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EF Education First Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a little tricky (in 49 reviews)

  • Not a ton of room to grow can have long hours at times (in 62 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "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. "Summer instructor as ESL Teacher"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Brighton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work with students from all over the world! There is a standard weekly curriculum but one can also augment the weekly topics using their own
    related exercises. (and integrate art, music, games, etc. related to the topic).

    Cons

    From summer to summer the number of students can change...and there may or may not be a job available. (This summer was told that there were no longer Saudi students...whether this is related to U SA politics or the Saudi government, I'm not sure...).

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the marketing a bit by country year by year if some countries will no longer be sending their students. (And value your summer teachers as well as those who work all year long...).

  3. "EF, Tarrytown NY campus"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Tarrytown, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in Tarrytown, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great collaborative staff. A lot of available help from management. Lessons prepared for you or you could do your own lesson as long as you hit the key points of the original lesson.

    Cons

    low pay, not a lot of room to grow due to lack of positions, adult students can be much more demanding & rude at times.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy Schedule and fulfilling work

    Cons

    Incompetent Management and low pay


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Long Hours, Low Pay, Good People"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun social activities/company parties, great work experience, great people, travel once a year for free. Good benefits (401k is great but hardly anyone stays the full 5 years to get completely vested).

    Cons

    Very low pay (Cambridge headquarters office) , management is cliquey and picks favorites, very long hours , high pressure to come in early /work late/ attend social events outside of work, bonuses are difficult to hit . Everyone dates each other and lives together and it can get a bit cult-like and gossipy.

    Advice to Management

    Pay hardworking employees to stay at the company and make bonus structure more attainable.


  6. "Wouldn't recommend being a non-executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First part-time

    Pros

    Most of the employees are friendly and there were unforeseen bonuses such as free meals

    Cons

    This company has minimal organization and management which often leads to chaos, stress and a poor workplace culture. I was at a local school site in California over the summer and everyone was at there wits end the entire time. This led to poor retention and poor staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay and treat your staff at school programs better. If they are unhappy the students notice and your end product is very poor.


  7. "Resident Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Redondo Beach, CA

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Position came with full hotel suite, housekeeping with paid utilities. The ability to build lasting relationships with the diverse student population.

    Cons

    The residence owners (hotel management) had no respect for the resident advisors!

  8. "Great Company & Mission"

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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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture, great perks

    Cons

    Really hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Career path advice


  9. "Great young professional culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Excellent travel opportunity
    Great young career learning opportunity
    Fantastic upper-level leadership
    Access to global offices and work opportunities

    Cons

    None at this point in time


  10. "Only if you're Sweadish"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the industry
    Great facilities

    Cons

    No career advancement if you're not inside the clique (and you won't be unless you're Swedish)
    You are just a cog.
    If you don't drink don't bother
    ZERO work life balance
    If you're not blond and look good don't bother
    All politics are idden - you won't even know what hit you

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. They wouldn't listen. They're perfect and you're not. Take this job as a temp job while you're looking for something serious.


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