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EF Education First Reviews

Updated Jan 7, 2020

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EF Education First CEO    Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
765 Ratings
  1. "A great place to start a career but not a long term company"

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    • Senior Management
     in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at EF Education First

    Pros

    Great benefits including lots of vacation time and travel opportunities, enjoyable work environment, lots of opportunities to try different positions.

    Cons

    It's hard to move up in your industry if you find a job that you like. EF in Boston is mainly a sales and customer service center so if you are an operational employee, you often feel like you are at the bottom of the totem pole.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to treat all employees fairly. Follow the company policy of having an "open door"

    EF Education First2012-01-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to come every morning!"

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    Current Employee - Educational Tour Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone at work is like minded and therefore I feel like I'm working with friends - Many great travel opportunities for all departments - Continuing PD opportunities - Great support from colleagues in all departments - Fun activities every month and get to participate in "kick offs" every two years that is a combination of PD, getting to know the team better, and a fun time.

    Cons

    - We have busier periods (March break and early summer travel) which can be stressful, but also a lot of fun when you know what you're doing. Not a con, but someone who is faint of heart probably wouldn't be able to handle it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    EF Education First2019-09-10
  3. "Amazing company culture!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Zürich
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people! Positive and energetic people, passionate to make a big difference in the world, helping people become global citizens through language, cultural exchange and educational travel. Travel! There are lots of travel opportunities with EF and everywhere you go, you meet inspiring EF colleagues. Ownership! You make the role you have your own, you drive your own development and if you have a nothing is impossible attitude, you will be able to implement a lot of your good ideas. It's like a startup but you have the support and knowledge.

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    Cons

    Salary levels aren't the best, but the culture and opportunities weighs up

    EF Education First2019-05-16
  4. "Great people, not enough growth opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant 

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    - Great people - Travel opportunities - Events

    Cons

    - Salary is very low - Growth takes very long

    EF Education First2019-05-28
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for a young travel enthusiast!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    -Company has a lot of younger staff, 20's-30's -Very fun and inclusive culture, a lot of employee appreciation, support and encouragement -Beer fridge and weekly happy hours -Free snacks -Monthly themed happy hour party (St Patrick's Day, Hawaiian Luau, etc) -Ping Pong table -Lots of clubs and socialization opportunities (great place to work if you want to get involved and be friends with your coworkers) -Lots of opportunity for movement and advancement, company really encourages you to stay and find the right fit if you're not happy rather than leaving -Company is not hierarchical, so you never feel 'less than' or like you're low on the ladder, everyone works and socializes together -Free travel opportunities (get to go on the tours they sell for free, either once a year or every other year depending on your position) -Work travel opportunities (EF has locations all around the world, staff will often travel to other offices for work) -Feel like you are actually working towards something important, letting students travel and see the world -Does not feel like a soul-sucking meaningless corporate job - day-to-day life is really fun, lots of teamwork, plenty of time to let off steam and socialize, you feel appreciated and like you are making a difference

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    Cons

    -If you aren't a 'party' person, or are more introverted, this might not be the place for you -The pay is fair but not super high (although in sales you can make good bonuses/commission) - if you are on a single income or expecting a lot, it might be a little tight, but there are a lot of perks/benefits that make up for this -Hours can be long in the sales positions, sometimes working overtime/weekends, however a lot of the time you get lieu hours/they are flexible about you making time up -Sometimes you are expected to stay extra hours for events, meetings, etc without compensation - but again, hours tend to be sort of flexible to make up for this.

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    EF Education First2019-05-06
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible pay, terribly managed"

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    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Company hires a lot of talented, collaborative, and fun people; met some of my best friends here. Amazing free, frequent travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Terrible base salaries Many of the middle and upper managers are bullies, and I have seen them drive talented, passionate employees out of their jobs

    EF Education First2018-11-24
  7. "Good job out of university"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, travel opportunities, good chances to move positions

    Cons

    Poor salary. Long hours. No work life balance. Some great managers, some very poor managers.

    EF Education First2018-01-04
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional and poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met great people Some travel opportunities

    Cons

    Gossipy high school culture--seems fun if you're young, but you waste a lot of time on office politics. Managers take part in "who slept with who"/"how attractive is X" gossip, which is uncomfortable and unprofessional Poor management No growth opportunities Acts like it's changing the world, but it's a sales company

    Advice to Management

    Don't encourage clique-y behavior. Invest in making the products better and treating your staff well instead of coming up with new ways to trick customers and hide bad reviews

    EF Education First2017-11-12
  9. "Video Crew Member"

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    Recommends

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Really loved working with the Video team at EF - culturally conscious, exciting travel opportunities and always looking to tackle new and innovative ways to tell stories centered around their core mission.

    Cons

    long hours, but to be expected for a video shoot in the field.

    EF Education First2017-04-22
  10. "Finance Manager"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Very international with good travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Salaries are very varied between junior and senior staff.

    EF Education First2017-01-07
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