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EF English First Reviews

Updated 22 Jul 2019

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Foreign Language Teacher (English) - Beijing, China"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quick interview. Well guided and informed process from initial interview through to formal job offer and visa processing. Professional first-point of contact and good advice and follow up guides which are useful. Professionally put together website, job offer, contract etc.

    Cons

    Absolutely abysmal pay. I was contracted to work for them for a year at 13,000 rmb per month which equates to about £16,000 per annum as of December 2016. This is - quite frankly - ridiculous and given the fact that I hold a First Class Honours degree somewhat insulting. And, what makes it worse, is that was my gross pay! Ignoring the 20% tax bracket which would have reduced what was already a small sum even further....

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to pay your teachers well and don't skimp on them. You are tighter than a duck's rear-end!

    EF English First2016-12-18

    EF English First Response

    January 5, 2017Vice President

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with our current employment package at EF. As you have stated, we are a professional company and our hiring process and contract aims to be as clear as possible. Before anyone accepts the offer to join us in China, ...

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Ther"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a real career here if you want it, plenty of opportunities for promotion within the EF network. Training workshops. Support network

    Cons

    The half hour catch up classes for students of other teachers who missed their previous class (you can't do anything in half an hour) Money at times seems to be the most important thing to the company.

    EF English First2016-07-14
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Flexible online work"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Perth, Scotland

    I worked at EF English First

    Pros

    Flexible - create your own schedule from week to week. Open 24hrs a day so suits those in any time zone. Easy - all group class materials are pre-prepared and are very straightforward and easy to use. Fun - Lovely students and short classes make for a fun atmosphere. I worked various hours as a contract teacher over several years and overall the job was enjoyable, extremely convenient and suited my needs. I taught...

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    Cons

    Pay - EF employs teachers of all levels of ability so the low pay (£6-£7) is good for some but very poor for those of us demanding £20 an hr elsewhere. Management - I was left to my own devices most of the time but I saw decent teachers treated very badly, threatened, accused of being unprofessional and underpaid every month! IT - Constant problems with sound and connection. Considering it is an online school this...

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    Advice to Management

    Please respect teacher s and students more. The students are paying for a service but are being let down by poor IT and unfair packages. Stop relying on the goodwill of the teachers to provide a service that they should be getting paid more for! You are taking advantage of people.

    EF English First2016-01-14
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work for"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at EF English First part-time

      Pros

      Friendly coworkers, great students from a range of different nationalities, good location in central London, flexible and supportive management team

      Cons

      The pay is not great, but is not terrible for an EFL teacher in London, the whiteboards could be a bit bigger in the classroom, sometimes some resources - CDs...etc were missing

      Advice to Management

      Try to improve the pay a little bit to retain the team as a lot of good teachers left for this reason

      EF English First2015-08-31
    • Helpful (3)

      "Odd but sometimes likeable"

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

      I worked at EF English First full-time

      Pros

      Fast promotion is possible. Many opportunities for travel. Varied work with good flow of new projects. Some initiatives are interesting, if underfunded.

      Cons

      Difficult to work with many senior staff. Pay is not great. Company culture is a bit odd - desire to ape real or perceived practices of bigger corporations in purely commercial sectors. Irrelevant targets are aggressively pursued. Personality cults develop around certain senior staff making it awkward to criticize many bad and damaging ideas, because they are some VIP's pet project.

      Advice to Management

      Improve pay. Pay attention to initiatives developed outside head office, particularly in schools. Beware aggressive push for excessive standardization. Remember that product developers should be servants not masters.

      EF English First2015-08-17
    • Helpful (8)

      "Great Job, Not a great company"

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      Former Employee - Senior English Teacher 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Interesting people working with you, the teachers are great. Good potential for moving up the ladder, at least when I was there. Chance to gain different experience in different depts. Some good teacher training, however this is mostly scrapped now.

      Cons

      Terrible working hours and little respect for staff Little coherence internally: Total mismatch of pro ported values and actual actions Appalling management attitudes at the top, continual change for changes sake Business trumps education High turnover of staff, real imbalance in fairness between Chinese and Western staff-though this is changing

      Advice to Management

      Build the company into something more evenly balanced between education and business. You do both after all. Stop externally hiring useless ladder climbers as your senior management. Be much more transparent and flat (you say you are but really you're not.)

      EF English First2014-10-19
    • "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
    • "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.

    • "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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    • "Meh..."

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        Current Employee - Teacher 

        I have been working at EF English First full-time

        Pros

        Great experience within the country

        Cons

        The pay is very low

        EF English First2019-07-09
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