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Updated Nov 14, 2019

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3.1
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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
39 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "English teacher"

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    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility to pursue other work also, gorgeous children & interesting work

    Cons

    Base line pay needed increasing

    EF Education First2019-09-26
  2. "Really great job!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Online English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    + Flexibility!! you are able to pick your own hours and you only have to work in the mornings!! so you can get on with the rest of your day +The online teaching platform is really easy to use!! All the content is there and how to approach the lesson, little preparation is needed!! + Not such a bad pay too!! You get paid a lot more than people in other types of part time jobs!! + Lovely and respectful... students!!

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    Cons

    Variety in the times you can teach, like teaching in the evenings or afternoons

    EF Education First2019-11-14
  3. "Huge Company"

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    Current Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher 
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - There's a lot of support before and when you arrive with visa documents, finding housing etc. - The schools are all super modern and clean - Class sizes are small maximum or ten or sixteen depending on age - Detailed lessons plans and lots of resources

    Cons

    - There are over twenty schools across the city, each run very differently. Lack of consistency between them can be frustrating. - Staff in charge of school who don't know how to manage. - Uneven teaching schedules amongst teachers

    EF Education First2019-09-23
  4. "Linguist Spanish English French"

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

    I worked at EF Education First for 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
  5. "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 for 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
  6. Helpful (2)

    "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 for 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 the staff room, I've lost count of how many teachers I have seen in tears due to stress and being pushed too hard. It is a very upsetting environment to be part of and at times can become violent, one teacher recently snapped and shouted and swore in the corridor and threw things in the staff room. Toxic environment of us vs them mentality with the management. The management are sorely under trained and lack basic man management skills. They allow anonymous, informal complaints with no evidence, to escalate into close door meetings where you are intimidated and questioned on every aspect of what you do. Such accusations can be- 'Negativity', 'undermining teachers abilities' or 'making teachers feel uncomfortable'. All with no evidence and all very stressful. Most of the complaints come from senior teachers who listen in on private conversations and report back to the management or simply make things up. It is impossible to defend yourself when you don't even know/understand what you said or did. This behaviour led to several teachers leaving and is wholly unacceptable, bordering on bullying. Further to this, the inductions are atrocious and almost non existent. The support is apparently available only if you go and ask for it and only when the office door is literally open which it is often not, leaving many teachers to make crucial decisions themselves. A teacher with little experience who recently started was fired instead of given support as his classes weren't up to standard and absolutely no one helped him. Chances of promotion appear to be based on how friendly you are with the management. Often candidates with a DELTA or more experience are overlooked for teachers who may have been there longer. A teacher who was on very good terms with the management quickly become a senior teacher (within 6 months), overlooking a candidate who had actually been there longer and got on well with other teachers leading many, whether true or not, to believe that the system is based on cronyism. Inappropriate messaging between teachers and students. Several teachers were privately messaging students on social media as well as clubbing and drinking with them. Most of them have now left. Poor quality classrooms and materials- 17 students in a class, some of the classrooms are tiny with barely enough space for 17 students and a teacher, in the summer the temperatures can reach unbearable and unsafe levels, causing students and teachers to feel sick. Only some have projectors and slow computers, a big disappointment for a 'flagship' school, many broken chairs or chairs with small flip tables despite students preferring rooms with tables. The EF books themselves are of the poorest quality: full of mistakes, awful audio recordings and answers to reading and listening that don't even make sense, they are often ditched for better books. Constantly breaking photocopiers. Students are paying a lot and receiving very little quality in return. All round unfriendly colleagues, outside of the staff room, with poor, unpaid, interns working ridiculously hard to try and keep students happy. A broken review system where a teacher is expected to get 4.4/5 on their student evaluations or expect to be fired and/or subjected to constant private meetings. The review system only determines whether or not the student likes you which is almost impossible to improve with many teachers becoming close friends with students or simply playing games with them in order to achieve a high rating. One teacher who received low ratings was hounded out of the school and spent her final week off due to stress and anxiety induced by the job. Any success or target achieved is met with sweets or ice cream as if we are children. This is a huge business with a massive turnover and there is nothing in the budget for bonuses for reaching targets or even to buy books. The salary is also too low, 18k a year is not enough to live in Oxford, one of the most expensive places in England. Many teachers share houses with people and still pay upwards of £500. Insanely high turnover, we lost 4 teachers in a week once, and in my one year there I saw possibly 20+ people come and go. Many sighting the working conditions and management as reasons for leaving

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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 at EF Oxford want to work hard and teach students not be used and then thrown away. The management need to take a long look at themselves and think about the damage they have done to good teachers. We all worked hard for the year and helped turn the school around and the thanks we got was shameful, competent managers must be appointed. Don't just appoint yes men.

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    EF Education First2019-03-26
  7. Helpful (2)

    "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 for 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
  8. "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
  9. "Summer Course Teacher"

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

    I worked at EF Education First for 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
  10. 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
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