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EF Education First Reviews

Updated Nov 17, 2019

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3.6
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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
634 Ratings
  1. "English teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Here, you have the opportunity to meet and work with people from all nationalities. It’s a great experience.

    Cons

    The quieter times of year result in reduced teaching hours, as is the case in most EFL jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!!

    EF Education First2018-06-07
  2. "Activity Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    - Excellent Work Environment - Senior Management are approachable and helpful most of the time - Good pay package per week - Enjoyable experience - Excellent further career opportunities

    Cons

    - Hard to manage work/ life balance, long hours during Summer with one day off per week. - Disorganised at times

    Advice to Management

    Be more organised in relation to activity locations, timetables, etc. Offer developement opportinites for staff.

    EF Education First2018-06-01
  3. "Great team environment"

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    Former Employee - English Language Teacher 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    EF has an amazing team of teachers. The sense of camaraderie and support is undeniable and makes the work environment thoroughly enjoyable.

    Cons

    It's not necessarily a con but there's a range of general English and specialized classes which will stretch your teaching skills. Extra CPD support is provided however.

    EF Education First2018-05-28
  4. "Good job out of university"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, travel opportunities, good chances to move positions

    Cons

    Poor salary. Long hours. No work life balance. Some great managers, some very poor managers.

    EF Education First2018-01-04
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do not work for this company"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Leader in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here.

    Cons

    Working from 8am to 10pm in Junior Residential Dublin. Pay works out at about €5 an hour. Management do nothing when children misbehave and break EF rules and Irish law. You might be lucky and get a good group of kids, but the majority have never heard the word no in their lives. Management do nothing to resolve issues and allow big issues to continue for weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with experience for both management and other staff roles. Screen all staff members, especially course leaders.

    EF Education First2017-07-24
  6. "Summer Activities Coordinator Dublin"

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    Former Employee - Summer Activities Coordinator in Dublin, Dublin

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

    Pros

    -lots of responsibilites -nice team -many company events to keep employees motivated

    Cons

    -unpaid overtime -unstructured enviroment -low payment -trying to cut costs wherever possible

    EF Education First2017-03-06
  7. "Positive, overall"

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    I worked at EF Education First for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly collegial environment Will let you work as much as you are willing to The students tend to be self-motivated, which makes teaching much easier

    Cons

    Split-shift teaching is always something of a pain Don't be surprised if your class grows unexpectedly, even in the last week or two of a course The pay is less than spectacular, especially for newteachers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making it casual and friendly: Pizza at staff meetings and so on, are a great idea - more like this.

    EF Education First2016-11-02
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not a nice company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    EF try to suck out your soul. They state they hire "EF people" with "EF energy" what this translates to for them is great people with lots of drive and motivation that will work hard and they will not reward you in any way and expect more and more. Low pay, long hours, emergency call hours (unpaid)! Then they have an expectation for you to socialise with higher management when they come to visit. why would you... socialise with people you have no respect for? Dim witted....

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    Cons

    Low pay, poor management,poor organisation, expect too many hours during unsociable times

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage Value your good employees Invest in the company in the correct ways Recognise and learn from your failures Don't put untrained, slow to learn people in senior positions.

    EF Education First2016-10-06
  9. Helpful (3)

    "EF"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Great colleagues, travel (limited to your region). Good experience at times

    Cons

    0 respect for employees on the ground doing all of the hard work and 50 plus hours per week. If you work here during the summer expect to work minimum 6 days a week at less than minimum wage. Cult like company culture. Disgraceful treatment of employees Extortionate prices for students which goes in to the headoffices and never the schools. No work/life balance A lot of office politics People fired unfairly

    Advice to Management

    Read the reviews currently here and actually take on board what is being said as this company has the worst job satisfaction I have ever seen. The high staff turnover will continue and you will continue to lose great people.

    EF Education First2016-08-29
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Steer Clear"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to take on responsibility. Could serve as a starting point to gain experience and get a better job.

    Cons

    Terrible Pay- Monthly salary works out at near minimum wage for department management roles in the school and you will work more hours than your contract. Unethical working conditions (staff are pressured into working countless hours of unpaid overtime) Cult-like corporate culture Poor organisation High/constant staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Start treating staff and host families with more dignity and humanity.

    EF Education First2016-08-22
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