Compare Cengage vs EF Education First BETA

See how EF Education First vs. Cengage compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.

Employee Ratings

Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
(based on 1294 reviews)
(based on 1852 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Compensation & Benefits
Work-life balance
Senior Management
Culture & Values
CEO Approval
Cengage Ceo Michael Hansen
88%Michael Hansen
EF Education First Ceo Dr. Edward Hult
79%Dr. Edward Hult
% Recommend to a friend
Positive Business Outlook


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What Employees Say

"Work life balance"(in 161 reviews)
"Great people"(in 103 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 153 reviews)
"Travel opportunities"(in 84 reviews)
"Upper management"(in 73 reviews)
"Reorgs"(in 37 reviews)
"Long hours"(in 103 reviews)
"Low salary"(in 87 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Marketing Manager

I have been working at Cengage full-time for more than 10 years


- The culture is positive, motivating and very collaborative - Work brings great opportunities for professional development - The CEO and Executive Team are top leaders with great vision and... corporate strategy - benefits are good - Everyone is so nice, it's very unusual to have such a large group of genuine, hard working individuals


The company is a leader in driving change in education, which is amazing and exciting to be a part of, but things move fast, so having an adaptable work style would be beneficial to employees.

Advice to Management

Keep up the amazing job! I am super excited to be part of your team and under your direction. You've always made the right decisions and implemented strong strategies for business success. Lead... and I will follow.

Current Employee - Director

I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 5 years


- Everything we do at EF is about helping people build bridges across borders and cultures, spark mutual understanding, and create new opportunities. It's a mission that feels incredibly relevant... right now. - Travel opportunities: I spent more than 3 months traveling abroad last year to some of the most amazing places including Spain, Sweden, UK, France, and Germany. Everyone travels once a year, most travel far more than that. - The people. EF people make coming into work every day energizing and fun. - The benefits. Probably among the best on offer in Greater Boston.


- EF isn't for everyone; and in particular, folks who are looking for lots of structure and a clear path to promotion on an annual or semi-annual basis. People who aren't a good EF fit probably... won't be happy here.

Advice to Management

Keep it up! Staff events and professional development opportunities were fantastic in 2018. Not surprising that EF consistently ranks in the top 2 on the Globe's Top Places to Work list.

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