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by MrX
Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

:cheers: Shame its only 2 years but. Well, I think the sentence is just about right given that our taxes will be used to keep him in prison. Unless he really does still have lots of money stashed away (which I think is a bit unlikely by now - he must have used up a bit of his own cash on trying to ...
by MrX
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:55 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Nothing much - but the Nova saga drags on for some students
Replies: 9
Views: 3589

Re: Nothing much - but the Nova saga drags on for some stude

So Nova charges the students even if they don't come and then deducts money from the teachers-perfect business model! The students forfeit the points they've bought if they don't cancel lesson reservations by 6pm the day before. That's fairly standard, I think. But docking the instructors' pay is a...
by MrX
Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Nothing much - but the Nova saga drags on for some students
Replies: 9
Views: 3589

Re: Nothing much - but the Nova saga drags on for some stude

Speaking of NOVA, Hows the old bunny rabbit doing these days ??? JMA are offering instructors Y10,000 if they get their friends to apply for jobs at NOVA, another Y10,000 if they stick at the job for 6 months and another Y10,000 if they last a year. On the other hand instructors basically get paid ...
by MrX
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Nothing much - but the Nova saga drags on for some students
Replies: 9
Views: 3589

Re: Nothing much - but the Nova saga drags on for some stude

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120608p2a00m0na006000c.html Ex-Nova English school students lose legal bid for refunds OSAKA -- A court here has dismissed a lawsuit demanding the reimbursement of over 20 million yen in lesson and other fees from the failed English conversation ...
by MrX
Tue May 01, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

My long-suffering former colleague told me wages have been reduced again. Apparently teachers are on a low base salary with incentives based on how many students they can attract. Sounds like the are looking for ways to cut salaries even further. Is this very recent, i.e. in the past few days or we...
by MrX
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

It started with all new contracts from last October. Instructors were offered a choice of 2 different contracts. One was with a low base salary plus the aforementioned incentives based on student numbers in your lesson or one which was just based on the incentives. New instructors are only offered ...
by MrX
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:58 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

My long-suffering former colleague told me wages have been reduced again. Apparently teachers are on a low base salary with incentives based on how many students they can attract. Sounds like the are looking for ways to cut salaries even further. Is this very recent, i.e. in the past few days or we...
by MrX
Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

Shawn gets to have his say in this article. Four years after 'Nova shock,' eikaiwa is down but not out Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111220zg.html Hrm. They ran an article a couple of years back about NOVA and there was a very similar comment about the quality of teach...
by MrX
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Know an incompetent AT, BT or AAM? Rant here!
Replies: 682
Views: 203400

Re: Know an incompetent AT, BT or AAM? Rant here!

allblacks wrote:I know someone else has said this but Nova's Education Quality Control...every time I heard that... :rotfl:
For a while G.education was running a section called "Human Resource Enhancement." Which is funny considering how little of it they did.
by MrX
Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Know an incompetent AT, BT or AAM? Rant here!
Replies: 682
Views: 203400

Re: Know an incompetent AT, BT or AAM? Rant here!

The only way to raise standards at Nova would have been to have lined Saruhashi and his henchmen up against a wall and shot the lot of them. [Could've sworn I posted this, but it didn't show up...] For all intents and purposes, they did get lined up and shot. But from all accounts, the wazza seems ...
by MrX
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Know an incompetent AT, BT or AAM? Rant here!
Replies: 682
Views: 203400

Re: Know an incompetent AT, BT or AAM? Rant here!

I met a lot of T.T.s over the years, some better than others, the only one I relly despised was a short-arsed bully-boy AAM called Robert England. A right fuckin' smug twat. Had the opinion that no-one should get sick BECAUSE...he'd studied sports medicine. Cunt. :bird: Met him a few times as he wa...
by MrX
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

I can see instructors getting quite pissed off when sent to a new branch - there are no students, so that's the equivalent of a huge pay cut right there. Some instructors had e-mailed their manager with questions about the contract and I saw the reply e-mail. One of the comments literally was "ther...
by MrX
Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

There were NEVER anywhere near 510 branches in the new Nova. They counted every juku etc. that had a ginganet machine sitting idly in the corner and a Nova sticker on the window as a "branch". This grossly overinflated the numbers. Imagine if a bank included every ATM machine located throughout Jap...
by MrX
Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

According to glossy colour flyers that were distributed in the spring, NOVA had 510 schools open across Japan. According to a new batch of flyers, there are now just 220. Wonder what's happened...
by MrX
Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Revolting Moments in Classroom History
Replies: 21
Views: 4967

Re: Revolting Moments in Classroom History

When our nitwit Assistant Trainer Beth (the highest ranking teacher at my school) came into the teachers' room in between class and just before my turn to teach Nobuki, she was laughing at me and just having a good old time telling me that I was going to have fun in my next class. She said somethin...
by MrX
Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

One interesting tidbit about Nova. They lied to new people who arrived in October. The contracts for new instructors changed in October. People who came over were told they had a salary fixed at a certain amount (that wouldn't change depending on the number of students). Well, it is kind of true. D...
by MrX
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

One interesting tidbit about Nova. They lied to new people who arrived in October. The contracts for new instructors changed in October. People who came over were told they had a salary fixed at a certain amount (that wouldn't change depending on the number of students). Well, it is kind of true. D...
by MrX
Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

Wastedatwork wrote:Does anyone know whether the nova mm centre is still running? I worked there many, many moons ago - for about five minutes.
Yes, but in a different location.
by MrX
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

On Saturday night I saw a bloke that I used to work with every now and then 5 years ago who had been working for Nova for 5+ years prior to that, doing a lesson in the local ‘fish bowl’ branch. :jaw: He's back at Nova, in other words? Inexplicable as it may seem, some people do go back. But maybe t...
by MrX
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

I did my Masters dissertation on emotional burnout in eikaiwa instructors. My primary research would have so many more examples had I been doing it now! It is hard to fathom how they can motivate themselves enough to get the students they need to make a liveable wage. It sounds like a total sweatsh...
by MrX
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: Neo-Nova

Is 253,000 the expected take home pay because it does not sound that bad when compared to other eikaiwas. Of course it sucks for long-termers. I wonder how many of them will just pack it in. That's for 8 lessons a day, 5 days a week, i.e. 40 lessons a week. You can bet most instructors will only be...
by MrX
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

dunno. the same reasoning that my "ahem" friends thread about little gripes got pulled and locked just when it was near 200 pages. fairs fair. I do't really see the point in locking the thread myself although the title is a bit misleading these days - G.communication has washed its hands of most of...
by MrX
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

Geez, it is amazing what crap working conditions people will tolerate just for the Japan experience. It surprises me that some of my former colleagues still work for them. Seriously, why put up with that crap? Nova always seemed bad, but once that prick Inyoshi(?) took over I was surprised at how b...
by MrX
Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

Also, this is not an average. Also, apparently it's not based on booked lessons but rather actual attendance. It just gets worse and worse. If a student doesn't cancel by 6pm the day before the lesson, the points are still spent and Nova/whoever they are still get the money. Whether the student tur...
by MrX
Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

It's obvious these people never cared about much. I've accumulated a fair amount of dirt on the shit they've pulled on people (and their general policies) and some of it is sickening. I know that even the foreign managers are pissed off at their BS. I remember the when I walked into one of the "ren...
by MrX
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:10 am
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

The base salary for a twenty nine and a half hour week is 179,000 yen. If you agree to being moved to anywhere in Japan at two week's notice you get an allowance plus a small skills allowance. This brings it up to about 238,000 Yen. All earnings over this are based on class numbers, pupil ratios, e...
by MrX
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Great new comic: LITTLE IN JAPAN
Replies: 7
Views: 14908

Re: Great new comic: LITTLE IN JAPAN

This guy gets it pretty spot on I.M.H.O., Ill be keeping an eye on it. MUCH better than that shite web show that was around before...cant even be shagged trying to remember its name. Little in Japan is exactly what that show should have been like. Then again I notice they had a whole bunch of spons...
by MrX
Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

To answer your question about a realistic salary. It's "possible" to earn over 330.000 yen a month if you have five students in pretty much every class and always have classes, plus you work through all holidays (apart from a handful of days in New Years and Golden week), So, if you are in a crazy ...
by MrX
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

People have to stop putting up with the BS that G-comm is pulling. From November first, ALL G-comm foreign teachers contracts will be under 240,000 yen base, and all extra money is dependent on student numbers . That's probably because they want all the cash they can get for opening new schools, wh...
by MrX
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Eikaiwa
Topic: Neo-Nova
Replies: 5602
Views: 848009

Re: G.communication: Neo-Nova

The suspension has probably been decided by someone in the head office not because of whatever happened but rather because they've decided there are too many instructors and not enough students. I'd bet that the company manual or contract doesn't even say anything about suspensions. The G.education...