KidsDuo Reviews

Updated Jan 17, 2021

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2.2
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Pros
  • "They help you get a good visa and get set up with bank account, apartment etc(in 5 reviews)

  • "The company provides you a health insurance and and enough living wage(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "there's a difference of curiousity and then saying really messed up things about Native teachers (ex(in 10 reviews)

  • "You may be in a school where your School Director does not speak much English(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Caution: You might lose your sanity."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at KidsDuo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Clear and detailed interview/hiring process - Assistance with bank, cell phone, apartment setup (if needed) - Benefits, including health insurance* (more on this later in the cons) - Decent pay compared to other entry-level instructor jobs in Japan - 5 year visa

    Cons

    There's a reason why the company makes you sign a NDA upon leaving. HR is afraid they cannot hire more people to replace the teachers they've lost. There are very, very shady business practices and a lot of dishonesty about how things are conducted. If you work for this company long enough like I did, you'll meet a lot of people who have both good and bad experiences with KD. But I promise you that 90% if not more have left the company after being so exhausted physically, mentally - anxiety attacks become the norm. Plenty of my comrades (friends met through training) and I have informed head trainers and HR corporate individuals about the kinds of things that take place at each of our schools - but literally NOTHING is being done to improve working conditions. The teacher turnover rate is quite ridiculous. I met people who came here with a passion to teach and eagerness to learn Japanese, some have left after a mere 7 months because of the overcharge on rent through shared housing, overtime requirements, commuting distance from their company apartment to their school, etc. -Make sure to ask HR about the one weird deduction from your pay for "medical supplies" (not to be confused with health insurance). Never got a clear explanation. - Training is brutal. Trainers are vicious. The other teachers at the training schools seem sick and tired of the trainees and will be annoyed if you ask them any questions. Three people from my training batch broke down crying at least once. - This isn’t necessarily a con, but something to keep in mind: this is not a formal teaching position. The first thing we were told at training is this, honest to God: “You are not a teacher. We only let the kids call you teacher because there isn’t anything else that would be appropriate.” You are just a worker for an afterschool/daycare. You carry out lessons in an entertaining fashion. You sing, dance. You are not supposed to try and make the school your own or to be wildly creative. The KD brand sustains itself with the image that each school should be the same, follow the same curriculum, have the same annual events. You are not there to make a difference, unfortunately. Just to make them big guys more money. - Be aware that there is a “chain of command” once you are assigned to a school. If you break this chain of command, you get a ton of sh*t for it (phone call, angry email). - You will be “teaching” for hours (literally) straight w/ limited restroom breaks. Even this is not typical in a public elementary school. - Each school has a limit to the number of kids that can be accepted because of building/classroom size. Watch in horror as your school director continues to add another student… and then another… and then another, even after you’ve reached this “limit”. Soon you’re over capacity and there’s barely enough space. You run out of floor space, chairs, breathing room. But the money is what really matters here. - Twice a year, the whole organization (Yaruki Switch Group) holds a conference where they can give all the higher ups random awards for random things. They pump themselves up and congratulate themselves while you and your co-workers sit there exhausted, dazed, on the brink of sanity. It’s terrifying. - There are so many people in the company who should NOT be working with children. Please please please don't work with kids if you're just going to verbally and physically abuse them!!!

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  2. Helpful (18)

    "Cute kids, Terrible Company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Native Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KidsDuo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The kids are cute. I became good friends with my co-workers. 5-year visa

    Cons

    Company is dishonest on many levels. Business model is to understaff schools, stuff them full of kids, and deal with the teacher turnover. At times you may be alone with 30+ kids. The hours are long, and you have to stand the whole time (no leaning on the walls!!). The lessons take too much time to prep and are often not level appropriate. They will also try to cheat you and set you up with overpriced housing, by taking advantage of the fact that you can't speak japanese, and don't know anyone. Too many games and not enough learning. Kids know hundreds of nouns and memorized phrases but can't conjugate the verb "to be" because grammar is completely ignored. Mixed level programs make teaching impossible. Curriculum team is inept. Nobody seems to know how teaching works, and nobody from HQ listens to suggestions from teachers. Bilinguals are underpaid. It's about money. Nothing is going to change so just save yourself the headache get a different job.

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  3. Helpful (19)

    "Worst place I've worked"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Native Teacher FC in Japan, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KidsDuo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Kids are great, facility is nice, can get time off when you really need it. Your experience mostly depends on your school.

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership, staff promotions with no real training/experience. Native teachers are an expendable asset and are treated as such. Good luck going to the bathroom.

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  4. "No wonder the turn over is so quick...."

    3.0
    Former Employee - Teacher in Nagoya, Aichi

    I worked at KidsDuo part-time

    Pros

    Teachers care and want the best Good experience

    Cons

    Management is a pain! They charge parents so much and can’t help local schools

  5. "Mediocre English Teaching"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KidsDuo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They will provide visa sponsorship

    Cons

    High pressure with little support for new staff

  6. "Totally Unprofessional"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at KidsDuo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunity to get your work visa.

    Cons

    Terrible management and lack of training.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interaction with students is enjoyable"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KidsDuo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The students are a lot of fun. The satisfaction from seeing your students improve over a long period of time makes you want to keep working. You build sincere relationships with the students. The students respect you and enjoy your presence if you are a caring and mature teacher. You can make great friends with your fellow teachers and coworkers. The company does provide a detailed lesson plan for their regular days which can be applied as is, as well as be slightly modified depending on your skill and comfort with the lesson. The company has a good network database of files and it is well organized for employees to access and utilize.

    Cons

    Working in different locations makes for very different experiences. You may be in a location that is very strict in regard to the company guidelines or you could be in a store that would rather use the company name and logo to get easy money without really adhering to company policies. Since the teaching job is based on learning English, you are forbidden from speaking anything but English in front of clients. The monthly (refresher) training they provide isn't necessarily new or recognized outside of the company. --If there is anything new, you're at the mercy of the teacher your branch sent to the meeting to remember and distribute the information. (In my branch, the teacher that was sent to the meetings wouldn't say anything about the meeting because the meeting details contradicted what the teacher wanted to do. i.e. speak Japanese with students and interrupt other learning groups)-- You will be expected to develop fully original and highly desirable lessons for weekend promotional classes aimed at signing new clients even though the company has a portfolio of completely reasonable lessons already. This is in the cons section because the pressure you receive from these events far outweighs the salary and you may have to work late or off-the-clock as well as compile a detailed budget for each lesson; otherwise I'd say personal growth is definitely a good thing. You just don't get any recognition for it in this case. In preparing for lessons, you will need to work extra hours or off-the-clock again to purchase goods and materials for the lessons if your store doesn't have sufficient stock. The company management tries to set a standard for the service provided to clients but doesn't do anything to enforce it. Management provides a point-of-contact list but the personnel on the list don't want to take responsibility for anything so they are reluctant to give you any advice or information. (This was also apparent in the on-the-job trainers as they wouldn't provide much documented advice, it was always verbal and vague.) Even if you contact upper management, the most advice they provide is telling you to fix it without their help and they will try to pretend they never talked to you about your concerns.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "good company"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Ikoma
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at KidsDuo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    i like the pay bonus contract work kids english and japanese fun exciting

    Cons

    time management bad vibes japanese and english not listening

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you love working with kids in a dynamic classroom"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KidsDuo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, project based (teaching subjects), a lot of childcare, work-life balance (no overtime), teamwork, fun events

    Cons

    No ALT position I worked as and ALT before and you will be much more busy and will have a lot more responsibilities! You will be a lead and assistant teacher.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not Good"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KidsDuo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Basic Salary just enough to scrape by

    Cons

    everything else is pretty much terrible

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