Ittti Japan Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. A fun but tiring experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ittti Japan full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - The pay is great for the hours worked
    - If you like working evening hours you can have lots of free time to explore Japan
    -The curriculum has it's kinks, but it's usually fun and workable for the age group.
    -Training is more thorough than other Eikaiwa

    Cons

    -Kids can be badly behaved
    -In spite of the emphasis on "safety," having a single teacher in charge of a batch of small kids is not a safe arrangement
    -Japanese coworkers are often overworked

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the Japanese staff, and more readily provide backup teachers for young or difficult classes.

  2. Assistant Alt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ittti Japan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours were ok, the children were great. The salary is ok. Japan is beautiful with much places to explore.

    Cons

    There is not much vacation time, the job while not hard is tiring. You really need to learn at least some Japanese before coming here so you dont become a recluse.

    Advice to Management

    More vacation time and chances for advencement is needed including increase in pay every year to motivate workers.

  3. Decent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peppy Teacher in Kōbe, Hyogo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Peppy Teacher in Kōbe, Hyogo (Japan)

    I have been working at Ittti Japan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They take care of your housing, visa support, and they have two weeks of training with monthly meetings rolled in.

    Cons

    Teaching alone is difficult. A lot of the JTs quit without notice, and the company doesn't offer that much in support.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the salary for JTs so that they have more incentive to stay.

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  5. Not a good company to start your experience in Japan with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Former Employee - Native Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)

    I worked at Ittti Japan full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Note: This review is from the perspective of it being your first time in Japan and possibly teaching

    - It has regular and reasonable pay (see cons)
    - The administration is generally thorough (but see cons)
    - Native support from the call center is usually very good
    - Teaching hours are actually okay
    - Training is extensive (but see cons)
    - Company apartments reasonably good quality, but take a decent chunk out of your salary
    - The area manager for the local native teachers will help you set up a bank account and maybe a phone

    Note again: This job could be acceptable if you have been working with children in Japan for a long time and can prepare lessons in a heart beat due to your vast amount of experience.

    Cons

    Note: This is if you are based in good/large size city or very populated prefecture. I can appreciate that if you live in a less populated area with lower demand for children's English classes your experience may differ.

    - Pay only looks good when you discount potentially long commutes and excessive need for planning
    - Administration process is frustrating and out of date (not uncommon in Japan) with tedious time sheets requiring an insane amount of detail
    - Training is extensive, but only in terms of bombarding you with administration and policy detail. In terms of actually preparing you for teaching, it's average at best. Trainers have questionable knowledge of good teaching practice and you'll find the entire company isn't geared towards improving English as much as it is geared to keeping existing students by pandering to the them as a games-co-ordinator rather than a children's language teacher
    - Japanese teachers may regularly complain to you that you aren't doing enough. This isn't necessarily because you aren't following the curriculum, it's more likely because of the insane pressure on Japanese English Teachers not to lose students. This pressure is in turn, your pressure. Although I think most native teachers feel sorry for Japanese Teachers of English (if they aren't rude) it can be a tough relationship depending on who you are paired with
    - During the training or interview process, the company won't mention the insane amount of a extra activities and events they put on through out the year. These earn the company lots of extra money so they pile the pressure on for you to create extra materials and do extra training sessions
    - The main problem with this job is (as a first timer) the anti-social nature of its working hours. It's likely for your first 6 months in Japan you will feel like you have no time to explore and make friends because of the stress of the job. Example - Go to the school, prep for classes, jump through administrative hoops at the end of the day, go home to your lone apartment, eat dinner at stupid o'clock (11pm+), sleep.
    - If you end up hating the job, you're gonna feel trapped, I assure you. The reason for this has been very cunningly strategized by iTTTi. They give you a company apartment, but they also make you pay for the apartment you stay in during training for 2 weeks. This works out at about half a months pay total. This is then deducted from your salary each month in installments. If you want to leave, you suddenly have an issue where your company rent your apartment (not you), they are demanding 3 months notice (you can get away with 2 weeks in reality) and if you leave, your final pay slip will be slaughtered by paying of the 'training loan'. If you don't have any financial weight behind you, it can be a concern.
    - You will likely have one week per month of 'office days' where you can do prep for your classes. Alas, these are almost never office days as you have to play the game of calling in and finding out if the call center is going to ship you out to some random location possibly 2 hours away, to a random classroom you've never been to, with kids you don't know. Very stressful. Let me inform you, 2 hour train journeys and walking in the Japanese summer are not too fun.
    - No real chance to develop strong relationships with your 'regular classes' because you only see them once a month.
    - There is a curriculum for every age group and level, it's very thorough! The trouble is, all the standard suggestions in the books are awful and boring. A lot of the games are very hard to communicate to low level learners without a bit of Japanese as well. But wait... Japanese is forbidden.
    - Many of the kids (especially over 12) detest being at their schools, forced in there by pushy parents. Don't expect to break through to them. Your hands are often tied with regards to discipline because it is indeed a business, and all they want is kids to have fun, otherwise kids go home and complain to their parents.
    - The respect, ability and engagement of the kids really comes from the class's regular Japanese Teacher of English who they see 3 times more than you and really determines the class dynamic. Your impact is limited in terms of placing your own stamp on the class.
    - There are more cons, but to summarize, it has a lot of problems. Think very carefully before taking this position.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worry so much about profit margins and invest in your staff, Japanese and Native. iTTTi has a steady stream of staff (Japanese and Native) getting out as soon as humanly possible. Start focusing on your employees. Good teachers take time and support to develop. Unhappy teachers = unhappy students = unhappy parents = less money.

  6. Good start for teachers new to Japan

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Ittti Japan as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Part-time hours for full-time pay (working hours are generally 3pm-9pm)
    -Supportive management
    -Thorough training program compared to other eikaiwas, beneficial to those with little teaching experience

    Cons

    -commutes can be long, especially for those in the countryside. Quite often you won't get home until close to midnight.
    -sometimes the class sizes are too large for one teacher to handle (there is no other staff around for support). Sometimes you will have 10 4-year old students in one class.
    -can feel like you are glorified baby-sitter rather than an educator

    Advice to Management

    -Make smaller classes

  7. English Instructor for iTTTi Japan

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    Former Employee - English Instructor
    Former Employee - English Instructor

    I worked at Ittti Japan full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Free time to yourself while commuting.

    Supportive teachers and PSs.

    Freedom to travel when not teaching.

    Experience of a new country and help setting up in a new country.

    Cons

    A lot of commuting, some in very remote locations with irregular transport and long walks to stations.

    Long hours when added with the commuting.

    Not enough time given outside of classes for class preperation and can be difficult to fit in within all the commuting plus lots of meetings to attend.

    Not enough teachers in most locations so can end up covering in random places and with a hectic schedule.

    Class sizes sometimes too large for only one teacher and not safe, particularly with the younger children. Which can be very stressful.

    A lot of hours on your own.

    The lesson curriculum is quite boring and requires a lot of your own improvisation in order to making the lessons interesting but can be difficult to find the hours to do this due to commuting. Already having teaching experience definitely helps.

    Advice to Management

    To build a better regular curriculum.

    To hire more teachers and allow more free time to prepare lessons.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed my time teaching here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ittti Japan

    Pros

    Good working hours if you like working late. Depending on given schedule you could work less than 2 hours in one day.

    Cons

    Company expectations were pretty strict in how lessons are taught.

  9. a good place to work if you like kids and like to work independently

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Former Employee - English Teacher

    I worked at Ittti Japan

    Pros

    - work in the afternoons/nights (no need to wake up in the morning except for meetings)
    - not under supervision most of the time

    Cons

    - could be scheduled to commute 2+ hours at times
    - schedule is not always set
    - very little actual support if there are accidents in the classroom
    - kids are often not well disciplined and are sometimes difficult to manage

    Advice to Management

    offer more support to the teachers

  10. Better than most eikaiwa; welcoming staff and upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - English Instructor in Yamagata, Yamagata (Japan)
    Former Employee - English Instructor in Yamagata, Yamagata (Japan)

    I worked at Ittti Japan

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fewer teaching hours than most eikaiwa. You earn a salaried pay. Helpful management and good commute and bonus compensation.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of travel; sometimes you're sent to work in the boonies.

    Advice to Management

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