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EF English First Reviews

Updated 19 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Paid on time AND received full value of benefits (didn't have to beg for airfare subsidies etc)" (in 14 reviews)

  • "friendly and safe work environment" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "The hours can be very long, especially when there are summer and winter courses" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance sucks due to long hours and weird schedule" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Brisbane
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun kids, new city, decent pay

    Cons

    Can't think of anything at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Depends on your centre, management was good in mine so keep it up! More team building events for staff


  2. "EF Academic Partnerships"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Pay is always on time
    -Lots of opportunity to progress within Academic Partnerships, teachers are often promoted to senior teachers or similar within 2 or 3 semesters.
    -They run a few workshops each semester in order to improve specific aspects of teaching, although these are not always well attended.
    - Nice of them to offer a salary advance when you first arrive.

    Cons

    - Salary isn't very high compared to other teaching jobs in Shanghai, and it is particularly tough during long breaks in Spring and Summer where you are paid a fraction of your monthly salary.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more of a salary during long semester breaks.

  3. "EF Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been with EF for 2 months. Positive supportive atmosphere. Colleagues are Awesome! I'm working with Kids and they are the best! Great chance to meet others from around the world.

    Cons

    The pay is not the best for the field. You don't get Sat. or Sun off.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers need to get paid a higher competitive salary, it would slow the high turnover rate.


  4. "Ef"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience with people from different places and great trt events

    Cons

    local teachers salary needs to be improved

    Advice to Management

    More effective communication between all the department


  5. "Go Karting Event"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very high quality track and GoKarts. Very fun and great environment. Was amazing to be allotted 30rmb to use at the snackbar. I bought a milkshake!

    Cons

    No cons it was all great.


  6. "TRT Event Review"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It always shows a different area/aspect of Shanghai. It is really something you cannot do on your own, like you cannot really discover all the goodies in such a big city. With TRT's help, it opens another world to you.

    Cons

    It is hard to be picky when you're given perfection! TRT events have always been great! If it can stay as a weekly even like it used to be, it could give more options to teachers. I'm very lucky to be able to find an event every month, but I have heard teachers saying they could not sign up to some events because the time slots are limited to certain days.

    Advice to Management

    Great management as always


  7. "Senior Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good compared to private companies.

    Cons

    It is a big company. Employees don't get a lot of opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    More people development

  8. "Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working space, free coffee, almost everyone has entrepreneurial mind

    Cons

    The career ladder is not very various in the national level


  9. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    does not pay for accommodations


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry point to teaching TEFL"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dongying, Shandong (China)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dongying, Shandong (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good entry point to the large world of teaching English abroad. Compared to jobs in certain public schools and universities there's a lot of structure and resources. Salary and Benefits improve quite significantly over the first few years. Although promotion opportunities are not necessarily there.

    Cons

    It's a big company and it is profit-driven. Management rarely understand beyond the here and now. Any investment in the future happiness and satisfaction of employees will be laughed at and dismissed. Vacation (in China) are not enough to truly disconnect, but they after a year or two you can count on them letting head home for several weeks
    Note however that all Shane schools are different, and since management plays a huge role in how comfortable foreign teachers end up being, I would suggest google your school before signing anything. Or check if it's on the Foreign Teacher Union or if it's in China look it up on secondlanguage.world

    Advice to Management

    When many teachers quit because of work conditions, don't just assume that other teachers will pick up the work permanently without expecting compensation...


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