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EF Education First Reviews

Updated 19 April 2018
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EF Education First CEO Eddie Hult
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  • Work life balance can be a little tricky (in 51 reviews)

  • Management does not care about employees working long hours (in 74 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of opportunities to try new things and work with fantastic people from around the world!"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Despite being a large, global company, the culture is incredibly entrepreneurial. It means that you will have the chance to work independently and try new things, whether that is a new task, a different role or an international transfer. You will also have the opportunity to work with people from all around the world. Across the offices I have visited, there is a real 'can do' attitude and buzz within the office.

    Cons

    The downside to be given lots of responsibility and having the opportunity to try new roles is that the learning curve can be steep and a lot of the training happens on the job.


  2. "Great company with amazing people but not perfect"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by fun, smart people from all over the world. The offices are also very nice places to work.

    Cons

    At the heart, it is still a very sales-driven organisation. Therefore, some decisions are more with PL in mind first.

    Advice to Management

    The senior leaders and management trainees have very similar backgrounds. There is an assumption that you need to have gone to a certain school or worked at a certain consultancy to get a senior position. Drawing from this same pool hurts internal moral and can create a groupthink.

    Also, while the ratio of men/women managers is amazing, the offices can be monochromatic.

  3. "great team"

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    Current Employee - Student Welfare Officer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Student Welfare Officer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has great culuture and wonderful environment

    Cons

    bad management and more training is required

    Advice to Management

    more training


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Big company with strong start up culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and fast-moving place which offers a massive range of intra-company opportunities, and encourages you to take them. Autonomy and accountability are high, espcially at mid-senior level and above.

    Cons

    Could work on training and development for employees further. Most learning is on-the-job and depends on your self-motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like customers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, chaotic, not always organised"

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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

    Engaged, energetic and generally committed staff
    Lots going on
    Opportunity to move around business, lead new initiatives
    Quite a lot of early delegation / responsibility
    Great office

    Cons

    Very personality driven at senior level (there are favourites)
    Not always brilliant for product and tech roles


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing people and culture"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company culture, endless career opportunities, fast paced, international, innovative and great people. A company full of drive and positive energy.

    Cons

    You get a lot of responsibility early on in your career at EF which is great. It does however sometimes lack in structure, strong leadership and mentorship.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard and it pays off"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very staff focused company. I have found that they are prepared to invest in your development and will support you as you grow within the organisation. EF is agile and will support your ideas if you can justify them. They are not afraid of change and this lends itself your growth. It's a huge company so if you find you want a change after a few years, there are plently of areas to move to.

    - The office location is great, and is kitted out with lots of cool art. It also has a nice buzz about it and people are friendly.

     - Great leaders

     - Work life balance is fine if you are an organised person

    Cons

    May not be a con for some but you need to put in the work to be noticed!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Working with amazing colleagues around the world selling products that genuinely changes peoples lives"

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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

    Having an amazing set of colleagues around the world is prizeless. Its also fantastic to work in a place where you can truly balance the power of business with the pride of knowing that the products we sell genuinely help to transform peoples lives.

    Cons

    There is always a flip side to the entrepreneurial spirit as the processes are not always there when you would like them to be. However, I would pick this challenge over the opposite any day of the week.


  9. "Acceptable for summer job but not a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun company and lively team!

    Cons

    Can be stressful working with children and pay is low.


  10. "Activity Leader"

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    Former Employee - EF Activity Leader in London, England
    Former Employee - EF Activity Leader in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly young and international environment

    Cons

    Mostly outdoor, sometimes schedules would change with very short notice

    Advice to Management

    None


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