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EF Education First Reviews

Updated 20 Oct 2019

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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
621 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work environment where workers are really valued(in 151 reviews)

  • "Free travel opportunities (get to go on the tours they sell for free, either once a year or every other year depending on your position)(in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • "Depending on your role, expect to work long hours during "busy season"(in 100 reviews)

  • "Low salary especially in city like shanghai(in 86 reviews)

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  1. "Teaching Assistance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First part-time

    Pros

    Teachers are all very nice and considerate. CAN LEARN a lot of teaching methods in the class from being assistance

    Cons

    the salary is a bit low

    EF Education First2019-10-07

    EF Education First Response

    October 14, 2019Direector, Global Recruitment & Development

    HIi. Thank you for taking the time sending us your feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve and your input is very helpful. Many thanks.

  2. "Low Cost Business Model"

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    Current Employee - Activity Leader in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Use of resources are very good

    Cons

    Long hours, customer concern over staff concern, profit before welfare

    Advice to Management

    Change of culture and morale needed

    EF Education First2019-07-23
  3. "Lovely place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable working environment Lovely coworkers Weekly pay Pay isn’t bad

    Cons

    Long hours Have to work some weekends

    EF Education First2019-05-14
  4. "Homestay Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great staff to work with very very good location no lifts which means good cardio options

    Cons

    Bad pay very bad pay

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay please thanks

    EF Education First2019-05-05
  5. "Good fun but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Good fun and great colleagues

    Cons

    Salary is below market

    EF Education First2019-03-07
  6. "Hourly wage, a lot of paperwork without pay, good atmosphere, fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - EFL Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good atmosphere - Fun place to work - I like my bosses - Media in most rooms - Room for progress - Exciting working environment - Development workshops

    Cons

    - Low salary - Contract hours are bad - No sick leave - Feel overworked - Too much paperwork - Must do a lot of work for free i.e. correcting tests, correcting homework, writing lesson plans for every lesson - Some rooms do not have a media

    Advice to Management

    - Please pay us more, we can't afford health insurance or rent - We feel overworked and underappreciated. Please pay us for non-teaching hours. - Please give us sick pay

    EF Education First2019-03-06
  7. "Activity Leader"

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    Former Employee - Activity Leader in Dublin, Dublin

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

    Pros

    Fun, active summer job, decent salary

    Cons

    little time off, stressful at times

    EF Education First2018-08-02
  8. "Group Leader"

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    Former Employee - Group Leader in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good and friendly staff

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of responsabilities

    EF Education First2018-07-17
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Exhausting, Exploitative and Problematic"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse group of colleagues who you can genuinely laugh with about how disgraceful the organisation is. Made some amazing friends in the process of working in EF

    Cons

    Higher management have no respect for any of their staff and treat them with a "you're replaceable" attitude. When it comes to replacing staff they take months to do so and expect the junior staff members to take on the responsibilities of the managerial positions with no extra pay or help. Higher management has no leadership or management skills. For some reason, there's a divide between the teachers and the... general staff and that can be very awkward. Pay is extremely low. You are basically on minimum wage, which is only made worse by the fact that you are expected to stay back for hours after work. On top of that, every five weeks you are expected to take an emergency phone for a week. This phone rings NON STOP in the summer, and is still very annoying in winter. You are basically working 24/7 when you have this phone. Higher management also avoids taking the phone, trying to pawn it off on junior staff members. Also the emergency phone is never mentioned at the hiring process. Just a very unpleasant place to work for. Don't be fooled by their good marketing. They don't hire young people to advance and utilize their skills. They hire young people to drain them off energy.

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    Advice to Management

    Respect staff's hard work and give them proper breaks and time off. Hire a separate staff member to man your nightmare emergency phone. That should be a job on it's own. Or at least pay your staff extra to take it home. Also, please make sure your higher management is competent and capable.

    EF Education First2018-07-30
  10. "Good place to start, no incentive to stay"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at EF Education First part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Supportive staff, good place to learn

    Cons

    Terrible pay - even worse than industry standard, no pay rise or bonuses, very poorly organised.

    Advice to Management

    Pay teachers a living wage, hire more admin staff

    EF Education First2018-06-26
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