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EF English First Teacher Reviews

Updated 12 Aug 2019

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training programme, good opportunities to progress

    Cons

    Teaching material is already prepared by EF so not as much flexibility in using teacher's own materials

    EF English First2018-01-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible pay"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to get into teaching and have NO experience, you can do their 120-hour course and get some background in teaching EFL for free.

    Cons

    There are lots of negatives. Firstly, if you don't have a TESOL or Celta qualification you have to do a 120-hour course that won't necessarily have any validity outside of EF schools. You don't get a contract until you complete this. Fine, you may say, if you're just starting out in EFL teaching. After all, the course is free. Better to do a course that you can use to find work after your summer work is over though. In...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay better. Be open about what you're offering the teacher for their valuable work.

    EF English First2019-03-04

    EF English First Response

    March 19, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for your post. Many new teachers do begin their TEFL careers with EF and benefit from the extensive training, support and development opportunities we provide. A basic TEFL qualification is required of all teachers, even those with previous teaching experience. Please note ...

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Ok for first time teachers. Much better options available if not."

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    Former Employee - Foreign Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Legit visa Paid on time Good stepping stone into ESL, they will support you with training initially.

    Cons

    Poor management - Will take advantage of you at every opportunity. Summer course has you working a lot of extra hours with laughable compensation. High turnover, you will probably see a completely new office within a year.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so surprised so many teachers are leaving when they get treated poorly.

    EF English First2017-12-13

    EF English First Response

    December 26, 2017Vice President

    Thank you for your review. If you would like to offer more feedback on how we can improve the overall teaching experience for our teachers, please send an email to teacher.feedback@ef.com.

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. "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
  8. "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
  9. "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
  10. "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
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