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EF Education First Reviews

Updated 18 April, 2019
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  • "work life balance is difficult if you have a young family" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Long hours, but teachers gets greatly rewarded for their time and effort" (in 86 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Inspiring mission, incredible opportunities to see the world while developing your skills"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Everything we do at EF is about helping people build bridges across borders and cultures, spark mutual understanding, and create new opportunities. It's a mission that feels incredibly relevant right now.
    - Travel opportunities: I spent more than 3 months traveling abroad last year to some of the most amazing places including Spain, Sweden, UK, France, and Germany. Everyone travels once a year, most travel far more than that.
    - The people. EF people make coming into work every day energizing and fun.
    - The benefits. Probably among the best on offer in Greater Boston.

    Cons

    - EF isn't for everyone; and in particular, folks who are looking for lots of structure and a clear path to promotion on an annual or semi-annual basis. People who aren't a good EF fit probably won't be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Staff events and professional development opportunities were fantastic in 2018. Not surprising that EF consistently ranks in the top 2 on the Globe's Top Places to Work list.

    EF Education First Response

    14 Jan, 2019 – Senior Director of People Operations

    Thank you for this feedback! Our mission, people, professional development and benefits and perks are the most common things our staff refer to when they talk about why they love working here. I... More


  2. "Inspiring and flexible environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Shared mission of global impact - opening the world through education. Colleagues that you are excited to work with. Entrepreneurial spirit and lots of opportunities to continue to learn new skills sets and participate in projects that elevate your knowledge.

    Cons

    Change is on-going, we're always finding new and better ways of doing work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on growth and developing teams.

  3. "Best education products"

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

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Lots of benefits and perks for international teachers
    Continuous training to keep career development
    Professional teams for sales, service, academia and marketing
    Relaxing working environment

    Cons

    There could be a more fair system to treat the local teachers

    Advice to Management

    Academia team plays the key role in the company’s development, so please make sure that they are well-recognised.

    EF Education First Response

    14 Apr, 2019 – Vice President

    Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience working at EF. We are thrilled by your enthusiasm about our products as we aim to offer the best possible learning experience for our... More


  4. "Fun place, low pay"

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

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun environment, and awesome travel perks.

    Cons

    Low pay, not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the current employees and help then grow within the company.

    EF Education First Response

    25 Feb, 2019 – Senior Director of People Operations

    Thank you for this feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't feel there was a lot of room for professional growth. I can't tell which office you were in, but in the US, we average almost... More


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, nice offices and locations.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to figure out who is in charge of what.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks in term of innovation. It's good and getting better but still not enough. Keep it up!

    EF Education First Response

    11 Feb, 2019 – Senior Director of People Operations

    Thank you for this review -- and the reminder to continually focus on innovation, one of our core values! Thanks, too, for being a force for innovation on our tech team. Keep up the good work... More


  6. "Great place to start my career"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at EF I was able to learn a lot about business and a sales/growth organization. While being in the driver seat of my career, I have worked for experienced managers who are able to support and provide opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Benefits are standard, could be better with more flexibility or ability to personalize or better vision benefits.


  7. "teacher assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First part-time

    Pros

    nice fellows, easy environment, lots of fun things

    Cons

    people are aggressive, the workload is high

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyday is different, with new and exciting challenges which allows you to develop and grow in your role. The culture and people are also a highlight!

    Cons

    Nothing significant, make sure to take the time to learn from your colleagues and counterparts and ask questions when you're unsure of something!


  9. "Educational Tour Consultant"

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

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office culture, location, events. Everyone here is working towards a common goal of getting more students travelling the world, which is pretty inspiring and makes for a great group of people to work alongside.

    Cons

    If working in sales there is always the pressure of activity and meeting goals - but if you like that type of environment, and that is what fuels you, it won't really be a con!


  10. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, travel, non-hierarchical, friends, creative freedoms.

    Cons

    The size of the company can make things complicated.