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Center Manager (Former Employee) –  Chengdu21 July 2017
Focusing on language training, Students learning travel and above all, fun, Education First has since grown into a successful company with over 40,000 employees, 500 schools and offices, and locations in 107 countries. English First, a division of Education First, started in China in 1994.
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Good wages and supportive structure
ESL Teacher (Former Employee) –  Chengdu, China9 December 2016
The company has a good reputation in the ESL field. The programs are well run and resourced. Lots of training materials and good support staff. Excellent for teacher support as well.
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Incredible company to work for, amazing people involved
Zhejiang, China - Foreign Teacher (Former Employee) –  余姚市23 November 2016
Through my time at English First, I learned how to be a successful English teacher. They provided excellent day-to-day training and a typical day at work included lesson planning, teaching lessons, and preparing materials for each and every class. I couldn't have asked for a better experience; my co-workers were amazing people and the children and adults that I taught provided me with memories I will never forget.
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Co-workers, location, living accomodations
Cons
Breaks in communication in the hierarchy
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Descent Grounds for Thriving
ESL Teacher (Former Employee) –  C059 November 2012
-Weeks were full of minimal annual enrollment students but instead many part-time/monthly enrolled classes for adults.
-Weekends were particularly busy, 22 of my weekly 32-36 working hours spent here:primarily with young children all the way up to university students

-Management was a constant pro-and-antagonist towards our ability to teach effectively.
-At the best of times the (predominantly Chinese) head managers and lay-foreign expert Directors would create a democratic process to working out problems
-at the worst of times it would turn into a 'lost in translation' bureaucratic mess where sales, corporate, or organizational duties were mismanaged

-great co-oworkers and a supportive staff roof as any

-The most difficult thing about the job would have to have been the sheer density of some days, (specifically weekends) in which there was virtually no between-class time and especially no planning time. Lunch in the middle of a 8-8 Friday, Saturday, Sunday

-It taught me virtues and interpersonal skills across a wide and wholesome spectrum of the personal and social. To put it simply. It was thrilling and life-inspiring.
-Teaching every age group of: child, preteen, teenager, adolescent, and adult enabled a (previously dormant) maxim of personal flexibility in dealing with learners
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living assistance
Cons
poor computer databases
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