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EF English First Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2019

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Jacob Toren
158 Ratings
  1. "Work hard for huge return."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Teacher in Tianjin, Tianjin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Training - a lot of teachers come to work with EF who don't have adequate training. EF has weekly training sessions and one-on-one mentoring to get you ready for the classroom. *Career development - if you work hard, your efforts are recognised and your career will progress. But it takes two to tango - you get out what you put in. *Living in China and receiving a salary which is appropriate for an expat means the...

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    Cons

    *Hours are long, but if you're organised, then you can get your work done and learn good time management skills from managers in order to do this better. *It gets hot in Tianjin, if you don't like heat, at least all of the schools and offices are airconditioned, and in winter it gets really cold, but heating is adequate. *Communication can be a little difficult but the school has free Chinese lessons etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    EF English First2019-07-15

    EF English First Response

    July 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your 5+ years of dedication to EF. We are happy to hear that you've had such a rewarding experience working with EF as well as living in Tianjin. We wish you continued success.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Meh..."

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    Current Employee - Teacher 

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Great experience within the country

    Cons

    The pay is very low

    EF English First2019-07-09
  3. "Teaching Teachers"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have loved working with the students. EF gives me the opportunity to work with a wide range of ages and abilities. EF also provides wonderful continuing education through in-center and city-wide training, supporting teachers to develop themselves. Many of the 'foreign' teachers (native English speakers living in China or another country with EF schools) have no prior teaching experience, so this gives everyone necessary...

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    Cons

    This is a business and it is focused on making money. It values educating the students, but mainly in terms of making parents happy, with less interest in the students' long term success. As a career teacher, this can be disheartening. Teachers are only expected to stay for a year or two, so it can be hard to keep forming and maintaining relationships with new co-workers. This also means constantly having to train...

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    EF English First2019-07-13

    EF English First Response

    July 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and your experience at EF. We are glad to see you have taken the opportunity to learn different roles at your center and continue your professional growth. We value your feedback to reinforce both where we are excelling and ...

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  4. "EF Nanjing - Don't bother if you want more than a year abroad"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Nanjing, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Good with helping you settle in upon arrival (visa/bank account/SIM card etc) (Although actually they make everything seem rushed, only let you see 1 or 2 houses, and only give you 5 days hotel to settle in, find a house AND move) - Mostly paid on time - Good professional development (TKT exam every 3~ months) - Occasionally a free welcome meal/team building thing

    Cons

    Where to begin.... - Overworked from the beginning. They give you a week 'training' but its a lot of talk and not much else, then you're thrown into the deep end with a full schedule from the beginning. They don't seem to factor in that you also have to plan these 16 classes a week. In theory, it should be 42 hours weekly AVERAGED out over summer and winter course (we'll come to those) but it is not. I worked 45 hours...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't bully your staff into staying. Try to figure out WHY there is such a huge turnaround and do something about it. Don't expand so fast if you can't actually afford to have that many staff Dont open classes if their aren't enough teachers to have them

    EF English First2019-08-16
  5. "Can be good or bad, depending on where you are placed."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Efficient system Very clear career ladder Legal visa process Paid for lesson planning time

    Cons

    You don't always have a TA Summer and Winter course Relatively low pay compared to other TEFL jobs

    Advice to Management

    In some centers promotions happen within weeks, and in others promotions take years. You need to set a standard for this to manage expectations.

    EF English First2019-07-17
  6. Helpful (9)

    "The Good and the bad"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get plenty of classes working with EF. I was teaching 70 classes a week. The lesson plan is good. The pay is good.

    Cons

    After working 6 months with EF I was fired. The day that I was fired my lesson plan did not fully loaded up. I left the class and re-entered the class, I hoping the second time I would be able to see the lesson plan. However, this caused me to be 30 seconds late to class. EF was quick to terminate my contract and was unwilling to listen to me. I think they view their employees as disposable .

    Advice to Management

    Not to be so quick to fire and respond to your emails about tech problems.

    EF English First2019-06-25

    EF English First Response

    July 30, 2019Vice President

    We very much value the independent instructors on our platform and want to preserve these relationships for the benefit of the students on the platform, many of whom take lessons with the same teachers for several months in a row. For this and many other reasons, we strive to make ...

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  7. "Overworked and Underappreciated"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Teacher in Changsha, Hunan
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are good, and students are eager to learn.

    Cons

    Everything is catered to the parents. Teachers are not allowed to run classes efficiently because parents always complain about one thing or another, and the school gives in to them. All they care about is a good performance, not the students actually learning. Especially with summer and winter courses, the teachers are massively overworked and held to unrealistic expectations in terms of lesson delivery and student retention,...

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    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and listen to your teachers, or you will end up with none. The parents are important, but we are the trained teachers, not them. Trust us to do our jobs, and don't listen to every whim of the parent. I couldn't be more glad to have left this company. My health has greatly improved not being overworked and away from the filthy school.

    EF English First2019-07-13

    EF English First Response

    July 19, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your post. We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at your school and felt you were treated unfairly. We take any allegation of unfair or improper workplace treatment very seriously. Although you are no longer at the school, we would still encourage you ...

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Support and First Job In China"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    If you’re coming to China for the first time, EF is a great way to get settled into the country. For me, the culture shock was real upon coming into the country so it helped to have the support provided. The two weeks of orientation really helped to just have time to get used to the country, but as far as teaching goes, if you’re quite new, it still felt like being thrown into the deep end for me. You’ll learn and get...

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    Cons

    Had to find our own apartments by our third weekend there. It was nice to have 2-3 weeks to do this, but still stressful.

    EF English First2019-06-21

    EF English First Response

    June 26, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your feedback. We understand the challenges and stress of relocation to a foreign country. We are happy to hear that our orientation program made the adjustment a little bit easier. We're extremely proud of our teaching materials, and the ongoing training and support ...

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  9. "I have been working at EF full-time"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment and friendly workmates, Work/Life Balance.

    Cons

    layoff lots FTE in shanghai....

    EF English First2019-06-24
  10. "Poor Management and treatment of staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at EF English First

    Pros

    Always paid on time Visa’s for arrival sorted well There is a career path within the company for many disciplines (beyond teaching) Some teachers I know at other centres genuinely have had very good experiences (hence why this is 2 stars not one)

    Cons

    Every centre is different- some will work an hour less a day but still get paid more Weekend and evening work- working the end of the metro line didn’t help this at all. May be better to see attractions on your day off but May colleagues weekends are staggered. Culture- all about sales- unhappy teachers seen easier to replace with fresh foreigners rather than entice them to stay Pay- terrible compared to many schools....

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    Advice to Management

    It’s more than just sales! Treat your teachers better and pay them better. Create one rule across the company so there isn’t preferential treatment to some centres Finally and most importantly, use your position of power in the China market to change the stereotypes. The marketing clearly plays into the ‘white teacher’ model and this was clear in my centre. By appearing more diverse in advertising (demo lessons etc)...

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    EF English First2019-07-01

    EF English First Response

    July 7, 2019Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your post, and we appreciate your candid feedback. Also, thank you for acknowledging our Career Path and the positive experiences that many teachers have with EF. We do offer loans to teachers to help them with the cost of relocation, and we are sorry to hear that this ...

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