EF Education First点评
I wish I could rate EF lower than I have. The management is awful, the visa team are all nicely nicely until you want to leave. Then they treat you with enormous disrespect and make it as difficult as possible for you to move on. I would recommend never working here.
Management, Hq, lack of respect
The work is very fun and the management and other employees are very inclusive. The hardest part of the job is the format of lesson planning criteria.
Eat whenever while lesson planning and is a fun job
Can have a high stress level
Communicate with the students and their parents and provide feedback to the parents regularly; Assist with administrative tasks such as keep records of meeting content, create questionnaires to collect clients’ feedback for further improvement. sometimes challenging to deal with relationships with parents and teachers due to some conflicts
Cooperate with sales team and teaching team to follow up students' study progress. Deal with around 160 students' learning system business and maintain high-level clients satisfaction, which help sales team to approach to prospective clients and referral sources. Meanwhile, we hold all kinds of parties and activities with marketing team to create fun for our students and invite other prospective clients.
Overall EF is a solid company. they look after their teacher and give you enough support to do you job. The hours are long and the evening/weekend schedule is bad if you want to go outside the expat bubble. EF owned has a lot of money behind it so the resources are great and the facilities are usually very good. Franchise schools are funded by the owner so they vary from city to city.
This company was highly responsive throughout the onboarding process and left me with no doubts as to their legitimacy, which is sometimes a concern with language centers in China, generally. They have an ecellent training program once you arrive in China, with plenty of opportunities for advancement in both the professional and academic arenas. The Director of Studies at my center was a dream, one of the best I've ever worked for. I loved all of the co-workers I had at my center, and the students were good, for the most part. I always had one or two naughty ones, of course. The hardest part of the job for me was adapting to the changing schedule. Hours were different for weekdays and weekends (yes, you will be working weekends), and there are two language camps during summer and winter months that change the schedule entirely for a few weeks. Also, your experience may vary, as there have been times when foreigners are less willing to come to China and teacher shortages have happened. The bigger the city you go to, the less likely this is to be a major issue, in my experience. The best part of the job for me was seeing my kids' improvement over the course of a year or more and getting to know all the other teachers in my city. It becomes something of a close community for many teachers. I wouldn't trade my experience working for this company in China for anything.
Working at Ef was a great way to get my foot in the door to travel the world as well as teach english. Just me personally i realized i wanted to stick within the creative field.
solid teaching system setup
management is business oriented not so much staff/worker oriented, pay is way higher at other schools but the system is a little sketchier
Education First as an English Teacher is no careless easy task. Before signing to EF I thought I was going to have a lot more freedom with my schedule and be able to travel monthly sometimes even biweekly. With my only days off being 2 days (Tues-Wed/Wed-Thurs) and weekend shifts lasting from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. When it comes time for your day off I felt pretty exhausted. Not to mention the amount of classes in which you will have to prepare more thoroughly to present to parents (could be 0 a week or as much as 5 in a week). Be careful in choosing where you want to live, you'll want somewhere close to your workplace AND I can't stress this enough somewhere next to restaurants, malls, bars, etc. I made the mistake of living somewhere far and cheap but I had to take countless 35-45 minute metro rides to work or to meet up with friends who just had to walk. English First does not pay much (especially if you're coming with no second language teaching experience) but China is pretty cheap to live in and signing on to work with EF gives people the opportunity to work and move to China. Regardless of this, I found working at EF to be a blessing in disguise. I meant someone very close to me and others who are like family now. The experience I got out of this journey in my life is priceless and I could not be more grateful. I hope to hope whoever reads this.
Work-life balance is by far the most challenging aspect of this job. You work evenings and weekends, limiting your community to those whom you work with. As a kids and teens teacher, you are expected to be responsible for curriculum with students as young as 2.5 and as old as 18 years. As an experienced classroom teacher, I found it to be entirely unrealistic and overwhelming. While the lessons are planned for you, they are rather unnavigable until you've had a few months under your belt. On top of that, summers and winters ramp up and become much more intense, teaching mornings and evenings. You might have phonics classes during the summer and winter sessions (where the curriculum is rather outdated) and be expected to teach a class of five year olds for two to three hours! It's entirely unstable for kids so young, and seems to only play into the parents' anxieties to get their child ahead of others in English. Overtime is unheard of... they will ask you to work on your off hours for special events and pay you in watches or pizza. Management is hit or miss, depending on your school. Professional development is initially extensive, and does give you the chance to get your TEFL certificate (as of 2015). However, the skills learned are often very particular to EF, and may not be easily transferrable to the public or private school setting. This environment took all of my energy and left me with very little as a teacher. I would not recommend this company at all.
EF has a good reputation but once you start working there it is awful. I was placed in a center in China with horrible management, had 15 minute lunch breaks on a 10 hour workday, was treated like a performing monkey, and got paid so little compared to other schools and education centers in China. On week nights they would have us teaching three hours back to back, with 15 minutes in between. The bathroom was a 5 min walk away so if you had to go, you had to RUN. On weekends, they had us go in at 8:30 (after finishing the day before at 9:15) and you would teach different classes non-stop until 12:30 where you only had enough time to eat a 15 min lunch before you had to teach again up until 6:30. This is the kind of place where if you are good at your job, they give you more work for no pay. If you are thinking about working here, I would recommend other similar companies that pay you more. This company had me questioning if I was actually meant to be a teacher. Now that I am at a real school, everything is so much better.
free flight to China
short breaks, treated poorly, low wages
EF was a great place to work with lots of opportunities provided for further development and career advancement. They provide a lot on ongoing training and support to all staff.
Ability to meet great people from all over the world
EF Education First的官方回复2020年2月25日
Thank you for this feedback! At EF, we put a lot of effort into professional development and thanks to the many offices and schools around the world, we can offer a wide range of opportunities. We certainly agree that the people here are a special group and we are very proud of our strong company culture. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.