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EF Education First Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
276 Reviews
3.6
276 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    Nice People, International Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Pros

    Free room, board, and school trips. Decent pay. Easy, flexible hours.

    Cons

    High turnover. Students can be difficult to handle at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Teaching English to turkish here was interesting but sometimes we had some challenges which i cant relate all here

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Europa, MO
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Europa, MO

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Pros

    The salaries are convincing and you have a mix of teachers from all over the world and you can have a great mix of cultures there .

    Cons

    I dont think there are a lot of serious cons but sometimes being full time and working for long hours will take big efforts and we get tired .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can try to give higher salaries with shorter work-hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing people and company culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Pros

    young crowd but hard working and professional

    Cons

    low starting salary. Small offices in Canada.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve medical especially RRSP benefits. The best would be the increase salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can work just about anywhere in the world. The people are nice and care about their teachers and staff.

    Cons

    sometimes things are a little unorganized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    easy work, good culture and flexible working hours

    Cons

    less pay, limited benefits, less growth

  7.  

    Mid-level managers: Avoid if you value your dignity. You can do better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    * Nice people.
    * Young staff.
    * Good vacation time.
    * New building is nice.
    * If you like costume parties and lots of forced family fun, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    * There is a massive disconnect between upper management and mid-level staff/managers.
    * If you are in any position below director level you will be treated like a child.
    * They'll try to distract you with shiny things like themed parties and sparkly t-shirts and wacky office dances in which you're expected to participate, despite the fact that you are not a 13 year old girl.
    * There is very little attention given to real life personal career development. A lunch seminar led by a random internal manager is not career development.
    * This leads to very little opportunity for growth.
    * There is significant title inflation - lots of "directors" lacking the experience to truly drive the company forward, and managers a couple years removed from undergrad
    * You will watch as countless talented people who were good at their jobs get pushed out with no warning because management doesn't know what to do with them. (They'll call it a mutual decision. It's not.)
    * Majority of execs and upper management is a psuedo-Swedish boys' club, with a handful of middle-aged white dudes running departments full of mostly young women. Gross.
    * Projects get monotonous and have never, ever been delivered on deadline.
    * They're perpetually 5 years behind the times. (Management thinks they're oh-so-innovative. They're not.)
    * They'll dangle the travel opportunities as a major benefit. When you make $15k more a year elsewhere, you can afford to go on your own trips.
    * There is virtually no strategic planning, long term or short term. Even when there is, it will change a few months later at the next board meeting anyway.
    * There is so much attention and PR effort put toward office culture, how fun and positive and great it is. Only it's like that annoying guy at a party who's constantly blabbing about how much he can bench and how many girls he's been with. You know it's just a lie to make himself feel better about his lack of self-confidence. That super awesome culture does not exist in reality.

    In summary, please do yourself a favor and find a firm that will respect and value your talent and experience, and treat you like a grown-up professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Plenty of Entry, No Advancement

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    Current Employee - Regional Account Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Regional Account Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    - Paid in Perks: International Travel once a year all but insured, probable opportunities for additional travel.

    - Progressive Work Environment: Young workforce, including managers which means it is very laid back and everyone is very approachable.

    Cons

    - Salaries very low. Sales incentive payments also very low.

    - NO opportunities for advancement. EF is proud of its "flat" company structure. Meaning that there is not a lot of hierarchy. EF does not off-set the lack of advancement with career development opportunities. This leaves many at the company feeling replaceable and insignificant in the workplace.

    - Unskilled managerial teams: The typical team at EF consists of a group of 20-somethings at the beginning of their careers with an early 30-something at the beginning of their managerial career. This creates a toxic environment where the team cannot have its needs met because the manager constantly feels out of their depth. Advice, direction, and development are all very far from being the norm with the manager/employee relationship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not going to give employees the opportunity to advance in position, additional career development opportunities must be provided. This includes classes to develop skills like negotiating, workplace communication, team work, leadership or even simple ways to have employees interact other than providing events with free beer, like book clubs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to begin a career in sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First 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
  11.  

    Teacher at EF

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    A fun company to work for due to the large number of international students and the charismatic staff. Good teaching opportunity for new teachers looking for experience, teachers looking for a part-time job or a summer job to supplement a regular teaching position, or just a place with more flexibility and freedom, and less bureaucracy than a public school.

    Cons

    Hourly rate for teachers is not competitive with that of a university adjunct.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits package or higher hourly rate should be offered to full-time teachers, or after one year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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