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Coco Juku Reviews

Updated February 6, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "DEY Kewl and very nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's a very nice place and the people are kind

    Cons

    There aren't any I can think of

    Advice to Management

    It's much tougher to get into management


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Coco Juku (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get paid on time.
    Good starter job if you want to go to Japan.
    Get to meet a lot of new people.

    Cons

    Upper management does not know want they are doing. (they do not know any about the education businessmen)
    Too few vacations and days off.
    You are replaceable.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Different than other schools. So much potential."

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    Current Employee - Native Instructor in Japan, MO
    Current Employee - Native Instructor in Japan, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Coco Juku full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unless you're working at one of the bigger schools, you have time to be creative with your lessons, unlike most other eikaiwas. Plenty of time to plan. Most staff tend to be upbeat and interested in building the name of the company since it's still only 4 years old.

    I also cannot stress how great it is to receive health insurance and pension. Since most other eikaiwas don't do this, that is just one less stress to worry about especially for those with little to no Japanese ability. Even with Japanese language it's still a pain, so definitely consider it.

    Cons

    This is definitely a young company. As such, there are growing pains. Changes to curriculum, programs coming and going, etc. Some schools do one thing, while others don't. Upper management tends to care most about getting into the black, in terms of money, and so they put real pressure onto school managers to rake in as many students as possible.

    Not necessarily a CON, but more of an announcement, or words of advice. This company is definitely Japanese. The parent company is one of the oldest in the land, and as such, things tend to be more or less Japanese in terms of business and culture. If you think you're coming into a western company, you should probably re-evaluate what this job entails or what it is you're looking to achieve by coming to Japan. Try not to measure this company with the standards from wherever you happen to come from and you'll probably be better off. Go with the flow, rather than against it and you'll probably be happier than those who say, "This doesn't make sense. In my country this is how a business is run!" This is Japan, after all.

    Advice to Management

    Prospective students need a reason why COCO JUKU should be their choice for English studies in Japan. When other big schools like NOVA, AEON, or ECC exist in locations nearby, what makes this company worth the premium over their highly competitive pricing? Once you find that difference, once you create that particular niche, then we can truly grow. Otherwise, red numbers will continue to hinder our growth.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not good. But not terrible"

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Coco Juku full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free-time without being bothered, friendly staff. Pretty easy way of getting a sponsored visa. Great paid training

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized management. New changes and surprises are always happening. The company does not care about its employees. No national holidays off for teachers but student classes are cancelled. On holidays teachers are required to come in despite no work to be done. 9 hour workday. No benefits/career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better working environment for your employees. Create a more welcoming atmosphere for your students.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "You Get What You Sign Up For"

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    Former Employee - English Instructor in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - English Instructor in Naperville, IL
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Coco Juku full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Getting paid on time including overtime and extra days worked (competitive salary)
    -Getting good training for first time teachers
    -Good experience, teaching all levels (kids through adults)
    -Everyone who worked at my school was very nice and flexible
    -Pretty much the same experience you will get at most English schools

    Cons

    -Manager quit my first month along with other teacher (doesn't inspire positivity)
    -Severe lack of employees throughout the company
    -Employees and teachers throughout the company are quitting because the head of the company does not know what they are doing
    -The company isn't making any money (reporting losses every year)

    Advice to Management

    Listen and take more advice from all the school branches instead of making ignorant decisions.


  6. "Inconsistent"

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    Former Employee - English Instructor
    Former Employee - English Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Coco Juku full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They pay on time
    Staff are nice
    Several Trainings are provided

    Cons

    Inconsistent decision of management without informing the staff nor the teachers

    Advice to Management

    The person on the top is making this company fail.


  7. "Job Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coco Juku full-time

    Pros

    You have time to prepare for your lessons.

    Cons

    There are few relevant trainings fro teachers.

  8. "Nice first step for the new English teacher but not worth sticking around"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coco Juku full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training and teaching materials.

    Cons

    No future prospects. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Take employee issues and complaints more seriously and do so a lot sooner.


  9. "Good but not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coco Juku full-time

    Pros

    Good Japanese staff, they’re always willing to help. Good benefits.

    Cons

    They are understaff in some places.


  10. "50/50"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Coco Juku full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One on one lessons, freedom in terms of lesson planning, guaranteed paid vacation and leave systems.

    Cons

    Workload varies wildly due to location AND teacher's popularity because students can select their preferred teachers, communication between head office is so poor 90% of the company did not know we were merging with a competitor until it was reported on in the financial news.

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative, stop changing lesson plans and textbooks every year, and maybe incentivize students to try lessons with different instructors.