DONT WORK AT SEIHA -- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

Don`t work at Seiha - You have been warned!

This is about Seiha,
(who also own and operate Hilltop and Rabby School)
and
what you can expect if you choose to work here.

Common Acronyms in this piece:
FT - Foreign Teacher (you)
FTs = Foreign Teachers
JT = Japanese Teacher (Japanese National)
JTs = Japanese Teachers

I just wanted to take a moment to educate (warn) anyone considering working for any of the above companies just to be careful.
Now its true that no job is perfect, it`s also true that there are some jobs that a better than others.
Some jobs are accommodating and flexible to their employees even when conditions aren't the best and others, like Seiha,
make the job worse than it really needs to be.

They may promise or advertise:
- 250,000 yen a month​​ for (F/T) Full-Time after 2 initial (P/T) Part-Time training months.
- Health insurance is provided by the company
- Travel no more than 30 minutes each way regularly (with the exception that once or twice a month I'd have to travel over an hour)
- ​​5 days a week, occasionally 6 days
- P/T 1000 yen/hour for training and campaigning, 2500yen/hour for teaching
- The first month is P/T observation/training, the 2nd month P/T teaching/training, 3rd month F/T.


The reality is a different story:


- When I first started I did observation for only a week, the next week I started teaching.
They threw me to the wolves so to speak.
So the training is almost nonexistent.
The Japanese Teachers (JT or JTs) always complain about the lack of training the Foreign Teachers (FT or FTs) receive.
The JTs have given up complaining to management's deaf ears.


Seiha always seem to be short of FTs, because FTs are always quitting soon after they start, or not renewing their contract.

- After my so-called `training` months, it came time to sign the Full Time contract (which was supposed to be a salary of 250,000),​​
during the signing, they made up some 'excuse' as to why I didn't qualify and offered me 220,000,
so basically they screwed me out of 30,000 yen a month.


They claimed, `I wasn't up to par`...
What !!! not a word was said about my teaching ability beforehand ,
and besides that, HELLO, if they had trained me properly maybe I could have been `up to par.`
I have since learned this is a common trick that they do to all the Foreign Teachers (FT),
they lure them in with the the promise of 250,000, and quickly throw them into a class and claim they are not up to par as the reason to not pay a full salary.



- I also find out after 2 months that health insurance isn't 100% `provided` for.
Provided for -- what does that actually mean?
People, its not like back home where the company pays 100%. So expect to pay about 30,000yen a month for social insurance to the government every month.


Caveat Emptor: Now I know ( too late) that it is normal for a Japanese company to say that Health Insurance is provided, but what they really mean is ​that the company pays half.


Management constantly and consciously uses this kind of verbiage to effectively lie to its employees.

Also, watch out for these key non-binding words during any interview or signing: SHOULD, NORMALLY, TRY, all these words mean nothing!
These words have zero contractually binding value and when a manager uses such a word they need to be stopped and immediately be challenged and get that in writing what they really mean.



Where are we at:

So they paid me 30,000 yen less salary than agreed per month, and then I am required to pay 30,000 yen a month for insurance, so that's 60,000 yen a month less than I expected ....
​that's more than I pay for rent !



-Long Long Travel Times
Although I specifically said I didn't want to travel far (no more than 30 minutes one way) when I interviewed, to which they agreed said that normal travel times are 30 minutes ( oh, a key non binding word NORMAL) . I had to travel over 2 hours one way, twice a week, and just over an hour one way regularly. So Imagine how in reality this works, get up at 6:30 am, get ready, run and wait for bus that goes to the train station, now wait for the next train going in your direction, now run and wait to catch another bus to get to your school. A lot of hurry up and waiting for trains and buses; then arrive at your school by 10am, now do the same thing when you go home. arrive at your door at 9:30pm. Be prepared for LONG days when you work for Seiha because if you cant time the train/ bus schedules just right that adds another hour to your travel time.
Also, Seiha wont reimburse for Express trains, which could cut travel by 30 minutes or more.
And get this .... ​​Now they claim, this is what's expected.


The only thing I expect from Seiha is to get lots of promises to get you to sign and lots of broken promises thereafter.​​


-Remember the 5 days a week work schedule?
I was told that most work weeks should be 5 days a week,, ( SHOULD ! ) Seiha can and does willy-nilly enforce half-day. So a 6-day a week work schedule is quite common. So imagine traveling all that way for a freakin half day !
and some locations even have the FT work Sundays.


-Also, you should be informed that you DO NOT get national holidays off.
I never even thought of asking as I thought they are mandatory by law. So if you take a NH off you'd have to make up for it another week. The only holidays you get is 4 days in the summer & 4 in the winter.


Other things you should know or consider:

- ​How can one tell if a company is good to its employees:

You can tell how good a company is to work for when you look at employee turnaround. Seiha goes thru employees so quickly you will be a senior level teacher in a year or 2.
(if you can last that long) .
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- Be prepared to work Sundays
Many locations make you work Sunday on a regular basis.


- Tiny pay raises
Pay raises (if you happen to stay there for a few years) are tiny, if they are offered at all.


- Managers are not on your side
The managers are paid bonus to keep your salary as low as possible.​​​​ The managers are overworked and constantly under pressure from their Japanese boss.


Its difficult to get qualified and good people to be a manager at Seiha for the pay Seiha wants to spend, so the managers are marginal at best, incompetent at worst.


- Don't expect to learn Japanese while working at Seiha
Seiha refuses to let you speak a word of Japanese, even during downtime, (which can be up to 5 hrs a day).
They say they dont want customers hearing you speak Japanese.

Most FTs say their Japanese got worse after starting with Seiha.

- Speaking of downtime​,
Yes. there are times when you dont have to do a lot, this is actually the only way the full time contract makes sense. So I hope you like hanging out at malls for hours on end. This is actually ok for for the first week, thereafter you are thinking, why did I rush for 2.5 hrs to be here at 10am when my first lesson isn't until 4pm.
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- English Teachers that cant speak fluent English
They hire so many people to work as an FT that don't actually speak fluent English. For example, many Filipinos can speak some English, that doesn't mean they should be teaching English with their Filipina accented English. So, the the quality of English being taught at Seiha is OK but not excellent.


- The Japanese Teachers (JT) .
Every lesson you teach will have you, the FT, along with a Japanese national, a JT. Some of the JTs can barely speak English and have difficulty stringing a few sentences in a row. But Seiha literally has to take any Japanese teacher that applies as the pay is so low. Others JTs English ability is OK and a few (not many) can speak better English than the Filipinas they hire as an FT.​


Many JTs are frustrated with the fact that they pay a Filipina so much more than they make.
JTs pay is so low that there is a constant stream of new JTs every few years, and they keep trying to suck more and more out of the teachers without a raise or a bonus.


Some JTs are very easy to get along with, others extremely difficult. Many FTs have quit because the JT they worked with was such a pain in the rear, with nonstop criticism.
Some JTs believe it is not there job to train an FT (rightfully so actually) so some wont even offer advice or help. Other will try to help.
What kind of JT you will be paired with is a crap shoot.


So the reality with SEIHA / Rabby / Hilltop is:
​Many 6-day work weeks, sometimes even 7 days.
​220,000 yen pay, (some are even offered and paid less than this)
Up to ​5 hour travel time total both ways,
​No paid national holidays.
No learning or speaking Japanese​ on your downtime.
Possible major difficulty with JT.



​​I would've NEVER taken the job had I had full info.
​But of course they didn`t fully disclose the details otherwise who in their right mind would sign.



So you have been warned, if you ever see a SEIHA / Rabby / or Hilltop ad hiring,
​just ignore it and avoid this horrible nightmare of a company at all cost.​​


If you do take the job, dont expect to be happy.​​ No one working there is ! Not even the managers !

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Nov 06, 2016
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Successful business but AWFUL school NEW
by: Anonymous

Sadly one of the more successful kids schools in Japan. Seiha is little more than an hour of babysitting whilst the parents do their shopping in peace. The curriculum is little more than having the kids repeat "Yes I do" or "Good idea"repeatedly each lesson whether they understand the target or not. No actual communiation skills are taught and the Japanese teachers seem to prefer it that way lest they reveal their own inadequacy.

Seiha trainers also seem to have no idea how to approach teach a language and boil everything down to often nonsensical acronyms and "original" teaching methods which seem to change on a whim.



Oct 04, 2016
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Shocking! NEW
by: Anonymous

My friend worked for Seiha. At first he signed a permanent full-time contract. This was all done legally and in writing. After his probation period was over he started his full-time contract. A few days into it, he was at work when he got a call from his supervisor. His supervisor was an american guy by the name of marvis. Apparently there are 3 main supervisors....two american and one south african. Anyway, his supervisor told him that they would have to change the contract effective from a few days ago into a part-time contract. This would result in my friend losing 40% of his monthly wages as part-time contracts paid hourly and were much less in pay than full-time contracts. My friend asked why they were changing his contract. marvis said it was because my friend didn't submit a Health Check Document from the doctor. My friend replied that he was never asked to submit such a document. marvis, abruptly said that he didn't care and was going to change the contract anyway. My friend told him that changing the contract without a valid reason was illegal under Japanese law, and that he should reconsider changing the contract. My friend pleaded politely with marvis but marvis didn't care. My friend was really shaken up by this event so he told marvis that he wasn't feeling well and that he might not be able to finish teaching his 6 lessons that day. My friend did say that he would try to finish all 6 lessons, but if he couldn't then he would give sufficient time to marvis to find a replacement teacher. marvis and my friend then ended the conversation politely. Suddenly an hour later, marvis came to the English school which is located in a busy shopping mall and began accusing my friend of being childish. He then started shouting loudly at my friend outside the school entrance telling my friend to get out of the school and leave Seiha forever. My friend reminded marvis that his behaviour was illegal under Japanese Labor Laws but marvis continued to threaten my friend by telling him that he didn't care and was going to change my friend's full-time contract to a part-time one and pay him less. He told my friend that there was nothing my friend could do about it. marvis was very angry and arrogant that day. My friend refused to leave the school as he was scheduled to teach there, so marvis told him "I'm going to call the mall security and have them escort you out of the building". My friend had done nothing wrong but was being treated as a criminal by Seiha management. Eventually marvis called the Seiha head office to ask for permission to have my friend escorted out of the mall. His colleague told him to he couldn't do that. So my friend spoke to his colleague and marvis's colleague assured him that there was a mistake that marvis made and that he would be able to teach at the school and remain with his permanent full-time work contract. My friend got not apology from marvis as he left the school. My friend completed his work day. In the subsequent work days to come, many of my friend's Japanese colleagues were telling him that marvis and the other supervisors were bad-mouthing my friend at management meetings. My friend's colleagues were telling him this because they really respected and enjoyed working with my friend. Seiha management were really trying hard to damage my friend's reputation at Seiha, amongst the Japanese teachers. My friend couldn't handle the stress anymore so he resigned from Seiha. Seiha tried to illegally change my friend's work contract with no valid reason. They then proceeded to damage my friend's excellent reputation at work. An awful company to work for. Shocking to say the least!

Oct 04, 2016
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Shocking! NEW
by: Anonymous

My friend worked for Seiha. At first he signed a permanent full-time contract. This was all done legally and in writing. After his probation period was over he started his full-time contract. A few days into it, he was at work when he got a call from his supervisor. His supervisor was an american guy by the name of ******. Apparently there are 3 main supervisors....two american and one south african. Anyway, his supervisor told him that they would have to change the contract effective from a few days ago into a part-time contract. This would result in my friend losing 40% of his monthly wages as part-time contracts paid hourly and were much less in pay than full-time contracts. My friend asked why they were changing his contract. ****** said it was because my friend didn't submit a Health Check Document from the doctor. My friend replied that he was never asked to submit such a document. *******, abruptly said that he didn't care and was going to change the contract anyway. My friend told him that changing the contract without a valid reason was illegal under Japanese law, and that he should reconsider changing the contract. My friend pleaded politely with ******* but ******* didn't care. My friend was really shaken up by this event so he told ******* that he wasn't feeling well and that he might not be able to finish teaching his 6 lessons that day. My friend did say that he would try to finish all 6 lessons, but if he couldn't then he would give sufficient time to ******* to find a replacement teacher. ******* and my friend then ended the conversation politely. Suddenly an hour later, ******* came to the English school which is located in a busy shopping mall and began accusing my friend of being childish. He then started shouting loudly at my friend outside the school entrance telling my friend to get out of the school and leave Seiha forever. My friend reminded ******* that his behaviour was illegal under Japanese Labor Laws but ******* continued to threaten my friend by telling him that he didn't care and was going to change my friend's full-time contract to a part-time one and pay him less. He told my friend that there was nothing my friend could do about it. ******* was very angry and arrogant that day. My friend refused to leave the school as he was scheduled to teach there, so ******* told him "I'm going to call the mall security and have them escort you out of the building". My friend had done nothing wrong but was being treated as a criminal by Seiha management. Eventually ******* called the Seiha head office to ask for permission to have my friend escorted out of the mall. His colleague told him to he couldn't do that. So my friend spoke to his colleague and *******'s colleague assured me that there was a mistake that ******* made and that I would be able to teach at the school and remain with my permanent full-time work contract. My friend got not apology from ******* as he left the school. My friend completed his work day. In the subsequent work days to come, many of my friend's Japanese colleagues were telling him that ******* and the other supervisors were bad-mouthing my friend at management meetings. My friend's colleagues were telling him this because they really respected and enjoyed working with my friend. Seiha management were really trying hard to damage my friend's reputation at Seiha, amongst the Japanese teachers. My friend couldn't handle the stress anymore so he resigned from Seiha. Seiha tried to illegally change my friend's work contract with no valid reason. They then proceeded to damage my friend's excellent reputation at work. An awful company to work for. Shocking to say the least!

Sep 22, 2016
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A sham and a con. NEW
by: Anonymous

Bullying abounds at Seiha! Suprisingly a lot of it will be from an appointed foreign manager towards the regular foreign teachers. Many in the management have little skill in communiation and talk to the staff like they are children and not co-workers. My own manager there from several years ago used to talk like Robocop! I kid you not..Such was the level of communication.

Also a tighter English company you will never find..The classrooms are sparsely decorated and materials kept to the bare minimum. The self published text books are not fit for balancing a wobbly table, so poor is the content.

Schedules are all over the place and useless monthly meetings are held purely because it is the done thing here. Yearly workshops where incompetent trainers attempt to teach the basic of basic teaching tips but take 9 hours to do it!

Seiha is basically a big con preying on the naivety and ie some cases gullibility of young Japanese parents. A quick search on YouTube will show far better FREE lessons for your kids to enjoy at anytime. Please don't give money to these crooks and certainly DO NOT WORK FOR THEM!

Sep 21, 2016
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Stay away from them NEW
by: Anonymous

I was working for them part time for 14 months. They gave me a notice of contract non-renewal three days before its expiry date. I told them to pay an average wage for 27 days as pay in lieu of notice. They refused and offered me a one month contract of office work (PR activities) with 2.5 cheaper rate. Like yakuza. I sued them in the Summary Court. The judge decision is Seiha doesn't have to pay me anything because the offer of one month contract of office work with 1,000 yen rate is renewal of 12-month contract of teaching work with 2,500 yen rate. Oh, yeah. Of course I appealed to the upper court (details are on suingseiha dot livejournal dot com).

Do not work for Seiha. They are targeting white/ethnic trash or people who are desperate. But even if you are not one of those, you might face objective difficulties in dealing with Japanese courts. I can speak/read/write some Japanese. I have a Japanese family who can help me out if I am stuck. I work part-time, i.e. I have free time. I am a Permanent Resident, i.e. I don't need a visa sponsored by an employer. How about if you are single, you work full time, you pay rent and bills, your Japanese is close to zero, your work visa is about to end and you get a notice of contract non-renewal just three days before the contract expiry date.


Sep 17, 2016
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I worked for them for five years NEW
by: Anonymous

While there was some B.S. I found it to be minor compared to what you get in the rest of Asia. While definitely not a top flight organization, they were tremendous skin-flints, it was a pretty good half decade for me. The guy who replaced me seems to like it too.

What I have found from speaking to other former and current teachers is that your location and regional manager makes all of the difference. Mine was pretty great and they all knew how to speak to 外国人 like human beings. The massive dissatisfaction with the company seems to be all coming from the bigger cities where the management doesn't know how to actually manage. I assume they hold the attitude that since Tokyo is up to its ears in foreigners and they can replace them easily.

I'm not going to say don't work for them. I will say that you should do some research and pick your locations carefully. This is a hard rule for every ESL school in Asia.

Jul 13, 2016
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Awful teachers and management NEW
by: Anonymous

Management hire only low standard teachers who are happy to use their awful lesson plans. The Japanese teachers are usually a right pain in the neck constantly criticising and being as bitchy as possible. If you really want to teach in Japan then find a school that lets you teach alone and avoid this cheap and nasty company.

Jul 03, 2016
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Laughable excuse for a school. D NEW
by: Anonymous

Make no doubt that Seiha is an English school in name only. In actual fact they advertise as an "English Academy" which is both comically pretentious and downright false advertising. Kids repeat a bunch of random words each month then promptly forgt them the next month when another bunch of random words are thrown at them…

The foreign teacher is only there for entertainment and any attempts to facilitate real English communication will be shot down by your usually smug and over confident Japanese teacher…Who is often really struggling with English themselves! It's hilarious to see just who this company hires to teach!

Stay away…Stay far away and find a real school to teach at. Moms and Dads, please don't waste your money on this cheap scam! Your kids will probably get worse after joining!

Jun 12, 2016
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The worse of the worse!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Seiha is a company full of cheating, bullying and discrimination. This is a company thought foreigners are all fool and knew nothing about working in Japan. They use foreigners like a slave. Some of them even continue to work for over 9 days. They never paid OT(Overtime). They forced the employee to work at least 20mins ahead of the normal working hour every day. Actually, more and more cases are same as others say... Try the best to find other jobs and try to avoid it.

May 09, 2016
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The worst eikaiwa so far.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Having worked there for 2 years Seiha is synonymous in my mind with cheating, bullying and discrimination. The management and Japanese co-workers love to play favourites and if they take a disliking to you (for often the most trivial reasons) then they will make every working day miserable.

Seiha don't care about foreign teachers but strangely even the genuinely awful Japanese teachers are protected.

Even if you are desperate to come to Japan I would avoid this downright spiteful company and seek out a local school or an ALT job instead. In the long run you will be happier.

On a related point the Seiha curriculum is absolutely useless for teaching a language and subsequently the kids just parrot stock answers and phrases. I feel bad that their parents waste so much money on this poor excuse for a school.

Apr 28, 2016
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8 days off a month - no exceptions NEW
by: Anonymous

So, in May, many Japanese people get to enjoy days of for golden week. Be aware, if you work for Seiha, those 3 days of golden week count as part of your 8 days off for the month. That means that the rest of the month, you are paying for that glorious time off.

I JUST received my schedule for next month (2 days before the new month....) and even though I have 4 days off for golden week, I then work 6 day weeks (with one day off in between each week) for the remainder of the month.

Every region seems to be a bit different, but be prepared for 8 days off a month, regardless of national holidays or if there are 30 vs 31 days in the month.

Also, DO NOT apply to this company if you are a married couple. Even though I have 4 days off, my husband does not. Thanks. I can't wait to enjoy my vacation by myself.

Apr 28, 2016
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Worse company ever NEW
by: Anonymous

Watch out!! Stay out from this company except you really can't find a job. This company all the time recruit new staffs all around Japan because their turnover rate is too high. Most of the schools are extremely far away from the train station. Working conditions and schedules are very bad. This company have too many problems which are unable to fix.

Apr 13, 2016
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Always lie NEW
by: Anonymous

The worst part of Seiha is that they always lie. They can tell the JT: "Your paired FT told us about you this and that". Then they tell the FT: "Your paired JT told us about your this and that". Both are lies. Nobody told them anything. They always twist things and slander people at your expense.
If nobody else wants to hire you, you are welcome to Seiha. If you have an option, choose it.

Dec 29, 2015
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Not so bad NEW
by: Anonymous

My son has been working for Seiha in Kobe now for 4 months. He seems pretty happy so far, at least that is what he tells me. He likes the work and already has some favourite kids he is teaching. He likes little kids so that could be a factor, his work is a lot of fun for him. The first three weeks he did not get training but was an observer. He works at six different schools in shopping malls which usually take between 30 to 60 minutes travel time. Seiha pay for his travel. Hesaid he will definitely sign on for another year in April. I guess different people have different expectations and experiences, my son's experience seems pretty good so far.

Oct 06, 2015
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I have been working with Seiha for 1.5 months NEW
by: Anonymous

So far I have found that JTs don't like me having control of my own lessons. I have tried to bring this up with management but was told that it's JTs responsibility to teach (then why the hell am I here?). I have had a 7 month old tear up a classroom while the mother just sits and watches her (JT and mother did absolutely nothing), this kid was playing with electrics and sharps. I was told I cannot stop the lesson to get her.

When I first got to Seiha I told them I had next to no Japanese language ability and that I had literally only just arrived in Japan. Told my boss I have never taken trains before and he said that SHOULD be fine... The boss and I are both Aussies so I thought he'd understand... I was late for work on my first week because I don't know how to take trains and can't speak or read Japanese. I called the boss straight away as my train went passed the station I had to get off at (it went 10 stations passed). The boss immediately attacked me on the phone and told me that people have been fired for less.

Working for Seiha is the most stressful job I have ever had... And I know stress... I was a combat engineer in the Australian Army and after that I was homeless for 3 months... Believe me I know stress...

This company provided me with 4 hours training and told me that observing for 5 days counted as training (observing gives no explanations or coaching). In 1 month I had taught in 15 locations throughout Osaka and Nara (I was told my places involved only Osaka north).

Don't work for this company! Stay out! I am only here to get 6 months experience time up my sleeve so that I can work for one of the higher quality companies.

Oct 01, 2015
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My personal experience NEW
by: Anonymous

Look I worked at Seiha for 4 years, I made it very clear why I left when I did. I can't speak for anyone else and I won't try to force my opinion on anyone. But frankly I went through some personal stuff and needed help, instead I got demoted and a massive pay cut. Which is a poor choice on their part, I got through my problems and quit. I now have a much better job and am actually happy with my work. But that being said the company as a whole is not designed to cater to foreigners. It's a Japanese company that expects all workers to act like Japanese workers (quiet sheep) and just bend over when they say. As an English school company there needs to be some understanding of foreign culture for things to run smoothly. It's not a company spawned by the devil,it's a standard Japanese company. If you don't mind being treated like a sheep, then by all means I recommend working here lol.

Sep 25, 2015
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change the management NEW
by: Anonymous

seiha needs professional managers and leaders. too many managers and leaders that when a problem arises you wouldnt know who to go to and in case you do, that person will point to another leader or manager or bucho or jicho etc. very bad bad management.

Sep 25, 2015
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seiha needs to hire professional managers!!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Most managers assigned in the office are not qualified to be leaders. They do only as they are told and that causes the problem because they tend to be one sided. they work for the boss so why care for the teachers. As long as they can keep their position they will only be barking until youve had it all. I feel sick in the stomach when i see those people behaving like they are Gods. Like they know best and they arw good at pretending they are doing a really good job. all i can say. imma puke now!

Sep 25, 2015
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Seiha is a very black company~ WARNED NEW
by: Anonymous

I can say "DONT WORK AT SEIHA -- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" ia a 90% true story of this company.
But it is all depending on which city you are working at. I can tell Tokyo, Kansai, Hiroshima and more places are having big trouble. The biggest problem is coming from the terrible management.

Here are same major problems:
a. Managment never listen to their workers.
b. Salary never increase, some area might increase 2000yen after you worked for 16 months.
c. They find wrong person to be the leader who is no qualifications and management skill. Of cos the results are very unprofessional and many
FTs&JTs quit their job.
d. Top management only want to hire "YES MAN" to be manager.
e. Discrimination to those FTs who are not white skin with blue eyes.
f. JTs can complaint FTs, but FTs cannot complaint JTs.
g. Leaders are very rude to employees. It makes employee hard to live.
h. Company only looking on Sales(amount of new entry Kids), all teachers have to go for sales campaigns. Teachers are sales person.

Daily working environments:
a. Most of the schools are very far away from the train stations. Employees have to walk around 15-30mins to the working location.
b. Even you can go by car, they won't recommend Foreigners teacher to go by car. Because they believe foreigners go by car cause more trouble.
c. Due to this company have no entry test for the kids, so all the time employees have to face Monster Parents and problem kids.
d. Some schools are very old and dirty. So you may have to clean them up by yourselves. Company do not spend money for cleaning up the air-cond.
e. They don't support any extra money for the classroom. So there is not enough material to use in the classroom. Non of the classrooms have computer and printer. They only use ipad (for Japanese teacher use only).
f. Leader do not support any information to FTs about transportation and school locations. It causes FTs always get lost and get in trouble.

Terrible Holidays:
a. Extremely hard to request holidays.
b. Never think about to have a long break to go home. If you try to get over 10 days off, they will try to get rid of you.
c. They are playing the grey zone of Japanese labour law, all the Full time employees only can get 8 days off in a month. All the public holiday you need to work.
d. Saturday work is a must be, Sunday job never pay extra.
e. Sometimes from School A to School B, you won't have enough time for your lunch. Means that you will lose your lunch time during transport from A to B location.

Teaching Quality:
a. They will only claim the FTs poor quality of teaching, but they never claim JTs.
b. All the meeting with Japanese Teacher, they will only use Japanese. No English explaination at all.
c. All the homeworks for students are hand made by Japanese teachers during the lesson time. Company do not supply any homeworks.

Conclusion:
Never think about to work for this firm. Unless you are really short of cash. This company will use anything to push you work with no right for foreigner teachers. Mean boss and discrimination are happening all the time. JTs and FTs always in and out. Your job never can be stable. Every month you won't know your next month schedule until the very end of the month. If you have family in Japan, this is a huge problem.

Sep 17, 2014
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Not So Bad NEW
by: Anonymous

I have worked for Seiha for a half year on a part time basis. I got to say the kids are great the pay isn't bad and the hours are easy. But the time management is horrible for my full time co-workers. They show up at 10 whether there is a lesson at 11am or 2 pm and they are forced to stay till 7 pm even if their last lesson is at 4 pm. They JT's can be over bearing not realizing the FT is the product and English from a native speaker is Seiha's selling point. Would I recommend working here? Yes, is there a future for long time employment in it? no. I believe after three to four years of A B C and 123 you will be burned out. I do also agree the curriculum doesn't flow from month to month and some of it seems useless but the kids really enjoy it and that is what counts.

Aug 11, 2014
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Seiha is a Black company. NEW
by: Anonymous

Many of your complaints are not valid and working at Seiha is easy but the problems that haunts this company are that they don't care about their good workers at all and they protect their bad workers for some reason. Also the guy who hires people basically hires anyone he can get his dirty little hands on.
Seiha will close more schools and more workers will be quitting because they don't deal with bad workers at all.
Feel sorry to parents that waste their money on this school, as you said some teachers cannot speak English what so ever.

Jan 19, 2014
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SO ON POINT! NEW
by: THE VOICE OF SEIHA

WOW! YOU NAILED IT!

Well done!

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