EF Education First Reviews

Updated March 26, 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 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. Entrepreneurial and passionate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I have been working at EF Education First as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you like Bali, surf, sun, humidity, motorcycles and pm schedule with little pay, this fits the bill. If you don't have Celta, tesol, they will hire you anyway....most staff are indonesian teachers with no English teaching certification.

    Cons

    They pretend to hire teachers on. 60 day business visa and they put you to work, which is not legal in Indonesia. The immigration visited the Kuta office and deported two teachers for not having papers. School uses own materials, but the rest are copies of teaching books, Swan, Grammar Essential, In and Out, etc. They charge you for headphones, certification by making you sign to have deductions from your paycheck. Management is mostly Indonesian with foreign workers related to an Indo national. Double check contract, it says "will pay for recruitment outside of Indo" but they consider sending you to Singapore to renew your 60 day visa, for some over the term of the contract, as pay for recruitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great Company if you've got thick skin.

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced day. Most people get exhausted at 3pm, but this is the busiest time of the day with this job. You're also truly helping students have amazing life experiences and sparking a love for travel.

    Cons

    There can be long hours and you get told no on the phone quite often. I made an average of 50 calls a day and would set up a trip maybe twice a week. You have to have thick skin and keep cranking the calls to get the sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is hard to move up at this company and there is fairly high turnover. Most of the tour consultants are just there for the travel perks and leave after a year or two.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. A decent place to begin a sales career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Young and enthusiastic workforce. Company culture that is passionate about seeing the world and being a global citizen.

    Cons

    Pay is not very good. Few opportunities to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency on performance review qualities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Preferred this company to other schools I taught at in the Bay Area

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    Former Employee - English Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - English Instructor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    * Best salary of the 4 schools I taught at
    * Pretty stable schedule/hours
    * Management was generally communicative & responsive to requests
    * Established curriculum for most courses, so I didn't have to make it up as myself

    Cons

    * Very corporate!
    * No benefits
    * No path for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering benefits!

    Recommends
  7. Don't like pay scale requirements

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    Current Freelancer - English As A Second Language Teacher in Dayton, OH
    Current Freelancer - English As A Second Language Teacher in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    This company trains online English teachers well and provides regular updates with relevant information

    Cons

    The standards you must meet in order to get a raise seem impossible to meet, largely due to student ratings, which some students ignore completely, while others give unreasonably low ratings for no apparent reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow teachers with more experience a bit more flexibility in teacher ratings in order to be paid the higher rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Very good support and resources. Makes you feel like you work for a rich company. However, it is very fragmented.

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    Former Employee - Country Management in Australia Landing, MS
    Former Employee - Country Management in Australia Landing, MS

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

    Pros

    Resources and support. This company had no step back when we needed to communicate efficiently with customers.

    Cons

    Questionable quality for some services, used be more premium than it is doay. Still a good company though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your product quality, support local decisions and stablish a stronger working culture.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Worth the long hours-great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work in an international environment and meet people from all around the world. Lots of room for growth and development-if you are willing to put in the time and energy and hard work. Opportunity for travel and to take on innovative projects within your department.

    Cons

    Peak season is often very challenging and tough to get through. Hours increase tremendously. Some departments receive more attention from top management which may lead to negative feelings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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

  11. Nice People, International Work Environment

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    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

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