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EF English First ESL Teacher Reviews

Updated 16 Aug 2019

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  1. "Can be good or bad, depending on where you are placed."

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Efficient system Very clear career ladder Legal visa process Paid for lesson planning time

    Cons

    You don't always have a TA Summer and Winter course Relatively low pay compared to other TEFL jobs

    Advice to Management

    In some centers promotions happen within weeks, and in others promotions take years. You need to set a standard for this to manage expectations.

    EF English First2019-07-17
  2. Helpful (9)

    "The Good and the bad"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get plenty of classes working with EF. I was teaching 70 classes a week. The lesson plan is good. The pay is good.

    Cons

    After working 6 months with EF I was fired. The day that I was fired my lesson plan did not fully loaded up. I left the class and re-entered the class, I hoping the second time I would be able to see the lesson plan. However, this caused me to be 30 seconds late to class. EF was quick to terminate my contract and was unwilling to listen to me. I think they view their employees as disposable .

    Advice to Management

    Not to be so quick to fire and respond to your emails about tech problems.

    EF English First2019-06-25

    EF English First Response

    July 30, 2019Vice President

    We very much value the independent instructors on our platform and want to preserve these relationships for the benefit of the students on the platform, many of whom take lessons with the same teachers for several months in a row. For this and many other reasons, we strive to make ...

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  3. "EF Nanjing - Don't bother if you want more than a year abroad"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Nanjing, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Good with helping you settle in upon arrival (visa/bank account/SIM card etc) (Although actually they make everything seem rushed, only let you see 1 or 2 houses, and only give you 5 days hotel to settle in, find a house AND move) - Mostly paid on time - Good professional development (TKT exam every 3~ months) - Occasionally a free welcome meal/team building thing

    Cons

    Where to begin.... - Overworked from the beginning. They give you a week 'training' but its a lot of talk and not much else, then you're thrown into the deep end with a full schedule from the beginning. They don't seem to factor in that you also have to plan these 16 classes a week. In theory, it should be 42 hours weekly AVERAGED out over summer and winter course (we'll come to those) but it is not. I worked 45 hours...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't bully your staff into staying. Try to figure out WHY there is such a huge turnaround and do something about it. Don't expand so fast if you can't actually afford to have that many staff Dont open classes if their aren't enough teachers to have them

    EF English First2019-08-16
  4. "Some of your DOS's need to be looked into"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First for less than a year

    Pros

    The kids, colleagues and teaching resources

    Cons

    Work hours, salary, management and weird working hours during Summer and Winter programs

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff a little better... some teachers were cut so much slack for being a preferred race. They could take time off without being questioned and then some of us had to take on extra classes with no extra pay

    EF English First2019-06-03
  5. "STAY AWAY"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met good company to suffer through the dumpster fire with.

    Cons

    Our center painted the walls and laid new carpet in a building with no openable windows. Eventually, the staff starts getting sick. After one employee went to the doctor we find out its acute benzene poisoning. We had to fight to get the center shut down even after this. And a reminder, there are children going in and out of this literally toxic place. Our Canadian boss lied and dodged responsibility till he finally...

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    Advice to Management

    I honestly hope to one day live in a world free of EF English First.

    EF English First2019-05-27

    EF English First Response

    June 3, 2019Vice President

    EF follows the strictest standards for Health and Safety. These standards not only meet, but exceed all China government regulations. The safety and health and well-being of our students and staff has been, and will continue to be, our highest priority. Due to the very serious, and ...

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Don't waste your time working a month without pay..."

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    Former Employee - Online ESL Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work-from-home, exposure to unique people from around the world

    Cons

    You have to work two months before pay because they only pay monthly and you have to wait until the following month for your first paycheck. It started off nice and I felt like I was doing well when all of a sudden, they stopped adding classes to my schedule and my friend's despite us having high-scores as teachers even though classes were available, they just decided to phase us out. My friend and I opened EVERY time...

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs to care about employee retention as much as they do student retention.

    EF English First2019-05-15

    EF English First Response

    June 3, 2019Vice President

    Thanks for leaving a review of your experience working online with EF. Regarding your comments about pay, it’s required that teachers teach for a month, then submit their invoice after that month closes and teachers are paid thereafter. Class assignment is contingent upon student ...

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  7. "Management has very little respect for teachers"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First for more than a year

    Pros

    You can teach the material as you want. The slides are not lengthy. You will have repeating students, especially in the group classes.

    Cons

    You form good relationships with the students and then one day, management just gives you the boot without any adequate explanation. All the time and energy that you spent on the student is wasted, because he/she will now have to start all over with a new teacher who has a totally different style. Secondly, one of the managers was psychotic and phoned my house multiple times a day over minor things like a student being...

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect teachers. The relationships they form with students are more important than marginal revenue. If you want to hold teachers to an impossible standard, then at least they pay them properly. When teachers file cases, respond to the case within 24 hours, don't ignore it.

    EF English First2019-05-02
  8. "It's a good company, but be ready for the admin responsibilities."

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

    I have been working at EF English First for less than a year

    Pros

    There's career growth and development.

    Cons

    The schedule gets really heavy at times.

    EF English First2019-03-17
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Never Work for this Company"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Shenzhen, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They fly you out to China

    Cons

    Everything else I have been given horrible schedules that keep me isolated from my coworkers causing me not to interact with anyone. I have been told countless times how bad I am at my job even though I'm following their horrible curriculum. The training is a joke, and they want you to be chained to EF in everything you do. If you're at a really unorganized school like I was, they might accidentally terminate you...

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    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at your schools before sending a new teacher there. Also, take in consideration that these are your employees and they are people with needs.

    EF English First2019-02-01

    EF English First Response

    February 18, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for the post. We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at your EF school and that you feel you were treated unfairly. EF is committed to providing the best possible work environment for every employee. We take any allegation of unfair or improper workplace ...

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  10. "Worth the experience"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in China, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits such as furnished apartment, monthly team building,end of contract bonus, medical aid options.

    Cons

    You don't get a weekend or school holidays off as those are actually peak times :(

    Advice to Management

    DOS was really amazing. Very accomodating and flexible.

    EF English First2018-11-17
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