Glassdoor.com Company Review Roundup (2018/02)

Because there are a lot of dispatch companies and English conversation schools across Japan, it can be difficult to keep track of which company is which, and just as challenging to form a general idea of how those companies stack up against each other.

Enter Glassdoor.com, a "website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management".

For fun, we've taken the liberty of rounding up the glassdoors.com average review scores (out of five) and endorsement percentages to give you a list of what the "reading of the air" (空気を読む) says about a number of companies in Japan.

How does your company fare? Find out below!

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DISCLAIMER

Before we begin, it's important to establish that the inclusion of any company in the following list should not be seen as a form of taciturn endorsement (or otherwise) from the General Union.

The General Union is not affiliated with, and is not in any way responsible for, the collated information contained within this article.

For the sake of forming an objective opinion, it's also important to take note of the number of reviews (next to the score) from which the overall average has been calculated.

Finally, clicking on the company name will take you to that company's glassdoor.com page so that you can see the written reviews for yourself (registration required).

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GLASSDOOR.COM RATINGS
02/26/2018

★★★☆☆

The numbers in square brackets are the values at the time of the previous update (2017/06).

[↑ up from]        [- no change]        [↓ down from]


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AEON Corporation of Japan
Average: 3.6 (167 reviews) [↑3.1]
Endorse: 80% would recommended to a friend [↑66%]

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Altia Central
Average: 3.3 (39 reviews) [↓3.9]
Endorse: 67% would recommended to a friend [↓93%]

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Amity (Part of AEON Corporation of Japan)
Average: 2.7 (53 reviews) [↑2.5]
Endorse: 49% would recommended to a friend [↑41%]

Note: "Revenue: $5 to $10 million (USD) per year" [02/26/2017]

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Berlitz Japan
Average: 2.6 (558 reviews) [-2.6]
Endorse: 32% would recommended to a friend [↑24%]

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BorderLink
Average: 1.9 (27 reviews) [↓2.0]
Endorse: 27% would recommended to a friend [↓30%]

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Coco Juku
Average: 2.5 (36 reviews) [↑2.4]
Endorse: 36% would recommended to a friend [↓38%]

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ECC Japan
Average: 3.1 (68 reviews) [↓3.2]
Endorse: 65% would recommended to a friend [↓72%]

Note: "10,000+ employees"

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Gaba Corporation
Average: 2.8 (141 reviews) [↑2.7]
Endorse: 45% would recommended to a friend [↓48%]

Note: "Revenue: $50 to $100 million (USD) per year"

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Heart English School
Average: 1.8 (52 reviews) [-1.8]
Endorse: 10% would recommended to a friend [↓11%]

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iTTTi Japan (Peppy Kids Club)
Average: 2.7 (30 reviews) [↓2.9]
Endorse: 50% would recommended to a friend [↓60%]

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Interac
Average: 2.9 (209 reviews) [↑2.6]
Endorse: 67% would recommended to a friend [↑50%]

Note: "Revenue: "$100 to $500 million (USD) per year". 

Note: glassdoor.com has Interac listed twice. We've included them both. In addition, both listings for Interac receive reviews from people who are not in Japan. Make of that what you will.

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Interac - Japan
Average: 2.2 (21 reviews) [↑2.1]
Endorse: 47% would recommended to a friend [↑34%]

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International Education Services (IES)
Average: 2.6 (6 reviews) [↓3.0]
Endorse: 22% would recommended to a friend [N/A]

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James English School
Average: 1.4 (6 reviews) [↓1.6]
Endorse: N/A [N/A]

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JET Program
Average: 4.0 (360 reviews) [↓4.1]
Endorse: 94% would recommended to a friend [↓97%]

Note: Included as the benchmark for other companies to be measured against.

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JIEC
Average: 3.2 (6 reviews) [-3.2]
Endorse: 51% would recommended to a friend [-51%]

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JoyTalk
Average: 2.9 (23 reviews) [-2.9]
Endorse: 65% would recommended to a friend [↑56%]

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Kinder Kids International School
Average: 3.8 (36 reviews) [↓3.9]
Endorse: 81% would recommended to a friend [↓82%]

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Minerva Language Institute
Average: 2.9 (10 reviews) [↓3.2]
Endorse: 50% would recommended to a friend [-50%]

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NOVA (Japan)
Average: 2.6 (57 reviews) [↑1.7]
Endorse: 54% would recommended to a friend [↑27%]

Note: "Revenue: $50 to $100 million (USD) per year"
Note: "1 to 50 employees"

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Real Communication Solution (RCS)
Average: 2.5 (12 reviews) [-2.5]
Endorse: 36% would recommended to a friend [↓47%]

Note: The number of reviews for RCS dropped from 15 to 10 as of the 02/2017 update. It has since climbed back up to 12.

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Shane English
Average: 2.3 (15 reviews) [n/a]
Endorse: 13% would recommended to a friend [n/a]

Note: The scores have been filtered for Japan because of the "PLEASE NOTE THAT SHANE ENGLISH SCHOOL JAPAN IS SEPARATE FROM ALL OTHER SHANE ENGLISH SCHOOL OPERATIONS WORLDWIDE. IT IS NOT THE SAME COMPANY" message and reviews from employees who have worked in other locations (e.g. China).


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Westgate
Average: 3.6 (29 reviews) [↑2.8]
Endorse: 42% would recommended to a friend [↑35%]

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For reference, the previous update to this roundup was in February of 2018.

We hope that this has been a fun (and informative) curiosity that might help you shape your future career path - or perhaps even make you reconsider the one that you're on now!


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