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EF Education First Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated Jul 16, 2019

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
579 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work environment where workers are really valued(in 144 reviews)

  • "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)(in 83 reviews)

Cons
  • "Depending on your role, expect to work long hours during "busy season"(in 94 reviews)

  • "Low salary especially in city like shanghai(in 86 reviews)

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  1. "Online Teachers in Shanghai, China"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, easy to assimilate into new lifestyle (living abroad).

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility when working in centers and not the head office.

    EF Education First2018-10-15
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    "Tour Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at EF Education First for more than a year

    Pros

    free travel perks, fun young work environment, good opportunity for recent grads, excellent benefits packages

    Cons

    highly demanding position in sales

    Advice to Management

    give more support to your TC's, give more opportunity for upward growth

    EF Education First2018-05-22
  3. "Product Management Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    -Work environment -Young and vibrant culture -collaboration -cool products -easy to sell

    Cons

    -not very organized -low pay for department

    EF Education First2018-05-06
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    "ESL teacher"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at EF Education First full-time

      Pros

      Great work environment and made the transistion to China very easy. Any problems from finding apartments, visas, to losing my cell phone were always taken care of by a native who was willing to take persona time to help.

      Cons

      Long hours, vacations days were often blocked off during affordable travel dates.

      Advice to Management

      Spread responsibility out between teachers. It’s not fair just because you’re the best teacher you have to work more classes than someone else.

      EF Education First2018-04-27
    • Helpful (9)

      "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
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at EF Education First for 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

      EF Education First2018-03-12
    • Helpful (8)

      "Low pay, Much expected"

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

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

      Pros

      EF offers a fun work environment for recent graduates not ready for the jump into adulthood. There is a very relaxed environment, a beautiful office, and a bar on site. The people hired for EF are generally of the same feather - outgoing, fun, and nice. I have met some life-long friends at EF. Unlimited sick days and many vacation days mean that you get a good amount of time off (if you can get it approved by your manager...

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      Cons

      EF has incredible turn-over due to the lack of compensation. It doesn't take long to get run down by the daily struggle of being on the cusp of debt with no clear path within the company. Those who work hardest are often promoted when spots open up, which means management is typically ill equipped and seldom trained to actually lead a team or delegate tasks because they simply are hard workers, not leaders. It is difficult...

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      Advice to Management

      Invest in those who have invested in you, financially and/or with development opportunities. Compensate appropriately for the expensive city (Boston) that you are based in. Focus more on hiring experienced, capable management staff.

      EF Education First2018-03-21
    • "Business Analyst"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at EF Education First

        Pros

        relax work environment, good for internships

        Cons

        not very technical jobs...

        EF Education First2017-11-07
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        "Senior Sales Supervisor"

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        Former Employee - Sales Manager 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Very good working environment and kindly team members. Very focus on employees grows up with the company.

        Cons

        A little be sales pressure.

        EF Education First2017-09-12
      • "Tour Consultant"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at EF Education First full-time

        Pros

        Good work environment. Good benefits. In general good people to work for and with.

        Cons

        Low pay, and not a clear path for career development.

        EF Education First2017-07-09
      • "Coordinator Enrollment"

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        Former Employee - Enrollment Coordinator in Coconut Grove, FL
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at EF Education First part-time

        Pros

        -Great working environment. -Teamwork at its best. -I believe this job is very jovial.

        Cons

        -My only con for me was particularly commuting time and where to park. Miami office in Coconut

        Advice to Management

        -They are great, whatever advice you need if you ask they will be there for you.

        EF Education First2017-06-09
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