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EF Education First Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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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 71 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (17)

    "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. "Tour Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fun place to work with fantastic benefits. Great as a first job post college.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity for growth, and high turnover rate. Lack of interest in retaining or promoting employees that have been there for a long time.

  3. "Amazing work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    The culture, the people, the passion, and the mission

    Cons

    No cons at all :)


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Tour Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for what it is - a wonderful first job for someone not quite ready to leave college. Fun environment and, if you are on the right team, a lot of independence and autonomy over your own sales territory.

    Cons

    At a point, you grow out of being paid with perks and want a higher salary. Terrible management decisions with many highly unqualified people in management roles. Very high turnover. Once you get past having a ton of fun your first year and are looking for a truly professional company, you will likely leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting unqualified individuals in management roles


  5. "English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Miami Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great to work with students. Good job if you love teaching for the sake of teaching.

    Cons

    Many students are sold these packages abroad promising golden rainbows and when they get there they are mostly let down. Housing is not good, the food is terrible, the classes are nothing like they were promised. I spent hours and hours preparing my own materials because the school materials are so bad. There is NO employee parking so you will pay half your salary in parking tickets, fines, or towing if you don't pay for hours a day. This company is a revolving door of people and they are only in it for a quick profit, and don't care about their students or teachers. It is a shady company.

    Advice to Management

    PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO TEACHERS. DO SOMETHING ABOUT PARKING OR COMPENSATE TEACHERS BETTER. YOU WILL NEVER HAVE QUALITY TEACHERS UNLESS YOU INVEST IN THEM.


  6. "Group leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time

    Pros

    Very happy with my experiences.

    Cons

    No real complaints about the company.


  7. "It has been wonderful"

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

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

    Pros

    It really has everything - great team culture, beautiful building, fantastic mission. You get to work with other people who really do care about opening the world through travel

    Cons

    The role is a mix of sales and account management, which can make it can be hard to balance. But there are tons of people who are happy to help, so the support is certainly there

  8. Helpful (1)

    "EF course leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    -Had a great time
    -Most of my coworkers were great fun to work with
    -Fun all expense paid activities

    Cons

    -Senior management very disorganized, and lets you take the fall for any problems that may arise
    -Badly paid


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing benefits and great perks. Best for entry level sales and recent college grads."

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, casual environment, health/dental- a Swedish company, flexible, really good product to sell, people are like-minded and travel for business can be minimal
    Or extensive, fun atmosphere. Usually have autonomy,
    Depending on your Director, beer fridge! Yoga! In office PD and public speaking series!

    Cons

    Upward and lateral movement non-existent you will ‘max out’ of your job in a few years and move on, pay is not competitive


  10. "Online English Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make your own hours. Timely promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Hours can get sparse during Holidays/NYE. Not the best pay.


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