AEON

Overview

The AEON Corporation in Japan has several hundred schools covering all 47 prefectures. There are “A” schools, which cater to adults only, and “B” schools, for adults and children. AEON Amity is an independent company for children.

AEON has been touted as the most corporate of the “Big Four” eikaiwa (NOVA, AEON, GEOS, ECC), and with good reason. Take a look at my final observations of the company, written in July 2007. Some of the insurance and pension information is dated, but the classes and general policies are the same.

Pros/Cons

  • Pros
    • Good job training: Japanese classes, help with kids, etc.
    • Stable company to start your Japanese experience
    • Set up in decent private apartment
    • Reliable network of nearby teachers most of the time
    • End of contract bonus
    • Convenient interview locations
  • Cons
    • Far too corporate: focus more on the numbers than the students
    • Strict on behavior, especially socializing with students (in my experience, anyway)
    • Off-the-books duties trainers don’t tell you about all the time: cleaning, soliciting students on campus, coming in on days off…
    • Your experience is completely dependent on the branch manager; if he or she is decent, then you’ll have a great time because of it. If not, well, you imagine the results.

Recommended Reading

The Truth About AEON: Part I
I can honestly say my experience in Japan and at AEON has been, for the most part, a positive experience. I came over here with a few misconceptions. My research being limited to a handful of personal blogs and backlog from the Nintendo era and bubble economy days of the 1980’s, you could argue I wasn’t the most knowledgeable individual… read more

The Truth About AEON: Part II
Like any private business, AEON has a certain obligation to maintain sales goals, recruit new clientele, and focus only on the yen at times. This is entirely understandable. I repeat: I understand AEON’s need to be concerned with money; they have to have enough to pay employees, print new materials, cover the utilities, and recruit new members… read more

The Truth About AEON: Part III
Often times, as was the case at my branch, the manager was completely unfamiliar with the contract signed by foreign staff. When I persisted in certain actions that I knew were allowed according to my contract, the manager always had to call headquarters in the end and be put in her place… they pointed out that “yes, he is right according to the contract… read more

The Truth About AEON: Part IV
Naturally, I had many questions at the information session and in the days following my official acceptance into AEON. After all, Japan was an unknown to me: a new world, with trials and tribulations. Who knows what life will hold for me in the land of the rising sun? The recruiter was helpful with most of these concerns, but you should benefit from my experience as well – here are some of my first questions about Japan… read more

The Truth About AEON: Part V
This entry covers the experience that caused the beginning of the end of a pleasant work environment for me at AEON. No, I didn’t steal anything, insult anyone, or commit a fatal cultural error. I blogged about a business meeting… read more

The Truth About AEON: Part VI
This was originally prompted by a desire to get out into the world and experience something entirely different; to break away from what was familiar and comfortable; to suffer, and learn through suffering. Adventure. Culture. Language. Food… heh. Truth be told, I was not a big fan of fish before coming into the country… read more

The Truth About AEON: Part VII
You’ve heard about the good, the bad, and the ugly. You’ve seen what can go wrong, what will go wrong. And hopefully by now, you know a little more about Japan and AEON than when you first came upon my blog. So what will you do… read more

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