EF Education First North America

www.ef.edu

EF Education First North America Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
180 Reviews
3.6
180 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
EF Education First North America CEO Eddie Hult
Eddie Hult
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer opportunities to travel internationally for work (in 16 reviews)

  • Great and young work environment - Great balance work/life - Great benefits (paid vacation, health insurance) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • 2 - Work Life Balance - This can be seasonal but EF is definitely a place where work can take over your life (in 9 reviews)

  • Bonuses are very difficult to hit and the pay is low, so there is high turnover (in 14 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great company to begin a career in sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people -- coworkers and the educators we work with
    The culture -- bar downstairs, amazing parties
    The travel -- two to three domestic/int'l trips per year

    Cons

    The pay, bonus structure, and turn over

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to start after college, but the party does get stale.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. People you work with are awesome for the most part. Location is superb and building is awesome. Bar downstairs is used frequently, and parties are great.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth on a career level. Certain people in middle management are slowing everyone else down and fostering a "boys club" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running certain departments like it is high school all over again. Spreat responsibility and watch people grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great transition for me and my career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First North America

    Pros

    It feels like a startup but with a mission everyone can get behind. Creativity, freedom, and positivity are all words that describe this job for me.

    Cons

    Keeping up in the fast pace environment is a challenge, but incredibly rewarding for the right person. Stay afloat and you will go far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone works together, the environment is both friendly and professional. There is much room for growth and creativity. This company is perfect for the driven person.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Innovative people, tightly-knit teams, creative work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First North America full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    EF offers the unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced, for-profit company that has at its core a social mission that anyone can get behind. It feels like a start-up with a safety net, which presents so much opportunity to be creative, take chances and innovate. Staff are passionate about what they do and doing the best for their teams. The office is open -- nobody has an office or a cube -- and beautiful. It's a fun work place to work and grow. The organization looks at its staff whenever new roles arise, so there are opportunities for growth for high performers. And if you'd like international travel to be a part of your professional life, EF is the place for you!

    Cons

    The office is convenient to public transportation, but there aren't a ton of lunch and other options around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to create opportunities for staff to share with one another what they're working on and best practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to start out your career but beware of being taken advantage of.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Level in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director Level in Boston, MA

    I worked at EF Education First North America (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of fun perks including free travel (depending on position), fun daily environment and lots of room to move up. It's very hard to get fired or laid off - if you aren't doing well in your job, they generally just move you to another position. Great place to get a start in the corporate world. May not pay well (15-20k under market value) but will give you an inflated title.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be taken advantage of! Long hours, no overtime and very little in terms of "thank you". While they claim to promote a work/life balance, the people who devote their life to the company are the ones who get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have reasonable expect ions of your employees. The constant re-orgs lead to job confusion and made me lose credibility in you. I often felt like a lackey, despite a director title.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work when just out of college, but not a place to build a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, fantastic mission, ability to see the world and make like long friends. The average employee is in their 20's and well educated. Definitely has a work hard-play hard mentality.

    Cons

    Not alot of growth potential to advance career-wise. Pay is on the low side. Advancing to more senior roles can often be a popularity contest. Managers are also on the young side and not able to motivate teams adequately. Because it is a family owned company not alot of transparency on how strategic decisions are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to make it a place where employees that believe in the mission want to stay by adjusting the pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor Salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First North America

    Pros

    Consists of really great people

    Cons

    They offer a very poor salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise Salary, reduce incentives, and do whatever it takes to improve retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mobile Engineering Team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mobile Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Mobile Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First North America as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a very small, but highly motivated team. They are willing to give interns a lot of runway to self-manage your project, so you will learn a lot of technical skills as well as management skills working here. Everyone on the team is fantastic and it is like a second family.

    Cons

    The development you do here will be less exploratory than at other companies. The work you are assigned usually comes from senior level management at the company, so you won't really get the opportunity to choose your own project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work but time to move on...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First North America full-time

    Pros

    EF is an awesome place to start a career right out of college. You're able to get a lot of worthwhile experience and obtain a good understanding of a how business operates. The people, benefits, and culture are great. Recent graduates will enjoy themselves because there's lots of partying, company events, trips etc. The office has a great location in Cambridge, about a 10-15 minute walk from North Station.

    Cons

    Really low salaries for the amount of work/time put in leads to very high turnover of staff. EF knows everyone can be replaced eventually so it's more beneficial for them to spend money on events/culture/PR. There are many entry-level type positions with few advancement opportunities so don't expect to get rich working there! If you're not drinking the " EF Kool-Aid" then it can be a discouraging place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EF needs to prioritize time for career advancement plans which is important to staff. It's also beneficial to promote from within! Doing this will cut back on the high turnover which really hurts the companies reputation.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fun Company, Low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Travel Operations Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Travel Operations Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Friendly, constructive environment. Decent hours. Fun holiday parties.

    Cons

    Low compensation, long waiting list for paid parking spaces.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

EF Education First North America Photos

Work at EF Education First North America? Share Your Experiences

EF Education First North America

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.