EF Education First Reviews

Updated July 2, 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 (4)

    Entrepreneurial and passionate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Helpful (2)

    Regional Sales Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, freedom to exercise an entrepreneurial spirit, great benefits, innovative and dynamic working environment.

    Cons

    Poor communication of leadership's vision, actions, progress. Operations/product delivery not evolving as fast as the front end of the business

    Advice to Management

    Sales and the market should drive decision making and development not Operations or budget


  3. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Strong and fun company culture
    They live their mission
    Sell a great product

    Cons

    Salaries on the low side
    somewhat disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Get better at planning, pay your committed employees a bit more


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  5. Excellent company, many career paths, passionate, hardworking

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Engaging colleagues, phenomenal culture, excellent mission. Open/collaborative floor plan. Health insurance and vacation. Many different career paths throughout 16 different products around the world.

    Cons

    You can work longer than traditional working hours. Initial pay may be low for entry-level, but can has the ability to increase after initial first year and with experience. For positions in sales, there is sales bonus to help boost yearly take home compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on leadership development with existing managers and directors


  6. Awesome company

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

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Current work for EF as a host family recruiter and ESL teacher. Very laid back company with a great mission and run by people who know what they're doing! Would recommend :)

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is not enough FT work


  7. Review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First

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

    Pros

    Employee Friendly, great people, young company. Great benefits and many networking opportunities in the company.

    Cons

    Expect you to work way more than 40 hours per week. Very unorganized during quarter and Year end. Took far more time than it should have which added hours to the work week.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire older and/or more experienced managers. Not enough procedures set out with hindered productivity.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Great vision but an organizational shambles

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting work, great health benefits. A good taste of business / sales / operations for young people out of college but beware of handing over 10 years of your life without realizing it!

    Cons

    Work hard play hard is really another word for "live to work" and not "work to live". I can see why others think EF is cultish because it is all-consuming and you could work 100 hours a week for your whole life and never feel like you can do enough. Culture that breeds workaholism, affairs and kills families.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to develop everything in house - outsource to people who do it better - otherwise crisis and mediocrity will always be part of the culture. The Core Values are great - if only Ef actually lived by them - it's a real shame.


  9. good for gaining teaching experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Students were great. The management was very hands off. They definitely do not micro manage. It was great experience for being right out of college but I left because they mostly only used part time teachers and I needed something full time.

    Cons

    Being a teacher at a for profit company means your students are also your customers and so sometimes it felt like expected to be more entertaining.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    You have great people from whom you can learn a lot
    A collaborative environment to grow as a creative

    Cons

    You don't get pay a lot


  11. Online English Teacher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at EF Education First

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

    Pros

    The company communicates well with teachers. Most of the the lesson preparation is done for us. Compensation is on-time and transparent. Scheduling is somewhat flexible from week-to-week, as long as you get your 60-hour / month average.

    Cons

    Even students who don't participate in the lesson can rate you. Compensation plans are based on student's ratings of teachers, which can be unpredictable--and minimums are set very high.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let non-participating students provide teacher ratings. If you do, at least drop the lowest two and highest two scores in any grading period.



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