EF Education First North America

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EF can offer so many opportunities to someone who is motivated by a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

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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 North America full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Energizing, stimulating, great potential for growth and development: these are just a few of the terms I would use to describe the pros of working at EF. I've had the opportunity to touch so many different kinds of projects and work in the time I've been at EF, and the possibilities can seem endless.

Cons

Because EF is so fast-paced, it's easy to lose yourself in the work and completely lose work-life balance, which is not always a top priority for the management. With anything that is moving quickly, sometimes you can miss/skip some crucial steps, which can be frustrating.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More emphasis on staff development at large is needed. It was very prevalent several years ago, but has all but disappeared more recently. If you are lucky enough to have a manger who is interested in developing their staff then you will go places, but on the whole the development is a bit hit or miss.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Highest turn over rate in Denver with lowest pay.

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at EF Education First North America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Young environment, you get to travel once a year on a tour (if they dont think you will be fired in the next 4 months) and well thats about it.

    Cons

    They expect you to work 10+ hours a day with no over time, take no lunch breaks and come in on weekends for $27,000 a year. People get fired like crazy here. If you miss one goal you are done. This company has been around for 47 years and they are JUST now trying to reconstruct their company environment. EF screws customers over and lies to people about how the tours really are. It's hard working for a place where you know your product is NOT the best out of all the other travel companies, in fact it is probably the worst. The management is awful here. You can never move up in this company and the 5 out of 120 people who have been here more than 2 years would NEVER want to be a manager or director. No room to grow, awful pay and awful management. Save your energy for an interview with a real company.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place for a 22 year old-

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Account Coordinator in Denver, CO

    I worked at EF Education First North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Honestly, amazing benefits. EF probably has the most comprehensive medical plan in the corporate world. Great dental, good 401k matching. If you do your job you'll travel abroad at least once a year on their dime, which is a pretty nice perk.

    Cons

    EF has absolutely no interest in employee retention. They hire 22 year old kids straight out of college to man the phones and work them until they get bored, go back to grad school, or get a real job. While the company has "unlimited sick days"- don't take them or you'll be hounded about it by "HR" even with a doctor's note. Pay to lower than average for the industry, but bonuses can get you back to a normal salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about talent. If someone is good; promote them. Don't try to move them laterally; promote them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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