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Ittti Japan Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A fun but tiring experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Ittti Japan full-time

    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. "Above average as an English teaching positon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -competitive pay compared to the number of hours worked
    -all the lesson materials and plans are in the classrooms so you don't have to create your own lessons
    -intensive and comprehensive training

    Cons

    -long commutes since the schools are in more residentional areas and you have 2 to 3 regular classrooms in different areas
    -work is generally in the evenings which means you risk missing the last trains at times
    -fax machines are still used as the primary means of communication

    Advice to Management

    -Give more intensives for teachers to stay longer and find ways to utilize better technology for communicaiton
    -Have a stricter policy when it comes to bullying and serious student behavior


  3. "Peppy Kids"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to meet a variety of different kids and they are mostly happy to see you!

    Cons

    There is a true lack of communication between native teachers and Japanese teachers.


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  5. "Alone in Japan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Students were great. That is the only reason that made me stay as long as I did.

    Cons

    Official working hours are short depending on your luck. If you have terrible luck, you might get 6 classes a day all week in a place that is 2 hours train ride from your apartment.
    The official hours does not really reflect the actual working hours. On days when you have your staff meeting, you will need to get up at 7 in the morning travel someplace far, do the 2 hours meeting and then travel back to your classroom for your lessons that day. You will get home probably around 11 or 12.
    The energy you need to carry out the lessons as a native teacher is probably around 200% because the children usually are not well behaved and the lesson plans require plenty of 'fun' and 'enthusiasm'.

    JT do not receive good training and some of them can't even speak English properly.
    Management hire JT based on their interest in teaching and not on qualifications.

    You are basically alone everyday in the classroom. You can expect to have absolutely no interaction with any other English speaking adult for weeks until your staff meeting where you will meet other Native teachers. If your mental health can handle that, then by all means.

    I don't know about other locations but the place I was sent to was really rural. The Native teachers usually leave within 1-2 years or stay for 5-10 years. The people that stayed for many years regard themselves as superior to new teachers. The entire morale of the team was incredibly negative. Every time I was with the other teachers, it was basically to complain and whine about our situation. All in all it's a pit of black hole spiraling into and endless abyss.

    There's definitely more cons but if all the above didn't worry you, then go ahead and try it for yourself.


  6. "Native Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ittti Japan full-time

    Pros

    -Short hours compared to other eikaiwa's
    -though intense, the two week training does prep you to teach

    Cons

    -upper management are out of touch with teachers on the front line.
    -pay is rather uncompetitive compared to elsewhere.
    -it takes a lot for a bad student to get booted from classrooms.
    - you don't get much say in where you're placed

    Advice to Management

    take your actual teachers seriously when we provide feedback or don't bother asking.


  7. "Good company overall. Your job will depend upon the area and classes you are assigned"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Good training provided
    -Kids are good for the most part
    -Honest company when it comes to payment
    -Good working hours

    Cons

    - Your schedule (and therefore quality of life) is really the luck of the drawer. You could be assigned schools with long commutes, bad classes, good/bad area manager etc. The company will try to balance these things but it may not be the case
    - As long as you keep your head down and play by the rules its a pretty good gig.

    Advice to Management

    Help the native and Japanese teachers who need more help. Listen to NT's more.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good to get into the country and for gaining experience fast but not much else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Yodogawa (Japan)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Yodogawa (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's easy to get a job there.
    You're pretty much "trained" for two weeks and then thrown into the deep end so it's sink or swim, but if you don't fail then you'll learn how to teach and handle yourself with Japanese kids.
    They're good at providing housing.
    Usually a PS (performance supervisor) will help you get a bank account and phone.
    Starting salary isn't terrible.
    They sponsor visas.
    If you're a good teacher, they'll mostly leave you alone and it's quite low pressure, although this might depend on your PS.

    I might recommend it to someone looking to get into the country and get a visa, but I would recommend you stay with the company a year, get some experience and get your visa renewed and then find a better job. Anyone already in the country with experience, can probably find something better.

    Cons

    Classrooms can be really far away and their maps are pretty sketchy.
    You only see your students once a month and your teaching and influence will be negligible to minimal.
    JTs (Japanese teachers) mostly teach the kids and their working conditions are so poor that they're constantly quitting and the company hires pretty much anyone regardless of how bad their English is.
    There's no staff, so you're alone in a classroom in the middle of nowhere (usually) with a class of up to 12 kids. Things can get really crazy should you have kids with behavioral problems. Natural disasters are also a source of stress as you are really ill-equipped to deal with them.
    Kids are really bad at English and rarely improve.
    No real career path. You could go up to PS, but there's not much higher you can go.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating teachers (NTs and JTs) like they're disposable. Hire staff for your classrooms. Make your CEO learn English.


  9. "Peppy is Peppy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Native English Instructor in Hamamatsu (Japan)
    Former Employee - Native English Instructor in Hamamatsu (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ittti Japan part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The hours 'working' is usually from 1 hour to 5.5 hours depending on your schedule. The pay is usually about the same every month. Paid vacation days after 6 months of working which you can book off. Office days not in the office, but in a classroom are very lax. You're probably the only person there. There is a Native helpline and usually can be good if you get the right person. Usually you have mornings free. You can call in sick. Most of the Japanese Teacher are really friendly and helpful.

    You can just play with the kids and not really teach them much English. As Native Teachers usually review what they have already learnt. And you could be really lazy with this job and it could be easy.

    If you like to work evenings and have mornings in bed.

    Cons

    The company doesn't respect their employees. It comes from the top down. Shizuoka area has sales team in malls which Native Teachers sometimes have to go to. But they usually want NT to sit there saying 'hello', maybe give out balloons and just play with the kids while the events team talk to the parents. So you are basically shooting yourself in the foot. Because you're making classrooms have more students and more classes. And there have been a few issues between NT and the sales team.

    On office days you have to send an online survey to them telling you where and when you are going. You could have an office day in the office or classroom, a sales event, team teach or cover. If you have an office day in the office you will probably shred paper for a few hours and other laborious tasks. But if you are in a classroom you have your own freedom. Sales events are usually at mall as previous said. Team teaches can be good as you usually split a day with another teacher. And cover can be not so fun. It's usually because someone called sick or they didn't get cover. They can usually be far away, and sometimes you have to buy the shinkansen ticket but they will usually refund you. You can cover NT or Japanese Teacher's lessons.

    Shizuoka area is opening more mall schools which they are trying to fill to capacity. And these mall schools are not nice. Usually many small kids as they are all new, there usually isn't a toilet in the classroom, so everyone has to wear a vest and go together. They is always students starting and quitting because it's crazy.

    I feel the most important thing in this company is money, and everything else is not important. They don't really care about employees and customers. And only care if it involves money. For example paying for your hotel on training, although it's at a reduced rate.

    The moral is the Shizuoka area was not good when I was there. The other NTs were really supportive and helpful to each other. But the management and supervisor was not. It was not a positive place to work. In meetings if you expressed your opinion was it was seen as wrong, your opinion was seen as invalid and basically told no. So many NTs didn't express their opinion in fear of being belittled etc. There was no encouragement to try hard, just fear to do things right. Management and supervisors are not professional, using inappropriate language and body language and no approachable. This was from my first day to the very last day. There was no thank you or anything. There was never any respect from them. This does seem to get not so bad at times but then they go back to where they were or even worse. This has happened for several years in Shizuoka.

    Booking vacation days is seen as a hassle and something we shouldn't be doing. And if we do we usually have to find someone to cover. But other areas are different.

    The NT and JT are treated very differently. Every NT will start the job on status one. Which means you have to call Head office one hour before your first class for a few months. Even a minute late and you're penalized for it. And if you are late you get a lateness point, lose some of your bonus and put back onto status one or moved to status two which is 2 hours. And is you get 4 points you are fired and you lose one point every 6 months. The JT do not have this 'privilege'. Usually the schools are all over the place and can take over an hour to get too. And Peppy doesn't want you to drive, and want you to use public transportation. And you have to use their maps. And you have 15mins in between class which is not a break but nor is it official work. NTs have to be in the classroom 30mins before the lesson and ready to teach, which is not 'official' work.

    Also NTs are not allowed to know things even the JTs have known for months, such as a classroom closing or moving. This reason is unclear.

    If you live in Shizuoka I won't recommend working at peppy. But if it's another area which probably doesn't have a sales event team and your supervisor is respectful the job could be tolerable. This is what I've heard from other areas.

    Advice to Management

    Be RESPECTFUL, ENCOURAGING and PROFESSIONAL! There needs to be a change in the management and supervisors in the area. As they know there is a probably with Shizuoka, but there is something keeping it from not changing.


  10. "Easy work, if not the most rewarding job in the world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ittti Japan (More than a year)

    Pros

    The hours, as long as you don't mind working evenings, are very reasonable. There is a lot of prep-time, and the lessons are well laid out and easy to wrap your head around. If you have a good Performance Supervisor (PS), it will make your life a lot easier as well.

    Cons

    This is likely more of a comment on learning English in Japan in general, but the focus here is on short-term deliverables that kids can memorize, not actually becoming fluent in English. For that reason, the kids can get burnt out, and you feel like you're teaching the same thing over and over again with little results. It also seems like the Japanese Teachers can be overworked, but that's likely more just of a Japanese culture issue than anything specific with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Test out Japan's appetite for real, progressive English learning, instead of appealing exclusively to the "English as a Hobby" crowd.


  11. "Assistant Alt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



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