Great co-workers, but upper management complacent/clueless at times
Local English Teacher (Former Employee) – Hong Kong – May 2, 2019
I worked as an English teacher at EF English Centres in Hong Kong. It’s not a terrible gig, they do take care of you with their health insurance and MPF (basically the HK version of a 401k, but more capitalized and less useful).
Pay is above average among other Hong Kong companies if you’re a teacher, but expats really do wind up with the short end of the stick in terms of remuneration, with many struggling to pay rent in a city as expensive as Hong Kong.
Students are usually nice enough, but curriculum design at times leaves much to be desired- lessons are standardized and pre-made, but half the time aren’t adapted appropriately to the targeted level, they simply don’t discuss what they were supposed to, or explain concepts in an overly complicated fashion, frustrating your students, and occasionally leaving you in an awkward situation.
My centre manager is awesome, as are most of the others in Hong Kong, they will try to help you, some sassier than others, which makes for a fun work relationship.
Typical hours are 12-9 or 11-8 with one hour for lunch. You typically get 4 hours of teaching a day, and the rest of the time you’re helping the sales team assess prospective students, or assisting students with queries. You also participate and host events in-centre and away
Fun co-workers (usually), 5 day work weeks (rare in Hong Kong), Life Club Can sometimes let you try something you wouldn’t normally do.
Awkward hours, classes get very reletitive, be prepared to see the same students taking the same class over and over again
Program Consultant (Former Employee) – Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island – January 12, 2017
The company culture is very fast-paced and sales driven. It is a perfect place for people who is eager to try out different things. Sometimes it is quite demanding because the team is too small, but there are too much work to do.