EF International Language School

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Updated Jul 17, 2014

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    Very good

    Facilities Manager (Former Employee) Brighton, MA

    ProsFun environment , you meet people for every part of the world

    ConsNo to many options for growing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    It has been great teaching the students, they are wonderful. That, however, is the only postive fact I can say about EF

    ESL Teacher (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsTeaching students who are eager to learn and very motivated. You don't have to descipline and the students are very appreciative.

    ConsThere is no possibility for a teacher to grow at EF. The pay is awful for teachers. There is sometimes a lack of respect for teachers from some of the staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the teachers better. Give them a desk to work at, not just a little cubby. Pay them better, for the entire time they are teaching and pay correctly for planning.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Entry level teaching experience but don't stay for more than one year

    Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsAwesome and supportive teaching staff. Professional students who are eager to learn. It is a good first teaching job if you wish to gain experience and experiment with different techniques.

    ConsNo paid sick days, vacation days or holidays. Open on Christmas Eve. Zero opportunity for advancement. Poor textbooks and materials and teachers are not paid for any outside grading and very little for prep. Also, hours can be cut without notice due to student vacation or low student enrollment. Corporate makes it very clear that teachers are expendable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation to teachers and provide benefits and vacation time to avoid such high turnover of great employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not enough pay for the work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with so many different nationalities
    Course texts are pretty good (when available)
    Teachers help each other out

    ConsThey hire many part-time people so they don't have to pay benefits
    The pay
    Students don't like their accommodations
    You may be told teach a wide variety of random courses
    You may have big, unpaid gaps of time between your classes
    Management will move students up a level if they complain enough

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with the staff more clearly and honestly

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    Great summer opportunity

    Activity Organizer (Former Employee)

    ProsFun to get away and work with international students for two months during the summer. Great students to work with while they're away from home. Great way to network with students and staff from other countries-mainly European countries.

    ConsSometimes the people hired on for the temporary positions are not skilled at their position but higher education levels put them in those positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf the people getting put in the positions working with the students don't have experience with teenagers, that should be a red flag. Those will be the people to complain the most about how spoiled they are because they don't know how to balance it out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Full of Empty Promises

    ESL Teacher (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsThe pros to working at EF are that you are able to be around an International group of people. Most of the staff are pleasant and they are flexible with time off.

    ConsThere is a huge gap between upper management and teachers. The curriculum needs updating and revising as there are a lot of mistakes in the books. The pay rate and the way employees are treated is almost offensive. There is also a lack of cultural sensitivity within the organisation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease review your pay scale in comparison with other language schools. Be aware of the different cultures amongst your staff and students. Train management of cultural sensitivity and appropriacy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    heaps of fun. little pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat people, family feeling.
    opportunity to grow if willing to move abroad

    Conslow salary and no room for negotiation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting fast-paced environment with very international spirit, but also a chaotic organization

    Summer Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsYou will get to meet so many interesting, international and multicultural people. They are young and speak many languages and have travelled the world. If you want to work for EF you are probably the same kind of person and will find a lot of new good friends amongst your colleagues. Since it's a multinational firm, you will have many opportunities to change position and see other parts of the world, if you so wish.

    ConsThe organization is often chaotic, even if it seems like there are a lot of rules and policies at first. It is fundamentally an entrepreneurial company and thus you have to be prepared for working out things alone and make some guesses. In particular, the internal communication lacks efficiency and coherence since there are no better ways of communicating than crowded Skype group chats and malfunctioning landline phones (but this might only be on operational level and not strategic).

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the office culture and management behavior, in some places the management has a habit of either being ignorant towards interns or even treat them disrespectfully. This goes especially for the treatment of the Task Force-interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not been great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsThe pay is good. Being a non-hierarchical based company you will get a chance to interact with the top level management as well.

    ConsYou never know when you are going to be fired.The employees are always on their toes especially the people who have not completed much time in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScreen the employees properly before recruiting them rather than firing them once they come in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent Salary, good work experience, good students

    ESL Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsMeeting international students from all over the world is great for networking and learning more about the world and all its diverse cultures.

    ConsWhile there was a lot of teacher training in my school, there were very few opportunities for career growth beyond teaching. There were also few opportunities to be a full-time employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more full-time jobs to dedicated teachers! Job security and benefits will keep your employees happier longer. There should not be so few positions available.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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