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Updated 15 Jul 2019

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Jacob Toren
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Pros
  • "Large company with schools all over China(in 67 reviews)

  • "I find my work environment to be positive and upbeat(in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "make it very difficult to leave company for another job in China(in 44 reviews)

  • "Long hours, sometimes management is disorganized(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Support and First Job In China"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    If you’re coming to China for the first time, EF is a great way to get settled into the country. For me, the culture shock was real upon coming into the country so it helped to have the support provided. The two weeks of orientation really helped to just have time to get used to the country, but as far as teaching goes, if you’re quite new, it still felt like being thrown into the deep end for me. You’ll learn and get...

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    Cons

    Had to find our own apartments by our third weekend there. It was nice to have 2-3 weeks to do this, but still stressful.

    EF English First2019-06-21

    EF English First Response

    June 26, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your feedback. We understand the challenges and stress of relocation to a foreign country. We are happy to hear that our orientation program made the adjustment a little bit easier. We're extremely proud of our teaching materials, and the ongoing training and support ...

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  2. "Good place to start in China"

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      Current Employee - Teacher 

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

      Pros

      - late start on weekdays - good onboarding

      Cons

      - workload - salary on the low end of teaching jobs - make it very difficult to leave company for another job in China

      Advice to Management

      Pay your teachers more

      EF English First2019-06-07

      EF English First Response

      June 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

      Thank you for your post. It's good to hear that you felt supported by our onboarding program and enjoy the late start on weekdays. Concerning salary we understand that expectations vary, however, we do review our compensation package annually to ensure teachers are able to live comfortably ...

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    • "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...

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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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    • "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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    • "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.

    • "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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      • "Great Support"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

        EF English First is an awesome company to work for in China. They gave me a lot of support in my initial visa and visa renewal, making it very straightforward and ensuring that I knew well in advance of any deadlines or things to sort out. I've received a lot of training and support at work and my Managers have always listened to where my interests are and given me opportunities to find projects or positions that align...

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        Cons

        Vacation time is good by local standards but less than you might have from back home, at least for your first year or two.

        EF English First2019-04-22

        EF English First Response

        May 23, 2019Vice President

        Thank you for sharing about your experience. We're pleased to hear you've felt supported throughout your EF career. We care a lot about the teacher experience and ensuring that everyone receives training and support to be successful at work. It's great that you enjoy the work environment, ...

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      • Helpful (2)

        "A Great Place to Start Your ESL Journey in China"

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        Current Employee - English Teacher in Qinhuangdao
        Positive Outlook

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

        Pros

        - Large company with schools all over China. - Competitive pay. - Comprehensive range of materials to help with lesson planning. - Structured training programme. - Relaxed working environment. - Great Team.

        Cons

        - Sometimes money matters more than teaching quality. - High staff turnover.

        EF English First2019-04-09
      • "Great for starting out"

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        Former Employee - Teacher in Xuzhou, Jiangsu
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Big company, guaranteed hours, experience, equipment, placement, housing, internet. Working in China, they will look after you while you begin your classes in the evenings and on weekends. Very engaging and rewarding work.

        Cons

        Can seem overwhelming at first with several locations, new technology, all while experiencing a new culture and language. Long summer hours.

        Advice to Management

        Set up is great, but you need to ease employees into the role.

        EF English First2019-04-11
      • Helpful (3)

        "Avoid"

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        Current Employee - Teacher Band I in Beijing, Beijing
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Good stepping stone for people with no teaching experience that need an easy transition to China

        Cons

        Turn over rate is awful, few holidays, bad managers, long hours, busy work required to get even the smallest pay raise.

        Advice to Management

        Treat your employees better instead of as replacable cogs in a machine

        EF English First2019-05-09

        EF English First Response

        May 23, 2019Vice President

        Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear about your experience. Many of our Centers have amazing management and we want to bring that culture to all our Centers. If you have the chance, I encourage you to email us at teacher.feedback@ef.com so that we can discuss further.

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