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EF English First Overview

Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Education Training Services
Unknown / Non-Applicable


Our mission and our passion are one and the same.

For almost 50 years, we've been opening the world through education. Our cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training and degree programs have helped millions of people become ... Read more

Mission: Opening the world through education.

EF English First Reviews

  • "Brilliant, supportive company. Great opportunities to learn and travel."

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First part-time (More than a year)


    EF has a wealth of opportunities available if you seize them. Living and working in China brought great fulfilment and adventure and EF supported me through every step of the way.


    There were times when the company was not the most organised.

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EF English First Photos

EF English First photo of: Teaching in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.
EF English First photo of: Team building in Guangzhou
EF English First photo of: Our Leadership Panel at the teacher's forum
EF English First photo of: Team building in Shanghai
EF English First photo of: CEO Jacob's visit a school in Shanghai
EF English First photo of: CertTESOL training in Guangzhou
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EF English First Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at EF English First (Tarrytown, NY (US)) in May 2008.


    Interview was just one phone interview. It took 5 weeks for them to call back with an offer. I had almost given up on hearing from them. Very little thoroughness, they had never met me in person or asked for transcripts or a drug test at all when I arrived to work for the summer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation when you wore many hats at a job and had to juggle tasks?   1 Answer
    • If a student who you knew was quarantined for illness walked into the cafeteria and you saw him, what would you do? (Apparently happened at the school previously)   1 Answer


    I negotiated to live on the campus and get a stipend. I was told that I would be a "combined intern" since I lived on campus, working 40 hours per week but some days doing nights and some doing normal 9-5. When I got there they changed it so that I was working 40+hours during the day each week, then ALL WEEKEND on 24/hr RA duty once per month. They eventually added nights to all of that as well, asking me to devote 2 evenings per week in addition to the weekends and normal day-job hours. I negotiated $100 more per month and one hour extra off per day, but that's all. I was supposed to be "half" an RA and "half" an office worker. I ended up working MORE than the normal RAs and just as much as the office workers, and while RAs got their room and board for "free" on top of a $200/month stipend, my stipend for RA + Office work was only $700 because room and board was deducted from it. Basically, they will do anything to skimp on employee pay and repair work at their school, even when it makes all their customers angry (some even went back to their home country rather than stay for the summer due to the chaos)

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