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hip-hop boy78



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:19 pm    Post subject: INTERAC Reply with quote

hi!
i was thinking about applying to go teach in japan with interac as an ALT but before deciding whether it's the right thing for me i was hoping to hear from some current or previous interac teachers, i'd like you guys to tell me about your experiences with the company in japan and whether it is/was positive/negative and why. any tips you could give would be great. thanx!
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Tonester



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Location: Ojiya, Niigata Pref

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stay away from them!! They have had many problems with paying their employees. If you are happy to get paid late every single month then they are the people to work for!
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TokyoLiz



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If money's not an issue, then I'd say sure, Interac is fine Mad
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Iwantmyrightsnow



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have seen a number of problems recently with interac -

-Failing to enroll teachers in unemployment insurance.

-Failing to at least offer Shakai Hoken when they are legally obliged to enroll full-timers (and those working 3/4 of a f/t) schedule.

-Denying people vacation days because there were a few days between contracts.

-Eliminating transportation reimbursement depending on the dispatch BofE.
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einsenundnullen



Joined: 07 Jul 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They don't pay transportation in some cases? Ouch. I've never met a Japanese who didn't get some stipend from his/her company. I don't know of any other foreigners who don't get it either, although I'm sure there are some.

The most impressive stipend I've ever seen was of a guy who worked in building supplies, iirc. He lived around Takao, and his office was near Harajuku or Shibuya. A 6 month JR commuter pass was over 100,000 yen. Apparently his company paid beforehand, not after (I suspect many/all of them do this, but I'm not sure). So, they put the cash in his hand, and what does he do? Gets a 3 month pass and loses the other half at the horse betting parlor. Heh.

Chris
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Iwantmyrightsnow



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Osaka at least, Interac is getting tight with the transportation. It depends where you are dispatched to. Some people are getting nothing, some get partial, some get all. Stinks because we all know most, if not all, Japanese workers get it. Interac are just squeezing every last dime out of its foreign workers. Even the worst contracts they have, they seem to skim about 150,000yen off the top. Even after paying payroll taxes etc they must be clearing over 100,000yen per month. Not bad when you consider they spend next to nothing on training or resources - despite what they tell the Boards of Ed.
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becmaha



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hip-hop boy78

I was curious about Interac before I came to Japan too, so I came to this board to check them out. I saw 99 percent of the comments about them were bad. I took the job anyway though, and I have had no problems with them so far. I have been with the Chiba branch Interac office for 3.5 months, and I have not received a late paycheck, I have been reimbursed for all my transportation, and there have been no problems with any of the other topics mentioned by the others. They even remind me to fill out reimbursement forms for postage if I ever have to mail them something.

I'm sure there is some truth to the stories you hear, but remember that it will depend on the branch. I would also remember that it is human nature for people to come to these boards when they have a problem, because they want to warn others. But there are plenty of people who have good experiences too -- they just don't feel drawn to the message boards because there is nothing to warn others about.

One other note -- the pay will probably be better through other programs (JET namely). But the Y 250,000 (this is a general figure - it will depend on your area) from Interac isn't a scam. I find it is plenty to pay the bills, have fun and save a little.

Good luck.
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Willy_In_Japan



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to work in one of the 'Big 4', and would typically work tuesday until saturday. During the week, I would leave home at noon and arrive back home at 11pm. On saturdays, I would leave home at 10am and get home at 9pm. I earned a base of 250,000 with some perks for 'extra payment' and free health care. Holidays were a week at new years, a week during golden week, 10 days off which 5 could only be taken at a time and NOT beside Golden week. The result is that the best you can hope for is maybe 2 weeks off at Christmas if you don't arrive in Japan four months before Christmas as there is a waiting period before you can take holidays upon starting a contract. Taking your 10 days beside golden week and going on 3 weeks holiday is NOT an option. You ALSO recieved "National Holidays" however, most of them fell on Monday, so since monday was your 'day off' you got screwed out of them. So, maybe 3 or so extra days a year with this particular conversation school.

Interac on many ALT contracts, pay the base, but deduct in August and December.....the result is that you don't make as much money. Ive worked for them for 13 months now, and never has my pay been late. They do pay a 'month behind'......ie November pay at the end of December however. A typical work week for me now, is leaving home at 7:30am and arriving back home at 5pm monday to friday. They have given me permission to find private part time work as long as it does not effect my duties at my placement. The potential is there to spend the evenings making money teaching private classes, although I don't have any at the moment. Holidays are approx depending on BOE, 2 weeks at new years, A week (unpaid) in March, golden week, 40 days in July and August, and ALL National holidays regardless if they fall on a monday.

A lot of people have been saying to 'stay away' from Interac. Well, if you can get a better deal, more power to you. However, take your pick. Oh and one more difference. In Interac, I teach 18 50 min classes a week. At the conversation school, I taught about 33...........and Ive never been asked to sell a book or a contract to a Junior High School student.

(Edited to change a mistake I listed as 45 min classes instead of 50min)


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homersimpson



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In Interac, I teach 18 45 min classes a week

At a JHS? How did you manage that? Do you show up only on "B" course schedule days? 'Cause a typical JHS class is 50 mins.
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Mike L.



Joined: 28 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They do pay a 'month behind'......ie November pay at the end of December however. A typical work week for me now, is leaving home at 7:30am and arriving back home at 5pm monday to friday. They have given me permission to find private part time work as long as it does not effect my duties at my placement.



This says it all to me. Paying for November at the end of December is pushing it!

"Permission." What's this?

It's none of their business what you do in your free time. Teaching privates included!
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Willy_In_Japan



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I did make a mistake and classes are 50 mins each. Im teaching 18 classes a week. Today for example I had 3 classes scheduled. One got cancelled.

Paying November at the end of December is their scheme. It doesnt make it 'late' if they pay when they say they will pay.

It is your choice what you think is better. Sounds like you guys would be better off at GEOS.

Sure, every job has annoyances, but take your pick. Persnally, I'm glad I dont have to do 'teachers meetings' that talk about sales levels.


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Willy_In_Japan



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, and permission.......

Well, when I worked at GEOS, I was told that if I taught english on my own time.......even if it was 'language exchange'.....that I could and would be fired.

Even if I had the time to get privates, which I didnt because I worked until 11pm, I could and would be fired if GEOS found out.

So, my company has no problem with it.

You can get indignant over it, while you are earning 3000 yen an hour for your privates. Whatever.
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Mike L.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It is your choice what you think is better. Sounds like you guys would be better off at GEOS.


Did the OP or anyone else here, besides yourself, mention GOES? Who are you talking to here?

Stay on topic, makes for a much more productive thread.

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You can get indignant over it, while you are earning 3000 yen an hour for your privates. Whatever.


You missed the point, they have no right to tell you what to do in your free time.

Are you peon or an employee?

If you stand up for yourself once in a while you'll find it works!

One of the reasons INTERAC can get away with it's irresponsible behaviour is people will accept it!


This bit about 3000 yen that's really funny! LOL Laughing
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Willy_In_Japan



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did the OP or anyone else here, besides yourself, mention GOES? Who are you talking to here?

Stay on topic, makes for a much more productive thread.



It is on topic. The topic is Interac. I contrasted it to one of the conversation schools. It is a fair comparison.

Specifically I was talking to you. You seem to have such a problem with them, that it is obvious to me that you would be happier at a conversation school.
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You missed the point, they have no right to tell you what to do in your free time.

Are you peon or an employee?

If you stand up for yourself once in a while you'll find it works!

One of the reasons INTERAC can get away with it's irresponsible behaviour is people will accept it!


This bit about 3000 yen that's really funny! LOL


You obviously missed MY point.

Geos tells people what they can and can't do, and they fire them for it. Interac isnt 'gettting away' with anything here. They simply asked that I not compete with them directly and that it not interfere with my duties at work. It is a reasonable request. There is nothing to 'stand up to'. Now, if you were talking about GEOS, maybe you would have a point. However, the fact is, they would fire your ass.

I'm glad you find humour in the fact you can make 3000 yen an hour teaching private students, and that you have the opportunity to do it teaching as an ALT versus working at a conversation school.

Ive worked both, and my quality of life is better now. End of story.
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King Kong Bundy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonester wrote:
Stay away from them!! They have had many problems with paying their employees. If you are happy to get paid late every single month then they are the people to work for!


Wow from reading this one and the other ones I guess it is all perspective. I work for Interac and have been treated fine and paid on time most of the time.
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