ECC Japan FAQ

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March 23, 2019

What is paid time off like at ECC Japan?

Pros

Good pay and job security for the industry; Really great students (you will teach both adults and children, but both are great); More trustworthy than most eikaiwa companies; Good support from HR and training staff. Good place to get your start. A good amount of vacation time. Several weeks during the school year are "adjustment weeks" where there are special events and fewer classes. Many people working hard within the company to make it a better place.

Cons

Stressful workloads (I had anywhere from 35-40 classes per week) on top of additional staff duties at the school with very little time in between classes. Break time might occur in the first (or last) hour of your working day depending on when the school director schedules it, leaving you to work 7 hours without a break. Do not expect to have much energy left over on your days off- burnout risk is very high. You will have no input in the material that you teach, which can be difficult if you don't find it to be effective or useful for the students.

Advice to Management

Employee wellness programs and support would go a long way towards retaining teachers and improving the company reputation. Stronger community building within the teaching community might also help teachers find support they need when struggling. Hold school directors accountable for the way they manage and schedule their native teaching staff.

A good amount of vacation time.

March 23, 2019

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April 18, 2019

Does ECC Japan have a pension plan?

Pros

Coming over to work for ECC is a really great way to move to Japan and start working here. I was offered a 5-year visa, had an apartment organized for me for my arrival, had a Japanese bank account set up, and a mentor to help me transition into life in Japan. You get to live in an urban area, or within a big city like Tokyo or Osaka, so this is a bigger draw than say working as an ALT for a lower wage and in the countryside. The HR team are very ‘Pro-Diversity' and they are also very accommodating to couples. There's also a good vacation package, unlike a lot of other Japanese companies, and there's a good health care coverage and pension package (Shakai Hoken) on top of your monthly salary that isn't lowered if your classes aren't full or get canceled (like at Gaba).

Cons

You do have to be a native English speaker to apply, and pass a fairly complicated grammar test during the interview stage, but they are looking to hire the type of person that will put in the effort to study for a test of that nature. It is a 50/50 split between kids and adult classes, so if this isn't your preference then ECC won't be a good fit for you, most Saturday and Sunday shifts are full days with lots of kids classes, as that best fits the company’s needs.

There's also a good vacation package, unlike a lot of other Japanese companies, and there's a good health care coverage and pension package (Shakai Hoken) on top of your monthly salary that isn't lowered if your classes aren't full or get canceled (like at Gaba).

April 18, 2019

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July 9, 2019

How are career development opportunities at ECC Japan?

Pros

Only required to work 30 hours a week Decent pay compared to other companies Career advancement is possible 6-7 weeks paid vacation

Cons

You will work every Saturday and Sunday no matter how long you work there or what promises they make. They will give you 10-20 kids' classes per week which will be taught in rapid succession, meaning you will die from exhaustion by the end of the work day. You only get a 10-15 min break between each class with no lunch break. HR staff is rude, treats you like a number, and doesn't offer any help when issues arise. The staff at the school usually don't speak English, so you'll have no way of communicating if issues arise. I was told I'd only commute 30-45 minutes to each school everyday, but I commuted 1.5 hours each way. When I confronted them about this, they got very angry with me and told me there's nothing they could do. They also play favorites with teachers and give them special perks like closer schools or better days off, which is really unfair. They say you get holidays off, but if your day off is Monday, then that takes away your holiday and you don't get an extra day to make up for it, so the 7 weeks promised is actually about 6 weeks.

Advice to Management

Care more about your employees, and the students, Japanese staff, and parents will be much happier and more productive, not to mention your turnover rate will go down too.

Career advancement is possible

July 9, 2019

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March 7, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at ECC Japan?

Pros

Easy job. Short hours. piece of cake

Cons

No opportunity for greater responsibility or challenge

No opportunity for greater responsibility or challenge

March 7, 2020

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September 1, 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at ECC Japan?

Pros

Very easy work but boring

Cons

Racism, all foreign managers are terrible

Racism, all foreign managers are terrible

September 1, 2020

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17 English questions out of 17