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EF English First Reviews

Updated Nov 17, 2019

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3.1
53%
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54%
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EF English First CEO 	Jacob Toren (no image)
Jacob Toren
151 Ratings
Pros
  • "Large company with schools all over China(in 71 reviews)

  • "I find my work environment to be positive and upbeat(in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "make it very difficult to leave company for another job in China(in 49 reviews)

  • "Long hours, sometimes management is disorganized(in 24 reviews)

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  1. "EF Baotou is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Teacher in Baotou, Inner Mongolia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great curriculum Awesome co-workers The students are amazing

    Cons

    Work weekends Not enough holidays Need more career development

    Advice to Management

    Continue providing career development opportunities. Provide more time off for teachers to enjoy China

    EF English First2019-11-17
  2. "Ef Teacher"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great support for visa application

    Cons

    low salary and un reasonable contract demands

    EF English First2019-11-18
  3. "Kids and Teens English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fuzhou, Fujian
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company does a really good job preparing you for life in China. The company took care of all my paper work and visa requirements. The company also had a wonderful community of teachers working together. I was able to meet people from all over the world. If you don't understand Chinese it is vital to have a good support system of other international teachers. There are also a lot of opportunities to move up in... the company.

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    Cons

    This job is not suitable for people who go to China expecting not to work. It is also not a good job for people who have an education major. This company is a business and many things that happened while in the company were decisions made for the parents and not the students. It is also hard because teachers aren't able to see their students everyday. We were only able to see the individual students weekly. You... should try to go for a smaller city because the pay is low for big cities like Shanghai and Beijing.

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    Advice to Management

    Please become more unified throughout all the schools. Many times the decisions made for the school were at the manager's discretion and it would not be fair to other schools.

    EF English First2019-10-27
  4. "Course Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guangzhou, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefit, competitive commission, nice work environment

    Cons

    fast-pace working environment, high-performance demanded, stressful

    EF English First2019-10-25
  5. "EF Baotou is amazing!!"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Language Teacher in Baotou, Inner Mongolia
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Working at EF Baotou is great, you have endless opportunities for growth, the staff are friendly and ready to help you with anything. There are variety of classes, so you get to practice your skills with different types/age of classes.

    Cons

    The only con is the language barrier

    EF English First2019-10-19
  6. "EF Adult Schools"

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

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    They pay on time and the curriculum is decent.

    Cons

    Bonuses have been removed from contracts.

    EF English First2019-10-13
  7. Helpful (2)

    "A decent job that could be better"

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    Current Employee - Online English Teacher 

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    (1) The system is relatively simple to navigate. (2) You can choose any hours. (3) You can recover from student no shows with writing corrections. (4) The lessons are straightforward and some of the best lesson materials I have ever encountered.

    Cons

    (1) The pay is comparatively low. (2) There is no opportunity for career advancement or raises. (3) Trying to have lessons with people who are extremely low level (who need bilingual teachers) is very frustrating. (4) Trying to have classes with people whose levels and lesson materials are mismatched is very frustrating. (5) People enrolling in the courses without any counseling as to their English... development path is frustrating. (6) Having to accommodate ridiculous custom lesson requests from students. (7) People who do not participate are permitted to remain in group classes.

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    EF English First2019-09-26
  8. "Good place to start, get experience and move onto bigger things"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Jakarta
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy working hours and friendly people

    Cons

    organisation is not well planned and lack of training. Local staff work 6 day weeks which causes low moral

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff

    EF English First2019-10-13
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Online English Teacher"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Beijing, Beijing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get the hours you request so you can work whenever you want and work as many hours per week as you want (probably even 80 if you wanted!).

    Cons

    The salary increases over time are a joke, management is a joke, they have rigid rules and if you break them at all they will be happy to fire you, even if you are one of the top ranked teachers who dozens of students personally request weekly.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better promotions / pay increases to teachers as they continue to waste away their lives helping the EF empire grow. Offer teachers who are willing to commit to 40 or more lessons a week health insurance and a 401K option.

    EF English First2019-10-08
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Massive disconnect between management and staff."

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    Current Employee - International English Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Set Schedule Limited Hours Career Progression Lateral Movement Diverse Work Force

    Cons

    Disconnected Management Corporate structure is flawed

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the working life between teachers at all centers. Centers are completely disconnected from each other and if you get one that doesn't care about your work life, prepare to be doing lots of extra things on the side in your own time, with no extra compensation.

    EF English First2019-10-09
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