Originally Posted by poly800rock
Alot of people I know who have independently taught in Japan have loved it and the people I know hated JET because they work you like a dog, but I guess Westerners that aren't used to the asian work ethic might be in for a shock, from what I hear, and yeah, you 99% probably won't get placed in a big city...
I think it is difficult to generalize about JET, or about teaching English at a private school. I worked much harder and more hours at the family run English school and the businesss consulting company that sent me to corporate offices to teach business English (both profit making enterprises) than I ever did on JET (a public high school).
There may be some pressure on JET to stay in the office until the vice-principal leaves, but there probably isn't any pressure to bring in or retain students, and no pressure to stack lessons one atop the other for 8 hours straight with only a five minute break in between them.
On JET, I taught 11 hours in a Mon-Fri week. At the family run English school, I taught 28 hours in a Tues-Sat week.
Your mileage will vary....