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EF Education First English Teacher Reviews

Updated 4 Jun 2019

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
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34 Ratings
  1. "Linguist Spanish English French"

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    Former Employee - English Language Teacher in Hastings, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, well organised, highly qualified and with career progression

    Cons

    Is only a summer job or a 2 year contract abroad

    Advice to Management

    Expand age range to adults and work all year round

    EF Education First2019-06-05
  2. "EF (London)"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely team and socials. I had lots of fun and good teaching experience.

    Cons

    Working Monday to Saturday and sometimes disorganised.

    Advice to Management

    To include London weighting. Per hour it's not much.

    EF Education First2019-03-29

    EF Education First Response

    April 2, 2019Engagement and Retention Specialist

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and for noting the advantages and disadvantages for you, while teaching with EF. Though we’re sad to hear that the role wasn’t a good fit for you, we are happy to see that you enjoyed the team spirit and that you had a positive teaching ...

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Online English teacher (UK)"

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    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -great materials -amazing students -easy to use their Online platform

    Cons

    -salary is too low for teaching position with a minimum increase every year which is barely catching up with inflation in the UK. - No opportunities to advance or earn more money. -No possibilities to do less than 15 hours per month. This can be an additional job for many, therefore, it should be a flexible contract.

    Advice to Management

    Wages should be matched to your competitors. Other Online teaching companies pay much more per hour.

    EF Education First2019-02-26

    EF Education First Response

    March 5, 2019Engagement and Retention Specialist

    Thanks very much for taking the time to share your feedback after leaving EF. It’s great that you were able to enjoy teaching online classes to our students from around the globe, and that you found it easy to use both our materials and online platform. We can assure you that EF ...

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    "The worst school I have ever worked at. EF Oxford"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fellow teachers- Some of the strongest people I've met. Sadly, no one who started with me in January 2018 remains there on a full-time contract. Students- You get some great students who can really make the difference between a good day and a bad day.

    Cons

    Appalling working conditions 40hrs a week, often with a double banking 30 hr contact time 'summer' timetable even in winter. Many teachers stay until 7pm even 9pm (unpaid) to plan and many come in on weekends. The management are out the door at 5.30 sharp. There is a mentality of don't bother planning, which affects class quality and teacher burnout. Understaffed and overworked, leading to teacher breakdowns in...

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    Advice to Management

    Incompetence and vindictiveness look very similar and you will lose your best teachers over and over again, not the ones with the highest 'ratings' but the teachers who can actually teach, if you don't change the atmosphere and attitude of the school. I have seen fantastic teachers leave and people who needed help not given that help and instead left to suffer. Your actions have affected people's lives and the teachers...

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    EF Education First2019-03-26
  5. "GOOD"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Very good working environment Clear development

    Cons

    Work life balance Management style

    EF Education First2019-02-15

    EF Education First Response

    March 5, 2019Engagement and Retention Specialist

    Thanks very much for sharing your experience. It’s always great to learn that employees enjoy the working environment and felt that they had clear development throughout their careers with us. I’m sorry to hear that there was not as high of satisfaction with creating work-life balance ...

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  6. "Summer Course Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Summer English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None. This company abuses the vulnerable and provides a poor service, all to turn a quick profit.

    Cons

    poor pay, bad management, long hours, unclear responsibilities

    EF Education First2019-01-04
  7. Helpful (2)

    "EF Full Time Online Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Straightforward, flexible, little preparation needed, can meet some really lovely students. Regular raises.

    Cons

    Having different students in every lesson means you don't get a sense of progression. Not much chance for career progression.

    EF Education First2017-10-02
  8. "Good training, poor franchise"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good for a first time teacher, lots of training, observations and meetings to attend. You will find you can progress quickly and gain confidence in a stable teaching environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, very average pay and a lot of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Do not focus on money all the time.

    EF Education First2017-10-09
  9. "Perfect Job For College Graduate"

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    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -job security -company size -easy job -rewarding work

    Cons

    -poor management -lack of communication -popularity contest

    Advice to Management

    Be more culturally aware of your employees.

    EF Education First2019-06-01
  10. "Great place to work and a lot of growth potential"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Quito
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a teacher you have a lot of freedom and a lot of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Pay depends on your experience level as a teacher

    EF Education First2019-05-28
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