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EF Education First Reviews

Updated April 11, 2018
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EF Education First CEO Eddie Hult
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  • Work life balance can be a little tricky (in 51 reviews)

  • Management does not care about employees working long hours (in 74 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (27)

    "Amazing company, culture, mission, and travel opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Mission is more important now than ever before. As we read about Brexit, wall building, etc., EF is a company that helps people build bridges across borders through education. Everything we do helps our customers create new opportunities for themselves through education.
    - EF has sent me abroad nearly 30 times in my 4+ years w/the company. And you're not just going to sit in a conference room in some random office or cookie cutter hotel, you're traveling with students and teachers, seeing the sights.
    - Amazing benefits and coolest office space in Boston. 4 weeks vacation after 1 year, great health/dental, language classes, restaurant/bar on the banks of the Charles River
    - The people! Phenomenal colleagues.

    Cons

    - Lots of the EF reviews on GlassDoor are from other global offices and schools and do not reflect the employee experience in our Cambridge, Mass.-based North American HQ.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep it up!


  2. "Amazing place"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    great people to work with Good environment

    Cons

    not really any cons okay.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "A bit of a cult of personality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful office, on-site cafeteria, nice people.

    Cons

    Expectations of employees are disconnected with realities of work life balance. The promise of endless travel should be taken with a grain of salt, the mission while eloquently stated is more lip service than anything. This is a sales organization first and foremost. Pay is sub-market, and you won't see much better than a cost of living adjustment unless you are in management. They have somehow convinced everyone working there that they are not worth paying a market rate, and will let you leave and just train the next man up.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, keep them around and your products will actually benefit.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "EF is a positive, fast paced environment where employees are pushed hard and turn-over fast."

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun work environment, good professional development, international travel opportunities, cool product, beautiful office, nice location, great benefits and health insurance, passionate and attractive co-workers

    Cons

    You’re thrown into the fire, required to wear multiple hats at once, asked to work over-time and are substantially underpaid. EF has a complicated, unclear and at times misleading compensation structure and very high turnover, especially among entry level employees. The company is completely private about profit margins to its employees. The company also has few employees of color.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they’re worth and people will stick around longer than a year, be transparent, focus on hiring people of color


  5. "Foreign Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    The recruiters do a good job of placing you in specific city if you ask, and get quick, legitimate visas for China.

    Cons

    Weekend hours, and course consultants that try to place students in classes above their abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen staff for appropriate level placing, it results in happier kids and parents.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    You feel like you're a part of a family and most people are very supportive.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY under paid
    Upward mobility can be challenging
    A lot of internal drama


  7. "Global Team Member in EF's Boston Office"

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    Current Employee - Talent Scout & People Enthusiast in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Talent Scout & People Enthusiast in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    EF empowers their employees to drive their career with the guidance of strong mentors who are passionate business leaders! Not to mention 60% of our managment team are amazing international women!

    Cons

    EFers move fast and collaborate daily. If you like to hear "slow down" or enjoy cubicles, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring talent that has potential to grow quickly and thrives in an environment where taking initiative is encouraged.

  8. "Sales and marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong sense of ownership, fast moving, enterpeneurial, fun people, lots of travel opportunities

    Cons

    Long working hour, need to very multi tasked


  9. "Activities Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Activities Coordinator in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Activities Coordinator in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks, health insurance, and flexible schedule

    Cons

    No room for growth, poor salaries

    Advice to Management

    Needs to take more initiative in efforts to improve school


  10. "Love my job!!"

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture, great people. EF Denver values it’s workers and work life balance.

    Cons

    Salary isn’t the greatest. The base could be higher


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