NOVA (Japan) Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2020

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "English Instructor"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Instructor in Kōbe, Hyogo

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NOVA had a fun revolving door of students that were constantly improving and doing their best to improve their English. There was plenty of room to customize your lessons and build them to best suit your students.

    Cons

    Repetitive, particularly in the beginning before your trained to teach other material. Salary was about on par with other english teaching jobs in Japan. Late hours = Late nights

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    "Language Instructor"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Language Instructor in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Visa Work-Life Balance Coworkers Flexible Schedule Job Security Overtime

    Cons

    Pay could be better frankly No benefits

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    "Make sure to read and go over your contract."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible with the independent contract.

    Cons

    Boring. Staff Members can be a little rude. It’s all about profit. They tell you one thing and so another. The pay is low. Honestly don’t know how teachers are expected to survive in high Tokyo on such low salaries. Make sure you are clear on Nova housing termination and fees.

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    "The truth about NOVA"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time

    Pros

    Only real pro I can think of is it can easily get you into Japan and you might enjoy the job for a month or two.

    Cons

    Everything after the initial new job euphoria wears off. This company only cares about profits and doesn't care about you. Also not all but almost all of your co-workers will have the mentality of lazy bums or ,13 year olds, or both, who clearly only work here because job is easy. Training is useless, and you learn everything as you go, also I got in trouble because I was apparently laughing to much in between lessons, so I guess you can't have any sort of fun while on the job. Lastly NOVA doesn't want actual people with the ability to think, they just want yes men who will work like slaves no questions asked, and pretty much the entire staff, and your bosses will hate you if you ever say no to any of their requests.

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    "Working hours are sane and there is rarely overtime"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Sapporo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good hours Yearly contract completion bonus Flexible schedule (swapping shifts with other teachers is usually easy) Meet and speak with lots of interesting people

    Cons

    Teacher software for schedule and evaluating students is awful Low budget = low quality supplies Beginning teachers may get odd hours Must work weekends in most cases Sitting all day

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    "Mediocre. More annoying towards the end because of management."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Instructor in Sakai, Osaka
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most of the students are interesting. Flexible hours. Usually not the same office everyday.

    Cons

    Where to start? Just about everything. From computers/tablets to the programming system to the lack of communication between everyone. It’s a shitshow to say the least. Most of the cons can be attributed to the management and their lack of care or support for instructors. Sometimes they will ask you to do extra lessons with no break time in the day, and do whatever they can to get the most money out of your salary. On the Japanese side of management, they only care about sales, not you not even the other Japanese staff. There’s no morale, and no room to grow.

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    "Get In and Get Out"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English Instructor in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Willing to sponsor visa Easy application and interview process Most students are great people If you want to be in Japan for a long time but other jobs don't sponsor your visa, this is a great way to get into Japan. Once you're there, don't waste time and start looking for greener pastures.

    Cons

    Not normal working hours (typically afternoon to evenings, and days off on weekends are a holy grail) You're forced to teach classes you haven't been trained for, even when you're "not supposed to" Inconsistent communication: we're supposed to sign a paper for our next month's schedule in advance, but I noticed it became a rare thing after a few months in. I also wouldn't always receive the details of my month's paycheck. Management very clearly doesn't prioritize you. Will use and violate contract in the way that helps NOVA make the most money. An excellent example is that this: my contract says up to 4 students, with additional 400yen on top of base pay. Recently, NOVA started handing out slips to students that there will be an increase to 5 students, but there has been ZERO information given to me about this change.

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  8. Helpful (10)

    "Frustrating and Unfair Company."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Instructor in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Salary comes on time every month - Willing to sponsor working visa - Teaching material is provided - The actual teaching is a relatively easy job to do

    Cons

    - You get worked hard (eight 40 minute lessons a day, only 10 minute break inbetween to do reports/go to bathroom etc.) - Management is disinterested in your concerns or problems - Work/Life balance practically non-existent (you have to work afternoon to late evenings on weekdays. And work both Saturdays and Sundays). - You get paid a variable salary rate (e.g. you get paid LESS money if a student cancels [as if it's your fault] ) - Company housing overcharges you so NOVA can make money off you - ten minutes between every lesson is counted as a 'break'. So you technically don't work the 40 hours needed to qualify for healthcare. But of course you are working in that time. Despite this the company counts this 'break time' so they can get out of having to provide you with healthcare - Training is not enough to cover the material you have to teach. There is so much random material built up over the years that you have no idea about but are still asked to teach. - Management will not do anything to help if you have problem kids in your classes (breaking things, hurting other kids etc.) because they are more interested in the money

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    "Overall good experience"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    English Instructor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NOVA (Japan)

    Pros

    Initial training is given to help ease you into the role. Would be helpful to first-time teachers. Ongoing training is given as you work to familiarise you with other courses that they offer apart from their main textbooks. Time spent on both initial training and ongoing training is reimbursed. Students are generally really nice and friendly. You get to make friends with a lot of the other teachers as well, and enjoy Japan together.

    Cons

    Because of how the class booking system works, sometimes teachers get very little time to prepare for the class they are expected to teach. Sometimes you get assigned a course that you haven't had training for, which could be a bit daunting. Generally the Japanese staff are there to support you but sometimes even they're unsure of what materials you require.

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    "The Truth."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Instructor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NOVA (Japan) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This company has proven to me that you shouldn't always believe what you here. Before joining this company I'd heard some negative comments from some previous employees and in reviews on this website Glass Door as well. I was a bit reluctant to work for this company but I trusted my gut instincts, and I am so glad I didn't. With that said, I personally appreciate the effort that is constantly being made to improve the schools and the teacher's working conditions. The textbooks are effective as well. One particular school in Chiryu has proven to be very impressive with the teachers that work there being friendly, knowledgeable and impressive in their ability to produce (minus their previous part-time employees efforts, won't name names.)

    Cons

    Better Benefits, e.g. Health Care Benefits

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