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Great people, mostly great work

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I was teaching adults. You teach a reasonable five 1-hour classes a day, 5 days a week (though the 5 days is shifted from the standard - you will work weekends). The times are nonstandard also, starting and finishing later than business hours on weekdays to accommodate students' work times.The work environment is generally friendly and collaborative, with pretty chill managers, but you do have to train your skills up and justify your position come the bi-annual performance review (with examples of your work), which gets old fast.It got a bit difficult during CoVID, with a restructure disrupting things (centres combining, losing non-teaching staff), and a new-teacher shortage, but it should be smoothing out by now.Teaching adults, you can establish quite good rapport with the regular students, and they are always very hapy to see you. It's quite gratifying to win over the quieter ones too.And you get to experience a new city and country, immersed in the culture. Don't put off travel too much like I did.

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Late start, lots of new people

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Late finish, homework
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120% profit focussed, few care about education.

Was top pay now average. Academic department are often viewed as problematic (because we care about education as a priority). The other departments focus totally on profit and regularly compromise educational standards in pursuit of an extra RMB.On the plus side, they are loyal and will stick with their staff, (although on these wages they need to be).

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Loyalty, you won't struggle for a second contract.

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Profit focus above all else. Esp educational standards.
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Good for your first time abroad

Teaching at EF is great for your first year. They hold you hand through the entire visa process and first month within the new country. You get introduced to tons of people and make a great network. The pay is not great, in China you make 13,000rmb starting, while most schools pay 18,000+rmb starting. After your first year, if you want to continue teaching abroad, leave EF and join a real school. But for the first year it's great

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get to sleep in 5 days a week.

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Summer and winter "holiday" is your busiest season
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Opportunities for advancement in a short amount of time

You have no control over your schedule. It's not too hard to get promoted and you are evaluated every six months. They offer certification opportunities such as CerTESOL. They hire a diverse range of people, so it will help you become more culturally experienced. You follow their curriculum, so it gives you time to develop your teaching style.

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Great onboarding assistance
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Solid place of work for first year teachers in China

While pay is not the highest for foreigners in China, you get a sense of security in the fact it's a well established company. My own EF provides social events and great care for it foreigners occasionally. Although the company as a whole is franchised and therefore their may be variation with other branches. Overall the teaching style is easy to learn and the class sizes are pretty good.

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Accommodation allowance, HR that will help with most problems, clear progress routes, flight allowance, healthcare

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Short breaks on busier days, lower pay than smaller companies.
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You can find better

English first may be the easiest job to get into when you’re just starting out but don’t do it. RUN FAR. They will take advantage of all your time, short your pay every month and give a dumb reason why they won’t give you the contract amount. They don’t value their teachers. They only care about money from parents. The students are amazing but their course work is basically busy work. They do train a lot. Management don’t really care about much. They low ball everyone with pay so find a better job preferable a actual school not a language center like this.
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Starting a job there soon

Pay & benefitsMy pay and benefits at EF English First are goodJob security and advancementIn terms of job security at EF English First, I think it is goodCultureCollaboration with my colleagues at EF English First is very rewarding
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What a rollercoaster

It's a great opportunity to work in a foreign country and make new friends. However, you are OVER WORKED especially during the Summer and Winter. You get no weekends off. You might think this okay now, but when you get there you'll regret it. Management is terrible and their's a weird obsession with white people. They also get front seat in promoting and marketing the school. Also,majority of the teachers only stay for 1 year. The students and the PAs are amazing! The children are very disciplined and respectful and the PAs work so hard to assist as much as possible. The best part of working at EF Baotou are the students and the PAs.

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Live and work in another country. Teaching experience. Make new friends.

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Management is terrible, Obsession with white people, Male dominated atmosphere, No weekends, No Summer and Winter breaks, High teacher turnover rate.
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EF Xi'an

After a year of leaving EF, reflecting and experiencing a different small-scaled training school I can comfortably say EF only offers two things;- A convenient and supportive entry point to get into China- Opportunities to meet tonnes of people from other culturesYour first year will be full of challenges. I'm just going to list 2 core things which tells you all you need to know about swallowing the pill and getting an easy foot into China, hopefully this will prepare you for the mental and physical exhaustion which you'll experience at EF, but this truly is an honest review and it's worth noting I don't regret my first year at EF, simply for the convenient entry-point into China, but I am thankful to the gods when deliberating about staying or leaving at contract renewal I chose to leave. Point 1On average every EF branch will have a staff turnover of at least 80% every year, in my experience this is what I found and heard over the past 2 years of being in China. Effect: this creates a pretty chaotic and unorganized workplace - managers (Senior teachers/ADOS/DOS) at almost all of EF Xi'an's schools have zero experience, and are often force-promoted. This creates an inadequate workforce and although the savior which keeps many schools running is the passionate teachers at the bottom who work hard for the kids, those just above (Senior Teachers) accept the chaos and un-professionalism as a way of making their own lives easier. In my first year, my original DOS was amazing, shoutout to you (the other flowerpot man who isn't Bill), but the ADOS at the time was force-promoted - 

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Convenient Entry, Diverse workforce, Lots of different company events

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It's money-focused, 80% (in my experience) Turn-over amongst both local and foreign staff, extreme levels of unprofessionalism and underqualified persons in managerial positions
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Great for entry level individuals to gain experience

I wouldn't recommend this workplace to anyone but it's a great place to start your career as an ESL teacher. I would suggest joining their competitors.
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Very great starting point for working abroad in China

EF is a fantastic place to take a chance if you are looking to start a career in education without too much prior experience. They give you phenomenal training. The company itself may not be the best fit for every person and work/life balance can be a struggle. A great place to start but not necessarily a great place to progress for all.
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Gateway job for new ESL teachers.

If you're new to ESL teaching and crave stability and avoid risk as a rule (like me) . Then you should apply here. Onboarding process Is smooth, training and development program Is excellent. And dependent which city and country you are applying to the basic salary should allow for a fairly comfortable lifestyle.
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Perfect for a gap-year

From the beginning it was a challenge, but I was able to overcome that. Overall, DO YOUR RESEARCH! I can't emphasis this enough. From the city of your school, to your hours, to the way that housing is going to be handled.
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Good place to built your open mind thinking

In EF there are a lot of different people who have a different nationality, such as the UK or South Africa or the USA. you will influence by their culture.

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built your open mind thinking

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limited training
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if I could give them 0 I would

Worse company ever worked for. I was fired on no grounds. aren't paid well enough for the extra time they ask you to put in. You aren't given support.
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Very helpful in getting to China

EF were very helpful in every aspect of getting to China and getting you settled the first week however after that they just leave you to it, there is very little support in getting settled in beijing that is all down to your center which means it varies on how much support you get.
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Collaborative, positive, and room for development

The hardest part of the job is managing mixed-level classrooms, but the work culture is overall collaborative and positive. EF offers plenty of training for new employees.
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Great

It was a great working experience, fulfilling and enjoyed it. There is some admin but overall great. Normal working hours and friendly co-workers who help each other out
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Give it a try

The company does not pay as well as public schools and other learning centers but they do cover flight expenses and visa process. Good job security but bad payment.
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Fun workplace

I loved working here, however the salary is not competitive. The support system is good if you need help and they make it easy to move out to China. I also made life long friends working here.
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Good job

Good job. Decent pay. Flexible hours and good for traveling, good training services and great activities. International company with lots of opportunities for promotion.
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