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EF Education First Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
569 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work environment where workers are really valued(in 142 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 79 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, but teachers gets greatly rewarded for their time and effort(in 89 reviews)

  • "low salary and the schedule is a bit wonky(in 85 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for a young travel enthusiast!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    -Company has a lot of younger staff, 20's-30's -Very fun and inclusive culture, a lot of employee appreciation, support and encouragement -Beer fridge and weekly happy hours -Free snacks -Monthly themed happy hour party (St Patrick's Day, Hawaiian Luau, etc) -Ping Pong table -Lots of clubs and socialization opportunities (great place to work if you want to get involved and be friends with your coworkers) -Lots...

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    Cons

    -If you aren't a 'party' person, or are more introverted, this might not be the place for you -The pay is fair but not super high (although in sales you can make good bonuses/commission) - if you are on a single income or expecting a lot, it might be a little tight, but there are a lot of perks/benefits that make up for this -Hours can be long in the sales positions, sometimes working overtime/weekends, however a lot...

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    EF Education First2019-05-06
  2. "Good work/live Balance"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at EF Education First full-time

      Pros

      Travel perks are pretty good

      Cons

      Poor leadership across all levels

      EF Education First2019-06-12
    • "Great people, not enough growth opportunity"

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      Former Employee - Tour Consultant 

      I worked at EF Education First full-time

      Pros

      - Great people - Travel opportunities - Events

      Cons

      - Salary is very low - Growth takes very long

      EF Education First2019-05-28

      EF Education First Response

      June 7, 2019Senior Director of People Operations

      Thank you for this feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your colleagues, traveling the world, and the fun events. I'm a bit surprised to hear that you felt it was taking long to experience growth, particularly in your role as a Tour Consultant. Our Tour Consultants are part of an intensive ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      "Work Hard, Play Hard"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at EF Education First full-time

      Pros

      EF is a great company to start and grow your career. There are many personal and professional development opportunities as well as amazing job perks. You can find strong culture present around the entire EF world and amazing employees at all offices.

      Cons

      EF is not for everyone. You need to "work hard" in order to "play hard" and really resonate with the company culture. If frequent change and lack of hierarchy scare you, then you may not enjoy your EF experience.

      EF Education First2019-05-06

      EF Education First Response

      May 15, 2019Senior Director of People Operations

      Thank you for this feedback and for touching on some of the things about EF that can be hard to describe. You're right that EF is not for everyone -- but to your point, people who like a lot of autonomy and space to take their role and their careers in the direction they want and ...

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    • "Having Fun & Changing Lives"

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

      I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      I have fun at work everyday! I love working in a face paced environment that give their employees true ownership of their work. All of our hard work is worth it when we get to see these Canadian students travel the world and experience something they never would have without the help of EF!

      Cons

      EF empowers their employees to be entrepreneurial in their roles. If you've the kind of person that needs to have structure or guidelines in your role, it may be tough for you.

      Advice to Management

      Keep letting your employees take the lead on projects and initiatives.

      EF Education First2019-05-06

      EF Education First Response

      May 15, 2019Senior Director of People Operations

      Yes! I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep changing lives and having fun while you're at it! Thank you for this feedback. -- Mike Kaufman, Sr. Director of People Operations

    • "Best education products"

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      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 First2019-04-10

      EF Education First Response

      April 14, 2019Vice 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 students. We are pleased to know that you value the training programs that we put in place ...

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    • "Fun place, low pay"

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

      I worked at EF Education First full-time for 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 First2019-02-25

      EF Education First Response

      February 25, 2019Senior 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 10 internal moves every week. These include promotions, office/location changes, and moves ...

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    • "Good place to work"

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

      I have been working at EF Education First full-time for 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 First2019-02-10

      EF Education First Response

      February 11, 2019Senior 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! Mike Kaufman, Sr. Director of People Operations

    • "Inspiring and flexible environment"

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      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.

      EF Education First2018-12-18
    • "Great place to start my career"

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

      I have been working at EF Education First full-time for 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.

      EF Education First2018-12-07
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