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22 days ago

Software Developer

EF Educational Tours Cambridge, MA

• Experience developing with the Microsoft.Net stack (C# or VB.Net) • Solid understanding of Object Oriented concepts • Experience with… EF Educational Tours

16 days ago

EF 360 Global Management Trainee Program

EF Education First Cambridge, MA

By the end of the program, you’ll be well along your way in an exciting career at EF. You’ll be equipped with deep, hands-on knowledge of the… EF Education First

16 days ago

Travel Operations Coordinator

EF Education First Cambridge, MA

We are looking for a few good people to join the Travel Department within EF as Travel Operations Coordinators. In this role, you will be handling… EF Education First

21 days ago

Host Family Recruiter/Program Leader-- Hartford, CT

EF Education First Cambridge, MA

The Host Family Recruiter/Program Leader plays a vital and key role in the success of our program in the months leading up to the students’ arrival… EF Education First

27 days ago

Senior Software Developer

EF Educational Tours Cambridge, MA

EF Educational Tours is looking for a Senior Software Developer to join a fun and energetic team. We are looking for someone who is excited about… EF Educational Tours

26 days ago


EF Education First Cambridge, MA

will include performing accounts payable functions, interacting with management, operations field staff, vendors and international colleagues from… EF Education First

3 days ago

Web Business Analyst – new

EF Educational Tours Cambridge, MA

We recently launched a mobile-first, responsive website (eftours.com) – which is the first step in a long term transformation of the customer… EF Educational Tours

25 days ago

Technology and Innovation Intern

EF Education First Cambridge, MA

You’ll play an integral part of building mobile technology that will impact millions of people. From concepting to creating, you’ll be part of the… EF Education First

15 days ago

Director of Sales

EF Educational Tours Cambridge, MA

Yes. You can be both an entrepreneur and part of an exciting global organization! Who we are • We’re travelers, innovators, thinkers and doers… EF Educational Tours

12 days ago

Senior Email Designer

EF Educational Tours Cambridge, MA

SPECIFICSThis email design expert will be a leader of our growing email design team in the Tours Creative Group (TCG), the in-house creative agency… EF Educational Tours

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    Beautiful campus, great colleagues -- but it feels a bit like 'The Circle' ...

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First North America full-time (more than an year)


    Being at EF feels like something out of The Circle (Dave Eggers' book): the company strives to create this 'all-inclusive' culture, where you can work, socialize, and spend your free time with EF people ... and doing EF things. Unlike in the book, here this isn't necessarily a bad thing - the people are generally smart, the new office building and surrounding area are seriously beautiful, and the mission of EF is an easy one to get behind... but be prepared to get on the company bus - or get out.

    You will feel like the company works really hard to support its employees, offer advancement (though there aren't many opportunities - so this is largely lateral) and continuing education, and keep everyone positive. It is an exceptional place to work and going into 'the real world' office culture after EF will probably be a culture shock!


    If you are someone who works for the sake of work, or who doesn't share the 'company spirit' (akin to team spirit, high school spirit, cheerleader spirit) - it will be hard to advance and you probably won't be happy there. There is a sort of 'college culture' of drinking and parties, which the lack of a dress code and campus-like offices contribute to, all of which combined may make you feel like you're still an undergrad.

    The blatant expense of the new building (as well as the tuition fees of the neighboring Hult Business School) stands in stark contrast to the salaries of most employees, and there is pretty high turnover in most departments. The structure of the company is like a bottleneck - very few people are at the top, and there are many entry-level type positions with few advancement opportunities.

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    EF is a great company for EF people - there is a certain type of person who will be happy and successful there, and I think you should continue to bring those people in. I'd strongly suggest a more transparent annual salary review process, and possibly working with an organizational/behavioral psychologist to figure out how to ensure that your best employees stick around... training new hires, repeatedly, is VERY costly and a drain on morale.

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