EF Education First Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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EF Education First CEO 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 (5)

    Entrepreneurial and passionate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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. Very active and flexible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EF Activity Leader in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - EF Activity Leader in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  3. marketing manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a great company, business are growing very fast, good culture here, office are also very cool.

    Cons

    IT system need to catch up

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to system development,and catch up the online learning trend.


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  5. EF

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Outreach in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing and Outreach in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at EF Education First (Less than a year)

    Pros

    EF is a wonderful place to have a part-time position with a flexible schedule. The branch I am at is a very young company ran by open minded and fun individuals.

    Cons

    Very young management. Not always professional.


  6. A great international environment to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As an international company, you have the opportunity to work with people in all over the world, either in the office you are located or the colleagues you have to deal every day by email, skype or over the phone. There are also travelling opportunities to the different locations, depending of your role may be several times a year.

    Cons

    The training of the new staff is not as throughfuly as it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Promoting criteria is mostly based on sales performance, on a sales driven company is logical, but sometimes just take into consideration recent results or what people show off and not the full scope of the employee.


  7. Account Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They have very cool travel benefits unless you work in Explore America

    Cons

    They do not pay well at all and sometimes the goals are difficult to hit


  8. Educational First is a pleasant place to work...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ISL Teacher in Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - ISL Teacher in Tarrytown, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Support from administration, as well as student and parents are extremely involved in their education...

    Cons

    I personally need more permanence and a higher paying wages for my years as a teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting and encouraging your employees to move up to the next level.


  9. Surprisingly, a great opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornwood, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornwood, NY

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefits - I've seen it described as 'cultish' however, if you're in the cult - gosh is it wonderful! - Good work/life balance - Opportunities for growth - Great location - Young, energetic staff - Fair/motivating bonus structure (if you work hard!) - Great incentives

    Cons

    - Mediocre salary - High turnover (within EF and outside)

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't hurt to start someone at a little bit more.


  10. Territory Manager

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    Current Employee - Colorado in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Colorado in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun co-workers, great downtown location, good healthcare and fun travel benefits.

    Cons

    Salary. You start low, and you top out low as well. It's a great job to start at but there's not much room to grow out of the entry level position.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at some of the directors and ask yourself if they are the best fit for the position they are in.


  11. Great place to start your career - but not a place to build it.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    EF is a great place to kick off your career, as a young 20 something. It's a fun, young environment - your coworkers will become your best friends! Beautiful building, work hard play hard environment, and travel opportunities for those who work in tours products. You work with smart, entrepreneurial people who really care about making a different and putting 110% into their work. The jobs are fairly demanding, so you will gain a lot of skills in just a few short years - sink or swim environment.

    Cons

    This company has a very flat corporate structure, which is nice in some ways but not when you are really trying to grow and advance. Often times you feel as though management is trying to keep you in a role when you are really ready to grow and advance - this leads to many people quitting after year 2 or 3, once they don't see the middle management opportunities accessible to them. Pay is not competitive whatsoever - and VERY low. After awhile the perks don't make up for the lack in salary, unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    RETENTION! If you want to see your star employees stay, and build a company that is less like a call center and more like a family, start listening to your employees when they want growth opportunities. Don't treat this as a negative, but see this as a positive - your employees want to stay at EF and want to better themselves/the company. If you don't give them that opportunity to challenge themselves, they will leave. Look at yourselves as mentors to your staff, and less like a rule-enforcer.



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