Compare EF English First vs NOVA (Japan) BETA

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EF English First

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NOVA (Japan)

Employee Ratings

  • EF English First scored higher in 8 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.3
(based on 482 reviews)
EF English First employees rated their Overall Rating 1.2 higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
2.1
(based on 103 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.1
EF English First employees rated their Career Opportunities 1.4 higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
1.7
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
3.0
EF English First employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 1.2 higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
1.8
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.1
EF English First employees rated their Work-life balance 0.7 higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
2.4
Senior Management
Senior Management
3.0
EF English First employees rated their Senior Management 1.1 higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
1.9
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
3.2
EF English First employees rated their Culture & Values 1.4 higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
1.8
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
EF English First Ceo 	Jacob Toren
61%
61% Jacob Toren
CEO Approval
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N/A0 Ratings
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
56%
EF English First employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 40% higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
17%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
43%
EF English First employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 28% higher than NOVA (Japan) employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
15%

Salaries

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What Employees Say

  • "Working environment" was the most mentioned Pro at EF English First.
  • "Easy job" was the most mentioned Pro at NOVA (Japan).
  • "China" was the most mentioned Con at EF English First.
  • "Pension" was the most mentioned Con at NOVA (Japan).
Pros
Pros
"Working environment"(in 33 reviews)
"Paid on time"(in 28 reviews)
Pros
"Easy job"(in 9 reviews)
"Students are great"(in 8 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"China"(in 56 reviews)
"Chinese"(in 32 reviews)
Cons
"Pension"(in 16 reviews)
"Japanese staff"(in 14 reviews)
Featured Review
"English Teacher"Feb 10, 2019

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at EF English First full-time

Pros

Great company atmosphere and people.

Cons

No comments. Great culture and communication.

Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

I worked at NOVA (Japan)

Pros

After reading all these negative reviews, I feel like I lucked out on which location I got to work at since I didn't hate my job as much as instructors from other branches did. We get a 10 minute... break between every lesson for evaluation and prep for next lesson but you won't need that much time once you've gotten used to the job. My supervisors seemed like nice and caring people and I got along with most of the other instructors so most of the staff there was great. I felt like the starting pay was decent considering the lessons were fairly simple to teach and some of the students were interesting to talk to. My overall experience here wasn't perfect but I'd say there were more positives than negatives.

Cons

One of my biggest gripes with this company is that you are NOT payed for training. You are required to do 3 full days of training before starting. I almost turned the job down because of that but... just ended up accepting it. Fussy corporate level management occasionally drops by to check on us and usually makes complaints. We receive a "bonus" if we make it through the entire month without being late/missing a single lesson. This bonus is 150 yen per lesson (FT is 40 lessons/week) so it adds up to quite a bit. You lose the entire month's bonus (approx 24,000 yen if you're FT) if you're even late to 1 lesson. They call it a "bonus" but it is like part of your pay since your overall pay is pretty bad without it and it's a harsh punishment when you lose it. Not a good long-term job if you're hoping for a better salary in the long run. Your "raise" when you renew your contract is supposedly based on performance but it'll most likely just be an an additional 10yen/lesson.

Advice to Management

Corporate management really needs to consider feedback from instructors and change their reputation of treating instructors like disposable work machines. Difficult to take a company seriously... when staff training is unpaid. This is illegal in some countries where instructors come from and probably turns some good potential candidates for the job away.

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