EF English First Employee Reviews about "working environment"

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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Highly Recommended Workplace

    Jul 13, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Fun, dynamic work environment - Excellent work culture ( Employees respect each other) - Company pays salary on time - Reputable company in China

    Cons

    - Company unknown outside China - Need to work on employee retention - Ambiguous organizational hierarchy

    4 people found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Doesn't care enough about it's people.

    Oct 29, 2014 - ESL Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It's a safe working environment where accommodation is provided, unless you work in Shanghai. You get paid on time and they offer to subside you some of your first pay when you arrive to cover living costs. You will, generally (see below), work with a professional team of double certified teachers (EF will pay for TEFL in some cases and require all teachers to later take a TKT YL exam). They offer additional benefits of a newly launched professional training scheme and opportunities to advance, with stipends for certain certificates in further education in the field of ESL if you are informed (again see below).

    Cons

    Staff generally are treated poorly, which reflects in their high turnover of both foreign and local staff. Local staff are particularly badly treated and not rewarded even though they work much harder than the international staff. Some foreign teachers that they hire shouldn't be training anyone let alone young learners and it is usually the excellent ones who leave very quickly. Most of the job is carried out on the weekends and evenings so if you like to have a good social life dream on. As an organisation it is all about the money they can make as they often cut corners when providing the correct materials a teacher needs including not informing teachers of, or paying for, extra benefits, holiday time or extra certification opportunities.

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    30 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great

    Apr 11, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great students, great management. Excellent pay and fun working environment.

    Cons

    I can only do 9 classes a day. I wish I could do more.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Teacher

    Feb 24, 2016 -  in Moscow
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    Pros

    Excellent working environment, flexible management

    Cons

    None to speak of really.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Teaching Assistant

    May 24, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Friendly colleagues. Good working environment. The salary is not much, but satisfying anyway. In addition they provide a lot of training.

    Cons

    The turnover rate is very, very high. You just see your colleagues come and go. I think it's harmful for the company's growth in the long run.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good entry level job, fun environment with diverse coworkers,

    Apr 28, 2018 - English Educator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -they help you get your visa and housing accommodations -friendly and safe work environment -they care about your well being

    Cons

    -long shifts (but it depends on your school) -last minute changes to weekly schedules -difficult to balance work and life

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Customer Experience Advisor

    Jan 22, 2017 - Customer Experience Advisor in Barcelona
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - International company Multicultural Work environment Great product

    Cons

    No real Management Not a lot of career opportunities No benefits if you dont work for Sales No real training

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    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    good working environment, but lack of career advancment, the package is below the average

    Oct 17, 2013 - Coordinator in Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -good work and life balance -friendly working environment

    Cons

    - no long term career advancement - the package is below the market price

    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company, poor organization

    Jun 25, 2016 - Software Developer in Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great working environment, lots of social clubs and TBs.

    Cons

    Poor organization, all-day-long meetings, too much noise (open plan)

    1 person found this review helpful
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