Pros: 1.colleagues: there’s good camaraderie amongst the teachers, 2.students: a minority are great to teach and/or have very interesting jobs, 3.vacation: if you give enough notice it’s quite easy to take paid or unpaid vacation, 4.not much stress: the job starts and finishes with the bell.
Cons: 1.work schedule: most of your lessons will be in the evenings and on weekends., 2.salary: 250k p/mon. (+derisory bonus/pay rise) is ok if you’re young+single+live in a cheap place., 3.training: even the trainers are untrained because b. invests in no-one., 4.management: while it has a great reputation on the outside the opposite is true on the inside.
I worked in Tokyo for four years as a full-time instructor until I left last year.
All things considered, I’d recommend it if you are young and are thinking of working there for 6-12 months.
In the first year, you’ll meet some great people (colleagues and students) and you’ll learn a lot about teaching and about Japan.
Stay longer though and you’ll – more... realize that you are going nowhere.
Essentially, it should be viewed only as a short-term job. – less