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Updated 16 Aug 2019

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  1. "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
  2. "To teaching the student how to be speak english good"

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    Current Employee - Teacher of Children With Mild to Moderate Disability 

    I have been working at EF English First part-time

    Pros

    The best teaching english course in indonesia

    Cons

    There is not the downside in english first

    Advice to Management

    A good managemet

    EF English First2019-08-12
  3. "EFL Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Local EFL Teacher in Jakarta
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn teaching EFL Great co-workers Fun learning environment

    Cons

    Little opportunity for promotion Lack of bonuses 1 year contract

    Advice to Management

    Your turnover rate is always high. I think you should open negotiable salary for the staffs and teachers. What's the poont of performance review if it doesn't affect your appreciation for the employees?

    EF English First2019-08-09
  4. "Teach English"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Jakarta

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

    Pros

    Good great fun easy and fantastic

    Cons

    None it was smooth sailing

    EF English First2019-08-09
  5. "Teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    They have awesome teacher events and teacher development training was always beneficial.

    Cons

    You are treated like a money making tool. Summer/ Winter course. You’ll find yourself working from 9am to 8pm.

    Advice to Management

    Show some care for your employees

    EF English First2019-08-05
  6. "EF English language teacher JAVA"

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    Former Employee - English Language Teacher 

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and HR are always there to help you.

    Cons

    Salary is not spectacular but will get you by.

    EF English First2019-07-22
  7. "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
  8. "Work hard for huge return."

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    Current Employee - Senior Teacher in Tianjin, Tianjin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Training - a lot of teachers come to work with EF who don't have adequate training. EF has weekly training sessions and one-on-one mentoring to get you ready for the classroom. *Career development - if you work hard, your efforts are recognised and your career will progress. But it takes two to tango - you get out what you put in. *Living in China and receiving a salary which is appropriate for an expat means the...

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    Cons

    *Hours are long, but if you're organised, then you can get your work done and learn good time management skills from managers in order to do this better. *It gets hot in Tianjin, if you don't like heat, at least all of the schools and offices are airconditioned, and in winter it gets really cold, but heating is adequate. *Communication can be a little difficult but the school has free Chinese lessons etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    EF English First2019-07-15

    EF English First Response

    July 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your 5+ years of dedication to EF. We are happy to hear that you've had such a rewarding experience working with EF as well as living in Tianjin. We wish you continued success.

  9. "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
  10. "Teaching Teachers"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have loved working with the students. EF gives me the opportunity to work with a wide range of ages and abilities. EF also provides wonderful continuing education through in-center and city-wide training, supporting teachers to develop themselves. Many of the 'foreign' teachers (native English speakers living in China or another country with EF schools) have no prior teaching experience, so this gives everyone necessary...

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    Cons

    This is a business and it is focused on making money. It values educating the students, but mainly in terms of making parents happy, with less interest in the students' long term success. As a career teacher, this can be disheartening. Teachers are only expected to stay for a year or two, so it can be hard to keep forming and maintaining relationships with new co-workers. This also means constantly having to train...

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    EF English First2019-07-13

    EF English First Response

    July 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and your experience at EF. We are glad to see you have taken the opportunity to learn different roles at your center and continue your professional growth. We value your feedback to reinforce both where we are excelling and ...

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