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EF Education First English As A Second Language Teacher Reviews

Updated Jan 16, 2020

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EF Education First CEO    Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "A lot of work and patience"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher 

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay, kids, travel opportunities, team building

    Cons

    very fast paced, a business not a school, can be overwhelming at times

    EF Education First2019-04-12
  2. Helpful (1)

    "EF Education First: A Predatory Company that Fishes for Naïve and Unaware Graduates"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Met some good friends there

    Cons

    Lies about travel opportunities Company refuses to help in times of need Flight to China is, in fact, not reimbursed First paycheck is a loan (unless you don't take it in which case you wait a month or more to get money) Most things recruiters tell you are lies, so take it with a grain of salt

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to new recruits, pay them what they're worth, and work on bettering retention of your teachers, not just your over-paying students

    EF Education First2020-01-16
  3. "Good supplemental income"

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    Current Freelancer - English As A Second Language Teacher in Decatur, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of the hours you sign up for Flexible Communicative Great with vacation time

    Cons

    Underpaid for the type of work you do. Only work 38 hrs/wk

    Advice to Management

    Pay a living wage.

    EF Education First2017-06-12
  4. "Huge Company"

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    Current Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - There's a lot of support before and when you arrive with visa documents, finding housing etc. - The schools are all super modern and clean - Class sizes are small maximum or ten or sixteen depending on age - Detailed lessons plans and lots of resources

    Cons

    - There are over twenty schools across the city, each run very differently. Lack of consistency between them can be frustrating. - Staff in charge of school who don't know how to manage. - Uneven teaching schedules amongst teachers

    EF Education First2019-09-23
  5. "it depends"

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    Current Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Manila, Manila

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

    Pros

    If you are hired while living in the US, the base pay rate is quite a bit higher than from outside. A few years ago there was an enormous amount of work available. I worked 50 hours a week and always had classes assigned.

    Cons

    The base pay is only ten USD per hour from outside the US and it takes a year to get a one dollar raise. It tops out at 13 per hour but they can take it away so quickly it will make your head spin. Lately the amount of work has nearly vanished. I can't get any honest answers from management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to how you treat teachers and stop being so blatantly biases in favor of the students. Stop allowing a bad review from a student to dramatically adversely affect the teacher's pay rate.

    EF Education First2019-09-18
  6. "Online English Teacher"

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    Current Contractor - English As A Second Language Teacher in Tirana
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hiring process is very straight forward.

    Cons

    Long Training program and the teaching hours can be scarce.

    EF Education First2019-05-03
  7. Helpful (2)

    "The worst school I have ever worked at. EF Oxford"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fellow teachers- Some of the strongest people I've met. Sadly, no one who started with me in January 2018 remains there on a full-time contract. Students- You get some great students who can really make the difference between a good day and a bad day.

    Cons

    Appalling working conditions 40hrs a week, often with a double banking 30 hr contact time 'summer' timetable even in winter. Many teachers stay until 7pm even 9pm (unpaid) to plan and many come in on weekends. The management are out the door at 5.30 sharp. There is a mentality of don't bother planning, which affects class quality and teacher burnout. Understaffed and overworked, leading to teacher breakdowns in the staff room, I've lost count of how many teachers I have seen in tears due to stress and being pushed too hard. It is a very upsetting environment to be part of and at times can become violent, one teacher recently snapped and shouted and swore in the corridor and threw things in the staff room. Toxic environment of us vs them mentality with the management. The management are sorely under trained and lack basic man management skills. They allow anonymous, informal complaints with no evidence, to escalate into close door meetings where you are intimidated and questioned on every aspect of what you do. Such accusations can be- 'Negativity', 'undermining teachers abilities' or 'making teachers feel uncomfortable'. All with no evidence and all very stressful. Most of the complaints come from senior teachers who listen in on private conversations and report back to the management or simply make things up. It is impossible to defend yourself when you don't even know/understand what you said or did. This behaviour led to several teachers leaving and is wholly unacceptable, bordering on bullying. Further to this, the inductions are atrocious and almost non existent. The support is apparently available only if you go and ask for it and only when the office door is literally open which it is often not, leaving many teachers to make crucial decisions themselves. A teacher with little experience who recently started was fired instead of given support as his classes weren't up to standard and absolutely no one helped him. Chances of promotion appear to be based on how friendly you are with the management. Often candidates with a DELTA or more experience are overlooked for teachers who may have been there longer. A teacher who was on very good terms with the management quickly become a senior teacher (within 6 months), overlooking a candidate who had actually been there longer and got on well with other teachers leading many, whether true or not, to believe that the system is based on cronyism. Inappropriate messaging between teachers and students. Several teachers were privately messaging students on social media as well as clubbing and drinking with them. Most of them have now left. Poor quality classrooms and materials- 17 students in a class, some of the classrooms are tiny with barely enough space for 17 students and a teacher, in the summer the temperatures can reach unbearable and unsafe levels, causing students and teachers to feel sick. Only some have projectors and slow computers, a big disappointment for a 'flagship' school, many broken chairs or chairs with small flip tables despite students preferring rooms with tables. The EF books themselves are of the poorest quality: full of mistakes, awful audio recordings and answers to reading and listening that don't even make sense, they are often ditched for better books. Constantly breaking photocopiers. Students are paying a lot and receiving very little quality in return. All round unfriendly colleagues, outside of the staff room, with poor, unpaid, interns working ridiculously hard to try and keep students happy. A broken review system where a teacher is expected to get 4.4/5 on their student evaluations or expect to be fired and/or subjected to constant private meetings. The review system only determines whether or not the student likes you which is almost impossible to improve with many teachers becoming close friends with students or simply playing games with them in order to achieve a high rating. One teacher who received low ratings was hounded out of the school and spent her final week off due to stress and anxiety induced by the job. Any success or target achieved is met with sweets or ice cream as if we are children. This is a huge business with a massive turnover and there is nothing in the budget for bonuses for reaching targets or even to buy books. The salary is also too low, 18k a year is not enough to live in Oxford, one of the most expensive places in England. Many teachers share houses with people and still pay upwards of £500. Insanely high turnover, we lost 4 teachers in a week once, and in my one year there I saw possibly 20+ people come and go. Many sighting the working conditions and management as reasons for leaving

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    Advice to Management

    Incompetence and vindictiveness look very similar and you will lose your best teachers over and over again, not the ones with the highest 'ratings' but the teachers who can actually teach, if you don't change the atmosphere and attitude of the school. I have seen fantastic teachers leave and people who needed help not given that help and instead left to suffer. Your actions have affected people's lives and the teachers at EF Oxford want to work hard and teach students not be used and then thrown away. The management need to take a long look at themselves and think about the damage they have done to good teachers. We all worked hard for the year and helped turn the school around and the thanks we got was shameful, competent managers must be appointed. Don't just appoint yes men.

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    EF Education First2019-03-26
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Questionable Skills"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    By the books - you will have legitimate visas Flexible - they are willing to train almost anyone. Easy to move up. Seamless - They make the process as easy as possible

    Cons

    Centers Vary - Hiring and position changing are too loose. The turnover is extremely high because often people are in positions they are not qualified for. Poor Management - See note above. Inequality of pay - Local talent abroad is paid less than foreign staff despite the fact that they are often the teachers with the real talent.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate what you value in an employee.

    EF Education First2018-11-29
  9. "EF is a joke!"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Chengdu, Sichuan
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    working with Chinese and foreign staff. They give you housing allowance and there is an assigned welfare officer to help you with anything you may need while in China.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to the high working hours. You're expected to give up your days off for "white monkey" jobs (marketing events that require a smiling white face). If you leave they will cancel your visa that day meaning you have 3 hours to pack a bag and get on a flight home. They will keep all your important documents and give you no reference letter making it hard for you to get another job. They will promote you if you are a white male but if you are anything else you won't get a chance, most of the men in high positions are bad at managing people or even worse at teaching. You will earn 8-10,000 yuan a month but your Chinese counterparts will earn about 3,000 yuan a month. You are not given all the public holidays off. Only 2 welfare officers to help all the foreign teachers in EF Chengdu (there are far to many to count) You become overworked with little or no social life

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    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to teachers; tell them up front that you won't give them any help after EF

    EF Education First2018-05-09
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing but a Cult"

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    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Ningbo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing good to say

    Cons

    EF Education First is nothing but a cult, with employees forced to interact only with each other in and outside of work, unable to meet people outside of the company due to work hours and living arrangements. Was lied to about apartment, even though the company purchased one for me, they quickly informed me I had to "reimburse" them, which involved the company taking money out of my monthly salary as well as my living stipend during the time I was employed there.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't cheat people.

    EF Education First2017-05-13
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