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Updated 28 May 2019

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  1. "Overview of being an international teacher at EF"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - VISA process is super easy, to a point that all you need to do is provide what they need and it will be done for you - opportunity to learn the local language - career mobility within the company - initial teaching certificate provided and then if you want to advance, you will have a 50% off in the more advanced certificates - lots opportunities to travel - great healthcare and employee benefits and perks - very...

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    Cons

    - salary is not the best - work hours can be long if you work at kids school (not teens school, and not sure about adults and online) - not being able to have saturday and sunday off, but instead you get two days during the week off

    EF English First2019-05-28

    EF English First Response

    June 3, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for sharing about your experience at EF. We are thrilled to hear about your positive experience relocating to China and that you've felt supported through the certifications, training programs and benefits provided. We take pride in this and ensure teachers receive ongoing ...

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Some good people but the company SUCKS!"

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    Former Employee - International Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really nice and capable people. A lot of lesson support with handout materials. Good on the "front-end" and getting people in, but ...

    Cons

    Really bad on the back end ... providing follow-up and help. You can be fired at the drop of a hat and abandoned in China. Teachers don't really teach, they're more like slide-show projectionists. And you are not permitted to go beyond the 3 to 5 word new vocabulary for each class ... even if the students are advanced and already know the words. Teacher turn-over is about like an American McDonalds ... I went by my...

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    Advice to Management

    You need to back-up and support your teachers instead of firing them on the spot for things like teaching too many words. This school does really SUCK!

    EF English First2019-04-06

    EF English First Response

    April 14, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for sharing this feedback on your experience teaching with us in Beijing. It's great that you got along well with your coworkers and felt supported by the materials provided. However, it's disapointing to hear that you felt unsupported during your time with us. We value ...

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  3. "My review"

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    Former Employee - International Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting local and international teachers. Weekends or different from regular weekends.

    Cons

    Last minute changes to productions. Had to cover classes without knowing 10 minutes beforehand. A lot of favoritism towards white people (especially male). Not a fair playing field. Sometimes the classes are not equally split, so I personally felt overwork.

    Advice to Management

    Better communications. Better cover schedule.

    EF English First2019-02-19

    EF English First Response

    March 24, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're so glad you enjoyed the international experience of working with people from all over the world. That's one of the things we love about working in the ESL industry abroad, where we have the opportunity to bridge the gap between ...

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  4. Helpful (17)

    "Nightmare of a job. Incompetent company full of lies, coercion and illegal activity."

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    Former Employee - International Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing students Everyone gets a job regardless of ability. Visa obtained easily if you are outside of the country

    Cons

    EF's recruitment and retention strategy for foreign employees is essentially a human trafficking scheme with a friendly face that avoids anything overtly illegal. The experience at EF fits in the United Nations definition for human trafficking as people are recruited through deception and once in the position of vulnerability in a foreign country are maintained through coercion and abuse of power. Despite exploitation,...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't bother responding to this review. I know you don't care about what employees think and don't actually want to follow-up about these issues. Everything was brought to your attention when I worked there and it was clear no one cared.

    EF English First2018-10-16

    EF English First Response

    November 4, 2018Vice President

    Due to the serious nature of your post, we request that you contact us at compliance.china@ef.com so that a fair and thorough investigation can take place. Your experience with EF does not reflect our core values and EF’s commitment to providing the best possible work environment ...

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  5. "Overall Work Experience at EF"

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    Current Employee - International Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The work schedule works out perfectly for me. My weekends are on work days and a lot of places are not crowded. Also, I really enjoy teaching adults and seeing them progress in their English study. I have also met a lot of interesting students and teachers with a wide range of experiences.

    Cons

    Sometimes the students expect too much from you and seem to think that the courses are a magic pill. Like I mentioned above, I have stayed for a long time mostly because of the people (students and staff) and not really for the benefits and compensation.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more concrete recognition to the teachers as I have seen a lot of teachers become disappointed and leave the company.

    EF English First2018-05-14
  6. "The Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - International Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    EF actively provides training opportunities and opportunities to earn teaching certifications.

    Cons

    The promotion stages/process are a bit prolonged.

    Advice to Management

    Make the effort to provide all centers with the same atmosphere and culture.

    EF English First2018-04-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Working with EF has been excellent!"

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    Current Employee - International Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The teaching team and work environment are great! The students are very friendly and easy to work with! EF provides free monthly teachers events like going to great restaurants or playing laser tag with other teachers from the city. EF sponsors the Visa process and integrates new teachers very effectively into their respective schools. Overall, I have had a wonderful experience.

    Cons

    Like any big company, change can happen slowly. Promotional opportunities can take some time to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! If you have good, qualified people and opportunities for advancement, promote them quickly as opposed to waiting for them to (maybe) renew their contract.

    EF English First2018-03-28
  8. Helpful (6)

    "International Teacher"

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    Current Employee - International Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to make your way into working in china long term. Many opportunities to meet new teachers from your city as well as get in contact with teachers outside of your city. If you're interested in teaching long-term, there are opportunities for advancement such as long distance courses in grammar, lexis, lesson planning, coaching, and intro to management. There is also an opportunity to obtain the Certtesol...

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    Cons

    Each experience is dependent on the environment of your center. For my center, we were quite small in size. There was no clear line of management so when we had an issue, no one knew how to properly handle the scenario. Accounts of racism would often occur that would be targeted towards the international teachers and management would sweep these cases under the rug. All teachers at our center were at maximum teaching...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide more support center by center. The center I worked at provide zero support for international staff and made our transition to a foreign country that much more terrifying.

    EF English First2018-04-30

    EF English First Response

    May 14, 2018Vice President

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with your experience with us at EF English First. We are a professional company that does not tolerate racism, nor do we want to make you feel unsupported. Please send an email to teacher.feedback@ef.com so we ...

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  9. "Building a family"

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

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

    Pros

    I have been working at EF for 6 months and I must say that so far I love it. Yes it has its ups and downs as any job has but I have never worked for a company that has put so much effort into bringing people together and trying to create something for everyone. Every month they have city wide teacher events and sometimes a trip to a near by city. Everyone here has been very helpful and willing to help me when ever...

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    Cons

    As with starting any new job/career there is a learning curve but if you have the willingness, work ethic, and positive attitude you will have no problems here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on staff development and encourage employee engagement.

    EF English First2018-02-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "International Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - International Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Get to travel, enjoy a different culture, easy to move through the business if you have enough pull, always fun staff to work with and the kids are very cute!

    Cons

    Not competitive pay for living in a foreign country after a year. To caught up in Company polices rather than retaining great teachers. Will hire anyone with a bachelors and TEFL degree. Work day in and day out, very long hours!

    Advice to Management

    Understand your teachers and do what you can to keep them around.

    EF English First2015-12-02
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