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G.Com to Close Two Schools in Nagano

According to the Mainichi shuimbun, G.communication is to close two schools this month in Nagano. G.communication operates four GEOS schools and two children's schools in the prefecture. The Matsumoto school will close on the 20th and the Saku school on the 31st. A spokesperson called the closures the result of an "overall management decision."

Students were informed late last month about the closures. The Matsumoto school will merge with the NOVA Matsumoto ekimae school, while students at the Saku school have been given the option of going to the NOVA Nagano Ueda ekimae school or taking Ocha no ma ryuugaku lessons via videophone.

A mother with a son who has been taking lessons for the past four years at the children's school in Saku says that going to Ueda isn't an option since it's too far away. 

A brief report in the Chunichi shimbun fleshes out the "overall management decision" comment slightly by adding that the closures had to do with unpaid rent when G.com took over GEOS. (So, G.com didn't want to pay the rent?)

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Wait, are the newspapers and students surprised by this? Are they not covering the other school closures from Gcom? I have to agree with the assessment I read before that this was more of a cheap way to get new students, previous student records and open new schools.

They closed 90 schools to start, more have been closed since then or will be closing within the month. As have already been mentioned in the comments section previously.

Any attempt to divert conversation/discussion in here back to G CUMM or GEOS or G CUMM NOVA will be met with contempt.

NO-ONE CARES and EVERYONE is sick of endless G CUMM GEOS / NOVA mindless BANTER.

Further more, given the state of the "INDUSTRY", it is about time you shut this board down SHAWN, or called it something else.

Your board is dedicated to the pieces of the titanic, floating on the surface, and as you know, that does not amount to much.

EIKAIWA is FINITO, and we thank the Lord Jesus above, for that.

The Japanese have finally woken up to the Eikaiwa conmen and women, and about time !

I just hope none of Julia's former Nova Nagano chipmunks are negatively impacted on. It might tempt her back in here, and heaven forbid that !

See the X in the up hand corner of your browser? Click that and all your problems will be solved, its simple, takes 2 seconds, burns maybe 5 calories. Obviously you care enough to add your take on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8HnGLHDdXg

Meh.

G. Com has been closing schools where they see fit all along. They closed the Nipponbashi (Osaka) Nova this month. The school was perennially losing money (like 300,000 yen a month) and actually only one of two in Kansai to be like that (the other one is Nara Omiya).

in addtion - ALL the old geos shopping center schoiols are being closed down too

not surprising that they want to push as many of the old geos student base into nearby NOVAs

really- why do you think they made a play for GEOS in the first place.

Good luck to all you ex-geos mangerial staff, I would imagine the foreigners will be the first to be reassigned as teachers.

I remember a honbuchyo telling me she loved all the geos students.. I wonder of she called them all to apologise for incompetent management that resulted in the bankruptcy?

nah probably not

Shaun's put some interesting threads up in the past but what was the point of putting this one up

Purely FYI.

Shawn
Let's Japan.org::Blog

Anyone have an update about GEOS Canada given all the closings in Japan? My buddy said there have been some rumours (unsubstantiated) of GEOS Canada fighting for air. They took in a lot of group tours recently, but at a massive discount. They went ahead and hired unqualified teachers/ babysitters just to save money. Wonder what happens when the money dries up in September after the summer camp rush?

I don't get the sense that they are surprised, but perhaps they are just cluing in to the fact that closures have been ongoing since the takeover. As you say, the real story is that G.com bought itself some students and is trying to funnel them to the schools they want them to go to.

Shawn
Let's Japan.org::Blog

I really wonder why the scum from that Yahoo! Nova group is bringing their garbage over here. We all get it. You worked for Nova, they were screwing you before the bankruptcy with your constant bitching about cushy chairs to plant your useless asses in and they are screwing people after the bankruptcy. GET OVER IT. I mean, how many years ago has it been?

Yeah, as I mentioned on a previous thread, all the SC schools are shutting down by the end of this month. This only goes to show how little GCom cares about its employees and customers. There are schools with 150+ students shutting down and instead of GCom at least opening a new location in a cheaper, nearby area, they are pretty much tellling everyone to piss off if they don't like GCom's rules.

Now, the teachers have been warned SEVERAL times. I still don't understand what the hell is so difficult about saving a few thousand yen each month so they wouldn't be caught up like this. GCom is obviously taking advantage of teachers who are in incredibly difficult positions and simpl CAN'T go elsewhere.

If anyone is still working at GEOS, my advice is, once their temporary contract is up with GEOS, do NOT sign new contract, collect unemployment insurance while looking for a new job (you can stay in your apartment for 6 months before they legally evict you), and never look back.

GCom has:
- Taken away all bonuses from GEOS teachers.
- Taken away all national holidays off.
- Taken away Golden week vacation and winter vacation.
- Told teachers that for 3 months out of the year, they have to do "help shifts" anywhere GCom feels like sending them.
- Told teachers that they have to transfer anywhere GCom feels like sending them.
- Cut teacher salaries by anywhere from 25-30%.
- Told teachers that if they are late or sick, they get docked their regularity allowance. Sick twice, it gets docked for the following month.
- Are no longer allowed to socialize with students, which means no more parties and if you are "friends" with your students on mixi, facebook or myspace, you'd better take them off your friends list before you get a talking to.

So, seriously. Anyone who is foolish enough to sign this piece of crap really deserves whatever is coming to them from GCom.

Look for a big announcement in September for Canada GEOS. School closures? Just maybe.

If I were a student or parent, I would be careful about pre-paying vast sums of tuition to GEOS Canada. There is absolute no need to pre-pay tuition several months or more in advance. You can pay as you use the services.

Really?

I heard Uri Carnat was looking to make an exit in the fall or winter to pursue some sort of business program. I guess he is getting out of dodge when the low season hits and the revenue drop badly.

Just in case anybody is interested I just received the money I was owed from GEOS. Well 80% of it not including holidays and bonuses, at least it was something oh... and then they closed my School! and get this... they are referring the students the GEOS liquidators .... but the school was a g-scum school want it? I mean g-scum have been running it for for the last 2 months after they "took over", but somehow its still a GEOS school????? arrrg... so what, no one gives a shit anyway.

Are you seriously that bitter over the whole situation that you will make such bs statements. Or are you just completely misinformed?

If anyone is still working at GEOS, my advice is, once their temporary contract is up with GEOS, do NOT sign new contract, collect unemployment insurance while looking for a new job (you can stay in your apartment for 6 months before they legally evict you), and never look back.

Seems to me that it is better to have a full paying contract and look for a new job at the same time rather than collect 60% for 3 months, not to mention that it will take you 3 months just to receive your first payment because you were not fired, you chose to not sign a new contract. Also, great piece of advice, screw the landlords and squat because they were part of the reason things went to shit (lots of sarcasm). Guess you gotta take out your frustrations on someone.

GCom has:
- Taken away all bonuses from GEOS teachers.

Yes they have, but they have also taken away the responsibility of sales. no more counseling, no more pressuring the students, so why should you get any commision.

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Taken away all national holidays off.
- Taken away Golden week vacation and winter vacation.

Sure about that? I know plenty of folks who work M-F and they still have all the national holidays. Nothing has change in the shcedule as far as winter break either.

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Told teachers that for 3 months out of the year, they have to do "help shifts" anywhere GCom feels like sending them.
- Told teachers that they have to transfer anywhere GCom feels like sending them.

Teachers weren't told they had to, they were given the choice. The could say no to these stipulations, yes at a lower pay rate, but nevertheless, it was a choice.


- Cut teacher salaries by anywhere from 25-30%.

And with the cut in pay comes the cut in hours. No longer must you show up at 1:00pm and stay until 10. If your first lesson starts at 5:00 you can show up at 4:50.

- Told teachers that if they are late or sick, they get docked their regularity allowance. Sick twice, it gets docked for the following month.

This I agree with, it is bs and puts a burden on teachers, especially when their students show sick and create the problem in the first place.

- Are no longer allowed to socialize with students, which means no more parties and if you are "friends" with your students on mixi, facebook or myspace, you'd better take them off your friends list before you get a talking to.

So what? This was Nova's policy for years, but it never stopped anyone from socializing. All this means is that you have to be more careful about it. Put up your privacy blockers on FB and Mixi. Students and teachers will always socialize.

So, seriously. Anyone who is foolish enough to sign this piece of crap really deserves whatever is coming to them from GCom.

I am not saying this is a great place to work and that people are lucky to be where they are at, but it is not the hell hole you make it out to be. Sign the contract with reservations, make sure you are putting aside some money so if you do need to jump ship you can. Look for better opportunities, watch your back. Just stop all the bitching and crying.

Welcome to the world of NOVA. This is pretty much how NOVA always has been. The only difference really being that, with the old NOVA, if you had free lessons in your schedule, you still got paid for it at the end of the month. And the only forced transfers were for people who stuffed up and annoyed people too much at their branch. So yes, things have got worse.

Sorry to rub it in, but if you hadn't already realized it, eikaiwa like NOVA and GEOS don't give a monkeys about you, your welfare or your wishes. You're just another dispensible teacher to be used and abused as they see fit, and they will quite happily screw you over to protect their own backs. As long as you're working for them, you're going to have to accept that and try and get used to it.

This week's buzz is that Umima, who has been doing heaps of our Arabic sales and administration stuff at GEOS Ottawa for a couple of years or so, is saying byebye in the very near future. She has had a top sales record. Who is next? Sara? Hope not.

Dude, could not agree more with your post. You bet ya !

I think G.com should be closing schools. They're now in a situation where they frequently have NOVA and GEOS schools in close proximity to each other, and it is not sustainable. GEOS schools that are struggling should be closed and merged with nearby NOVA schools, and vice versa. If G.com really want to go on paying for rent and utilities for English schools less than a kilometre apart they're not just c**ts, they're also twats.

Umima 2: Thought Sara had the best sales record. Umima was second, right?

Well, Umima has been taking off a lot of work lately. Ooops, Uri won't like that one.......... ;-)

They bitched, the whined, the moaned, they groaned, but NOVA still stands tall, hiring each and every day. GEOS will be the same. You tried to kill NOVA. You tried to kill GEOS. But NOVA and GEOS are still the biggest in Japan, and are now combined. The Union failed. Private Enterprise won !

Go Go NOVA !

Go Go GEOS !

The Union will NEVER be rid of us !

Now just up moaners and whiners, and get back to work !

G Comm have rescued schools damaged by Unions. They are to be praised.

20:22 is NOT a free-enterprise lover. He is only doing that to stoke the fires and push his pro-union hatred..

GEOS is not "winning"! It lost a long time ago when it went BANKRUPT and was bought by Gscum. FAILED. NOVA gone, too. Unions have absolutely nothing to do with the business success or lack of. They failed because they were too controlled and protected by the Japanese government. Nobody investigated them even when they knew they were doing wrong. Corrupt government. Japanese style government-business protectionism and other connections. This is why Japanese business do not lead the world anymore.

Umima has been taking off work ("sickness") to look and interview for other work. Too bad some are so clueless. But she will quit GEOS before Uri knows because he is pretty oblivious to what is happening at GEOS schools these days. ;-)

Umima has been taking off work ("sickness") to look and interview for other work. Too bad some are so clueless. But she will quit GEOS before Uri knows because he is pretty oblivious to what is happening at GEOS schools these days. ;-)

Please check the title of this thread. It says Nagano in it. That's in Japan. If you really have to keep going on about Uri Carnat would you mind finding a thread with "North America" or "Canada" in the title?

Bankrupt GEOS and Bankrupt NOVA not caused by UNIONS? Really? Name your sources please, or shut up.

ANOTHER long-term teacher has left GEOS Montreal. Actually, he is my buddy and decided to work outside the country because can't stand the slimey manager at his school. He always told me how dumb his manager was, but kissed his ass anyway because he had bills and such. Best part is he would tell all kinds of inside stories about the Montreal branch weekly when we met for beers or martial arts practice.....great gossip and beer stories. Supposedly the manager is such a douchebag and the teachers all talk behind his back. Says a lot of GEOS in Canada and where it is heading. But my buddy is now doing better things with his life ("on a break") and away from that mess. All the better.

10:17 If you hadn't noticed, there were several posts before about "Umima" and "GEOS Ottawa." If you haven't, people seem to be interested in this and discussing it. It might not be related to the original thread creation, but this is where the thread has evolved to and what people must be interested in discussing. Get used to it.

Oh, and Gcomm, GEOS and unions all suck. ;-)

10:17 If you hadn't noticed, there were several posts before about "Umima" and "GEOS Ottawa." If you haven't, people seem to be interested in this and discussing it. It might not be related to the original thread creation, but this is where the thread has evolved to and what people must be interested in discussing. Get used to it.

Oh yeah? What people? Do you mean a clique of GEOS NA teachers who jumped on this thread and hijacked it? I really doubt that anyone is interested in any news about GEOS Ottawa, GEOS anywhere else in North America, Uri or Umima unless they have direct experience of working there with them. Much of what you all talk about is entirely meaningless to me, so with all due respect I for one would be most grateful if you could continue your discussions in a thread actually dedicated to the topic of GEOS in North America.

I am interested! In fact, some of the stuff that is coming out lately is highly interesting for people who are in the know or have some experience with GEOS NA. And some actually have figured out that there is a direct link between Japan and GEOS NA beyond normal operations, one that will be exposed soon hopefully. Sinister person behind it all? Sort of. ;-)

And do not worry about UrCarn...he is leaving this winter or maybe Spring (NA) at the latest. Even Gcomm doesn't even know that.

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