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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
560 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work environment where workers are really valued(in 142 reviews)

  • "Free travel opportunities (get to go on the tours they sell for free, either once a year or every other year depending on your position)(in 79 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, but teachers gets greatly rewarded for their time and effort(in 89 reviews)

  • "low salary and the schedule is a bit wonky(in 85 reviews)

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  1. "Fast paced challenging environment with great oppurtunities"

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    Former Employee - Accommodation Coordinator in Brighton, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - great networking opportunities - travel the world - work with likeminded people

    Cons

    - no overtime pay -weekend and evening work

    Advice to Management

    - develop full training manifests

    EF Education First2019-05-20
  2. "Work hard, social hard, with some great benefits"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at EF Education First full-time

      Pros

      fun people, lots of incentives, selling a product that makes people happy

      Cons

      pay is low, difficult to move up (more likely to have lateral moves)

      EF Education First2019-05-21
    • "A company that cares about her employees"

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      Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      EF really invests in its employees to the fullest as long as they perform well in the job, which is very fair. They organize 2 major company parties a year and another 5 happy hours in the year for special occasions. People are human and interact with each other with respect just like members of the same family.

      Cons

      I don't have anything to report just yet. :)

      EF Education First2019-04-29
    • "Experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at EF Education First full-time

        Pros

        International, fun, challenging, good salary, good people, usually good student, good for personal growth, travel, encouraging and supportive environment

        Cons

        occasionally really stressful

        Advice to Management

        More care for the the welfare of the teacher

        EF Education First2019-04-25
      • "Just getting started"

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          Current Employee - Online ESL Teacher 

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

          Pros

          The fact that they are based in the UK is amazing as there is no messing around with self-assessment and you can just crack on with things. They also offer a pension scheme.

          Cons

          Wage is only slightly above the national minimum and extremely low compared to what I can earn as a day-to-day teacher in physical settings.

          Advice to Management

          Consider further performance related bonuses/higher initial wage for teachers with proven years of experience.

          EF Education First2019-04-19
        • "Great EF Spirit!"

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          Current Employee - School Director 

          I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 9 years

          Pros

          Ambitious company who always strive for improvements & development! Colleagues really embody the EF spirit and make the work place a fun environment.

          Cons

          Nothing to share in this section

          EF Education First2019-03-21
        • "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 more 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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          "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 more 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
        • "Best job as a student"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
          No Opinion of CEO

          I worked at EF Education First full-time

          Pros

          Work in a truly international team. Really fun working atmosphere

          Cons

          Working six days a week.

          Advice to Management

          Make sure employees are paid.

          EF Education First2019-02-16
        • "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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