EF English First Teacher Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2020

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116 Ratings
  1. "Teaching is like performing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie among coworkers.

    Cons

    Challenging workload at times. Difficult for newcomers to get a steady work; opportunities are based on a teacher's seniority.

  2. "Foreign English Teacher"

    4.0
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    • 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

    March 24, 2019Vice 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.

  3. "Don’t teach at EF abroad"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - ESL Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at EF English First

    Pros

    -travel - experience new culture -gain teaching experience overseas

    Cons

    - franchised - they make you find your own accommodation - poor salary

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "A Great company to work for!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    ESL Teacher 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First

    Pros

    They allowed me to work independently and come up with my own ideas for Life Clubs. Fellow employees were very friendly and worked together as a team.

    Cons

    Had to spend downtime in the office when we didn't have any classes. Management wasn't always flexible about giving us the ability to change our schedule.

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  5. "ok"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Japan, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good location, nice worker and atmosphere

    Cons

    leverage low salaries, not good promotion

  6. "Good company for a side hustle"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Online Freelance Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at EF English First for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to see first hand how you impact a young persons life. They are excited to see you each week. It is good experience for teaching.

    Cons

    The lessons can be quite repetitive and you have to work many hours early in the morning to make decent money.

  7. "good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Jakarta

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

    Pros

    they provide training for teacher's dev., yearly salary increment, and health insurance

    Cons

    you have to work on the weekends

    EF English First Response

    July 1, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your 3+ years of service and for your review. Wishing you continued success.

  8. "Great company, but limited choices for schools."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - ESL Teacher in Moscow
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First for less than a year

    Pros

    Always a helping hand to work through the inevitable headaches in class management.

    Cons

    If a school doesn't work out, don't look to management to make a reassignment.

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

    4.0
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    • 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

    July 8, 2020Vice 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!

  10. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Paid on time, structured lessons/lesson plans

    Cons

    Too many hours for the amount we get paid

    EF English First Response

    June 5, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your feedback and for recommending EF as a company.

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