EF English First Senior English Teacher Reviews

Updated Sep 16, 2020

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38 Ratings
  1. "Foreign English Teacher"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Foreign English Teacher 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation. There's also excellent support from local staff for help with visas, settling in, housing, healthcare and more.

    Cons

    The workload is too high. Teachers very often teach more than 24 contact hours each week, which is exhausting and unfortunately makes teaching quality lessons to all students impossible.

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    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at EF. It's a big commitment to come to China, and we do our best to make the relocation as smooth and worry-free as possible. We are therefore very happy to hear that you had a very positive onboarding and felt well looked after from our local staff. We understand that teaching is very demanding. We try to keep all teachers at or below their contract hours as this is in the best interest of our teachers and the quality of our classes. On those occasions when teaching hours do exceed contract hours, we do compensate for the extra hours. Thank you for your suggestion on providing more training to our support staff including our teacher assistants. This is an area that is often overlooked and one that we could, and should, focus more attention on.

  2. "Supportive English Teaching Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher 

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

    Pros

    Great support to help establish your life in China, good pay in relation to the living expenses, help with the visa process, weekly teacher training, opportunities for growth and sponsorships to pursue further education

    Cons

    Weekends are your busiest days with Mon/Tue or Tue/Wed being your days off; heavily stacked class schedules; schedules constantly shifting


  3. COVID-19

    "Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First

    Pros

    Easy to get promotions. Management is very caring. They took care of us during the Covid outbreak and our pay wasn’t affected.

    Cons

    Work on the weekends and can have stressful hours during summer and winter.

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  4. "Organised and dedicated company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very organised in communicating with teachers Provides as many classes as you want (after 5 months) Well planned lesson plans Great community of teachers who provide support and advice Quick technical support No payment issues

    Cons

    Took some time to get as many classes as I wanted (about 5 months)

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  5. "Horrible place to work at"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and set up for when you first arrive. They set your bank up and get you a phone number.

    Cons

    Poor wage. Poor management. Good teachers who actually do their job well aren't appreciated or rewarded. They glorify all of the white teachers.

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    EF English First Response

    Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the positives but also want to learn about areas where we can improve. We would love to discuss your feedback in more detail and encourage you to reach out to teacher.welfare@ef.com.

  6. "Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First for less than a year

    Pros

    Light hours so the workload is not much.

    Cons

    Not enough salary, and you do not get enough hours.

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  7. "Great Platform"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - On Line English Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First for less than a year

    Pros

    The lessons are already prepared for you and are easy to follow. Very little prep time

    Cons

    Pay is set and no opportunity to get raises

  8. "Great company for part-time work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Online English Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy to use teaching platform with a supportive team on hand to help.

    Cons

    The work can be repetitive.

    EF English First Response

    Vice President

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out and share your experience with us! It’s great to hear that you find the platform easy to use. We are also glad that the UK team is supportive. As with most work there is always routine, but we hope that viewing each student as an individual variable creates a new challenge in every class. Thanks again for reaching out!

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Kind of like being in an abusive relationship."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Chongqing, Chongqing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get started when you really want to teach/live abroad and no one else will take you or you don't know better. They will take pretty much anyone regardless of experience/ability as their turnover rate is so high. They are always hiring. Most teaching materials are relatively well made. If you really enjoy working 70+ hours a week, they have good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    They will tell you it's a 40 hour a week job, which it is not. Closer to 60+ hours a week to finish everything they expect you to do. You are not a human being to EF, you are a disposable beast of burden. Most of their teachers are fresh out of college and come over to China for a "fun" year abroad, so they don't expect you to stay for longer than that. Anyone who sticks around longer than a year is a workaholic. Extreme pressure from management: nothing you do is ever good enough for them. All "training schools“ in China are essentially the same: for-profit organizations that masquerade as institutions of learning, but EF is the worst of them. You will generally make about 12k RMB a month, which is typical for training schools in China and which, if you aren't in a major city such as Shanghai or Beijing, is more than enough to live comfortably on. The problem is that the amount of work they claim you will be responsible for is not the same as the amount of work you will actually end up doing. Save yourself the exhaustion and stress and go work for Meten, you'll earn 50% more for half the work. The "Kids and Teens" program is comprised of about 90% children between the ages of 2-6, so you end up dancing and singing and generally acting like a clown for your paycheck most of the time. EF acts like they are the best of the best when it comes to English schools in China, and will make you feel like you will never be able to get a decent/well-paying position in China if you leave them. Yet I worked for three different training schools in China and they had the lowest salary for the largest amount of work. EF had this cute little tagline they liked to use while I was there that I think really exemplifies what they are all about. The tagline was "From 'hello' to Harvard," and this perfectly encapsulates what they do. EF, as well as all other for-profit English training schools for children in China, operate by selling Chinese parents this "dream" that, if their kid spends 2 hours a week attending their English class and does a bit of homework, they will become fully bilingual speakers who will grow up and go to attend a prestigious foreign university. The harsh reality is that this isn't how second language acquisition works, and a lot of these kids are being raised by their grandparents, who often do not even speak Mandarin, let alone a single word of English. So although it's a nice little slogan, shelling out thousands of RMB a year for your kid to go sing English songs and interact with native speakers is not really going to lead to them being Harvard grads in the future.

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    EF English First Response

    Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your review. We regret to hear that you had a negative work experience. At EF, we work hard to provide a positive work environment for all teachers and staff whether someone is looking for a one year experience or a life-long career.

  10. "A good company for a beginning teacher"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Jakarta
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will gain lots of experience in a low-pressure environment. The students are motivated and fun to teach. Materials are good and pre-made.

    Cons

    Some EFs will send you off to elementary/high schools in the morning, split shifts can be tiring. Some teachers work insane hours without many breaks, but it depends on the school.

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