Since 1965, EF has established itself as the world leader in international education by creating language courses, academic degree programs and cultural experiences that transform lives. Today, we have more than 500 schools and offices in over 50 countries, with a network of more than 37,000 teachers and staff. We are a mission driven company that has helped millions of people of all ages and nationalities become global citizens. From our North American headquarters in Boston to our offices in London, Shanghai and Zurich, you'll find EF teams across the world working together to open the world through education.
The key to our success is simple: Our people. It's because of them that this small Swedish business has grown into the world's largest private education company. At EF, you're not just a number—you're part of something big. And everyone has something to add. Meet just a few of our people.
Elise Mesedahl Customer Loyalty Manager, EF Educational Tours
As an avid rower who regularly competes in the renowned Head of the Charles Regatta, Elise could not be happier that our Boston office is within walking distance of her boathouse on the Charles River. Her early morning crew practices keep her energized for her job in EF's Global Rewards department where she creates and manages EF's Teacher Convention Tours. As a former high school Spanish teacher, she appreciates her role helping other educators travel the world with their students. Her job allows her to travel to many amazing places including Brazil where she recently volunteered to teach underprivileged children on an EF sponsored trip. "That," she recalls fondly,"is an experience I will never forget."
Jide Talabi Placement Director, EF Cultural Care Au Pair
Jide grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, lived in Toronto for four years and attended high school in the Boston area. Even with such a diverse upbringing, he says the world feels so much smaller after four years at EF. "I work very closely with colleagues from all around the world and I've been able to learn about many different cultures while working at EF domestically and internationally." After successfully overseeing the placement of high school foreign exchange students in the Midwest Region and managing a staff of more than 60 volunteer field coordinators for EF's High School Exchange Year, Jide recently took on a new role as Placement Director for EF's Cultural Care Au Pair division. "I have worked with many people who are currently working in other products within EF." he says. "No matter what we are doing, we still share so much and have a common overall goal. It's a great feeling."
Charles Li Manager of Mobile Strategy, EF Education First, Boston
After earning a degree in economics, Charles was accepted to the EF 360 Global Management Trainee Program and is now leading the mobile application team. "Technology excites me," says Charles, "getting the opportunity to pair working in technology with the incredible mission of breaking down boundaries of language, culture and geography is insanely phenomenal." Charles, a native of China whose family moved to Vermont when he was 8, says he's noticed something striking about the culture of EF: "People smile here," he says. "Many have said that EF's greatest asset is it's people, and I absolutely believe that. I really consider myself lucky to work with and be mentored by the people around me."
Amy Larsen Pond Vice President, EF Global Summits, Denver
Amy graduated from Boston College with a degree in education and began her job search by - how else? - Googling "education" and "travel." The top result was EF. Now, 16 years later, Amy's career has spanned several different divisions and titles, and at last count had taken her to 22 countries. "EF brings opportunity, possibility and adventure," says Amy. "It's so fun to collaborate with colleagues and chart new territory." That's exactly what she's doing in her current role as VP of EF Global Summits. At the inaugural Summit in Costa Rica last year, Amy got to share the stage with former Vice President Al Gore - thus far the highlight of her EF career.
Craig Silva UX Designer, Tours Creative Group, Boston
"I require very little sleep," Craig says. And that's a good thing because between his roles as UX Designer, doting father, record label manager, freelance designer, dedicated blogger and prolific Tweeter, there's precious little time left in the day for shut-eye. Which is fine by Craig who's been busy juggling since college, when he took his first job with EF as an English Teacher at the Brighton, MA campus. After earning his degree in art education and working as a graphic designer for several years at small startups and a large ad agency, Craig jumped at the opportunity to work at EF again. "What we sell isn't a tangible product like advertising. It's something people will remember for a lifetime, and that's a great product to stand behind. I feel like I've finally found a place I can be proud to work."
Everything we do starts with you, which is why we're committed to providing the best benefits and perks imaginable:
- 25% company match on your 401(k) plan
- Bike repair service - Boston
- Discounted tickets to basketball and hockey games - Boston
- Dry cleaning delivery service - Boston
- Free gym, showers, and locker room, not to mention two blocks from LoDo – Denver
- Free international travel with EF and staff travel discounts
- Free language classes - Boston
- In-house salon - Boston
- No dress code
- Onsite bar & restaurant (with awesome nachos) - Boston
- Three weeks paid vacation your first year
- Tuition reimbursement
- Wellness initiatives including fitness club reimbursement, running and walking clubs, and yoga classes
To continue to grow our culture of innovation, we're adding more entrepreneurial thinkers and passionate doers to make an impact, build great things, collaborate, travel the world, and pave a dynamic career path. Find the opportunity that best suits your strengths and expertise (ef.edu/careers):
- General Management & Global Management Training
- Marketing & Communications
- Sales & Customer Relations
- Finance & Operations
- Technology & Innovation
- Fellowships, Teaching & Academia
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I worked at EF Education First North America full-time (more than an year)Pros
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!Cons
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.Advice to ManagementAdvice
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.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
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Great company to work at right out of college. There is a young, lively culture who always enjoy having a good time together. The company has a laid back attitude and willing to help you learn.Interview Questions
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EF Education First is an international education company focused on language, academics, and cultural experience.
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