EF Education First Reviews

Updated Sep 14, 2021

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EF Education First CEO  Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
910 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great company culture and great people(in 95 reviews)

  • "Company Culture, Benefits, collaborative and teamwork(in 75 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Sometimes long hours because you care for your job(in 137 reviews)

  • "Low salary compared to other companies(in 117 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company to work for, shame that they are having to temporarily shut down their platform

      Aug 18, 2021 - Online English Teacher 
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      Pros

      Reasonable pay, polite students who are usually engaged and ready to learn, easy platform to navigate, good support network.

      Cons

      No career progression, no real bonus scheme or pay rises for UK teachers, you will lose part of your pay if you cancel a class 2 hours before it starts no matter what the reason.

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      EF Education First Response

      Vice President

      We appreciate all your feedback. We're glad that you've enjoyed your time with our students, found the platform user-friendly and that the support network was helpful. We have certainly seen some teachers grow from teachers to Mentors or Coordinators and Academic Managers. Understandably those opportunities aren’t consistently available, so we’ve included a section in our weekly Newsletter called Careers and Opportunities. We’ve been listing vacancies within the company to help teachers see the different paths that are available to them. We are always listening to instructor feedback and looking for opportunities to improve.

    2. 3.0
      Current Employee

      manager

      Aug 30, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      nice enviroment in hk side

      Cons

      too far away to walk from mtr

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Aug 17, 2021 - Foreign Language Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      EF was a great place to work. I enjoyed working for them a lot. They have their own curriculum and plenty of supplies and resources to help you provide great lessons from the start. Getting to know everyone in the office was great fun and after long summers (seasonal change in shift pattern) we got to do some really fun team-building activities. One year we did Disney land, the next we did rafting. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, we were a little limited in other things.

      Cons

      Other companies in China are known to pay more. Many branches are franchises so the experience isn't universal. Sometimes it can be difficult to find other foreigners outside of the office. Sometimes it can be isolating depending on which city and where your apartment block is.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Slave-runners but friendly team

      Aug 23, 2021 - EF Activity Leader in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very friendly team, full of young people.

      Cons

      They take advantage of their employees, make them do overtime constantly and don't pay it. When you work for EF, you have to work 24/7. They do not respect your free time on your days off. The company is also VERY disorganised.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Disappointing

      Sep 13, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      There are some incredibly intelligent and interesting people at EF. If it wasn’t for these people there would be few to no good things to say.

      Cons

      The problem is the senior management team. They are responsible for creating and encouraging a toxic work environment to create “pressure” in attempt to fuel productivity. The result is an overworked and unmotivated workforce that burn out and leave or adopt the manipulative toxic traits of their leaders to progress.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Poor company to work for unless you can make it work for you

      Aug 18, 2021 - Teacher in Brighton, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Weekly pay Nice colleagues Opportunities present themselves to move into management pretty often Opportunities to get DELTA funding (not very well publicised)

      Cons

      Very poor pay Expectations to do lots of unpaid work (planning, grades, tutorials, marking work). Really high turnover Crappy, unmotivating company culture - hey let's do the EF dance, that sounds fun, right?

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      EF

      Aug 17, 2021 - Senior Operations Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Super Fast learning environment but generally everyone is super helpful and supportive. Great company to work if you love to be challenged constantly. Also, you need to be very hands on as it’s expected for you to “make it happen” whatever it takes.

      Cons

      Most roles demand a lot of traveling. Summers at EF are super busy (seasonal business), it’s very difficult not to end up working 7 days a week from May to September.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      It's an OK company

      Aug 11, 2021 - ESL Online Teacher in Peterborough, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Flexible hours- you can choose your hours and change them in advance -Easy lessons- The lessons are easy with little prep -Ok pay- Pays an average amount

      Cons

      -Pay deductions if you can't get in a class even if it's not your fault - Extremely poor support system -Extremely repetitive and boring

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      EF Education First Response

      Vice President of Recruitment and Employee Development

      Thank you for sharing your review. It's important to us that we are providing all our staff adequate support - we appreciate this feedback very much.

    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Lovely people but not enough pay

      Jul 28, 2021 - Accountant in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Very nice international environment, lovely people to work with

      Cons

      low pay and lots of hours of unpaid overtime

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company

      Jul 13, 2021 - Sales Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company culture and values The possibility to easily change role, location

      Cons

      Entry level jobs salary are not really competitve and WFH not always possible

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