EF Education First Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2021

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EF Education First CEO  Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
789 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great company culture and great people(in 92 reviews)

  • "Fun company culture, especially for recent graduates who need time to figure out what they want(in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes long hours because you care for your job(in 134 reviews)

  • "low salary for part-time job like teaching assistant(in 115 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "travel opportunities"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    travel, fun people to work with

    Cons

    low pay, not enough career development

  2. "Working with a group of people that shared same values!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    - No hierarchy and start-up style. - Nice colleagues - Fabulous office environment

    Cons

    - Not very organized regarding promotion

    EF Education First Response

    January 13, 2021Vice President of Recruitment and Employee Development

    Thank you for the feedback. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your colleagues and environment at EF. Despite our size, we certainly try to maintain that start-up style! We appreciate the feedback about your experience with promotions - very helpful. Wishing you the best of luck in your next endeavors!


  3. "Good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Company Culture, Benefits, collaborative and teamwork

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation and salary. High employee turnover

  4. "great environment"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun, inviting, positive work environment

    Cons

    could have handled covid layoff better

  5. "Great culture"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture! Love the enthusiasm for what the company does throughout each division

    Cons

    could pay their employees more

  6. "Good company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Accounting Administrator 

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Good company, good people, good management

    Cons

    No room for growth, small company

  7. "Ops"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good nics executive director of operations

    Cons

    Worst don't know if u want

  8. "Great people, low pay, tough to stay long term."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Excellent place to cultivate friendships and fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of transparency, high turnover, tough to develop a long term career.

  9. "Very fun company to work for when in the office, but it is tough to make enough money to make it worth it."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Educational Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    People work at EF because of the phenomenal perks that they provide employees - such as international travel, fun office environment, employee experience games. This is a great place to begin your professional employment, while you consider the best paths for your career.

    Cons

    This is a low-paying job and individuals don't get very much respect. Goals are intentionally set so that only 25%-35% of salespeople hit their goals. Management makes it known how easy it is for them to replace employees.

    EF Education First Response

    January 13, 2021Vice President of Recruitment and Employee Development

    Thank you for sharing this feedback. I'm really sorry to hear that you don't feel respected. That's something we'd like to hear more about and hopefully resolve. It's important to us that all our employees know how much we appreciate and value them and all they do for EF. I'd strongly encourage you to talk to Danni, your dedicated Recruitment and Employee Development contact. If you'd prefer to talk with someone on our central team, you can email HR@ef.com to set up a conversation with someone here. Let's fix this!

  10. "Better of working somewhere else"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Most of the people who work here are great. They're passionate about what they do and really believe in the mission. - Pre-covid all staff got to travel at least once a year - Nice office in Cambridge

    Cons

    - The pay is some of the lowest you'll find in the Boston area. They claim that's because the perks are so good but apart from the travel you can get the exact same perks and a way better salary at most other companies these days. - Extremely toxic culture - there's no legit HR department to take complaints to, and if you do try to talk to someone about manager or personnel concerns they're ignored. People are promoted based on how long they stay at the company, not based on merit, so this leads to a lot of inexperienced managers and a strange loyalty to the business complex. There's also very little room for growth unless you plan on staying at EF longterm for this reason. - Very little diversity - the lack of diversity at the company is very sad, it clearly has never been a focus and only started being addressed over the summer when pressure was put on the leaders to make more of an effort.

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