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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 21 January 2015
Updated 21 January 2015
437 Reviews
3.8
437 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career (in 52 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 45 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Be crystal clear of what you want to get out of your time with TFA.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Steep learning curve - you will growth, and you will have to growth fast. You will meet many good people with their hearts in the right place.

    Cons

    Do not expect the same level of professionalism from TFA compared to what you would from big corporations. Most TFA managers are amateurs at management but were promoted because they were good teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should not have worried about hiding all the catches from your prospective applicants - they would have still applied if they believed in your mission. But being sketchy about the potential challenges they would face is why the churn rate is so high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Work Hard, Have fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Meaningful work. Amazing colleagues.

    Cons

    It's nonstop. Beware of burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, National Team in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager, National Team in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the people. They attract such amazing talent.

    Cons

    Experience varies depending on who your manager is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize opportunities better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Recruitment Manager

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Professional development, benefits, personal growth, education expertise, diversity.

    Cons

    A lot of repetitive conversations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for all you do in the education space!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Job, Big Payoss

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids is an amazing experience. As cliche as it may sound, they teach you as much as you teach them. Becoming part of the community is something I would not give up for anything.

    Cons

    Long hours, very long hours. Stressful working conditions, especially when you teach a grade level that is tested. Not a job to be taking lightly, and one that ALWAYS requires 110%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TFA trainings need to move away from theory and more towards practice. A vision is great, but if I don't know how to reach my goals what is the point in plotting the course?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a great company to learn and grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    - freedom to be innovative
    - interaction with outside teams
    - great sense of shared values throughout the company - core values

    Cons

    - the management structure is a bit convoluted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Corps Member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Work with kids, change lives, tons of room for growth, leadership factory

    Cons

    Understanding how students are sadly not always put first in education

  9.  

    TFA/CPS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    On going training, MTLDs work with you

    Cons

    Professional development is not targeted at areas of need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, this is a very dynamic experience. Lots of opportunity for growth and personal development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with very intelligent people in the education field

    Cons

    Extremely challenging job without much experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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