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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
462 Reviews
3.8
462 Reviews
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.  

    Teach For America

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

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great team, staff is very dedicated to mission. Company really cares about it's staff and corps member and offers opportunities for development

    Cons

    as a non-profit, pay is relatively lower

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director
    Former Employee - Managing Director

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate colleagues, great benefits, important mission.

    Cons

    Long hours, weekend and evening work sometimes necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better prepare employees for employment transitions within the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Most challenging and reward experience you'll have

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Social Advocates
    Meaningful Work
    Challenging Environment
    Americorp Funding

    Cons

    No work-life balance (but this is usually self-inflicted)
    It will change your life's trajectory... You'll never be able to just walk away from this work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent with recruits as possible. It's better to scare away the few that will leave in the first few months than put the investment into them at Institute to lose them by October.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Difficult experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    You will gain some grit

    Cons

    You will work long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent, hardworking, and nobel experience

    • 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

    intellectual and thoughtful colleagues! Making a difference

    Cons

    none that I can think of currently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Flexible Location, Flexible hours, Great Benefits. The managers truly care about you and work to make sure that you are working to achieve work/life balance.

    Cons

    In a different stage of life, the virtual work could get quite lonely and would feel the separation from other staff more profoundly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people in the org make more of the decisions. People are phenomenal and more decisions could be decentralized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The most challenging job imaginable.

    • 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

    You can actually make a difference in a child's life!

    Cons

    dangerous at times and education in US is a mess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

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

    Pros

    opportunity to impact lives through education

    Cons

    very large time commitment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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