected (although it is often expected as well) -WAY TOO MANY CLASSES PER WEEK (although this will vary school to school); expecting a teacher to produce effective lessons teaching 29 classes a week from toddler to near-native adult, including many private lessons, is ridiculous but regular in this company -Instructors are made to feel constant tension about whether they can remain employed through constant evaluations and offers for additional contractual time -This company is essentially a meat market churning out new instructors constantly with little regard for student wellbeing

    Advice to Management

    Place more emphasis on retaining effective staff, assigning manageable class loads, ease off of Japanese management staff in order to bring about more cohesive atmospheres at schools, stop exploiting the instructors through expectation of putting in unpaid overtime hours


  3. Helpful (4)

    Run, run run away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AEON Corporation of Japan (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not many. You get to see some of Japan. Don't, however, expect to see much outside of your city. They schedule you so that you have a half day off here and half day off there. All the overtime you work, that is supposed to be given back to you as extra days off, but in actuality the manager can refuse to give you any time and at the end of your contract your accrued days off vanish.

    Cons

    Really long hours. You are supposed to teach 50 minute class sessions then use the ten minutes between classes to go into the lobby and greet students or prepare for the next class or complete new student interviews. You will be teaching 6-7 classes a day. I was actually pulled aside and told that during my lunch break I should not be reading I should be prepping for my next class session.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A great opportunity to live and work abroad.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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


  8. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (4)

    if you have nothing you may want to do this

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.



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