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EF Education First ESL Instructor Reviews

Updated 28 Jun 2017

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Classes are fun but need more guidance"

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    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at EF Education First part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great students and classes can be very fun - Many coworkers were cool and helpful - Facilities were brand new - Diverse group of countries represented - Academic Director was helpful when you asked for support

    Cons

    - VERY little guidance/support given initially, you essentially had to ask everyone else to explain things - Pay is relatively low in comparison to what the company is making - You need to use your own computers and materials were scarce

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your teachers, the ones who are teaching and bringing all of the students back to EF. Facilities are nice, but that doesn't guarantee satisfied students. If teachers are happy, students will be happy.

    EF Education First2017-06-28
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Customer service first, education second"

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    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Tarrytown, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues, some professional development, good HEALTH benefits if you can get them, great students

    Cons

    No paid vacation, even for full time teachers. No sick days, even for full time teachers, no salaried teaching positions, customer service first, education second. Classrooms are so so. Some have media access but for what students pay all rooms should have media access.

    Advice to Management

    There is no way to move up as a teacher at this school. The absolute best you can hope for is to be full time but NOT salaried. As a result teacher turnover is extremely high. It is a motivator to leave the school. Create salaried teacher positions and teachers may stay. Even a full time teacher only makes 25k with no paid vacation or sick days. This school is in Westchester County and only pays this much... pay teachers...

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    EF Education First2016-09-23
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Online English Teacher (ESL/EFL)"

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    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and pretty easy to pick up classes or to get substitutes if something comes up. The pay of $12 per hour is actually half decent compared to most online ESL jobs. Also, they can be relied on to pay your salary every month, so it's not some kind of online scam you have to worry about.

    Cons

    A) Summer time is very slow!! It's really hard to stay at the same income because there are too many teachers and not enough students at that time of the year. B) Honestly, most of the curriculum is embarrassing to teach. It's just very low level. C) They allow 6 or 7 students into an online class at a time, which is too many to be productive D) Grading writing assignments should be optional.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down the hiring process in April so teachers who are already working for EF can pick up a decent number of teaching hours over the summer. Also, quit letting students sign in on their mobile devices - the sound is atrocious and ruins the class for everyone.

    EF Education First2016-08-29
  4. "Great opportunities/ Salary not too high"

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    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company provides you many opportunities to develop through free online courses, a lot of training and a free TKT test. It is very reliable and I have never worried about my salary or visa.

    Cons

    Salary is not too high.

    EF Education First2016-01-11
  5. Helpful (4)

    "You can probably find a better job..."

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      Current Employee - ESL Instructor in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
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      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at EF Education First

      Pros

      The materials EF provides (books, powerpoints, games, etc. ) are well done and appropriate for the students. The students can often be very engaged and excited to learn. Teaching-wise it's been a pretty good experience and I've definitely sharpened my ESL skills.

      Cons

      The pay is low, and most teachers end up putting in a lot of hours their not paid for. Most teachers are part time and the company refuses to hire more full-time teachers despite the need. So as a part-time teacher you might work more than 40 hours a week, not get paid for some of these hours, and certainly not get any benefits and you could lose all your hours as soon as something changes. You're rated as a teacher...

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      Advice to Management

      Hire 10 full-time teachers instead of keeping a team of 20 part-time teachers. Treat your employees like humans rather than expenses that should be cut at every opportunity.

      EF Education First2016-01-02
    • Helpful (2)

      "Meh..."

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      Former Employee - ESL Instructor in Chicago, IL

      I worked at EF Education First

      Pros

      The students are all 25+ and super-motivated to learn English. They are, for the most part, diligent, dedicated, and delightful to have in class. Schedule is flexible, allowing for vacations when desired, but there is no paid vacation time offered, for full- or part-time teachers.

      Cons

      Prep-time for classes is unpaid, as are many (unnecessary) administrative tasks. Much is asked if teachers outside of the classroom, none of which is paid. High turnover rate for teachers. Management demands more of teachers than is usual/should be expected.

      Advice to Management

      Show your appreciation for teachers by paying them for prep-time! Offer benefits for part-time teachers who have been there awhile.

      EF Education First2015-09-10
    • Helpful (4)

      "Part-time ESL teacher"

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      Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at EF Education First

      Pros

      students, facilities, location are great but they do not outweigh cons

      Cons

      low hourly wage, almost 20 contact hours a week considered part time, revolving door = teacher retention rate very low

      EF Education First2015-09-04
    • "ESL teacher - great for a while, but not a career/life"

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      Former Employee - ESL Instructor in Chicago, IL

      I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Really great co-teachers, a good sharing, supportive team of people that become your friends Amazing opportunities to meet students from around the world. There are is a strong enough curriculum that you don't have to plan lessons from scratch, but enough leeway to be creative, and if you do it right, teaching is fun!

      Cons

      no benefits, sick days/vacation, or job security (based on enrollment) you're only paid for the time you teach, not planning or grading, or student relations on your lunch and lesson prep on the between class "breaks" I had the opportunity once to mention these cons to upper management and was chastised for it a month later in my "interview" for a higher level position.

      EF Education First2015-08-15
    • Helpful (1)

      "Language instructor at EF Cambridge/Brighton"

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      Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Cambridge, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
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      I have been working at EF Education First for more than a year

      Pros

      cool people, young, vibrant atmosphere

      Cons

      contracted positions are treated as expendable.

      EF Education First2014-07-09
    • Helpful (3)

      "Big company, Not a lot of transparency and little room for promotion"

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      Current Employee - ESL Instructor in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at EF Education First (Less than a year)

      Pros

      Very team oriented and an interesting and dynamic setting to work in. Very rewarding to shard cultures and learn a lot about the world along the way.

      Cons

      Long hours, low pay, minimal raises and any promotion will see a (perhaps) small bump in pay with a lot of added responsibility and stress.

      Advice to Management

      Be clearer and move direct with directives, fight to keep good, effective, popular employees. Have plans in place to quickly replace employees who do inevitably go on to bigger and better things. Offer more health benefits to employees as well.

      EF Education First2014-05-11
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