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EF Education First Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2019

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
591 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work environment where workers are really valued(in 144 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 83 reviews)

Cons
  • "Depending on your role, expect to work long hours during "busy season"(in 94 reviews)

  • "Low salary especially in city like shanghai(in 86 reviews)

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  1. "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
  2. "Flexible work with amazing students"

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    Current Employee - Online English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I'm in my 3 year of working with EF. It has been perfect for me because I have been working around Europe and I have moved to a few countries and now back in Canada. So in my case it was a perfect way to ensure that I had income in between jobs or in the process of moving. I love the students. They are super motivated and super excited to learn English with Native English Speakers.

    Cons

    The main con is that when I'm searching for other online English jobs, I am seeing that they are offering $24-34/hour USD for the same amount of preparation for classes, corrections for students and overall work. Whereas with English Live it starts at $10 USD/hour and gradually gets larger year after year. While I was abroad, the pay was sufficient. However now that I'm back in North America, I'm debating whether the...

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    Advice to Management

    I understand that the writing corrections are an extra source of income. I also took part in the voice recordings for the extra income. I will make a case to see what other options can work for me as well. As I really love your company, your students and everything.

    EF Education First2019-08-14
  3. "If you like children, go ahead"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive and energetic working environment. I was able to study with children and having fun with colleagues.

    Cons

    Children were naughty and annoying sometimes. After this, I knew I would never work with children again!

    EF Education First2019-07-28
  4. "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
  5. "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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  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. "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

  9. "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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  10. "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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