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EF English First Reviews

Updated 17 Jul 2019

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  1. "English Teacher T2"

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    Former Employee - T2 Englishness Specialist in Beijing, Beijing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Visa service is good, the job is easy, and the workplace is very social.

    Cons

    The pay is low, the holidays are minimal, the benefits are non-existent, and the way they treat employees is gross. The schedule is also terrible, working on weekends sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, and pay your employees better.

    EF English First2019-07-07
  2. "Overview of being an international teacher at EF"

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    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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  3. "More cons than pros. They sell you faulty dreams."

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I do not have many pros to say about the company. A good experience to live in another country and to gain teaching experience.

    Cons

    I am going to be completely honest. The pay is not good at all. EF will tell you they have a competitive pay in China but they do not. EF cannot keep teachers because of the pay. You earn 13,000 yuan and jobs pay more than 20,000 yuan with free housing. When you arrive in China with EF, they will offer you a loan for housing to move in but they will deduct your pay every month. China tax your pay, you have to pay for...

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    Advice to Management

    Better pay and better management.

    EF English First2019-06-30

    EF English First Response

    July 7, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    It's good to hear that you enjoy living abroad and value the teaching experience you are gaining. We review salary structures on a regular basis to ensure that they are competitive and allow our teachers to live a comfortable lifestyle in the larger cities. In addition to the base ...

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  4. "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
  5. "Don't come here for money"

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    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The children are incredible and a joy to be around -They take care of getting you to China

    Cons

    To start with, most of the things they tell you and advertise to get you here are a lie. Even the contract says you will have all PRC holidays off yet you are required to come in to sit at your desk twiddling your thumbs for five hours just because. Against what the contract says. Out of the other jobs in my city we are paid the very least even though going to the school is the most expensive in the city. We have the...

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    Advice to Management

    You wonder why your teacher turn-over rate is so high yet you treat your teachers like trash you can throw out at any time. Show your teachers you actually value them and let them have the life you advertise. If not then start being honest before hiring people. That's an immoral way to run a business.

    EF English First2019-06-28

    EF English First Response

    July 7, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your post. We are happy to hear that you enjoy being around your students and that you appreciate our assistance regarding your relocation to China. The Public holiday calendar is set by the Chinese government, and unfortunately, holiday days are sometimes split. All ...

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  6. "EF Nanjing, the place to be if you have zero self respect and a lack of basic human decency."

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    Former Employee - T1 Teacher in Nanjin, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid on time. Jeff. Fantastic trainer and a genuinely great and supportive guy. It's a shame the company isn't built on his values.

    Cons

    Low salary. Terrible holiday policy. 3 month notice period if you want to leave. Threatened multiple times that they wouldn't give the documents they are legally obligated to provide if I didn't do exactly as they want. Uncooperative and rude toward the company I joined after. Overworked. Terrible working environment. An overcrowded office with no windows, classrooms with no windows. People are constantly sick all...

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    Advice to Management

    Teaching is about kids not how much money you can extract from the parents. Don't expand so aggressively if your only choice is to constantly push for parents for more money. (3 months in to 12 months of classes and you are pushing PA's to get the parents to buy more... Come on..) You are never going to keep good teachers while the contract remains so poor. Doesn't really seem like a priority though, the business model...

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    EF English First2019-06-21

    EF English First Response

    June 26, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your post, and recognizing your trainer Jeff for his great work and dedication. You raise a number of concerning points. We would value the opportunity to speak with you by phone or by email. Please reach out to us at teacher.feedback@ef.com.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "EF Teaching Abroad"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 

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

    Pros

    I had a great mentor and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes management is disorganized

    EF English First2019-05-22
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    "EFAP - Immoral, Unethical, Incompetent, Disgrace - RUN RUN RUN!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai

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

    Pros

    NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING

    Cons

    I have nothing positive to say about EFAP. I can write a whole novel on how immoral and unethical they are. They do not understand education and are utterly incompetent with academic material and leadership they are a disgrace. Universities and Students deserve much better than this horse and monkey show that they have.

    Advice to Management

    EFAP LEADERSHIP CHINA - YOU ARE A DISGRACE UTTERLY INCOMPETENT. YOU ALL SHOULD BE FIRED

    EF English First2019-06-11

    EF English First Response

    June 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    We are very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience working at EFAP. We're highly concerned about your feedback regarding management and request that you send an email to teacher.feedback@ef.com so we can follow up with a thorough investigation.

  9. "Kids great but The Company not so much"

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      Former Employee - English Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      The kids and others I worked with were wonderful. I loved being able to experience China.

      Cons

      The company knows you are there for a year and is not trying to keep you there. The pay is less than you can get with other Teaching jobs in China.

      EF English First2019-06-08

      EF English First Response

      June 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

      We're happy to hear that you enjoyed living in China and working with your students. We value our teachers and want them to stay and grow with us. Recently we launched a program called Career Ladder for all academic staff in order to support on-going development and long-term goals. ...

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    • "English Teacher"

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

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

      Pros

      Good work life balance. Easy hours

      Cons

      Work weekends and evenings

      Advice to Management

      It's not all about the money.

      EF English First2019-05-08
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