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    "Bad Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Activities Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of cool, pink EF-themed gear. Lovely co-workers and you have the chance to interact with awesome international students!

    Cons

    You will certainly work for every cent that you make and you won't make that much! They do not hire enough summer staff members, so be prepared to wear many hats and work a lot. During my time there, our minimum work week was 50 hours. However, we would often push closer to 60 during particular busy moments (e.g. student arrival and departures). Because I was a salaried employee (as opposed to hourly), I was not be compensated for this extra time spent even though I was EXPECTED to stay behind in the office/arrive early to address concerns. Depending on which site you work at, you may have to pick up the Senior Team's slack on very short notice. We're all human, yes. But, at times senior staff members will drop the ball and will fail to be transparent about it.

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    EF Education First2020-02-24
  1. "Fantastic people"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Tarrytown, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very nice people to work for.

    Cons

    Besides the distance for me, none. No cons!

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    EF Education First2020-03-23

    EF Education First Response

    March 24, 2020Director

    Thank you for your feedback and your commitment to EF. We are happy to have colleagues like yourself working with EF. Wish you all the best for 2020!

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "First 1-2 years are great! After that, not so much..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Tour Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you're right out of college, or are looking to learn some really great sales skills this is the job for you. You're surrounded by like-minded, young, fun people who are eager to learn and perform. You'll get at least 1 free trip a year, and that can get up to 4-6 trips a year depending on tenure and sales performance. EF knows how to throw a hell of a party, that's for sure! Everyone is super friendly and eager to help - I met some great friends through this job and traveled to so many places I wouldn't have normally had the chance to go.

    Cons

    After about 2-3 years, the excitement wears off. The free travel is wonderful, but if you have a family or are serious about career growth, that becomes less of a sticking-point. There is extremely little room to grow, get promoted, and make more money. I worked at EF for almost 4 years, consistently hit sales goals, brought in over $1 million revenue y/y, and never made more than $60k/yr. Do not take this job if you're used to working commission-based sales, or at least be very aware of what your salary will be. Whatever they tell you you can expect in bonus, half it and that's more likely. Goals will never be less than 10% up y/y, even if you have a giant book of business. That means, the longer you stay and the better you do, the harder it is for you to make money. They also never let managers, or EF-lifer's, go (barring economic distress like covid). Managers are often shuffled around from office to office, department to department, even though they really don't contribute any longer, or are down-right terrible at their jobs and impact the company morale. If you can survive 7-10 years you're practically untouchable. If you're considering EF, and you're used to a typical Sales salary - look the other way. Or at the very least be prepared to take a large pay-cut. If you're recently out of college, looking to learn a lot, have a ton of fun, meet lots of interesting people, and make just enough to be $100 away from living paycheck to paycheck, this is the place for you!

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    EF Education First2020-04-06

    EF Education First Response

    April 9, 2020Vice President of Recruitment and Employee Development

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We will reflect seriously on the themes you shared. To clarify a few points: The Tour Consultant position is a sales role where your bonus is dependent on your sales growth and the growth potential of your market. A successful sales person who is able to maximize their market potential is capable of significant earnings year after year. In addition, the EF Denver office is primarily a sales and customer support office. For individuals with proven success who are looking for growth outside of sales and customer support, there are many opportunities throughout the EF worldwide network. We have recently seen Tour Consultants take on new roles in Boston, Zurich, Shanghai and Sydney. If you are committed to staying in Denver, sales is the most common career path. We agree that the EF culture is a strong plus – the people, the travel and the ability to learn in a sales organization are just a few of the reasons we hear of why people choose a lasting career with EF. We are sorry that EF was not a long-term professional fit for you and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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