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EF Education First Reviews

Updated 16 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Fantastic work environment with lots of opportunities to travel and meet amazing people" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Great work environment for an intern" (in 136 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance can be difficult" (in 59 reviews)

  • "Can turn into ver long hours during certain parts of the year" (in 83 reviews)

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  1. "GOOD"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher
    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


  2. "Best job as a student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

  3. "Established Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chelsea, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chelsea, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment where workers are really valued.
    A company that always wants to innovate and grow in the educational field

    Cons

    It is not a perfect company, but I can not say that there really is a cons.


  4. "A great place to grow!"

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

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work at the B2B division of EF, where we train the world's biggest companies in languages. It's a great mission. EF invests a lot in employee development and satisfaction. I get to work with a truly international team, and travel to many countries where we run operations.

    Cons

    Even though it's an established company, people work with an entrepreneurial mindset, which may not be suitable for everyone.


  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, free TEFL training (if you want it, you don't need it if you have a degree), a lot of independence given to you in the classroom. You have to follow a textbook, but can also mix up the way you teach and play games at the start and end etc.

    Cons

    Once you add in the time you need to take to lesson plan, the wage is actually not all that great. It's very clever how you're quoted per teaching block and not per hour, because this means that all lunchtime meetings, training, and overtime are not paid - you only get paid for your three hour teaching block.

    Watch out especially if you're applying to be a leader, as things like London trips do not include travel as part of the working day. This means you can end up working below minimum wage if you average out the amount of hours you've worked.

    Advice to Management

    The company is doing well and staff work hard. EF is a fun place to work but the fact we get paid so little (especially for a skilled job - teachers have to be qualified), really puts a downer on the experience and makes us feel undervalued and like you're cutting corners. Also - pay the host families more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Bother Unless You're Desperate"

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    Former Employee - Accommodation Officer in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Accommodation Officer in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Incredible opportunity to work with different cultures
    They do seem to recruit people with a good team ethic

    Cons

    Unless you're a teacher, pay is below par for any industry (production staff at all levels
    Required to work all bank holiday only with time off in lieu, which you'll never get because they're always so understaffed and over worked there's no time.
    They'll bring in junior graduate staff to help in the summer months from Sweden at 3 times the salary you make
    Very low morale
    Almost slave labour
    No growth unless you're one of the darlings network

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they're worth
    Appreciate what you have and you won't have to recruit for the same position every year, sometimes more.

    EF Education First Response

    8 Feb 2019 – Senior Recruitment and Development Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience with us was negative. In this fast-paced industry, we strive to offer to our staff a fun and dynamic... More


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at EF Education First full time as a senior software devloper. Good salary, nice office and environment, good people.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic sometimes. Not tech focused.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on tech.

  8. "EF London"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow and develop

    Cons

    I do not have any


  9. "No Support from Line Manager"

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    Former Employee - Homestay Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Homestay Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience and very dedicated and passionate people

    Cons

    No support from your line manager (school director), low salary, working 12-16 hours a day up to 6 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    You expect too much from people and don't understand those with families. I was discriminated by my line manager for having children. When I wasn't able to work until 22:00 one night I was told it was unacceptable and I need to sort out my personal life. I had started work at 07:00 that day. There is no care for student welfare to the point students terminate their course and go home because you don't want to listen to their concerns. The host families that you use are disgusting, but when you are told this you say EF can't be picky. You put money before everything else including student happiness and staff. What is more shocking is that you failed your ISI inspection in October 2017 and only just passed the follow up in April 2018. Yet you have not declared this on your website, or to parents. In fact, I can't find any record of you being inspected despite the fact I know it happened. You are very good at covering up bad press by paying people off. Be warned, do not send your students here or work for this company.


  10. "Unique work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment with lots of opportunities to travel and meet amazing people. Alot of pride in their company culture and always felt supported in my role.

    Cons

    Each product works very separately and it can take time to understand EF globally. Benefits could be better.