EF Education First Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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EF Education First CEO Eddie Hult
Eddie Hult
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Pros
  • They offer opportunities to travel internationally for work (in 16 reviews)

  • Great benefits and travel opportunities (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • And there is NO work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • High turnover, salary reviews tend to be low (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    Entrepreneurial and passionate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    While EF is a large company, it operates like a much smaller one. EF is very entrepreneurial and empowers employees at all levels. Compared to other companies EF has a very flat organizational structure. EF has a very strong culture and people are extremely passionate about working here. Humility goes a long way at EF. While some folks do leave after a few years at the entry level, there are a lot of managers and above who have grown up at EF and had very interesting careers in many different businesses and/or locations. I have seen many examples where EF values strong people as individuals and finds the right opportunities for them.

    Cons

    EF is the perfect place for self starters but the flip side is it's not a great place for people who need heavier detailed direction on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in growing the business - there are a lot of great opportunities to pursue!


  2. Tour consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travel perks, fun work environment, young employees

    Cons

    High turnover, low salary

    Advice to Management

    Restructure goals


  3. Student Services Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Services Assistant in Tarrytown, NY
    Former Employee - Student Services Assistant in Tarrytown, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the Employees and you just learn so much from the students, BEST MOST FUN job i ever had, beautiful views

    Cons

    Low pay rate is the only thing i can think of


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  5. Part-time ESL teacher

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    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    students, facilities, location are great but they do not outweigh cons

    Cons

    low hourly wage, almost 20 contact hours a week considered part time, revolving door = teacher retention rate very low


  6. Gained valuable skills

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the on job training, travel opportunities, great facilities, location and networking.

    Cons

    Intense culture and stressful 10 months out of the year. High turnover. "College party vibe" at times can feel overwhelming.


  7. Cool job - bad pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in Hastings, MN
    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in Hastings, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting people from all over the world and assisting them in learning English was so cool. Met some great people and walked away from each class with a smile on my face.

    Cons

    I'm the kind of person who likes to be prepared - prep for classes and know what I'm teaching. With this job, you don't know exactly what you will be teaching until the class starts. You are expected to work on a whim. It's embarrassing to screw up in front of a class full of people when you're the teacher. Also, $10 per class really isn't worth it, which is why I quit. Had the pay incentive been better, I would have loved to stay with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers really should be paid more. On top of that, there should be a way for prep of each class and teachers should be PAID for their prep time. (Half hour between each class, perhaps?)


  8. Good experience out of college, doesn't lead to a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Account Coordinator
    Current Employee - Regional Account Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The social aspect is amazing - all like-minded fun individuals who love travel. The perks are awesome - health insurance, dental, travel, etc. It does give you very good cores skills and experience with big business, various computer programs, customer service, etc.

    Cons

    In the Denver office, there is very little room for lateral movement within the company - no opportunities unless you're willing to relocate to Boston. The job description is not what it's turned out to be. All positions (even if it's not called a Sales position) is very very heavily based in sales which makes up most of your salary (which base is very very low).

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest about the job description. And I think many employees would rather have higher pay than all the parties and perks.


  9. Tour Consultant

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Allston, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Allston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good job for just out of college. Gives you the sales skills you will need later on in life.

    Cons

    It is like a high school. Very cliquey and unless you drink the koolaid, You will not go far.

    Advice to Management

    Don't manage a team when you are personally involved with them. It is unprofessional. Base peoples advancement off of work ethic, not because they are your friend.


  10. ESL teacher - great for a while, but not a career/life

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great co-teachers, a good sharing, supportive team of people that become your friends Amazing opportunities to meet students from around the world. There are is a strong enough curriculum that you don't have to plan lessons from scratch, but enough leeway to be creative, and if you do it right, teaching is fun!

    Cons

    no benefits, sick days/vacation, or job security (based on enrollment) you're only paid for the time you teach, not planning or grading, or student relations on your lunch and lesson prep on the between class "breaks" I had the opportunity once to mention these cons to upper management and was chastised for it a month later in my "interview" for a higher level position.


  11. Very active and flexible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EF Activity Leader in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - EF Activity Leader in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All employees are very high energy and spirited, appreciative and helpful. The job requires a lot of exercise walking up and down State street, which keeps you in shape

    Cons

    Minimum wage... The way they do things is always changing so sometimes you're not doing things in the most efficient way, but they are always willing to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Have all tasks assigned to activity leaders on a weekly basis so someone is always responsible for getting each task done



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