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EF Education First Reviews

Updated 16 Jul 2019

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
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  1. Helpful (9)

    "EF is a positive, fast paced environment where employees are pushed hard and turn-over fast."

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment, good professional development, international travel opportunities, cool product, beautiful office, nice location, great benefits and health insurance, passionate and attractive co-workers

    Cons

    You’re thrown into the fire, required to wear multiple hats at once, asked to work over-time and are substantially underpaid. EF has a complicated, unclear and at times misleading compensation structure and very high turnover, especially among entry level employees. The company is completely private about profit margins to its employees. The company also has few employees of color.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they’re worth and people will stick around longer than a year, be transparent, focus on hiring people of color

    EF Education First2018-03-12
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Low pay, Much expected"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    EF offers a fun work environment for recent graduates not ready for the jump into adulthood. There is a very relaxed environment, a beautiful office, and a bar on site. The people hired for EF are generally of the same feather - outgoing, fun, and nice. I have met some life-long friends at EF. Unlimited sick days and many vacation days mean that you get a good amount of time off (if you can get it approved by your manager...

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    Cons

    EF has incredible turn-over due to the lack of compensation. It doesn't take long to get run down by the daily struggle of being on the cusp of debt with no clear path within the company. Those who work hardest are often promoted when spots open up, which means management is typically ill equipped and seldom trained to actually lead a team or delegate tasks because they simply are hard workers, not leaders. It is difficult...

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    Advice to Management

    Invest in those who have invested in you, financially and/or with development opportunities. Compensate appropriately for the expensive city (Boston) that you are based in. Focus more on hiring experienced, capable management staff.

    EF Education First2018-03-21
  3. "ESL Teacher"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Weihai, Shandong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. Friendly staff. Comfortable accommodation. Affordable living costs.

    Cons

    Medium-scale salary. Language barrier with locals.

    EF Education First2018-03-27
  4. "EF Shenyang ex-Teacher"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shenyang, Liaoning
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really great working environment in EF Shenyang. The school benefits from a long-term foreign and Chinese staff - well-organized, plenty of resources and lots of help for new teachers. Excellent place for a new teacher looking to gain experience. They also strike the balance between it being a business and a school. There's a lot of emphasis on the quality of materials being produced and the teaching of the students,...

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    Cons

    During Summer and Winter school breaks, there are day-time courses for students (roughly eight weeks over the course of the year). These are often fun and more activity based instead of just teaching, but no extra pay and you have to work an extra day.

    EF Education First2018-03-09
  5. "Academic manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great, modern office; nice co-workers and work environment.

    Cons

    Visa process for expat employees is in the hands of inexperience recent graduates with no or little supervision. Professional development opportunities are non-existent. Lack of stable leadership. High turnover leading to job uncertainty. Underpaid and overworked staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees as professionals. Free ice cream will not help you retain qualified talent.

    EF Education First2018-02-16
  6. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, fun and positive people at work place. there is many a huge network in the world. I loved working with everyone at the office! It was the best work environment experience that I’ve ever had in my life.

    Cons

    I can’t think of anything. If I have to say one thing, it would be great if the company provides the retirement benefits.

    Advice to Management

    It would be better if they can make a long term strategy rather than short term strategy.

    EF Education First2018-01-18
  7. "a great company to work for, if you can self-manage and learn independently."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good culture and working environment

    Cons

    lack of system and rely too much on people

    Advice to Management

    build good system and motivational goals

    EF Education First2017-12-30
  8. "Multi-lingual Customer Service Specialisst"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at EF Education First full-time

      Pros

      Multinational and multicultural work environment

      Cons

      Not enough skilled and well-trained employees

      Advice to Management

      Cannot think of any advice

      EF Education First2017-11-18
    • "Business Analyst"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at EF Education First

        Pros

        relax work environment, good for internships

        Cons

        not very technical jobs...

        EF Education First2017-11-07
      • "Very Professional Company"

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        Current Employee - Teacher/Mentor in Shenzhen, Guangdong
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        (I work in an EF English Center in Shenzhen) Pros are: - The company helps you through the whole visa application process. - They also help you find an apartment - The work load is relatively light compared to normal 9-5 jobs. - The work environment is very accommodating.

        Cons

        However, the cons are: - You get 2 days off per week BUT those 2 days rarely fall on Saturdays and Sundays. - The centers follow National holidays BUT they don't have as many days off as public schools do. eg.(if public school get 7 days for the Spring festival you only get 4)

        EF Education First2017-10-23
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