ECC Japan Employee Reviews about "paid vacation"

Updated Jul 9, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "No breaks, Long commutes, Terrible Management"

    1.0
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    Former Contractor - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ECC Japan for less than a year

    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.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "It was just okay"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - ECC Native English Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ECC Japan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Lots of paid vacation time. This was one of the biggest perks. It was about six or seven weeks - Professional support was pretty good. Trainers would answer your questions via email and watch your classes if you requested - Many school locations are in metropolitan cities, which is convenient for living - work was technically easy if you didn't care if you were actually teaching your students, and just trying to get through the day

    Cons

    - Management obviously showed favorites. If you weren't part of the chosen few you had no chance for advancement. For example, a new recruit was chosen as social media advisor despite barely knowing how to use facebook because of personal bias Also, they asked only the attractive female teachers to be 'chaperones' for top Japanese executives at the Christmas party. Which was really creepy and awful. - Management is not honest with you. If you sign on to ECC after March, when the school year starts, you'll be stuck doing 'base shifts' three or four times a week. Basically sitting at a school and doing nothing, or menial tasks like making tissues for six hours straight. Not teaching. - The lesson plans were sometimes ridiculous. In one unit, we had to teach the kids to say 'anemone' and 'moray eel'. Why on earth do japanese twelve year olds need to know that?

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "ESL Teacher"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - ECC Native English Teacher in Kashihara, Nara
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ECC Japan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is an excellent opportunity to see Japan, learn about Japanese culture, work with people from other English Speaking countries and is a decent entry-level job especially if you are young and/or unattached. The job itself is not that hard and there are chances to work overtime and ECC Junior (children only) OR just do the bare minimum and have a lot of time to travel. Combined with all of the national holidays, there are roughly 7 weeks of paid vacation which is great as you can truly experience Japan. Most of the ex-pats are well-traveled and intelligent which makes it a fun place to work. Some of the Japanese staff are great and some of the school parties are a lot of fun. Teaching at different schools created a lot of variety, which was great.

    Cons

    There is almost no room for advancement and the salary is hardly what I would consider as a career. Had there been more opportunity to move up in the company or try something else for better compensation other than teaching within the company, I probably would have stayed. Although it is Japan and there way of life, I find that SOME of the Japanese staff were not very accommodating to foreigners given that we were all foreign teachers. I really hated that Japanese language was frowned upon in the classroom especially when teaching beginners and/or having absolute emergencies.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start, but offers little professional development"

    3.0
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    ECC Native English Teacher in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ECC Japan for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Only 30 hours of work per week; 7 weeks of paid vacation; job is "cushy" and doesn't require much effort or stress unlike the jobs the Japanese staff members must do; people you work with can be amazing; great way to live in Japan and experience everything it has to offer.

    Cons

    Salary is subsistence at best and if you have any kind of student loan debt you wish to pay back, you need to take on competitive, time-consuming, infrequent odd-jobs to make extra cash; there is such a pervasive culture of nepotism among management wherein if you're not close to management, you will get a really inconvenient, difficult schedule for an entire year while someone who is lower in seniority and hasn't performed as well will get a much better schedule for merely being friends with the big wigs; performing well at your job offers you no benefits and seems to be a liability as management will force you to keep that position as you're more profitable there; focus on profits client numbers over actual educational outcomes is demoralizing; the job is a dead-end.

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    "English Language Teacher"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nagoya, Aichi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ECC Japan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of paid vacation (7 weeks). Great hours (29.5 hours per week) you will work evening though, 3-9, but that leaves mornings free for exploring! Health care is included. Great pay for the amount of work. My wife and I were both teachers in Nagoya with ECC and we had a great experience. Initial training is two weeks, as compared to a week or less by other companies. After training HQ was very encouraging and was always available for questions or concerns. The curriculum is set but they teach you how to modify lessons to engage students in different ways. And once your comfort level with the material is good things really get fun because you can modify content as needed to focus on areas that may need work. For some classes you do need to travel quite far by train but all travel is reimbursed and HQ was always there to help with directions and you get to see a lot of the country! When we were sick HQ was alway understanding and would even recommend great english speaking doctors to go to. Overall a great experience and I would highly recommend ECC to anyone looking to teach english abroad. There are some negative reviews for ECC but I think those people failed to realize that this is a business and the customers expect a consistent product with high results. Once you're comfortable knowing that you're the product and the students are the customers it becomes a lot of fun to provide a great experience for them.

    Cons

    Bring more money with you than they say. It's surprising how quickly you burn through cash when getting setup in a new country. ECC offers small loans, which is nice, but it's better to come prepared.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great way to see a beautiful and fascinating country!"

    5.0
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    Former Contractor - ECC Native English Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ECC Japan for less than a year

    Pros

    Great hours, only 30 hours a week. Lots of PAID vacation time, a refreshing break from the US work culture.

    Cons

    I had to start off as a sort of substitute which got a little boring and I didnt have as much responsibility my first year.

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Professional, Supportive People"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - ECC Native English Teacher in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ECC Japan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Personnel section is very transparent and has treated employees with respect—especially in the last few years Training is thorough and professional. My previous teaching experience was taken into account and respected. Overall, the people are what make this company so fun to work at. Can't argue with 7 weeks of paid vacation.

    Cons

    Some of the lesson materials are dated, but they are being updated. There are a few staff members who don't speak English.

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