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NOVA (Japan) Reviews

Updated Aug 29, 2019

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Pros
  • "The actual teaching is a relatively easy job to do(in 6 reviews)

  • "Great chance to see the country and meet interesting people(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "And also the Japanese staff are treated like slaves they work easily 60(in 8 reviews)

  • "No health insurance or pension paid as a contract employee(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (21)

    "G.Taste Nova"

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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan)

    Pros

    Salaried position. High salary for Eikaiwa job, about 30,000 USD depending on a 1:100 exchange rate. Intensive training for adult classes: cover theory in one day, then application over 2 days where you have an experienced teacher give you tips. The lessons and everything are given to you. It's all actually easy to get into the flow. Employees, even trainers, are every open and honest in my experience, you could... tell when they had to say something was company policy because they made it clear that was the rule.

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    Cons

    Kinds training is about 5 times more than adult lesson training and has a ton of prep material, plus is a hectic room, so no hands on training is not good. The work is intensive and you are under a tight 10 minute to wrap up a lesson, change material, log notes, open up next student info, plan a lesson they aren't doing that day, and get to the room whilst doing any lobby service/talking if needed. Plus no snacking... time, little chance to use toilets, shorter than average lunch break (prob 40 minutes here depending on class prep time you want) or get water make for a very draining day if you need those. This can be very exhausting work and will probably drain you more than you expect which is a hurdle at the beginning as a constant thereafter. And yes class prep time is needed because the students will review you and if you do good you get a bonus, if you do bad you're probably not going to hear about it (branch staff must tell you) or if you do it will be without constructive criticism.

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    Advice to Management

    Allow more leniency if someone gets sick. Provide break rooms for staff to eat or drink so they don't have to in front of students which looks bad. Little things like those will improve morale.

    NOVA (Japan)2015-07-22
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Treated me well"

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    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Help with housing -Classes are fairly easy to teach -Some students are lots of fun to talk to

    Cons

    -Little time to prepare for classes -Kinder classes are basically babysitting

    NOVA (Japan)2019-07-24
  3. Helpful (2)

    "It all depends on where you are"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with nice people, some of the students are great, and an overall easy job.

    Cons

    The company itself is very shady and doesn't provide health benefits to its teachers.

    NOVA (Japan)2019-07-08
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worked at NOVA for 3 years"

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    Former Employee - Instructor 
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful students Kind staff and fellow teachers Easy and fun work if you enjoy conversation Nice way to live in Japan

    Cons

    Children can be troublesome Little room for advancement/pay increase No benefits besides paid travel expenses

    NOVA (Japan)2019-06-05
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Opportunity"

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    I worked at NOVA (Japan)

    Pros

    Great chance to see the country and meet interesting people. Pleasant students.

    Cons

    Long days. One to one lessons with lower level students can be tough.

    Advice to Management

    Allow teachers to relax by refraining from excess criticism.

    NOVA (Japan)2017-12-22
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Gateway to Japan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time

    Pros

    Get to meet interesting students. Gives you a working visa.

    Cons

    It's affectionately known as the McDonald's of English Schools.

    NOVA (Japan)2017-10-05
  7. Helpful (5)

    "NOVA"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Alexandria, VA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its great place to work.

    Cons

    hard to move up in the college

    Advice to Management

    look out for lower level first

    NOVA (Japan)2012-10-22
  8. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get to meet interesting students, visa sponsorship, textbooks are easy to get used to

    Cons

    Feedback from some managers is unhelpful, no company health insurance, salary can often be lower than similar positions at other companies

    Advice to Management

    Try to support employees more with feedback and advice

    NOVA (Japan)2019-08-29
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Teach English in Japan!"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Umeda, Osaka
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get out of it what you put into it. It’s as simple as that. Just follow the rules. The interview process was simple and stress-free. The lessons are fairly simple to teach. Training was useful.

    Cons

    No benefits like regular Japanese workers. Shift patterns won’t suit everyone.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback at the start would have been nice.

    NOVA (Japan)2019-06-26
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not as bad as I'd heard"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Sakai, Osaka
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Individual managers make the difference I think. Company has many long running students and most branches are nice to work in (ie. fairly new, colleagues, close to train stations). I made some great friends with the other teachers. Working evenings and having mornings off was nice.

    Cons

    It's mostly the culture shock of working in a Japanese company which is quite different to a western company.

    NOVA (Japan)2019-06-26
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