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Updated 11 Nov 2019

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4.2
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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
26 Ratings
  1. "Ownership, travel, great benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Opportunities to embrace your inner entrepreneur -Ability for promotions and lateral moves to new markets or products -Health Insurance is great! -People are passionate -Always learning! -Travel

    Cons

    -Sales roles will have lower comp than other industries (med device, pharma, software ect.) but the benefit package as a whole carries a good value

    EF Education First2019-11-11
  2. "Fun Atmoshere!"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Great Company with opportunity to travel!

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be a challenge

    EF Education First2019-11-04
  3. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Director of Studies in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for development.

    Cons

    Low pay and a lot of demands made on staff

    EF Education First2019-11-02
  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Tour Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tons of work Great pay Good support from the office

    Cons

    Some supplies are subpar like coach companies

    EF Education First2019-09-04
  5. "Very sales oriented company, with lack of people development"

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    Former Employee - Director in Jakarta
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overseas travel, freedom to explore different ways of reaching the KPI and rapid technology development (they invest a lot on tech development).

    Cons

    1. High Turnover rate. There is very little training or support for team development, as a company with very 65 years of experience, I believe they would have tons of training materials on soft skills and products - yet managers are supposed to create their own materials, and explore how they can basically survive in their roles. 2. They tend hire a lot of competitor staffs - which makes the company culture... very dependent on who is the line manager as it changes as quickly as the manager changes. 3. As a very sales oriented company - and combined with point #1 this is tough for a lot of people, as soon as the sales are not on track, despite other aspects - 97% of the case: someone will be removed from the position. This process is / can be very different for each role, but most of the time, it will be same day notice (which affect the team dynamics & team spirit to see people suddenly dissapearing).

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    Advice to Management

    - Training and People development is important for company growth, invest on those. - build a healthy company culture and have ways to continue maintaining and improving the spirit.

    EF Education First2019-07-24
  6. Helpful (38)

    "Inspiring mission, incredible opportunities to see the world while developing your skills"

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    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everything we do at EF is about helping people build bridges across borders and cultures, spark mutual understanding, and create new opportunities. It's a mission that feels incredibly relevant right now. - Travel opportunities: I spent more than 3 months traveling abroad last year to some of the most amazing places including Spain, Sweden, UK, France, and Germany. Everyone travels once a year, most travel far... more than that. - The people. EF people make coming into work every day energizing and fun. - The benefits. Probably among the best on offer in Greater Boston.

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    Cons

    - EF isn't for everyone; and in particular, folks who are looking for lots of structure and a clear path to promotion on an annual or semi-annual basis. People who aren't a good EF fit probably won't be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Staff events and professional development opportunities were fantastic in 2018. Not surprising that EF consistently ranks in the top 2 on the Globe's Top Places to Work list.

    EF Education First2019-01-08
  7. "NOPE"

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    Former Contractor - Tour Director 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Great kids, groups, teachers. Got to experience some fun activities!

    Cons

    Bad pay, bad management, no benefits, your tips are not given to you unless you receive 100% customer reviews, no sense of support.

    EF Education First2019-05-31
  8. "Good entry level management position. Very tiresome as your only friends are under your management."

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    Current Employee - Director of Studies in Taizhou, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience managing a team.

    Cons

    Poor working conditions, unpredictable upper management in a franchise.

    Advice to Management

    Be open-minded about foreign culture, and allow more input from DoS in hiring.

    EF Education First2019-04-25
  9. "Great EF Spirit!"

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    Current Employee - School Director 

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Ambitious company who always strive for improvements & development! Colleagues really embody the EF spirit and make the work place a fun environment.

    Cons

    Nothing to share in this section

    EF Education First2019-03-21
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good start to your career"

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    Former Employee - Activity Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great way to build job experience, especially right out of college. People who have worked at EF can do ANYTHING after. Medical benefits are the best I've ever heard of.

    Cons

    Low pay. Overworked hours. EMERGENCY PHONE. (Make sure you get a clear picture on how this is handled at your location).

    EF Education First2019-03-01
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