EF English First Reviews

Updated 16 Sep 2020

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56%
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EF English First President 	Jacob Toren (no image)
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180 Ratings
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  1. "A good place to learn"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Legal visas etc., paid on time, good pastoral care.

    Cons

    No cons that you wouldn't find in most other jobs.

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    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. Our legal, finance and engagement teams work hard to make sure our teachers are well cared for and that our employment practices are fair and in line with the local government rules and regulations. We also try to give our teachers additional benefits, like sponsored social events to provide a forum for meeting others and just having fun! Of course we would love to have more of a mix in terms of age groups, but the commitment of living abroad for a year can be a bit challenging for people who may have family commitments or established careers in their home countries. Thank you, again, for your feedback.

  2. "Organised and dedicated company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very organised in communicating with teachers Provides as many classes as you want (after 5 months) Well planned lesson plans Great community of teachers who provide support and advice Quick technical support No payment issues

    Cons

    Took some time to get as many classes as I wanted (about 5 months)

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  3. "Great company for part-time work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy to use teaching platform with a supportive team on hand to help.

    Cons

    The work can be repetitive.

    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out and share your experience with us! It’s great to hear that you find the platform easy to use. We are also glad that the UK team is supportive. As with most work there is always routine, but we hope that viewing each student as an individual variable creates a new challenge in every class. Thanks again for reaching out!

  4. "Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Paid on time, structured lessons/lesson plans

    Cons

    Too many hours for the amount we get paid

    EF English First Response

    Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your feedback and for recommending EF as a company.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Exploitation First"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English Teacher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    none there is nothing but bad things to say

    Cons

    they lie to everyone about everything all the time

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    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It’s unfortunate that you weren’t able to find any positives after working with us for one to two years. Companies never want to be perceived as being dishonest, and your lack of detail won’t allow us to investigate this more seriously. If you care to share more about your experiences, please feel free to contact us. Thanks again for reaching out.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "American company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First part-time

    Pros

    Fairly efficient in terms of HR and payroll

    Cons

    An American company who hire and fire whenever they feel like it. Employees are never valued and there to be used.

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    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thank you for being so frank regarding your feelings of your time spent with us. Here at EF we work hard to provide a supportive, positive experience for our teachers, from start to finish. If we missed the mark in the service that gave you, we apologize. Now our hope is to use the feedback that you’ve shared to reinvigorate our approach for future teachers. Thanks again for your feedback and we wish you the best in your career.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good work atmosphere"

    3.0
    Former Employee - TEFL Teacher in Brighton, England

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Really good work atmosphere with friendly coworkers and senior staff.

    Cons

    Long working hours with bad organization.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "An American company with harsh treatment"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online ESL Teacher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An organised software system for teaching

    Cons

    Pay is very low, constant reviews and dishonest comments to try and oust staff. Staff are rude and judge British people by American standards (change your voice etc).

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    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. As a company that services students from all over the world we understand the need for cultural awareness and sensitivity. At times we do have learners requesting teachers with specific accents or who’ve learned in a specific curriculum, and we do our best to meet those needs where possible. While we’re happy to hear that you enjoyed the teaching software, we’re sorry to hear that your experience with EF in the UK wasn’t positive.

  9. "a great year"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    great experience to see other cultures

    Cons

    poor management, but only in my centre

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not the most competitive salary for English teachers"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Good onboarding and always paid correctly and on-time.

    Cons

    There are far more competitive salaries out there with better benefits such as more annual leave.

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    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are happy to hear that you valued our onboarding as this is an area that we invest a great deal of time and resources in. We take great pride in the fact that our teachers receive comprehensive training and ongoing support and development. We ensure our teachers are paid on time as we understand the stress that can come from living and working abroad. We understand that there are different expectations when it comes to salaries in the EFL industry. We do provide a comprehensive package to teachers, which includes not only a competitive salary but comprehensive benefits including but not limited to: paid visas, flight allowance, health insurance, annual leave, all national holidays, paid training, education reimbursement, bonuses and sponsored teacher events.

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