Eigox is a low to mid-range (in terms of pay) online ESL platform serving primarily Japanese learners. In this Eigox review, we’ll take a deep dive into the Eigox teaching experience, Eigox pay, and Eigox reviews from real teachers regarding their past experiences working with the company. Given its relatively lax requirements, this platform is perfect for entry-level ESL teachers – but with important caveats.
Eigox made our list of the 14 Best Places for Teaching English Online to Japanese Students in 2021
Let’s get into it.
What Are the Requirements to Teach for Eigox?
The requirements to teach with Eigox are similar to other ESL platforms – with several notable exceptions: you don’t necessarily need a degree, prior teaching experience, or a TEFL certificate.
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General Requirements for Eigox
In terms of language skills, per the company’s guidelines, teachers must be:
- “A native speaker of English,” or;
- “An excellent speaker of English as a second language.”
Basically, if you are highly proficient at English, it matters not whether the language is your native tongue or an acquired tongue.
You must also commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week to stay in the good graces of Eigox management.
Aside from that, you will also need:
- A Skype account
- A PayPal account
- “Punctuality” and a “strong sense of responsibility” (enforced by penalties for tardiness or absenteeism)
Teaching Experience Requirements
There is no requirement for previous teaching experience to work with Eigox.
You will need a reliable, relatively fast internet connection. For a smooth Skype experience, you are going to require a minimum connection speed of 25 Mbps. Check your web connection for free here.
In terms of hardware, to teach with Eigox, you will need:
- PC or laptop
- Headset w/ microphone
Eigox Salary (How Much Can You Make)?
Each Eigox class is 25 minutes long. The company pays, correspondingly, in 25-minute increments.
In many cases, as any experienced ESL teacher who has taught abroad can attest to, non-native teachers can be much better than native teachers. Nonetheless, fair or not, Eigox has two separate (but not equal) pay tiers for native and non-native speakers:
- Non-native speakers: $1.50 per 25-minute lesson
- Native speakers: $5.40 per 25-minute lesson
So, for non-native speakers, that’s a little over $3/hr. For native speakers, that translates to roughly $12 per hour. Obviously, this pay rate is quite low for non-native speakers. However, even in the higher pay tier for native speakers, this falls short of the industry average of about $15/hr.
Also, when you are just getting onboarded, your first 10 lessons come in at half the rate, cutting further into the already-low pay.
The company does offer modest pay increases annually, so you can earn more if you plan to stick with Eigox for the long haul.
The company pays out every month via PayPal, which is an easy and consitent way to get paid.
The bottom line: other Japanese-oriented online ESL sites pay more – in some cases, much more (see later section for Eigox review alternatives).
What’s the Eigox Application Process Like?
The application, fairly straightforward with fewer steps than some other platforms, goes like this:
- Fill out the application form – your name, nationality, Skype info, etc.
- You will receive a prompt, following submission of your application, through email with instructions on creating an introduction video explaining who you are and why you are interested in teaching with Eigox
- Eigox will review your application and introduction video
- If they deem you qualified, you will receive an email within 3 business days asking you to join a representative for an interview via Skype (the company notes that there may be some delay in this response time currently due to COVID-19)
- You are accepted to join Eigox
- Your profile is uploaded to the website
- You wait to attract your first students
What Is the Eigox Teaching Experience Like?
Based on the information you provide in the application process, Eigox will create a teacher profile on its Japanese-language homepage. Clients (students) can browse through the roster of available tutors and select the one that they think best fits their interests.
This is why it’s critical, if you are going to land a steady stream of students to teach, to make the effort to make yourself shine – as you can see in the above screenshot, the teachers’ profiles are stacked next to one another one by one. If you don’t stand out, you are very likely to get “lost” in the sea of teacher profiles.
When students identify a teacher they might potentially be interested in learning with, they are offered a timetable of available sessions based on your availability as relayed to the company during the onboarding process.
As the recruitment page indicates, students who enroll with Eigox can, depending on their personal goals, select one of three class types. We’ve enumerated them below:
- “Free talk”: This is the most casual of the three. The goal is to build conversational English skills (as in, for tourism or socializing). The topics covered in this class type can include “hobbies, cultures, travel, life, sports, work, school, science, etc.”
- “Textbook-based learning.” The students who take these classes are typically interested in academic pursuits – for example, preparing for an entrance exam into a Western institution or for certifications like IELTS or TOEIC.
- “Using free online materials.” The internet has, of course, revolutionized every aspect of society and economy. It is absolutely full of free ESL resources – which teachers can use in any context, whether for online instruction or in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Sometimes, the student may supply specific materials that he or she is interested in covering.
Following each lesson, teachers are required to submit a report on the student’s progress within 24 hours of the completion of the class. Failure to do so will result in fines that, considering the already-low compensation, can be crippling for your take-home pay.
Eigox Teacher Reviews
Out of 21 Eigox reviews on the employment website Glassdoor, Eigox has earned a respectable 4.0/5-star rating. 87% of respondents reported a willingness to refer a friend to work with the company.
Positive Eigox Reviews
The positive Eigox tutor reviews generally revolve around three main upsides:
- Flexibility of scheduling
- Support from staff
- Friendliness of students
Negative Eigox Reviews
Predictably, the most frequent Eigox reviews from teachers is the relatively low pay and the competition for students on the platform (the high teacher-to-student ratio).
Paul here (below) is a classic example of why you should take every review you find online – good or bad – with a grain of salt. Paul claims that Eigox staff is “evil,” which he finds “sickening,” but provides no context or supporting evidence to back up his claims.
When you see reviews like this, there are two possibilities: a.) Paul is really, really justifiably upset – so much so that he cannot even type out his grievances without PTSD flashbacks or b.) there is another reason that Paul had a poor experience with Eigox other than the actual quality of the staff and platform.
If you have an interest in pursuing online ESL work, specifically in teaching Japanese students, you have several opportunities, all of which pay either comparably or significantly better than the work at Eigox. Check out our reviews of the following companies that allow you to teach Japanese students:
Keep in mind, though, that these platforms may have more stringent requirements in terms of teacher qualifications, such as TEFL certification or a bachelor’s degree.
You can also browse through dozens of regularly posted online ESL gigs from companies around the globe at ESL Authority.
Eigox Review FAQs
Let’s run down a few of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the requirements to teach with Eigox.
Does Eigox require a TEFL?
No TEFL is required to teach with Eigox.
Do I need a bachelor’s degree to teach for Eigox?
No degree of any kind is required to teach with Eigox.
Do I have to be a native speaker to work for Eigox?
No. Eigox accepts speakers of English as a secondary, non-native language if they are “excellent” in their skills. They do, however, have a preference for native speakers, so it’s up to you to shine if English is not your mother tongue.
The Bottom Line on Teaching English With Eigox
Eigox has been around for a number of years and earned a solid reputation as an online ESL platform. The positives of working with Eigox, based on the cumulative experiences of hundreds of teachers, are as follows:
- Strong support base from staff
- Flexible scheduling
- Friendly students
The downsides? The major four that stick out in our Eigox Review are:
- The 10-hour minimum weekly commitment. Other sites such as EnglishEverywhere that also cater to Japanese students have no such requirements.
- The low pay compared to other online sites
- Strict penalties for failure to appear on time to assigned classes
- Strong competition for students due to the high ratio of available tutors