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EF Education First Tour Consultant Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2019

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3.8
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EF Education First CEO Dr. Edward Hult
Dr. Edward Hult
58 Ratings
  1. "Good, Based on Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tour Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun culture, ability to travel, great for relationship builders who like working with normal people

    Cons

    It is really based on your manager what your experience is like here, I've seen people get out of here quickly when they dont like their bosses

    EF Education First2019-11-11
  2. "Great culture, great people, little pay and mobility"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel perks, over-the-top company events, fun culture, great people

    Cons

    Slow mobility in moving up in roles, little pay because they know a lot of people want the job

    Advice to Management

    Pay your sales people more so they don’t leave after doing really well to other companies that will give them more money.

    EF Education First2019-10-18
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fun people and culture but bad pay and management"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of young fun people, good for just getting out of college, fun activities

    Cons

    Feel like you are in high school, terrible pay, poor management that only cares about goals and making their own money and not concerned with you, you are replaceable, long hours expected with no over time

    EF Education First2019-10-22
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Like getting paid (not enough) to go to high school again"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Traveling for free but only if you have never left the states before. You could also just make more money elsewhere and travel on your own without high school children

    Cons

    Management is immature. Bizarre workplace all around. Culture sets out to be "cool" with start up vibes when in actuality you are working for an extremely corporate place. Money is #1 priority, not "mission driven"

    Advice to Management

    HIRE EXTERNALLY. As soon as I left EF I felt a an enormous weight lifted after 2 weeks working elsewhere. Trainings on appropriate workplace culture and dynamics between higher ups and their employees i.e. identifying behavior that is borderline abusive etc. NEEDS to be incorporated at EF. It's like the same people are recycled and moved around on the management level and no fresh insight/outlooks are brought to... the table. Folks are hired as managers who have no business managing actual people.

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    EF Education First2019-11-07
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic, exploitative and very poorly paid"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They will insist that traveling and company events are special perks and at first they seem like it. You have no freedom while traveling and once you’re on trips it’s no longer a “perk,” but suddenly a “privilege.” They do have the most flexible sick time policy, and the building is nice.

    Cons

    High school environment and attitude, all the way up to senior management. Managers that are absolutely unfit to manage others and behave in inappropriate, toxic and borderline abusive behavior. Managers Skyping with one employee about another teammate while you’re all sitting in the same pod is one small example. Pay is terrible and even if you do hit goals and benchmarks, your bonuses are contingent on... technicalities that are often beyond your control. Insist on a culture of authenticity and sincerity while the meanest people you meet are promoted. Hire right out of college so employees don’t know better and are too young to speak up about illegal overtime and other exploitative behavior. ALWAYS being sued by former employees. Money matters more than anything else.

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    Advice to Management

    Don’t send all of your employees an article about how the company’s founder is a billionaire and flew all his friends private to Hong Kong for his birthday and then tell them you can’t pay them more. Don’t build a rock wall on campus and then tell your employees you can’t pay them more. When you receive 4+ HR complaints about the same manager, do something! Hire from outside and invest in some management training.

    EF Education First2019-11-07
  6. "You get what you get"

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    Current Employee - Educational Tour Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Working with incredibly interesting and adventurous people, MULTIPLE travel perks, fun office events/meals/drinks provided, well-known global education company, opportunities for growth and development (IF you put in the work - not rocket science), opportunities to join focus groups based on your strengths/interests which will help you develop in the long run, great PTO (in addition to said travel perks), great... benefits, beautiful office

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    Cons

    The pay - BUT, $5-10k travel perks a year and a fun environment make it bearable and worth it, and it doesn't look any different than any other entry level salary in Boston

    Advice to Management

    Goal structures across teams (and even within teams) are totally unfair. There should be a product wide fixed guideline to hold everyone accountable for the same level of growth. Working for a more challenging manager screws you out of being able to earn your bonuses (but I'm thankful for everything else that comes along with a challenging manager).

    EF Education First2019-10-03
  7. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Tour Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture there is very positive, but can get oddly competitive, but I guess that's the nature of sales. There is also great vacation time (four weeks after the first year) and the people are really amazing.

    Cons

    "You don't get rich working at EF" is something I heard someone say, and while the culture/time off etc is good, it doesn't excuse paying less than average for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    If you pay your people what they deserve, you get to keep the good ones.

    EF Education First2019-09-28
  8. Helpful (1)

    "great people - not great pay"

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, great perks, great mission

    Cons

    you will be poor and perks cant pay the bills

    EF Education First2019-09-26
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to come every morning!"

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    Current Employee - Educational Tour Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone at work is like minded and therefore I feel like I'm working with friends - Many great travel opportunities for all departments - Continuing PD opportunities - Great support from colleagues in all departments - Fun activities every month and get to participate in "kick offs" every two years that is a combination of PD, getting to know the team better, and a fun time.

    Cons

    - We have busier periods (March break and early summer travel) which can be stressful, but also a lot of fun when you know what you're doing. Not a con, but someone who is faint of heart probably wouldn't be able to handle it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    EF Education First2019-09-10
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to start your career- think of it like a paid SUPER awesome internship"

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    Current Employee - Tour Consultant 
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to travel and learn skills that will help you for the rest of your career. You get to work on exciting projects if you ask and come up with good ideas. Anything is possible in terms of experiences.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible and expectations are that you dedicate 110% . They are ridiculously cheap and would rather spend money on beer than fair salaries

    EF Education First2019-09-01
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