EF English First Reviews

Updated 1 Aug 2020

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3.3
56%
Recommend to a Friend
61%
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EF English First President 	Jacob Toren (no image)
Jacob Toren
175 Ratings
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  • "make it very difficult to leave company for another job in China(in 54 reviews)

  • "Production schedule isn't aligned with Chinese National holidays so cannot plan holidays in advance(in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fulltime Work"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    QA Test Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at EF English First

    Pros

    Salary, fun, party, flexibility, good ambience

    Cons

    Management, politics, low hike, firing, small office

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  2. "Decent but low paying"

    3.0
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Beijing, Beijing

    I have been working at EF English First full-time

    Pros

    Easy for getting to China and professional, organised and trustworthy company.

    Cons

    Low paying and so large that sometimes there are issues with organisation and workload.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "ok"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Japan, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good location, nice worker and atmosphere

    Cons

    leverage low salaries, not good promotion

  4. "Nice office and great teamwork"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Jakarta
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - We're given space to learn and explore - Great team bonding - We have happy hour

    Cons

    nothing to complain about the company

    EF English First Response

    July 15, 2020

    Thank you for your review and your service of 3+ years. Wishing you continued success!

  5. "Do Your Research"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Guangzhou, Guangdong

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

    Pros

    They give you the learning certificate that's required. Housing is also a plus but do your research. The kids are amazing

    Cons

    The pay was horrible compared to other schools or teaching centers. The environment can be biased and racist.

    EF English First Response

    July 15, 2020

    Thank you for your review. The students are in fact amazing and one of the best parts of the job. We're glad you were able to get support regarding housing and certifications. However, we're concerned about your allegations of racism. EF does not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. We encourage you to reach out to compliance.china@ef.com with more information so that we may look into the matter.

  6. "Great company to learn from and develop yourself"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Open communication. Positive values. Flexibility. Good level of employee engagement.

    Cons

    Focus on profit. Micromanagement (sometimes).

  7. "good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Jakarta

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

    Pros

    they provide training for teacher's dev., yearly salary increment, and health insurance

    Cons

    you have to work on the weekends

    EF English First Response

    July 1, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your 3+ years of service and for your review. Wishing you continued success.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "only if you are ready to work 24/7"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at EF English First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly and quite good atmosphere

    Cons

    crazy shifts and salary, you have to check outlook every 2 hours even after 10 pm

  9. "Poor Company"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Teacher in Beijing, Beijing

    I worked at EF English First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None that are worth mentioning

    Cons

    Everything in terms of pay

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    EF English First Response

    August 3, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for taking the time to post. We are sorry to hear that you didn't have a positive experience while working at EF. We welcome any specific feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to us at teacher.welfare@ef.com

  10. "Don't do it"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Shenzhen, Guangdong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at EF English First full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Kids were OK, but unruly.

    Cons

    Allabout the money. They don't care about the teachers one bit.

    EF English First Response

    July 22, 2020Teacher Welfare Director

    Thank you for your post. We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at EF despite your three years of service. EF puts a great deal of emphasis on providing not just teachers but all employees with the best possible work environment from it's comprehensive onboarding to its physical facilities and extensive professional development opportunities. We would be interested in learning more about your experience, and ways we could further improve. You may reach out to us at: teacher.welfare@ef.com.

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