AEON Corporation of Japan

  www.aeonet.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

AEON Corporation of Japan Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
41 Reviews

2.7
41 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
CEO
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unique Experience offset by Business Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Language Instructor
    Former Employee - Language Instructor

    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
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok Place to get your foot in the door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - English Teacher
    Current Employee - English Teacher

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher

    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
    Neutral Outlook
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - English Instructor
    Former Employee - English Instructor

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    if you have nothing you may want to do this

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Couldn't wait for the contract to end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Former Employee - English Teacher

    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
  9.  

    Good experience depends on the school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Emergency Teacher  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Emergency Teacher in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    If the school is good and the manager knows what they are doing, it is a wonderful experience. You'll never feel like you're working.

    Cons

    If you're at a bad school, rules are arcane, meetings are done after work, you're forced to state as late as the latest staff member. Head office has a cult-like atmosphere. Normally you can ignore that, but it can have a very bad effect on your manager, who in turn can make your life chaos because they start doubting everything. The company goes through assistant managers very quickly. Only few survive till manager, and even they drop out pretty quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calm down, take it easy, and break the head office cult culture.

  10.  

    Great International Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher  in  Warabi, Saitama (Japan)
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management is great and I never encountered any issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful company. Terrible experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Ibaraki (Japan)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Ibaraki (Japan)

    Pros

    - stable income after the first 2 months
    - Don't have to set up your own housing
    - The students on the whole are really sweet and fun to teach

    Cons

    - Training was basically hazing. Could have sent literature ahead. Kids training especially was completely useless and does not prepare for badly behaved Japanese children.
    - Not allowed to come to Japan earlier so have no time to adjust to the time difference. Have to arrive at the company decided airport. You are not allowed to arrive by rail.
    - You have to live in Leo Palace.
    - No support for badly behaved children (I have been repeatedly hit by children, management or head teachers will not talk to the parents)
    - Foreign teachers are treated like they are worthless.
    - Nothing is explained in English and no-one bothers to translate.
    - If you don't want to fulfil your contract you have to give 3 months notice
    - You have to sell expensive selfstudy materials that have no real benefit to the students
    - You can't be honest to students in order to help them improve their English
    - If a student decides to not renew their contract (because they're pregnant/moving for work/achieved their goal) you will get in trouble
    -Time off is the 3 big Japanese holidays so travelling is prohibitively expensive when you have time off.
    - A close family member became ill while I was here and although the contract says you will be allowed time to go see them I was not allowed to go until after the family member had died.
    - You are not allowed to take sick days. If you do your manager will call you roughly every hour telling you to go to the hospital. You will not be assisted with a hospital visit so if you have no Japanese you will struggle. You will also then have to have a letter written by the doctor proving that you have been to see the doctor which costs 4000 yen.
    - Support is non existent in terms of teaching or personal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your foreign teacher

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

Worked for AEON Corporation of Japan? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.