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  1. « A good place to learn »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Recommande
    Point de vue neutre
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    J'ai travaillé chez EF English First à temps plein

    Avantages

    Legal visas etc., paid on time, good pastoral care.

    Inconvénients

    No cons that you wouldn't find in most other jobs.

    Conseils à la direction

    Maybe employ some older people so there is more of a mix.


  2. « English Teacher »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme
    Recommande
    Point de vue positif
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    Je travaille chez EF English First à plein temps

    Avantages

    Great company atmosphere and people.

    Inconvénients

    No comments. Great culture and communication.

  3. « Associate Director of Studies position »

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    Ancien employé - Associate Director of Studies - Pékin, Pékin (Chine)
    Ancien employé - Associate Director of Studies - Pékin, Pékin (Chine)
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    J'ai travaillé chez EF English First à temps plein (Plus de 3 ans)

    Avantages

    Great training, professional development opportunities within the ESL industry.

    Inconvénients

    Very Chinese style management structure.

    Conseils à la direction

    The greater the challenge needs a greater degree of support for all staff. People need coaching and guidance not criticism and constant bar raising.


  4. « Walnut Pastry Workshop »

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    Employé actuel - Kids and Teens Teacher - Shanghai, Shanghai (Chine)
    Employé actuel - Kids and Teens Teacher - Shanghai, Shanghai (Chine)
    Recommande
    Point de vue positif
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    Je travaille chez EF English First à plein temps (Moins d'un an)

    Avantages

    This was a great event because it brought together teachers from other centers. I now have friends from all around Shanghai and we meet up quite frequently! It is wonderful that a company allows its teachers many opportunities to connect and network on our days off! I feel more apart of the EF community now. To me personally, this event helped me feel more at home because I have only been in Shanghai for three months now. Having these events regularly increases friendships and I really appreciate it!

    Inconvénients

    The only con I have for this is the directions after the metro. I am horrible at directions so it was a slight challenge for me! Other than that, the event went smoothly! Also, the leader for the event was kind and shared her location with me so I was able to find the place.

    Conseils à la direction

    I do not have any advice!


  5. « Great place to get your feet wet in ESL, but keep looking for challenging opportunities »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme
    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme

    J'ai travaillé chez EF English First à temps plein

    Avantages

    -Social events allow for easy networking
    -Flexible schedule if you teach online

    Inconvénients

    - Cult-like feeling at your center
    - Stingy company that doesn't increase pay with cost of living in Shanghai
    -Repetitive PowerPoints that aren't intellectually stimulating for online teachers

    Conseils à la direction

    Find ways to compensate teachers appropriately given their academic and professional credentials.


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    « Falsely advertises travelling time/pays you next to nothing »

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    Ancien employé - Senior International Teacher - Canton, Guangdong (Chine)
    Ancien employé - Senior International Teacher - Canton, Guangdong (Chine)
    Ne recommande pas
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    J'ai travaillé chez EF English First à temps plein (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    - live abroad fairly comfortably
    - you’re in an international community
    - company handles all documents once you’re there
    - you can progress within the company. Slowly.

    Inconvénients

    - they won’t help you find accommodation
    - they pay you peanuts compared to other schools
    - YOU WORK SO MUCH. You barely have any time off and when you do, they’ll tell you a week before. If even that.
    - you have to work summer and winter courses, which sometimes means 9-9 days, 6 days a week. You’re only given an additional 300cny for each week. Peanuts.
    - the stress of retaining falls on you and your local PAs will hassle you for open lessons (parents watch you teach)
    - public demonstrations (you can’t opt out)
    - you’re essentially a foreign face selling a product. Emphasis on sales rather than teaching
    - you need to do a lot to progress in the company. The way their review system works is to bump you up a pay scale just as your contract ends. Essentially they’ll offer you more money to re-sign a contract.
    - if you hand in your notice to leave early, the company will stop giving a toss about you and you’ll have to figure out paperwork and reclaiming taxes then.
    - there’s no sense of workplace community. Locals will only care about you if you push for sales and retention of students.
    - there’s no diversity training
    - in order to progress they push you into paying to do a CERTESOL/DipTesol - which doesn’t mean anything, anywhere else. They work out a scheme that after doing it, you have to stay with them for two more years.
    - Management aren’t often management material. They’re just people who stuck it out in China long enough to get promoted. I.E. weirdly racist old white men.
    - even management complain that they haven’t built anything, savings wise etc.
    - health care only covers bare minimum at terrible, obscure local hospitals. So don’t get sick.
    - TERRIBLE work life balance. You live only to work.
    You work Monday to Thursday 3 - 8 pm
    Friday 1 - 8pm (it used to be 9:30)
    Saturday and Sunday 8:30am till 6:30pm
    You get two weekdays off. You work through the holidays. Only a week off for Chinese New Year when it’s too busy and expensive to travel. One day off for Christmas Day. Even when there’s no production, you still have to go to school.
    - They just want as many people to work as possible, so they don’t throughly vet people (you end up working with some unstable people, it causes a lot of stress)
    - you will have quite a heavy teaching schedule. It becomes manageable but you’ll find other people in the centre with nothing to do. There’s no equalness.
    - the Chinese way is to not complain but they’re paid under HALF of what foreigners get.
    - other schools in China will offer 18,000rmb rather than the starting salary of 10,000 that Ef offers you. That’s including accommodation, which you’re already paying more for as a foreigner.
    - if you’re Caucasian, get ready to be treated like kings. If you’re anything else, get ready for racism and stereotypes.

    Conseils à la direction

    I worked well with my DoS. I was a senior teacher at my school, I was teacher ambassador, and a mentor. I worked my absolute hardest. But, no one cares.

    Empathy goes a long way.

    Réponse de EF English First

    18 févr. 2019 – Vice President

    Thank you for the detailed post. We understand that the extended summer and winter schedule can be difficult and does make maintaining a work-life balance challenging. We would love to be able to... Voir plus


  7. Utile (6)

    « Beyond just teaching »

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    Employé actuel - Senior Teacher
    Employé actuel - Senior Teacher
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    Point de vue positif
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    Je travaille chez EF English First à plein temps (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    Amazing opportunities for upward development. ESL is a tough industry and it's something you age out of, if you choose to, at EF you have more than a few directions into which you can develop and be promoted. I know people who started off as teachers with no previous relevant experience who are now senior content developers as well as Regional Managers etc

    As far as annual leave goes: For your second year you'll get 12 days, 3rd year about 15 and after 5 years, you'll get 20 annual leave days per year.

    As mentioned if all you are looking for is to teach for a year or so and not worry about Visa arrangements, EF is a good starting block. You get paid on time, and Visa's are on the up and up which is more than a lot of other schools can say.

    EF also partners with Cambridge Trinity and you'll be able to sign a development contract to obtain the CertTesol, DipTesol, DeltM as well as distance learning courses which focus on Grammar, Teaching Phonology, Coaching, Reflective Practice etc.

    Annual leave is pro-rated so if you start early in the year you should get between 8-9.5 annual leave days for the year, this is excluding Chinese New Year, Summer Course Break (usually about 5 days) and other Chinese festival days off.

    Obviously, I am a bit biased as I am currently still employed by EF Kids and Teens but I can say that I have past experiences teaching in all facets of the industry and that EF weights heavily on both sides of the spectrum, you can either keep your head down and just teach for a year and get paid to do so whilst being provided with all possible resources or they will actively try to develop you should you show an interest in staying around for a bit. EF is a global company and they have HQ's and schools in China, Indo, Russia as well as offices in Aus, the US and UK, this makes travelling around a bit easier.

    Inconvénients

    If all you do is teach you might find the job a bit constraining as materials are overdeveloped to better assist new teachers so it will be up to you to adapt and change materials to suit your own style. It might at times feel like you are being spoonfed but again, more experienced teachers will probably be able to easily adapt materials and lesson aims to depend on student needs.

    Another con, especially, if you are a first-year teacher with dreams of a 40K Shanghai job and lots of time off, you'll find that you probably won't have weekends off, however once you've stuck around for 2 years or so, you'll probably be able to negotiate at least 1 Weekend day off, an example, Sunday, Monday or split days off, ex: Saturday, Monday.
    In general, you'll have two consecutive days off during the week. A working day starts at 2 PM until about 8:15 PM during the week, weekends are 9AM-6PM. When it's summer or winter course you'll have a few days during the week where you'll teach morning or mid-afternoon classes outside of your regular schedule, but again, you usually get a bonus for every week of additional teaching you do and you'll get another bonus if you go over your contracted hours.

    As mentioned in other reviews on this site, your Dos and regional management will play a large part in how you experience your time here. If you have a manager who is intent on developing their teachers you'll be fine, unfortunately, that's not always the case and you might end up at a centre where you feel like your needs aren't being taken into consideration and that you are not being managed in a constructive way.

    The pay for a first-year teacher isn't super great, especially in a city like Shanghai where the cost of living is quite high, but it's still manageable and they are generally quite good about helping new teachers with cash advances for renting apartments. I should mention that all my comments only refer to the Kids and Teens Product as I don't really have any experience in the Adult's, Teens only, and Online products.

    Conseils à la direction

    Keep focussing on teacher development and make sure you set expectations during the recruitment phase. Don't promise prospective teachers things which a CD or DoS can't deliver on. Also, make sure that PM's keep track of teachers satisfaction with management as unaired issues tend to build up and that causes some people to leave or to become disengaged.

  8. Utile (2)

    « Quality training, environment and materials - But not worth the exhaustion »

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    Employé actuel - English Instructor - Pékin, Pékin (Chine)
    Employé actuel - English Instructor - Pékin, Pékin (Chine)
    Ne recommande pas

    Je travaille chez EF English First à plein temps (Moins d'un an)

    Avantages

    There are actually tons of good things about EF, at least where I worked, and your mileage may vary.

    I may be lucky, but my centre is very supportive. Our Director of Studies (DOS) and Assistant Director of Studies (ADOS) are sincerely passionate about pedagogy and teacher training and defend us when there is a conflict between teaching safety (or other concerns) and profit. Of the places I've worked at for the last several years in China, not many will even pay lip service to that idea.

    As for the teacher training itself, it is quite good. In my time at EF, I have seen several major programme shifts and system shifts and training on how to use them have been very good. In addition, as advertised, you do get TKT training from Senior Teachers who are very experienced and, in our case, devoted.

    As to the materials and environment, they are quite good overall. All lessons come with a lesson plan, and I typically base a substantial amount of my own lesson plans around that. Some courses are better than others, though. More on that in cons.

    Another underrated pro is the opportunity for advancement. A good teacher can exit probation during onboarding and become Senior Teacher the next year. After a few years of dedication, it's quite easy to become ADOS. Promotions are internal. After ADOS and DOS, there are other directions one can take still. EF internally provides access to training material to these pathways for free.

    For the pros, in short, I can say that I'm really developing as a teacher and the advice, mentorship and training are actually valuable compared to my workplaces before.

    Inconvénients

    In a word, exhaustion. You will be worked to exhaustion here. Your weekdays may have one or two classes, and then your weekends will be filled with up to 6 real hours, plus whatever marketing events like demos or craft classes they may wish to add on top of that.

    If you are unlucky, as I and my coworkers are, during winter and summer sessions, you may work up to two weeks without a single day off. After your holiday, you'll come back to the same awful scheduling. To add insult to injury, you will still be required to work mandatory office hours during that time, and you will not be paid any overtime. These winter and summer sessions may add up to 4 extra real classroom hours to your schedule each day you are scheduled to teach them. Moreover, you will continue to have your normally scheduled classes for that day.

    EF is a large company, and so they follow corporate procedures strictly and, at times, lacking human consideration. If you are going to be late, you must have XYZ and contact Mr/Ms ABC using their specified method -- or else. If you are going to be sick, you must have a doctor's note. Can't go? Have someone from the company visit you because you cannot be trusted independently. The excuse? Teachers abuse their days off. But that reasoning is hard to accept when you don't even have half a week's sick leave. In fact, I've seen many teachers come to work ill or vomiting because of the danger to their pay.

    Pay is too low for this position. The low end of the starting salary that EF advertises is typically the salary that EF will provide, be you fresh out of university or experienced. In Tier 1 cities in China, you may find that the competing training centre offers inexperienced teachers the same salary that EF provides its Senior Teachers (who have even more burden than other teachers!). To be honest, although I appreciate how much I've been able to improve, I sincerely regret coming here and I have already secured a position elsewhere.

    Conseils à la direction

    Pay your teachers more (especially the Chinese staff). They work so hard for you, and yet any competitor will pay more salary for less expected work.


  9. Utile (3)

    « EF Review »

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    Employé actuel - Teacher - Shenzhen, Guangdong (Chine)
    Employé actuel - Teacher - Shenzhen, Guangdong (Chine)
    Recommande

    Je travaille chez EF English First à plein temps

    Avantages

    Everyone--teachers, PA's, CC's, TA's, Doses--is friendly and helpful. I really like the environment in my center (SZ6). I can count on people to help me with Chinese, little emergencies like going to the hospital, or just give advice on living in Shenzhen.
    Arrival support is very good. Being helped with things like the phone plan and apartment hunt is wonderful.
    EF is also very clear and straightforward about things like the visa process, which is such a blessing when you're a foreigner trying to work in China.
    The work culture is fun, especially the teacher events.

    Inconvénients

    The sick leave policy encourages us to come to work ill.
    The weekend hours are a little silly--we leave around 9 pm on Friday and then have to be in the office at 8:30 am on Saturday, even if we don't have morning classes. That's less than twelve hours between work.

    Conseils à la direction

    Pay the local teachers more!!! It's ridiculous and unfair that they do the same job as foreign teachers (and are usually more experienced and qualified) but don't receive the same salary. This could lead to a resentful and toxic office environment if it continues.
    Give us a few unpaid sick days per year. This will make the office healthier and cut down on the paperwork for everyone involved. The current system encourages us to come to work even if we're very sick and contagious because we're afraid of losing our annual leave. This isn't safe for our coworkers or students and could upset the parents. It also wastes the cashier’s time to process the doctor’s notes.

    Include TA’s in teachers’ meetings. They have useful insight but are not encouraged to share it.


  10. « Good Path Towards Teaching »

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    Ancien employé - International ESL Teacher - Hangzhou, Zhejiang (Chine)
    Ancien employé - International ESL Teacher - Hangzhou, Zhejiang (Chine)

    J'ai travaillé chez EF English First à temps plein (Plus d'un an)

    Avantages

    I wanted to develop as a teacher and with so many hours (20-25 classes a week) my confidence grew loads. Atmosphere in the language center (Hangzhou) was great, made friends with many students (adults). But in class you expected to take the lead and know what you're doing.

    Inconvénients

    Curriculum rotates so can be a bit boring teaching the same lessons again unless you are creative and look for new ways of bringing the material to life. Don't do the job if you just want to travel and have fun, the work is pretty intense, with little time to travel (though there is a 'flying teacher' thing where you teach in different cities and centers)

    Conseils à la direction

    Invest more in new teachers. Many were not given sufficient training or time/ assistance to settle in to life in China, which can be quite overwhelming