Shane English School Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2020

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2.7
24%
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Pros
  • "Shane Taiwan also always paid on time and had a vacation time scheme that allowed for a decent amount of travel time at almost any point in the year(in 12 reviews)

  • "This company was small in Chengdu, China and a wonderful experience(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Company accommodation is overpriced(in 7 reviews)

  • "Taxes increase massively in the second year (health insurance/ city tax etc) and the wage increase doesn't even get close to covering this(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Shane English School part-time

    Pros

    The diversity in your client base. Good salary Not in a fixed location everyday Gets to explore other areas of Japan

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  2. Helpful (5)

    "I enjoyed working for Shane"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Shane English School full-time

    Pros

    A lot of paid holidays, paid optional overtime, friendly students, nice supportive management

    Cons

    Little opportunity for career progression, the schools have very few resources, it got a bit boring using the same texts all the time

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  3. "Good office to work in"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of English Department in Taipei

    I worked at Shane English School full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The manager allowed the teacher to introduce extra material to enhance the lessons.

    Cons

    too little hours a day

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  4. "Good experience"

    4.0
    Former Employee - English Teacher 

    I worked at Shane English School part-time

    Pros

    great kids & good work-life balance

    Cons

    not paid for hours spent planning lessons or grading

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect example of bait and switch"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Shane English School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary paid on time Ex-gratia bonus Only work six hours a day Get paid for lesson prep Work in Tokyo Use their teaching materials

    Cons

    Salary paid on time but sometimes you will get salary deductions using Shane's own accounting acrobatics to have you lose more than half of your salary. Ex-gratia bonus taken away if you leave before your contract ends. Only counts if you work more than thirty hours a week. Less than a quarter of workers get a bonus. Six hours a day is technically the amount of hours you work but they use some scheduling acrobatics to have your six hours of teaching spread over eight or nine hours with your ten minute breaks between lessons spent finding books, setting up mats, giving out stickers, speaking to parents or even SANITIZING AND CLEANING THE CLASSROOM. You get paid for your 30 minutes of prep time but on an average day you will have six or seven classes which amounts to less than 5mins of prep time per class... Other days you will have eight or nine (sometimes ten classes a day).... That's about 3mins of prep time per lesson. You work in Tokyo but you'll be working at between three and five different locations all spread out across your district. Have a split day? Enjoy eating lunch on the subway while you travel to your next center. The teaching materials are so old some of them still refer to using cassette players!

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  6. "big mess"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Tokyo

    I have been working at Shane English School full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    hard to say with things as they are now

    Cons

    Shane Japan have been messing with people's salaries and holidays. During the state of emergency in Japan in April and May 2020, Shane closed schools for business. The teachers were not given work. Company paid staff salary as usual but on condition the closed days are made up. It is a violation of Japanese Law to pay in advance for future work. Realising the mistake, Shane are now saying they will pay furlough allowance, retroactively and will deduct over half of the salary paid during the closure from future wages. This would be another violation of labour laws. There are few legal reasons to dock wages and this is not one of them. On top of this, the company also arbitrarily changed the holidays with little notice and no agreement. (teachers are expected to give two months notice for paid leave but the company wants to change holidays with just 7 days notice) Under Japanese law there's a system of elected workplace representatives who can sign, or refuse to sign, agreements on paid leave and overtime. Japanese staff members, who were not elected are being ordered to sign these agreements. Again in violation of labour standards law. Customers have been refused refunds and are instead made to take substitute lessons they don't want or can't attend. Teachers and staff are leaving in droves. Other teachers are flocking to the union and are members of Tozen, a general union based in Tokyo. Teachers in the union have been striking in such numbers that lessons cannot be covered. This absolute disaster could have been avoided if they followed the law and talked to the union and the staff.

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  7. "Employees aren't objects"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EFL Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Shane English School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They pay on time and honour the contract. The work is diverse. Difficult to get fired. Support from lower management was good for me (although your results may vary). You will almost certainly get hired. It's a good starting job because of the range of classes.

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about you. Workers are essentially expendable. Workers are technically "part-time" in the eyes of the law. They do this by contracting you for 29.5 hours per week and treating anything above that as a bonus. In this way the company can avoid their legal obligation to give things like insurance. Very little chance to be promoted. Massive variance in what you have to deal with - some schedules are much more busy and exhausting than others. When this is brought up with management they will usually just say "It means you are a good teacher!"

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  8. "Good"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at Shane English School part-time

    Pros

    Good people, salary is fine.

    Cons

    You have to work evenings.

  9. "Work more/pay less"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Language Teacher in Sattahip

    I worked at Shane English School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -many supplies, materials, learning aides available -kind native staff

    Cons

    -Only paid for teaching hours, not for planning -will not allow to teach specific age group, must teach all

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  10. "It is a good place"

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

    I worked at Shane English School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a good job.

    Cons

    It is okay. No cons

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