I have been working at Amity as a contractor (More than a year)
Not a single day is boring! The students are a joy to teach, the lessons and curriculum are fun & energetic, living in Japan is great, having your own company-provides apartment for an inexpensive price, very supportive Area Trainers and Assistant Area Trainers, lots of opportunities for growth, having awesome medical insurance, a pension plan that you can get back at the end of your employment, and a cash bonus when you complete your contract.
High expectations to make sales can be stressful, higher-ups can be mean/cold, horrible vacation periods (1 week in length for each vacation period and they are company set... you cannot pick your vacation days), very high turnover rates amongst Japanese staff, the pay is not that good because of long hours and the Japanese yen is very weak against the USD, GBP, or AUD, and long hours because teacher's schedules are overloaded with classes. I'm only comparing it to a typical 8 hour American workday (good ole' 9 to 5), but at Amity you will be there for a minimum of 9 hours + however many additional hours you spend planning your lessons.
Advice to Management
Please encourage your workers to genuinely be friends with each other and foster an environment with plenty of communication between the staff. Sometimes the foreign teacher can feel alienated in the Japanese business place. It is us moving halfway across the globe out of our comfort zones and feeling unwelcome is not a climate that'll help us transition smoothly. More emphasis on teaching better lessons, not just making more money for the company. There needs to be a better balance between the two. I should feel more like a teacher and less like a car salesman. Give teachers more than 5 paid sick/extra vacation days and allow teachers to use them more freely. Have apartments professionally cleaned at the expense of the company (I feel like that should be standard hygienic procedure) when the old teacher leaves & the new teacher takes over. Imagine renting a new apartment, but the management at the complex decided to leave it how the previous tenant left it...
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Amity (Los Angeles, CA) in April 2014.
Applied one afternoon and got the invite to interview in LA the next day. The interview was split into two parts over two days. I think my case is exceptional because I only had one recruiter present during my initial interview where i presented my lesson plan.
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