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  1. Utile (2)

    « Keeps couples together, City living and SO much Free Time »

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    Ancien employé - Native English Teacher - Yokohama, Préfecture de Kanagawa (Japon)
    Ancien employé - Native English Teacher - Yokohama, Préfecture de Kanagawa (Japon)
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    Point de vue neutre

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    So I chose ECC for 3 main reasons:
    - to stay as a couple and live with my partner
    - to live in a city (preferably Tokyo)
    - to have lots of holiday and not feel like the job would take over my life

    When I went to the interview, I was very specific that my boyfriend and I wanted to live together. If you are adamant about it, and willing to wait, then ECC won't split you up. We also were very specific about wanting to be in Kanto (Tokyo) and wanted our own apartment (not shared accom.) Eventually the time came, and we got all our 3 wishes. Honestly, if you're fussy like we were, you just have to be very specific about what you want. And be prepared to wait. (We waited 6 months.) It's better to wait until they can provide for you, than settle for something that you're not happy with, and then you end up having a miserable time, quitting early, and it overshadowing your Japan experience.

    Compared to the job I had before and after Japan, I have never had so much holiday. With almost 7 weeks of holiday, 5 flexi days (to take whenever) + the odd few national holidays, I felt like the job never took over my life because I had SO much free time. I didn't have consecutive days off, so I never felt tired and never had that Monday morning feeling. Which was an advantage and disadvantage at the same time. I also only worked 6 hours a day (old contract sorry guys.) During the week I started at 3pm, so I had the entire morning to do stuff, and on weekends, I finished at 4pm, so I had the whole late afternoon/evening to do stuff. I think if you were wise with your time, and you weren't lazy, you could do SO much. This meant that I had a lot of time to socialise with friends, keep my illustration/sewing hobbies up, go to the gym and generally chill out!

    So I was on the old contract, so the 6 hour days were a dream. There were classes that I LOVED, and there were classes that were a bit tough to handle. But with the schedule, it's likely that that class would be over in an hour. Teaching the really little children were my favourite. If you like babies and toddlers, it's such a rewarding experience. Then when they get a little older it can become a bit more of a challenge, but ECC teaches you techniques that can help you manage your class. Comparing these ECC kids to school kids the same age in my own country, wow... the ECC kids are angels. The adult classes were also pretty good. Most of my schedules started with kids classes, and ended with adult classes, so I always got a good mix.

    As an added bonus, I was fortunate enough to be able to utilise my previous job's skills as a Graphic Designer, and help ECC out with their contributor programme. This meant that a few times a week (if there was no subbing needed) I would go to HQ and help with internal Graphic Design/ Social Media projects. Not only was it great to be useful to the company, but this honestly made me feel much more invested in the company and allowed me to see the difficulties HR go through with training/drop outs/re-hiring/sub duty/keeping employees happy....etc.
    I wish there was more opportunity for more employees to get involved in this programme, but it all depended on how many people quit mid-contract. As soon as people quit, the sub duty people then have to take over their shifts, and so contributor list would get smaller.
    Also, sub duty really wasn't that bad. You get to be the fun interesting teacher that comes in just for the day!

    All in all, I had a positive experience. Japan is such a cool place to live. You never run out of things to do in Tokyo. I used my free time well, continued my hobbies and travelled A LOT; in Japan, New Zealand, Vietnam, America (for Christmas)

    Just be specific on what you want. Be prepared to wait to get it. And use your free time wisely... don't get comfortable and lazy!

    Inconvénients

    - When starting, its likely you won't have consecutive days off. But it depends how you think of it. You'll never be exhausted... but also you can't take 2 day trips.

    - You might get placed in a school a little remote, possibly with you being the only Native-English teacher. Its not that bad. Even if you were in a school with lots of teachers, with those busy schedules you won't have time to talk anyway!

    - Apartments that you are placed in to start with will not live up to the standard you expect. 2 of us were in a tiny box apartment very far away from the centre of Tokyo, but we got used to it, and learned to love it! We stayed there for 1 1/2 years.

    Conseils à la direction

    - Help is needed for the high school lessons... they're painful for the students as well as us!

    - Hire more people so there are more subs in general, and then maybe more people could get involved with the contributor programme and feel more involved/invested in the company.


  2. « No hassle teaching position with free time »

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    Ancien employé - English Teacher - Tokyo (Japon)
    Ancien employé - English Teacher - Tokyo (Japon)

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    - adequate pay
    - Lots of free time and vacation to explore japan
    - The teaching job is really low stress (no boss breathing down your neck)

    Inconvénients

    - its a mixed pro and con. When you move to japan the company sorts out housing for you. This saves you a huge hassle. The downside is that the accommodation is usually quite small and not in a great location. A lot of people move after they get settled. I don't think it can really be improved just something to be aware of.
    - Limited upward mobility
    - You only have a minimal say in where you work and what your days off are. Its not great but you can get used to it.

  3. Utile (1)

    « Media Coordinator »

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    Ancien employé - English Instructor - Sakai, Osaka (Japon)
    Ancien employé - English Instructor - Sakai, Osaka (Japon)
    Recommande
    Point de vue négatif

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Pendant plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    Decent working hours, good salary for amount of work.

    Inconvénients

    More difficult than some companies to progress.

    Conseils à la direction

    Keep up the good communication between managers and staff


  4. « Structured job, not much room for creativity »

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    Ancien employé - English Teacher - Fukushima, Gumma (Japon)
    Ancien employé - English Teacher - Fukushima, Gumma (Japon)
    Recommande
    Point de vue neutre

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    Stability, generous vacation days and helpful staff

    Inconvénients

    lessons are rather mechanical, students barely learn any useful English.

    Conseils à la direction

    Great fundamentals, but there should be more flexibility to allow teacher creativity into lessons.


  5. « ECC »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - Sakai, Osaka (Japon)
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme - Sakai, Osaka (Japon)

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan à temps partiel (Moins d'un an)

    Avantages

    pays each month on time

    Inconvénients

    does not pay paid holidays as per Japanese labour laws

    Conseils à la direction

    pay paid holidays as per Japanese labour laws


  6. Utile (1)

    « Good place to work, but seemingly a fast-changing industry »

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    Ancien employé - English Teacher - Tokyo (Japon)
    Ancien employé - English Teacher - Tokyo (Japon)
    Recommande
    Point de vue neutre

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    I had a great experience at ECC, it's an easy place to work with good training and good hours/holidays, as well as having a pretty solid support/management structure

    Inconvénients

    Spent a long time working by myself which can be boring at times - but this depends on your school placement.
    The newer contract hours/ break system seems to be disadvantageous but I can't accurately comment as I was on a 30 hour contract

    Conseils à la direction

    Management seem to be pretty open to taking comments and advice from employees, I would just recommend they be as transparent as possible


  7. « Native Instructor »

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    Ancien employé - Native Instructor - Nagoya-shi (Japon)
    Ancien employé - Native Instructor - Nagoya-shi (Japon)
    Recommande
    Point de vue positif

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Moins d'un an)

    Avantages

    Good work schedule, friendly colleagues, great adventure.

    Inconvénients

    Travel time can be a bit much.

  8. Utile (1)

    « Great if you love kids »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent

    Avantages

    Friendly people
    Flight reimbursement
    Adult students are nice
    Decent paid holiday time
    They will get you set up in Japan

    Inconvénients

    Terrible schedule. No weekends off, and most likely not even consecutive days off. If you enjoy waking up early on a Sunday to teach kids for 4 hours straight then you might love this job. Very difficult to have a social life outside of ECC coworkers due to this schedule.

    Staff always seem stressed, usually too busy to chat with if there is any downtime. The industry as whole seems to be heading downhill, causing more stress for everyone.

    If there is any downtime you will always be required to do some mind-numbing task such as stuffing tissues or folding paper for possibly hours on end if it's a slow day.

    Conseils à la direction

    Get rid of menial tasks such as stuffing tissues and give teachers something a little more stimulating to do, or a little more freedom.

    Create quality new class concepts/teaching styles rather than mass-advertising and hoping students will come.


  9. Utile (4)

    « Good place to start in Japan, but only for the first year or two. »

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    Ancien employé - TEACHING STAFF
    Ancien employé - TEACHING STAFF
    Recommande
    Point de vue neutre

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    - Comparatively high salary
    - Flight Stipend (about $700) and bonus ($1000)
    - Great vacation time. About 5 or 6 weeks total.
    - Pretty good training
    - The adult students are nice and really want to meet foreign people. I have never seen one act badly towards a teacher. Kids are kids.
    - The biggest positive is that they aren't a horrible company. This industry is full of horrible "blacklist" companies, and ECC is generally fair and decent in comparison. For example, you don't have to work any unpaid overtime and you will always be paid on time. Sadly these things are not a given in this industry.

    Inconvénients

    - New contract introduced in 2017 is worst than the old one in just about every way. This was mainly a con for people starting just after the change, but might not be such a big deal to new people in a few years.
    - "Make up" work days for national holidays. Expect around a weeks worth of these extra work days.
    - Schedules vary, but you can expect to be in a fairly high stress environment. Your days may be packed to the brim with classes, with only 10-15 minutes between them. This can be up to 4-5 kids classes in a single day.
    - Commutes can vary from great (under 40 minutes) to horrible (1 hour, 15 minutes+) completely dependant on luck and HR favour.
    - People have different experiences with Japanese staff. Some can be very nice and accommodating. Others can be domineering and cold. I found many of them to be bossy towards me, even though they are not your boss on any level. Your manager is the school director, not the staff.
    - If you have free time, expect tons of pointless busywork like stuffing tissues and folding flyers.
    - Almost zero career opportunities. It's really a 1-3 year gig. They don't want you around for longer than that.

    Conseils à la direction

    The package you offer isn't bad. Don't say we have 7 weeks vacation when we have 5 or 6 weeks. 5 or 6 weeks is still good. Get rid of the "make up" work days.


  10. Utile (3)

    « Be careful of hidden facts »

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    Ancien employé - TEACHING STAFF - Yokohama, Préfecture de Kanagawa (Japon)
    Ancien employé - TEACHING STAFF - Yokohama, Préfecture de Kanagawa (Japon)
    Ne recommande pas
    Point de vue neutre

    J'ai travaillé chez ECC Japan en Contrat Permanent (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    -Apparently the most decent wage and time off package
    -2 weeks of training
    -The new contract allows for remaining at the same school full-time, which means that you can form strong relationships with staff and students
    -They deal with all of your tax and insurance stuff for you
    -HR people were nice enough, but obviously had way too much pressure from their bosses, meaning a very unorganised system
    -You can meet some really lovely teachers from all over the world
    -Some students are great, and teaching kids can be fun if you lean into it
    -You don't have to sell anything, only teach

    Inconvénients

    Settle in folks, this might get long:
    -Lack of transparency about which contract I was being hired for (contract threatened if i didn't accept the new contract, after initially being told it was the original contract I was receiving) very dodgy.
    -The new contract (35 hours) is actually 40 hours (including unpaid break). Factor in transport (some friends travelled an hour to work), more like 45-50 hours working a week
    -The new contract is pointless and is a money making scheme for ECC, and people working 10 hours less than you per week get paid essentially the same monthly wage
    -Extremely ridiculous fear tactics and HR/trainers watching like hawks in training, threatening your contract (which is given after training) literally every day.
    -The fear tactics do not stop when you sign a contract
    -No sick leave (nothing new for Japan), but very suspicious and intrusive when calling in sick
    -Teachers on the (new) 35 hour contract do not do enough to warrant being there for so many hours a day- so many tasks were pointless and 'time fillers'
    -You will get two days off completely separately in the week. For example: due to last train at midnight, if your day off was Tuesday, you cannot use Monday night at all (finishing at 10pm). If your day off is Friday, there is no Thursday night due to 10pm finish, and work starts at 10am Saturday. You will have no time to do anything and you will be tired.
    -ECC is a mess, I don't really know how else to put it. If you want a job you can leave behind when you leave work, and then go enjoy life in Japan- THIS IS NOT IT. On the new contract you will be tired, stressed and fed up by their lack of organisation. Don't let the glamor and allure of living in Japan convince you to take this job. Feel free to use them to get the visa (who knows maybe you'll actually enjoy it?) and then quit, or I strongly suggest going to an ALT job or the JET program.
    -There were also hidden 6/7 day work weeks (about 4 or 5 in a year) which popped up after contracts had already been signed
    -Contracts were available to be read over for about 5 minutes before the end of the day, without the ability to take them home and consider their contents.

    Conseils à la direction

    PLEASE consider the fact that most of your solutions are short term. Think long term; you actually plan for a high turn over of teachers. Anybody can see that economically it makes more sense to put care and value into your current teachers so that they may remain happy and continue to become more profitable through experience and stronger student relationships. For the same reasons, I don't suggest you move teachers and staff to a different school every year. If it's because everybody body gets sick of each other by the end, i suggest a more thorough screening process for Japanese staff and a closer study of compatible personalities in schools. Then take it on a person by person basis if people are unhappy. It takes time in the beginning but will SAVE YOU MONEY. I repeat: think long term. Literally take one business class. It should be pretty clear by now that intimidation and bullying aren't working for you, and you're losing a lot of staff and money. Why not try something different?


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