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3.5
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Jacob Toren
134 Ratings
Pros
  • "Large company with schools all over China(in 64 reviews)

  • "Great opportunities, cool working environment with(in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "They’re just people who stuck it out in China long enough to get promoted(in 39 reviews)

  • "You can have long hours sometimes(in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Beyond just teaching"

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    Current Employee - Senior Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities for upward development. ESL is a tough industry and it's something you age out of, if you choose to, at EF you have more than a few directions into which you can develop and be promoted. I know people who started off as teachers with no previous relevant experience who are now senior content developers as well as Regional Managers etc As far as annual leave goes: For your second year you'll get...

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    Cons

    If all you do is teach you might find the job a bit constraining as materials are overdeveloped to better assist new teachers so it will be up to you to adapt and change materials to suit your own style. It might at times feel like you are being spoonfed but again, more experienced teachers will probably be able to easily adapt materials and lesson aims to depend on student needs. Another con, especially, if you are...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep focussing on teacher development and make sure you set expectations during the recruitment phase. Don't promise prospective teachers things which a CD or DoS can't deliver on. Also, make sure that PM's keep track of teachers satisfaction with management as unaired issues tend to build up and that causes some people to leave or to become disengaged.

    EF English First2018-12-31
  2. Helpful (1)

    "EF Teaching Abroad"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 

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

    Pros

    I had a great mentor and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes management is disorganized

    EF English First2019-05-22
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't waste your time working a month without pay..."

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    Former Employee - Online ESL Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First part-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work-from-home, exposure to unique people from around the world

    Cons

    You have to work two months before pay because they only pay monthly and you have to wait until the following month for your first paycheck. It started off nice and I felt like I was doing well when all of a sudden, they stopped adding classes to my schedule and my friend's despite us having high-scores as teachers even though classes were available, they just decided to phase us out. My friend and I opened EVERY time...

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs to care about employee retention as much as they do student retention.

    EF English First2019-05-15
  4. "Descent pay"

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    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in Decatur, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    They always pay you on-time.

    Cons

    Recently I can't get enough hours.

    EF English First2019-04-12
  5. Helpful (2)

    "if you can do better then......shop around"

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    Former Employee - Teacher- Kids and Teens 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    reliable pay, and maybe alright for getting your first year of experience,- if thats the case then work with adults- kids and teens is way more of a hassle- open doors, extra summer classes that being said- wall street english prob pays more for your first year

    Cons

    if you aren't that zany corporate cheerleader type you will probably want to projectile vomit within the first week- They promise parents that if they give EF a lot of money that their curriculum and magical foreigner teachers will miraculously make it so the students don't have to take an active role in mastering the hundreds of vocabulary words they will be introduced to. I met so many parents who assumed that the...

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    Advice to Management

    keep it classy

    EF English First2019-04-01

    EF English First Response

    April 14, 2019Vice President

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We dedicate a lot of resources to ensure new teachers are brought to China with the right support needed for a new and successful career. We understand that the nature of teaching young learners requires a high level of energy and committment ...

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "EF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Curriculum is good. Teaching the students is actually fun as you can develop your own style.

    Cons

    Depends on centers and management. Some werent the most capable and beat around the bush with everything, making problems difficult to solve.

    EF English First2018-12-27
  7. Helpful (6)

    "A Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    The kids are excited to learn.

    Cons

    You will be harassed at every corner. The company will treat you like a slave. you will be counting down the days until your contract ends.

    Advice to Management

    stop your illegal work practices.

    EF English First2018-12-21

    EF English First Response

    January 2, 2019Vice President

    Due to the serious nature of your post, we request that you contact us at compliance.china@ef.com so that a fair and thorough investigation can take place. Your experience with EF does not reflect our core values and EF’s commitment to providing the best possible work environment ...

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "EF Tangshan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EF English First for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Some say if you can work here, you can work anywhere. I don't see the need for a teacher to supper unnecessarily, and think prospective teacher should choose the best school and location with the best hours and salary that they can find. In that regard, EF Tangshan has nothing to offer.

    Cons

    As you will learn, EF Tangshan has some of the longest hours, the lowest pay, and the worst conditions you'll find anywhere. Since I've worked for EF, I've taught and traveled all over the world, and this place ranks as by far the worst. The salary is very low, and the hours are unbeleivable--roughly double the requirements of any other school (I do not recommend working at a private language school at all unless you...

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    EF English First2018-12-23
  9. "Worth the experience"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in China, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great employee benefits such as furnished apartment, monthly team building,end of contract bonus, medical aid options.

    Cons

    You don't get a weekend or school holidays off as those are actually peak times :(

    Advice to Management

    DOS was really amazing. Very accomodating and flexible.

    EF English First2018-11-17
  10. "Overseas Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First

    Pros

    Fun company culture. Opportunity to travel. The people you will work with are fun, motivated, well-travelled, and well-cultured.

    Cons

    If you work abroad it is hard to find a job in the states if you want to stay with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for providing me with the best employment experience I have had in my life.

    EF English First2018-11-15
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