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Updated Jan 18, 2019

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  1. "Foreign English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher 
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation. There's also excellent support from local staff for help with visas, settling in, housing, healthcare and more.

    Cons

    The workload is too high. Teachers very often teach more than 24 contact hours each week, which is exhausting and unfortunately makes teaching quality lessons to all students impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more teachers, both foreign and local, so that the teachers can have a more manageable workload and not be overworked. Invest more in training support staff (teaching assistants) so that they feel confident when working in the classroom.

    EF English First2019-01-18

    EF English First Response

    March 24, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at EF. It's a big commitment to come to China, and we do our best to make the relocation as smooth and worry-free as possible. We are therefore very happy to hear that you had a very positive onboarding and felt well looked after ...

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Chinese University English Tutor - Shnaghai"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    It gets you in the door. Into China. Into a University setting. It also is good for beginner teachers of ESL, as you repeat your lessons frequently.

    Cons

    Bad pay. Lots of hours. Eben though your teaching time seems low and they advertise the role as this. You have to travel for nearly 6 hours a week unpaid. You also have huge breaks in the day because it's a university. Whilst you may only teach 6.5 hours a day you will be there for 10 or more.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell people they will only be teaching a certain number of hours. Calculate the amount of hours someone is on point for you and your organisation and pay accordingly.

    EF English First2016-10-14
  3. Helpful (9)

    "They lie, and will ask you to lie. Don't join them."

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Hangzhou, Zhejiang
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at English First full Time (more than 1 year) It's an ok company to learn the ropes with (by that I mean it’s 100% legal and easy to get hired), but it's dubbed ''The Training Camp''and the ''Walmart of ESL Teaching'' for a reason. The vast majority of teachers (70%) either quit or do not renew their contracts * Friendly helpful colleagues are great (with the exception of management) * New teachers will...

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    Cons

    They word contracts so vaguely that the can argue anything in their favour. Example: EF says you have a maximum of 20 teaching hours, but that doesn't include demos, marketing events, or Summer and Winter Course (Summer and Winter Course teaching hours can go as high as they want, because there is a clause that states there is no limit on Teaching Hours during Summer and Winter, so I was working over 30 teaching hours)....

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    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to staff. Stop lying to parents. Focus on teacher retention. Pay your staff a real salary, and stop working them like dogs.

    EF English First2016-08-22

    EF English First Response

    September 8, 2016Vice President

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience with the school. As you know, EF has over 200 schools in China. It would be helpful for us to know which school you were in so we can investigate that situation more closely. Please know that we have received ...

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Ther"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a real career here if you want it, plenty of opportunities for promotion within the EF network. Training workshops. Support network

    Cons

    The half hour catch up classes for students of other teachers who missed their previous class (you can't do anything in half an hour) Money at times seems to be the most important thing to the company.

    EF English First2016-07-14
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not a bad starting point for the 'new' teacher and living abroad"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Dongguan, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive staff and training opportunities. Correct visa's and support pre-arrival. Great accommodation provided. Pay OK and on time, incentives for following procedures eg lesson plans on time etc. Curriculum provided for outline so allows for creative additions particularly for the younger classes and the oldest!

    Cons

    Political at times - just avoid it! Summer and winter school full on and can be exhausting but doesn't last too long. Lot of reports and parent teacher meetings... could be less! Curriculum for the 'Trail Blazer' classes is awful... you have to be REALLY creative to enhance it and make it beneficial.

    Advice to Management

    Value the teachers, teachers feeling valued will provide you with staff who may hang around longer.

    EF English First2016-05-02
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    "Supportive & Innovative"

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    Current Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First

    Pros

    I have been with EF for nearly 2 years and have found the company and the school I work in particularly supportive. If you want to develop as a teacher they will help you get onto one of the many courses that EF offer. The resources available to teachers for the classes are always changing and they try to use technology that makes the classes not only fun for the students but also very easy for teachers to teach and...

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    Cons

    EF is a big company so you sometimes feel far away from the people who make the big changes so things seem to take a while to filter down or suggestions to go up to the top. Be patient!

    Advice to Management

    Make available better communication links between teachers and those nearer the top. Maybe a regular meeting where teaching representatives can talk to the managers and air the views of teachers in their region.

    EF English First2016-02-17
  7. Helpful (4)

    ""No experience required""

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Yuyao, Zhejiang
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kids you meet are great. They come to the school very enthusiastically and participate easily in the games that you create.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, that's where the positives end. Once I had arrived in China my first two weeks were my "training". However, this only consisted of sitting in a room with a senior teacher and them telling me very obvious advice. Some of this advice consisted of "Get the kids to like you then they will be more willing to learn." The other part of the training was somewhat helpful as I watched experienced teachers teaching...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't waste time "training" people. All that I learned from 1 on 1 sessions with senior teachers is the most obvious stuff. They seriously spend hours telling me stuff like "Create fun games so that the children will participate more."

    EF English First2015-12-21
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Some great co-workers but thats about it!"

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    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lessons planned for you Some great international staff

    Cons

    Low salary Minimum holidays Try underhand tactics to avoid staff leaving to better paid jobs by refusing to provide letter of release, even when contract is finished (a major issue in China) Antisocial hours - evenings and weekends.

    EF English First2015-11-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "ESL Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Ningbo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First

    Pros

    Salary is good. Director of Studies tries hard to help where she can.

    Cons

    Management is unreliable. Policies are not followed.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more professional, honest and follow through with what was promised.

    EF English First2015-10-10
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Working for EF in China"

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    Current Employee - Foreign English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They are immensely helpful through the entire process. From the beginning and all the way through. The visa process, the housing and the big move abroad; they make the whole process easy and helpful. I also love all of the opportunities you get to travel, socialize and grow with EF as a company. It is indeed a family like atmosphere and they take care of you as if you were family. EF gives you the opportunity to meet...

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    Cons

    Working in kids and teens, it can sometimes get overwhelmingly busy and you do not have time to get a break on busy days or months. It seems that they try to get as many classes as possible filled but there aren't as many teachers. It can get frustrating at times. I think EF should really work on balancing the schedules a bit more.

    Advice to Management

    I think that it would be very cool and important to add career counseling services for EF teachers. We should have someone we can directly talk to about questions, concerns and career advancements.

    EF English First2015-05-30

    EF English First Response

    June 7, 2015Vice President of Teacher Recruitment

    EF English First is currently developing a stronger career support services for teachers and staff. In Beijing, we ran a career coaching pilot program that was successful. We are still developing ways to expand this across China. Currently, the best way to access advice about career ...

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