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EF English First Foreign Language Teacher Reviews

Updated 24 May 2019

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  1. "Good starter job"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai

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

    Pros

    Organized and helps you set up easily.

    Cons

    Long working hours and experience can vary wildly in different schools/cities.

    EF English First2019-05-24
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    "LIFE WITH EF"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EF helps you settle into a new culturally different environment, they will financially assist with you commute to China and provide food and a high quality hotel to accommodate you on your transition. Once settled into the company, they provide their employees with training, health support, expatriate support, and an opportunity to sign up for numerous teacher events each month for free. These events vary from a wide...

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    Cons

    However, everything that you sign up for you will not get. The hours worked for EF are abnormal compared to your average Monday to Friday 9-5 occupation. Sometimes there can be excessive meetings, trainings and annual events to attend.

    EF English First2018-03-16
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    "Just Run Away...RUN"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well...they get you to China I suppose.

    Cons

    Makes it deliberately difficult for you to go to another company by messing with your visa if they decide to fire you or you leave. This can't possibly be legal. You cannot trust anyone in management not to throw you under the bus if you have even a single issue. You only get 10 days annual leave. 10. Teachers are stressed out and overworked...and no one really cares because you should feel "lucky to be here."...

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    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people during the recruitment process. Also legitimate companies have a HR department so that you can avoid favoritism or unfair repercussions for making simple complaints.

    EF English First2018-04-03

    EF English First Response

    April 26, 2018Vice President

    Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear of your experiences. Please email us at teacher.feedback@ef.com so we can better address your concerns.

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    "Don’t work for Education Last- Run away!"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Shenzhen, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They get you to China- I suppose. There are lots of freebies- but they come at a price. Free TEFL, prepaid flights, and 2 weeks free hotel.

    Cons

    The salary is the industry low! Only 13,677 RMB a month. Many other entry level jobs pay between 16,000-20,000 RMB a month. For the TEFL, they do offer for free, but you will spend 120 hours on it. If you change your mind to go to another company, they won’t even give you option to pay for your certificate. It’s a very shady way of entrapping you. Just go to Groupon and get an inexpensive TEFL yourself. EF violates...

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    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your competitor’s wages. For example, Russian teachers working in China illegally gets paid way more than EF teachers. White boys without degrees get paid way more than EFers!

    EF English First2018-04-13
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    "Liked my job a lot,but got tricked by the recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at EF.The school facilities were top notch and the staff and students were excellent and very respectful.We always got feedback from the DoS and senior teachers and they always offered their support when necessary.They also provides efficient training early on in the contract and give you a lot of notes and other support.There are also career opportunities available to those wishing to stay longer...

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    Cons

    My recruiter blatantly lied to me.She offered me a ¥5,000 bonus upon passing probation and told me,via Skype and email,that it would be in my bank account once approved and that I would be entitled to a free domestic travel voucher anywhere in China.No pay arrived,or travel voucher,and when I told my DoS he was unaware that I was supposed to get benefits.I emailed my recruiter straight away and she insisted on lying,saying...

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    Advice to Management

    I would advise the recruiters to stop lying and be very direct with what they are offering those willing to sign!Teachers are flying from long distances to work overseas and don’t deserve to be scammed into signing a contract with fake benefits.Eliminate the corruption and provide honest answers!!!!!

    EF English First2017-11-28

    EF English First Response

    December 21, 2017Vice President

    Hello, we are very sorry to hear about your experience. It’s not normal for a 5,000RMB bonus to be offered just for passing probation. There are some bonuses that are tied to specific criteria within our Kids & Teens schools. I’ve already informed our management about your situation ...

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