tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post5721986162612617617..comments2014-08-22T07:10:39.960-05:00Comments on Keeping Pace in Japan: The Truth About AEON: Part IIITurnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comBlogger22125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-91928555379882922582010-08-20T03:41:44.737-05:002010-08-20T03:41:44.737-05:00The manager was probably covering for the branch. ...The manager was probably covering for the branch. I&#39;ve heard of one guy who fooled around with 3 students and got caught, so they all got together and complained to Aeon Honsha. When I was there, my manager never made a big deal.Dionhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06979553545633614804noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-8479567762946679922009-06-23T10:15:09.344-05:002009-06-23T10:15:09.344-05:00I didn&#39;t mean to attack you personally. I apol...I didn&#39;t mean to attack you personally. I apologize if I have offended you. <br /><br />I am not trying to pose myself as any kind of expert, on Japan or AEON. I give you an abundance more credit for that. But, my real intentions in coming to this country were to only stay a year and to make the most of my work life, personal life and travels. I don&#39;t want to just be a tourist in every katnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-72900180089651003132009-06-22T11:55:01.669-05:002009-06-22T11:55:01.669-05:00Sarcasm isn&#39;t necessary, Kat. In fact, it doe...<b>Sarcasm isn&#39;t necessary, Kat. In fact, it doesn&#39;t exactly put your arguments in better light. I posted these entries two years ago, a mere month after my experience at AEON had ended. <br /><br />You argue that these events aren&#39;t the truth; unfortunately, all my experience speaking to AEON teachers across Japan (from Hokkaido to Kyushu, not just western Honshu), and searching Turnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-9584563176657422532009-06-22T02:50:39.463-05:002009-06-22T02:50:39.463-05:00I posted anonymously before because I don&#39;t ha...I posted anonymously before because I don&#39;t have a blogger account, so I wasn&#39;t sure what difference it would make, but I guess you are offended by the namelessness of my post, so here I am again as kat. <br /><br />I love how you claim you are &quot;over it&quot;. What are you doing now? How long ago did you work at AEON? You still feel so compelled by the problematic experience you had,katnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-72278472032396908192009-06-04T11:28:44.398-05:002009-06-04T11:28:44.398-05:00Again, why post anonymously? But to address your ...<b>Again, why post anonymously? But to address your points...<br /><br />I don&#39;t know why you&#39;re telling me to &quot;get over it&quot;... I believe I did, and that&#39;s why I&#39;m writing these entries telling others to be mindful of what to expect; did you even read part VII?<br /><br />Sadly, I think you&#39;re buying into the &quot;like a guest&quot; mentality in working at AEON, inTurnerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-47824699106796609112009-06-04T10:44:14.224-05:002009-06-04T10:44:14.224-05:00I read your 7-part series before leaving for Japan...I read your 7-part series before leaving for Japan to work for AEON and now I am re-reading again out of curiosity to see if my experience has at all matched yours...<br /><br />I think in terms of legalities, you are completely entitled to cling to the words of your contract and state disparities between what was written and what was enacted. However, in true corporate fashion, I am quickly Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-41204395919007370502009-02-25T09:49:00.000-06:002009-02-25T09:49:00.000-06:00Hi,Thank you for making this series of posts, it's...Hi,<BR/>Thank you for making this series of posts, it's nice to hear it from someone who had worked with AEON.<BR/><BR/>I was recently hired by AEON (still haven't left for Japan yet, though, waiting for graduation and then my VISA) but I just wanted to comment that AEON's policies on work hours have changed. Work week hours are now 36hr/week (I believe...36 or 37) with maximum teaching hours Mengya Linoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-76453971249483796492008-11-22T11:43:00.000-06:002008-11-22T11:43:00.000-06:00Unbelievable what happened to Sienna! (But of cour...Unbelievable what happened to Sienna! (But of course, being a gaijin, you must've been caning it, you irresponsible slacker ;))Hope you were okay, girl, and I hope you broke your manager's balls.<BR/><BR/>What I find really quite strange about this is that practically all the Japanese teachers asked me if I fancied any of the men who came to class. When I said well, they're my students, how can IAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-24377850887496401512008-07-25T20:22:00.000-05:002008-07-25T20:22:00.000-05:00Hey!Am really impressed with your in depth observa...Hey!<BR/><BR/>Am really impressed with your in depth observations. I worked for Aeon from Oct 07 to Mar 08 and I had to break my contract to save my mental health! When I started with Aeon we were required to work 37.5 hours and we had to sign up to the national health insurance (I think it was 20,000 Yen a month) and the pension (maybe 7,500 Yen a month) - the rent we were told would be a Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-69080954985335925042008-01-20T02:03:00.000-06:002008-01-20T02:03:00.000-06:00I can only imagine what it's like having a serious...<B>I can only imagine what it's like having a serious injury during your contract. Luckily my current company has a decent health care plan, but I'm sorry you had to go through that.</B>ターナーhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-46554056359466193452008-01-17T17:38:00.000-06:002008-01-17T17:38:00.000-06:00I was told originally that I wasn't allowed to lea...I was told originally that I wasn't allowed to leave work even during my break time (unpaid work hours), or that I had to wait for other foreign teachers to come back from their break time so that I could take mine. This sparked a huge argument with my manager in which I said, "I don't tell you what to do when you're not getting paid so don't do the same to me." He just said, "Thank you very Siennanoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-1753486998353353452007-07-12T10:37:00.000-05:002007-07-12T10:37:00.000-05:00Is the last quote from AEON's recruiting material ...Is the last quote from AEON's recruiting material or something? I don't believe I've ever seen it.<BR/><BR/>As far as speaking Japanese, the cleaning thing, leaving the school during your breaks and what have you, that is completely different from what my experience has been. Especially for very low level classes (Line Up, Voyage), I often explain grammatical sticking points in Japanese, answer Butternoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-49523667048050435672007-07-11T05:55:00.000-05:002007-07-11T05:55:00.000-05:00Wow, this really does sound different from my expe...Wow, this really does sound different from my experience. I wonder how much is a reflection of change in AEON-wide policy and how much is just a reflection of branch policy at the time.<BR/><BR/>A crying shame you were ratted out by a fellow teacher (sounds like the kind of nonsense I endured at NOVA, before I got out of eikaiwa entirely). The bit about the cleaning is a bit of a shock, but Jhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01354615687776497988noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-67295240910041427152007-07-09T18:15:00.000-05:002007-07-09T18:15:00.000-05:00J,I was talking privately with the female student,...<B>J,<BR/><BR/>I was talking privately with the female student, but inviting her to a group outing; the other teacher had no right to eavesdrop on our conversation and then rat me out to management.<BR/><BR/>Headquarters disagreed with my branch about the cleaning duties, but I was constantly told to do them after class after the last student had left (sometimes starting at 9:30). They would ターナーhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-1035337016986739432007-07-09T04:51:00.000-05:002007-07-09T04:51:00.000-05:00"Going out with students is ok, but you can't ask ..."Going out with students is ok, but you can't ask them in the lobby, or in front of other teachers..."<BR/><BR/>Would this have been a one-one-one get-together with this female student? Maybe that's where they decided to step in. I was openly asked to socialize with students, male and female, out in the lobby. (Sometimes a whole group of us would go out together.) But I don't think I ever went Jhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01354615687776497988noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-9649629907088210962007-07-05T06:57:00.000-05:002007-07-05T06:57:00.000-05:00On janitorial duties: During follow-up training my...On janitorial duties: During follow-up training my group was told that being expected to clean the Japanese workplace was something that was identical to what you would find in Western businesses. No one said a thing, including me. You didn't want to be the one singled out for a "meeting" for upsetting the 'smile and nod' atmosphere.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-78865414282950773302007-07-04T18:08:00.000-05:002007-07-04T18:08:00.000-05:00Rob,I thought of that myself, but despite that com...<B>Rob,<BR/>I thought of that myself, but despite that comment by the manager, the only person who witnessed the exchange was another teacher who chose to rat me out. If she had properly eavesdropped, she might have heard I just suggested karaoke.</B>ターナーhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-12792630423728671802007-07-04T13:36:00.000-05:002007-07-04T13:36:00.000-05:00I had an almost identical experience to this with ...I had an almost identical experience to this with AEON. Thank you for sitting down and putting it all out there for people to see. There are definitely positives, and a lot depends on the staff at your branch, but the negatives can be just mind-blowing at times due to how the situation is presented during the interview / training phase. I definitely spent 50 hours a week in that school. I hadbnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-42308006171782550062007-07-04T07:58:00.000-05:002007-07-04T07:58:00.000-05:00In Japanese business, contracts are seen as a "sta...In Japanese business, contracts are seen as a "starting point" and not something to be strictly adhered to. One of the reasons you alienated people when you insisted they comply with the terms of your contract was that the Japanese frequently do not expect to work only in accord with what is stipulated in the contract.<BR/><BR/>However, it is absolutely absurd to recruit foreign employees knowingSharihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17419851636570519145noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-50458522754213193302007-07-04T03:51:00.000-05:002007-07-04T03:51:00.000-05:00"I can only conclude that management must not have..."I can only conclude that management must not have liked the idea of me spending time with a female student, even in a group scenario. That's the kind of mentality we see in Gaijin Ura Hanzai File – the innocent Japanese girl being corrupted by the dirty foreign dog. "<BR/><BR/>Actually, the impression I got [background - I'm a married Jr High JET ALT with some other JET and private eikaiwa Rob Pughhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18355643989278053777noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-13953366846421550982007-07-04T03:16:00.000-05:002007-07-04T03:16:00.000-05:00You haven't seen postings like these because AEON ...You haven't seen postings like these because AEON censors their employees to cut down on any controversial issues. No guarantee these will be up forever... but let's hope.<BR/><BR/>Before I posted this entry, I looked up the laws surrounding full time and part time work. Someone fill in the blanks here, but I believe that, in Japan, these hours are based on company contracts - if you have a ターナーhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10372867185647178937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23906933.post-71212332224897436732007-07-04T02:48:00.000-05:002007-07-04T02:48:00.000-05:00Hey, nice commentary. I knew this kind of stuff we...Hey, nice commentary. I knew this kind of stuff went on in the big companies, and have been warned off them many times, but I never heard any kind of specific breakdown like this one before.<BR/><BR/>You mentioned legal working hours for full and part time work. I'm about to head into a potentially 30+ hour part time arrangement (not eikaiwa though), and wouldn't mind having some reference Josephhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13285682807303243752noreply@blogger.com