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Updated 14 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Fantastic work environment with lots of opportunities to travel and meet amazing people" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Great work environment for an intern" (in 136 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance can be difficult" (in 59 reviews)

  • "Can turn into ver long hours during certain parts of the year" (in 83 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring mission, incredible opportunities to see the world while developing your skills"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Everything we do at EF is about helping people build bridges across borders and cultures, spark mutual understanding, and create new opportunities. It's a mission that feels incredibly relevant right now.
    - Travel opportunities: I spent more than 3 months traveling abroad last year to some of the most amazing places including Spain, Sweden, UK, France, and Germany. Everyone travels once a year, most travel far more than that.
    - The people. EF people make coming into work every day energizing and fun.
    - The benefits. Probably among the best on offer in Greater Boston.

    Cons

    - EF isn't for everyone; and in particular, folks who are looking for lots of structure and a clear path to promotion on an annual or semi-annual basis. People who aren't a good EF fit probably won't be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Staff events and professional development opportunities were fantastic in 2018. Not surprising that EF consistently ranks in the top 2 on the Globe's Top Places to Work list.

    EF Education First Response

    14 Jan 2019 – Senior Director of People Operations

    Thank you for this feedback! Our mission, people, professional development and benefits and perks are the most common things our staff refer to when they talk about why they love working here. I... More


  2. "Great School"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Sydney
    Current Employee - Teacher in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well resourced, great supportive management, knowledgeable staff, great materials, fun student activities, great academic team

    Cons

    timetable can be a little too irregular.

    Advice to Management

    consider teachers' out of school requirements when timetabling a little more

  3. "No thanks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, international trips and you get to work with people from all over the world

    Cons

    Not an interesting product to work for, there is no innovation. Creativity is poorly received. Alot of suits with marketing degrees who resist change, who will only approve very banal copy. You will spend a lot of time in frustrating meetings. It's a big, wealthy company but it's stuck in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource your creative.

    EF Education First Response

    29 Jan 2019 – Senior Director of People Operations

    Thank you for your feedback. We hire, train and assess our staff on certain values that EF cherishes – including Innovation, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Nothing is Impossible – so I hate to hear that... More


  4. "Exploiting a bad Australian economy?"

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    Current Employee - Homestay Family to Other Organisations
    Current Employee - Homestay Family to Other Organisations
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The student might be lucky.

    Cons

    Given the appalling amount paid to homestay families, a student may find themselves living in less than acceptable conditions

    Advice to Management

    Pay appropriately to ensure good care and conditions for students. The rate paid to homestay families feels like exploitation of a bad economy and Australian families doing it hard!!


  5. "Teaching assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EF Education First part-time

    Pros

    Inspiring and motivating working atmosphere

    Cons

    sometimes relatively lack of coordination between colleagues


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Things you don't know from the outside if you're a new teacher."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Sydney
    Former Employee - English As A Second Language Teacher in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The staff were very friendly and always helpful; that included the more experienced teachers and the admin. Its a great place to get experience and understanding in how EL schools operate. There was a lot of resources at the college outside of their own material such as mainstream course books.

    The work culture is fun and social, there is usually a good vibe among employees and admin staff alike.

    Cons

    Firstly I just want to note that my experience was largely impacted by me being a new ELT; more experienced teachers working there said they did not spend nearly as long as me planning, however many still looked stressed and were frequently rushing about.

    You will work a lot more hours that you are paid for, especially if you are a new teacher; and no, you will not be compensated for this. You are paid an extra half hour, per hour that you work to allow for lesson planning; however if you are new to the company, a lot of time will be spent getting to know their policies and procedures and you have to learn as you go because there is only a half day training offered.

    If you also happen to be new at teaching, then you can add many more unpaid hours to you're schedule. The school has ample opportunities for students to give feedback so you will work extra hours making sure you're lessons will be up to scratch so the students in you're class don't complain about you and get you cautioned or perhaps eventually fired. I was working some weeks almost double the hours I was being paid for, although I did this not to avoid complaining students but out of a sense of responsibility to provide them adequate lessons which most of the time took many more hours that I was being paid for.

    You will also have to do admin work that you are not paid for, after a while you can find tricks to get some admin done on class time while the students are busy. You will need to have high energy and not be planning to have much of a life at all outside this job during the initial first weeks.

    After about the 4 week mark myself and a lot of other new teachers were noticing that the extra hours we had been putting in during the first few weeks were coming down as we got the hang of things. Eventually you can also reuse materials if you are around long enough.

    Advice to Management

    ATTN: Advice to the owners, not management; management were fantastic. Either increase the hourly rate or pay staff for more than a half hour per hour for planning. The staff there work really hard and deserve more than what they are getting. This will lead to better conditions for the students also as they won't have tired, stressed teachers who have rushed to finish planning lessons. The free food and snacks provided at various times was appreciated although I do not know who's pocket it came from. More than a half day training would be useful or extra paid hours for the first few weeks for training.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "High Employer Turnover"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time

    Pros

    Frequent parties, decent colleagues and great building in Sydney.

    Cons

    Poor pay, politics in office, colleagues have poor impression of management. Too profit focused.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees for longer, provide more training, pay more than just minimum wage. Keep promises and be aware of employees trying to create negativity.

  8. "Middle of the road"

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    Former Employee - EF English Teacher in Sydney
    Former Employee - EF English Teacher in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF Education First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location teaching was very close to the opera house,easy to follow teaching material,upper management were nice

    Cons

    Poor pay I was getting $17.50 an hour that's minimum wage in oz and not enough for the job.The discription states degree educated with experience teachibg abroad those qualities alone demand a higher rate.the students were housed in Campbell town which is a bad area and too far for them and us to travel to and from.some of my students had complaints about the host families not feeding them correctly not making an effort with them etc.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the teachers more than minimum wage encourage families from wealthier closer areas to take part in the exchange program, having the kids travel an hour everyday to get to class or go sightseeing is too much.Keep a track of how host families are looking after the children I heard children being told they could only have 3min showers during winter,being given the same thing everyday for lunch homemade cheap sandwiches,being told they couldn't use the Internet because it's expensive and sharing rooms with the host families children.im pretty sure this wasnt something that was what their parents expected they were sending their children to.


  9. "heaps of fun. little pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, family feeling.
    opportunity to grow if willing to move abroad

    Cons

    low salary and no room for negotiation


  10. "Established Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chelsea, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chelsea, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF Education First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment where workers are really valued.
    A company that always wants to innovate and grow in the educational field

    Cons

    It is not a perfect company, but I can not say that there really is a cons.