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EF English First Director of Studies Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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Jacob Toren
6 Ratings
  1. "Sales Sales Sales"

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    Former Employee - Director of Studies 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are hard working and really want to make a difference. Some of the academic managers are nice and want to help you develop. Students and parents are friendly and fin, and the facilities are generally well maintained and new.

    Cons

    If you come to Guangzhou is is all about politics, they have fired people on maternity leave (moved them to inferior positions) the GM moves people on a whim, decides she doesn't like someone and then gets rid of them. The experience completely depends on manager. If you are foreign you are not respected, the only thing that matters is the CD and making a sale. They don't care about your opinion, your complaints or your...

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    Advice to Management

    focus on Academics not sales all the time. Treat foreigners with respect and not contempt.

    EF English First2019-07-15
  2. Helpful (3)

    "EF Changshu - The Truth"

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    Former Employee - Director of Studies in Changshu, Jiangsu
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    During my time at EF, I worked for three centers as well as in the Shanghai Headquarters. Here's the truth: EF Changshu hijacked my heart for life, and nothing else I've ever been a part of quite compares to the fellowship and camaraderie you feel on the adventure. For me, the experience was everything that I'd hoped it would be and more... The location is perfect for an authentic Chinese experience - in the centre...

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    Cons

    If you are interested in finding the job with the most money, then this isn't for you. If you learn and grow here, it is possible to be promoted - but still, even the promotion, even with all the opportunities it offers, doesn't come with a big chunk of money. However, if you keep going then the professional experience you gain can turn into big bucks down the road. Trust me. As a manager, I was overworked. The local...

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    Advice to Management

    Of course, more money would be great but that decision comes directly from the investor. For managers there needs to be a more narrow focus of responsibilities and less pressure. Only hire people who bring the right attitude! ;-) Thank you for everything!

    EF English First2018-09-23
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director of Studies China Franchise"

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies in Hangzhou, Zhejiang
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Able to meet, work with, train and develop a large number of interesting people from all walks of life. Fast paced work and never a dull moment. Many opportunities for personal and (funded) professional development. Rewarding position with quick evidence of development of staff and students.

    Cons

    High staff turnover can sometimes be demoralising. Talent is sometimes thinly spread. Better staff retention will help this.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more reasons to stay. Think carefully about product lifecycles and product turnover - This is a constant source of problems in my working context.

    EF English First2017-07-31
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Good Training, Low Salary & Inexperienced Management"

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of learning opportunities for motivated staff, although you have to seek these out. Good for meeting like-minded people living abroad.

    Cons

    Salary is very poor in comparison to competitors', and they mis-represent this on job adverts. Teachers who don't pass probation are expected to pay for their own flights home, after putting a non-refundable deposit down on an apartment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers fairly and with respect. Pay on a similar level to your competitors so teacher retention isn't as high. Don't take away all decision-making ability for teachers in the classroom.

    EF English First2017-03-08
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Steep Learning Curve"

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies in Tianjin, Tianjin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very steep learning curve throughout your entire career with the company - this is a job you often walk into having very basic skills under your belt, but you are given adequate support and training to be able to hit the ground running. These are skills which are transferrable to different industries and which are achievements that can be looked upon as positive personal milestones. The company is very well-organised...

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    Cons

    Work hours can be long at times, but are generally balanced in the long-term. Sometimes we need to work holidays/festivals (Halloween etc) but management are always quick to jump in and buy us dinner when this happens. There are "extras" we need to do, which are often viewed as a drag, but in the long-run, it depends on what attitude we spin - these are actually good team-building opportunities to get to know the other...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and thank you for the continued opportunities I have been given as an employee to succeed, and as a human being, to grow.

    EF English First2015-12-03
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    "Terrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They do take care of visas, apartments and the school are very nice (image-wise), the students are amazing and the parents are very nice but that's as much as it can be said.

    Cons

    Management is terrible, they are not clear as to goals, action plans. I have been working here for a long time and my managers have not offered any kind of support only threats that if I don't do my job as they see fit then we need to think about other options, but this is not the worst, the school is actually falling apart with chipped paint on the walls, the desks for the students are bent and if you light bulb goes...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide better feedback and take better care of your facilities.

    EF English First2015-02-16
  7. Helpful (2)

    "I've liked it so much I've spent four years within the EF franchise, moving from a teacher, senior teacher to DoS.."

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies in Qingdao, Shandong
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The possibilities of promotion are very real and for a teacher with a real interest in making a career in the ESL world EF is a good place to be.

    Cons

    One minor issue for new teachers is adapting to higher hours in the winter and summer intensives but I have found once you've done one the others come easily.

    EF English First2014-12-02
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Working with EF has been a growing experience in which I have developed a very diverse skill set."

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Being able to use a great product really enables teachers to develop students and really see their progress over time. Having a strong academic support structure also helps to improve teachers' abilities and promote their self confidence as well as their avheivement.

    Cons

    Sometimes flexibility is required when dealing with parents and center intiatives. Events and activities can often be put through with little notice. Cultural differences when dealing with management also need to be understood well for best results.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure product launch deadlines are met as well as all of the resources with the products. Small Stars Second Edition didn't have the pronunication videos for a while after the product release. This is felt with every academic staff member across the world that uses this product and generates the same discontent.

    EF English First2014-07-22
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