EF Education First Reviews

Updated July 29, 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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    • 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. marketing manager

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    • 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

    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.


  3. EF

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. 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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Surprisingly, a great opportunity.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. 10th grade ESL teacher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Amawalk, NY
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Amawalk, NY

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

    Pros

    The students are great and come from over 60 different countries. The benefits are great. I liked the hours but always seemed to be working way beyond school hours.

    Cons

    The administration is a very political administration and do not seem to care much about the teachers. Whatever a student says, goes. They are all about money and each student pays $40,000 per year to attend, so they let the students get away with pretty much anything and the blame always falls on the teachers. The school is completely disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    The administration is a very political administration and do not seem to care much about the teachers. Whatever a student says, goes. They are all about money and each student pays $40,000 per year to attend, so they let the students get away with pretty much anything and the blame always falls on the teachers.


  9. “Great Place To Start Your Career"

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The best school director to work with! great co-workers, great corporate culture (innovated, detail oriented, people oriented; also there are trainings for staff, there are celebrations of holidays/ events like recently 50 years anniversary of EF), there is always an opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

    Cons

    while peak time the part-time employees (summer interns) should be trained well to deliver the best experience for our customers


  10. Great Company!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Recruitment Leader in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Recruitment Leader in Madison, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Pay was great, $11/hour plus commission. If you're good with people and are able to market the company's mission well, you'll definitely excel in the position. EF was definitely very enjoyable to work with, especially since you're marketing for a good cause.

    Cons

    Sometimes if an event is dead it'll be hard to get people to sign up to be a host family. Another thing is that no matter how nice you are some people can be very rude, but you just have to remember it isn't something personal and not let it get to you emotionally.

    Advice to Management

    Getting host families should be done as soon as possible. I remember the summer I worked we didn't have enough families the week before the students were suppose to come in.


  11. A job where you can build a career and see the world

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing building, flat corporate structure, 3 weeks vacation time starting out, jumps up to 4 weeks after first year, unparalleled health benefits, unlimited sick time. Many travel opportunities, and colleagues who actually become friends. Oh and there is a bar and restaurant that actually has good food on the first floor. Also the company is stable, it just celebrated its 50th birthday.

    Cons

    Long hours for those in sales positions, pay is not competitive for Boston area



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