Westgate Reviews

Updated Dec 10, 2020

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2.9
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Pros
  • "Lesson plans are provided, although these are generally quite limited in their appeal and require lots of tweaking(in 7 reviews)

  • "They take care of opening a bank account for you, dealing with the registration process and get an apartment for you(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "I had pretty good luck but some people had long commutes(in 8 reviews)

  • "I lived in Saitama but worked in Tokyo(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Workplace"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Westgate part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great managers and work place. Great environment

    Cons

    No cons at this time

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Gna"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gna 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The residents are fun to work with

    Cons

    The staff sometimes sucks

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  3. "TSA"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TSA in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, treat you like family l.

    Cons

    None at all the best place

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  4. "Advancement"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Kodak, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They recognize talent and balance work with home

    Cons

    Pay isn't all that great

  5. Helpful (9)

    "Don't do it"

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

    I worked at Westgate

    Pros

    The only good thing is your schedule since they work with you.

    Cons

    Management are unprofessional you will never move up in the company.

  6. Helpful (9)

    "Sad"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Westgate

    Pros

    Good enough to get some experience for short time

    Cons

    Extremely low pay benefits expensive not kind to employees

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "An acceptable start"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many things are organized for you so you don't have to worry about not knowing Japanese when you first arrive. They take care of opening a bank account for you, dealing with the registration process and get an apartment for you. The staff that work in the office are nice and polite when you arrive, but beyond that you don't see them again. This is an easy to way to get started in Japan.

    Cons

    The apartment they give you costs a little more than 80,000 yen. When you check the local ads, you can see that the general expected rent for your area is way under that. We're talking about a 30,000 yen difference. The staff from Westgate never mention or engage in any discussion about this. I lived in Saitama but worked in Tokyo. There is also no support available apart from a weekly curriculum meeting, and that's if your coordinator actually makes it to the meeting. Don't get me wrong, it's nice not to be micromanaged, but sometimes you have some requirements or classroom difficulties that it's hard to discuss when nobody is around. You should also not expect to get a pay rise of you renew your contract more than once. They give you a 5,000 yen rise for the second contract, but it ends there. I've talked to people that have worked for more than five semesters and they're still being paid the same. That seems very unfair given that the Japanese staff in the office/HR can expect regular pay rises. It's sad to see that foreign teachers are treated just as disposable commodities.

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  8. "Good company, good experience, average pay, low trust"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, University, ESL 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Westgate full-time

    Pros

    Great students, good colleagues, decent material, decent pay

    Cons

    little freedom in interacting with the students, not much progression, part time pay is pretty annoying.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not good"

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get a free ticket to Japan. They give you an apartment but you don't get to pick your roommates. I had a roommate that was Narcotics Anonymous member and it was hard to live with.

    Cons

    They keep your ticket and can withhold your return flight if it doesn't work out with you. Also, they give you lessons plans and you have to spend your own time planning lessons and buying material (like all teachers) but you have to make sure you cover what they want you to cover. They have someone sit in and watch you teach from time to time. You have to stay on campus and we weren't even allowed to leave campus until the students started leaving so we didn't look to anxious to get off work. We worked amongst other Westgate teachers at the assigned school and we pretty much stayed within our group. We got paid the once a month salary but the rent (and any other charges) was deducted before we even saw it. The money barely last from payday to payday because Japan is so expensive. It's just employment, but not even gainful. If you do it, Westgate does have a 6-month version, that would be my best suggestion. At least you don't feel trapped for an entire year.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Parasitical 3rd Party Contractor-Westgate"

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

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

    Pros

    The only "pro" is if one has some impulse or need to be in Japan.

    Cons

    1) low wages (one cannot save money) 2) charged inflated rental charges that are a financial kickback for WG, 3) possible exhaustive long commutes, 4) imprisoned on campus all day, not allowed to leave thus on duty at all times, 5) isloated on the job from Japenses colleagues,

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