Kinder Kids International School Employee Reviews about "unpaid overtime"

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  • "I will never forget the four the years I spent teaching with Kinder Kids(in 11 reviews)

  • "The kids are great and the emphasis is on learning through having fun and having their interests piqued(in 6 reviews)

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  • "They would stay at the school (with unpaid overtime) to work on lesson plans they had no time to work on during the day(in 8 reviews)

  • "Shortage of cover teachers and/or day care help can mean very little prep time for teachers(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Kinder Kids

      Apr 18, 2016 - Native English Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Kinder Kids provides a wonderful opportunity to embrace and encourage a new culture to students. Children get to explore and learn a lot about the English language while also learning about the power language has in this world. The families, staff and children are all lovely to work with and provide a positive learning environment as long as you also put forth that effort. The Japanese staff are extremely hard working and supportive. I loved my experience working with my school. There are a lot of challenges that come with this position as any teaching job does, it is important to remember this as it in turn can be very rewarding. Lots of supplies and materials to support and encourage learning in the classroom. Excursions for K grades provides great opportunities to explore further on the material learned and see the students use their language outside in different contexts. Moving abroad can be a big transition and Kinder Kids was really helpful in this phase. It also provided an amazing opportunity to live in such a rich culture.

      Cons

      You don't have to be a certified teacher to teach children here so often those without the background knowledge are upset with the extra time you spend in your classroom. You should know coming into a teaching position that unpaid overtime is a part of the job and there are lots of extra tasks you should do to be fully prepared for every day's lessons. The Japanese co-teachers are wonderful and hard working. Be ready to support them in just as many ways as they support you. This will help your classroom environment and partnership run smoothly. Each week there is an extra class you will teach (Grad class). Unfortunately this can be a very long day as you will be teaching your whole shift. The material is laid out and direct but can be a bit dry. Would be nice to see schools getting nice playgrounds for students outside and upkeep. It seems that more focus is put into expanding the business and less focus is put on the existing schools.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      It was overall a positive experience, but definitely could improve.

      Aug 12, 2015 - Preschool Teacher 
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      Pros

      coworkers, being with children all day, rewarding work, never a dull day, pretty good pay, room for growth within company

      Cons

      lots of unpaid overtime because they give you too much work and too little time to do it. Every year the curriculum would get more and more stuff that teachers would have to make/prepare. Seemed like it was becoming less about education and more about business, how to get the parents to pay more, etc.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Native English class teacher

      Aug 9, 2020 - Class Teacher in Tokyo
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      Pros

      The kids is the only this that comes to mind.

      Cons

      Since KK wants to remove my review I’m going to write this again: You can fly to the Democratic Republic of Congo and gather a random assortment of bonobo monkeys, and they would do a better job empathizing with and managing their staff in the Tokyo branches of this company. There is constant staff turmoil and turnover and you will get no support when you’re told as you’re walking in the door that you need to have extra kids in your class because the management team refuses to hire an adequate amount of staff to cover the needs of legal student to teacher ratios. You can have students in your class with special needs and it will be entirely your responsibility to manage that, again with no support, despite you not being a special ed teacher. A/C machines will be broken for months in the middle of summer to the point where classrooms reach 30+ C and childrens faces turn red and you will be patronized for reporting it. A teacher had a life threatening health incident and they taped up a tarp to the staff bathroom and made her stay in there for 3+ hours as she was bleeding profusely so they could call her family to pick her up in a taxi from a town over. Because an ambulance could, under no circumstances, be seen at the school. If you’re not Japanese and have no family in the country you would probably die if you experienced something similar due to the company threatening staff from calling an ambulance for its image alone. You do not matter to these people. You are disposable. My mental health sky rocketed the day I left Kinder Kids after spending years being belittled by people that can never do what the teaching staff does on a day to day basis. The environment is toxic in Tokyo and the turn over rate is embarrassing. Don’t be naive like me and get attached to the kids, nothing about you as a person matters to this company and they will make that clear. Favoritism is does happen but the main culprits of the toxicity are the management of the Tokyo region. You will get next to 0 class prep time but be expected to produce hand crafted curricula for both your class time and the day care shifts that nobody tells you about until you’ve signed your contract after landing in a foreign country. Hours are 9am-6pm with a forced 1 hour unpaid break. But you will be pressured and gaslit into hours of unpaid overtime. And they take no consideration into class partnerships. You can have a great, supportive partner that is in the same mental space of suffering as you, or you could be paired up with an opposite personality that is not good for either of you and causes extra tension than what is already caused by management. If you want to live in Japan you’re better off doing JET or the American school. I spent my time in japan miserable because of this toxic company that did nothing for me as a person. I was the same person the first day as the last day, with a dose of severe stress and depression added into the mix.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing co-workers, too much work

      Jun 2, 2019 - Preschool Teacher in Kōbe, Hyogo
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      Pros

      You work with some amazing teachers, get to hang out with cute kids, have a little bit of freedom with schedule.

      Cons

      Too much work - it seemed like every year they'd add more work, to the point where it was nearly impossible to finish without (unpaid) overtime. So much pressure on the teachers.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Company to work for if you are serious about teaching!

      Jul 19, 2014 - Teacher in Hirakata, Osaka
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      Pros

      The pay is at, or in some cases (depending on your experience) above the market average for International school teaching. Its a really wonderful thing to have your own classroom, to really be apart of helping children grow into these funny, smart bilingual people. Its challenging, fast-paced, and immensely rewarding. This is not a company that provides a relaxed cushy job, where you can coast through- spending every night out in a bar or club living a party lifestyle. You can work at an Ekaiwa if that is what you want... But if you want to be a real teacher, and you aren't certified to teach in your home country- this is a great workplace. The company is also very supportive and will hear your concerns with care and empathy. The Management will also really listen to you if you want to change to a different school or have a different teaching partner. They are invested in their teachers and want them to stay. Teachers are overall treated very well. If you are serious about teaching, this is the place for you.

      Cons

      If you teach the Kinder levels, you will never be given enough prep time to meet your duties within the working hours of 9-6PM. This is because in addition to teaching your class- you are also a daycare teacher (which also requires prep time). As a Nursery or Toddler teacher, it is almost possible to complete most of your prep within the the allotted time (depending on the school). But don't be surprised if you find yourself working during your lunch break. If you are partnered up with a JT that gets along with you- you will have a great year. If not- well, try not to get too upset, and do the best you can, until it comes time to talk to management about the following school year. Japanese schooling used to be very strict in terms of overall manners and eating policies. Kinder Kids has a very progressive policy in these arenas, but some of the JTs are still very old school. They break company policy shamelessly when it comes to lunch and behavioral management procedures. Its a very grey area, and I found it very uncomfortable to be in the middle. Most of the kids attending the schools are very wealthy and the parents have high expectations for the children's performances during school events and their crafts/school work. It will fall on you to make sure these expectations are met (even if they are against company policy), and the Japanese side of your school will be very angry with you if you don't meet their cultural expectations. Which may mean lots of unpaid overtime- or making crafts that are more your creation than your children's.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Overworked, adequately-paid, and stressed-out.

      Jan 14, 2014 - Teacher in Sakai, Osaka
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Management cares. They boost your monthly salary up 10,000Yen every year.

      Cons

      Have to create everything from scratch, meaning lots of unpaid overtime. Work everyday from 9-6, then usually an hour or two overtime.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A bit depressing.

      Jul 26, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Easy to take time off. Great kids Many Locations Easy to get hired It did feel nice to be in a big company. Kind of a secured feeling.

      Cons

      This job will take over your life. Being a substitute teacher was kind of awful. They would send us to schools that would maybe be a two hour commute from my apartment. Doesn't matter how far away you are, if you are scheduled then you gotta go. You never really got a chance to connect with any of the kids because you'd be shipped from one school to the next. The kids would sometimes recognize you, but at best you'd be looked at as a "playmate". In my experience as a substitute teacher, you never actually get to "teach" a class. I would be scheduled as the class teacher, but usually the partner teacher would take over. Honestly it felt like I was disposable. Just a stand in play partner for the kids and someone to mop the floor. The management wasn't horrible but I was frustrated with them. There would be major lack of communication from them when I needed to ask something. Also to note, sometimes there would be holiday events for the staff. All of the class teachers would get invitations to them via email, yet us substitute teachers were "somehow" left out of those mass email invites. Like I said in my earlier notes, I felt very disposable. Also to note, the job takes over your life. Our shifts are supposed to be from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Yet I would see teachers stay after hours to create lesson plans. They would stay at the school (with unpaid overtime) to work on lesson plans they had no time to work on during the day. I met a teacher that came in on his day off to work on his lessons because he was tired of coming back home so late during the week. Everyone is in a constant rush during the school. You have to be because your working with babies and young children. But by the end of the day, you just want to pass out. Thats what the life is. Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, sleep. That was the routine for most of the employees at the company. It wasn't a horrible job. It was just exhausting and for me personally, a bit depressing.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good for experience, bad for work life balance.

      Jun 25, 2016 - Kindergarten Teacher in Sakai, Osaka
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      Pros

      Good training, support, salary ok. After teaching here, you can teach anywhere. They give you lots of feedback and resources if you're a new teacher. Nursery and toddler are less glamorous than kinder, but they work less overtime.

      Cons

      Demanding parents, tons of unpaid overtime, very Japanese in company management, rude Japanese teachers. Very strict place to work. They won't support you if your partner is doing something wrong. It's hard to find English speaking preschool teachers.

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