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63 English questions out of 63

28 March 2020

Does EF Education First offer massages?

Pros

At a recent internal conference, a member of the EF Pro cycling team (it's run by a confessed doping cheat...but they don't talk about that) was interviewed on stage. He was asked, for the benefit of all the new people, to describe what working at EF is like. He replied: "It's like working at the circus, man!" In so many ways, he was totally right! The circus can be a fun place to work! It travels around! There is cheering! There are bright lights and dazzling colours! There is nice food and drink (sometimes you get it for free)! They put on a nice show! You can rub shoulders with "glamorous" and "interesting" people! They will tell you they are doing "amazing" things! Every year is a "super-great!" year (even when it isn't). If you want to join the circus, then this is the place for you!

Cons

On the other hand...it's a CIRCUS! Most of what you see is all for show. It's not real! There is a dark side to the circus. When the lights go down and the cheering stops, its miserable. Behind the scenes, it's a con. There are some honest and talented people - jugglers, acrobats and lion-tamers - bravely trying to earn an honest living. But they are treated like dirt, lied to, deceived and not offered the sorts of things most employees in proper companies would expect - like respect and a real career. The circus is run by arrogant and self-serving people who you wouldn't trust with your wallet. Senior managers are just clowning around because they don't have any talent (and they know it) or because they have been given a job they are uniquely un-qualified to do and because even they know they aren't really making any decisions. It's a petty, small-minded, family-owned company. The owners decide everything, down to the policy on how many personal items you can keep on your desk (its one). Most people give up after a while because they know that, whatever they do, it's not valued...by anyone...and they are going nowhere. Worse still, bad managers (of which there are plenty) are jealous of their performers. They gossip and take credit for others' work behind their backs - to mask their own incompetence. For example: "Oh yeah, the trapeze artist is good...but they are useless at Excel!" and "Yeah, the lion tamer is brave, but their desk is very untidy!" Eventually, it just makes everyone miserable in a way that no amount of subsidized massages, free coffee and one happy hour a month can hope to fix. Good people are leaving - in increasing numbers. Most of their management practices are secretive, self-serving and amateurish. After 55 years they are still making it up as they go along. They are teaching the world to communicate...but its like the decision-makers have been asked to take a vow of silence and being inside their offices is like working in a library. People are afraid to say ANYTHING out loud in case it gets used against them by someone, somewhere. People will smile at you WHILE they are stabbing you in the back.

Advice to Management

No one cares about the circus any more. While all the decisions are being made by clowns, and the clowns are doing the hiring and firing...in the end clowns is all you'll have left (and cockroaches of course - they are great survivors!) But...when this madness is all over...you'll be busy telling your grandchildren about how the circus saved the world!

Eventually, it just makes everyone miserable in a way that no amount of subsidized massages, free coffee and one happy hour a month can hope to fix.

28 March 2020

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7 January 2020

Does EF Education First offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great work environment. The best people. Diverse community - EF promotes equal treatment of all employees (which is not always the case at other companies/start ups). On site perks like a restaurant & bar, travel opportunities, professional development, competitive benefits package. EF takes care and rewards people who work hard and care about the mission. If you do your job and you do it well, you will have a lasting career here.

Cons

If you are looking to make a six-figure salary, the reality is it won't be at EF. However, if you like the work you do and the people you do it with, it will outweigh your paycheck.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you're doing!

On site perks like a restaurant & bar, travel opportunities, professional development, competitive benefits package.

7 January 2020

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18 May 2021

Does EF Education First offer dental insurance?

Pros

Awesome people, travel perks, amazing benefits (PTO, healthcare, dental)

Cons

Minimal room for growth, sales job without sales pay

Advice to Management

Keep surveying staff, hear from them before you make decisions. Be agile and flexible. Look at other industries - stay competitive. Bring in outside perspectives.

Awesome people, travel perks, amazing benefits (PTO, healthcare, dental)

18 May 2021

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22 April 2020

Does EF Education First offer parental leave?

Pros

Random events and celebrations Building is pretty and modern Cafe has amazing food options Salary is not bad if you aren't entry level

Cons

From my first day at EF, I felt like I was at college freshman orientation. You are strongly encouraged to socialize at their bar downstairs after work or participate in activities like the EF games. If you are someone who wants to come to work, do your work and then go home and live your own life, this is not the place for you. I think that EF manages to succeed because they promote the "lifers" - people who have never worked anywhere else and don't question any of the processes (or lack thereof - they like to say this is because they are young and fun and not corporate). They aren't retaining new external talent because their current management is not receptive to any changes. In fact, they don't even care enough to give you an exit interview. Instead, they focus on surface level things to make their entry level workers believe that they are a cool, modern place to work and hope that some of them turn into lifers who know nothing about how an organization should run, because they have only ever worked at EF. Additionally, for a modern company who prides themselves on being global, their resistance to WFH and their terrible maternity leave policies are frankly embarrassing.

Additionally, for a modern company who prides themselves on being global, their resistance to WFH and their terrible maternity leave policies are frankly embarrassing.

22 April 2020

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7 June 2021

Does EF Education First have a pension plan?

Pros

- Great People: you will make friends for life - Gym at work (closed during COVID) - Cool and modern office

Cons

- Salaries are not competitive - Very little perks: no 13th salary, no health or pension benefits - the company will pay the bare minimum to the second pillar so be mindful about your third pillar pension savings. - Little flexibility on working from home and working from abroad - Great company for junior employees but after a while you realize how non-competitive the salaries are and 99% of employees that want to stay in Switzerland long-term will seek opportunities elsewhere.

Advice to Management

Need to make salaries more competitive to keep experienced employees. Also needs to include more monetary benefits related to health insurance and pension. You get a sour taste after a while when you realize you are giving your all but getting nothing in return besides a smile. Also needs to become more competitive on WFH and working from abroad benefits. EF has made up a rule that expats are not allowed to work from abroad due to Swiss laws, while almost all other companies are offering it.

Very little perks: no 13th salary, no health or pension benefits

7 June 2021

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