I'm considering teaching in Japan after i graduate this summer and have been quite impressed by the information on Nova and Aeon's websites. However I've also found lots of really negative comments about the ugly corporate side to these companies and would really value some balanced honest advice from anyone who has taught English in Japan with either these companies or other ones or worked privately. Thanks very much!
I'm looking for the same info. I had an interview with Interac on Saturday and have a Nova interview in a couple weeks. I'm trying to decide which company I should work for, but every forum out there is filled with people who have some beef with these companies and they just bash them. It's really hard to find well balanced reports from people who have actually worked with them.
Anyways, have you checked many of the ESL websites out there? Dave's ESL Cafe seems to be one of the biggest, and there are lots of stuff written about all the main companies. If you go to the forums and do a search for Nova, you will probably come up with several hundreds topics. There might be a few with experienced opinions.
I work for Nova and I have a friend that works for Interac. Basically, a lot of Nova teachers are fresh from university and have never had a real job before. Yeah, Nova has it's ups and downs, but i'm in a branch that I really like... good teachers, good students, fun environment. It's luck of the draw.
Pretty much the ones who are happy with Nova don't bother writing about their experience... but those who aren't happy tend to dwell on it and post about it in all the forums.
My friend went from Nova to Interac, and he liked the atmosphere a lot more than Nova, as well as the holidays and days off, but he said they were very poorly organised... they kind of just threw him into a classroom and said, "there... teach". Which won't be a probalem if you know what you're doing.
Any more detailed Q's, PM me and i'll give you my email.