EF Education First Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2020

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EF Education First CEO  Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
715 Ratings
  1. 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

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  2. 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

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Never ever"

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     in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First

    Pros

    Cannot mention any pros. Terrible company

    Cons

    Expect to work 60 hours for the price of 38

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  4. "Great opportunity to work in an international environment."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and modern offices with many friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    EF is sometimes very unorganized with lack in communication between different departments.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointed by job role, attitudes of returning staff and potential for very long hours"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The weekly salary includes holiday pay which is a nice addition. It's a very casual job and the uniform is quite flattering (polo shirt, lanyard and jeans). The workforce is young and in my experience very friendly! The students are generally very polite and sweet. The EF training weekend in London is great for making new friends and being fed really well (although it comes at the expense of sleep!!)

    Cons

    Training isn't sufficient, pay works out as pretty bad because the hours are so long and so unsociable (for example this role was advertised as 9-5 and worked out at 8:30 to 9 at the worst). No time is spent with the students, it really is an office job where you will be expected to stay with no coffee breaks and in my experience lunch can only be taken if you insist on it. The attitudes of returning staff make it very hard to innovate - in my experience the centre manager was stuck in their own idea of how it was run 'last year' and provided sub-standard activities and customer service because of it - this totally goes against EF's focus on the WOW factor.

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  6. "Good place to work right out of school"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Great company, culture and product

    Cons

    The management at EF is the main thing that could improve

  7. "Great staff, everyone's helpful & friendly. Demanding job."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher 

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    They're totally legit when it comes to visas, pay & helping you whenever you need it.

    Cons

    The schedules can be hectic, the summer courses are really tough.

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    EF Education First Response

    July 8, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your review. Your feedback is appreciated.

  8. "Not bad"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong

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

    Pros

    Good Salary Reasonable Workload Lots of Support

    Cons

    A little messy at times Money centred culture

    EF Education First Response

    July 8, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your review and 3+ years of service. Your feedback is appreciated. We wish you continued success.

  9. "Love the people and the culture. Pay is not the greatest"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Educational Tour Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Pros of this job include: Culture, People, benefits

    Cons

    Workload for the pay, constantly changing goals, No compensation for missing staff travel during covid

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to make the culture inclusive"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great and very nice.

    Cons

    Not many added perks- no coffee in office :(

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