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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
404 Reviews
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404 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career (in 50 reviews)

  • Passionate, intelligent colleagues, great benefits and option to work from home (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 42 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 30 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Professional Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at Teach for America as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    TFA provides ample opportunities to explore your leadership and teaching style. There is a huge network of people to help you determine how you fit into the larger picture of educational equality. You have to be willing to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    At first, it can feel a bit competitive and as though you are on your own when in your classroom. At times, it is difficult to know if the organization's focus is on creating strong teachers for students or creating strong leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more time to focus on lesson planning in a way that can provide better work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    The people at Teach For America are great. Great culture and environment to work in.

    Cons

    Prepare to work a ton. Worked longer hours than any other job before or after. Tough gig.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of personal growth and professional development. Eye-opening experience and one of the most important things I have ever done!

    Cons

    It can be stressful and time-consuming.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Corps Member / 6th grade teacher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Hartford, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of training while you are teaching. Lots of support.

    Cons

    Not a ton of training prior to teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training prior to teaching

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging, but worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    TFA has really helped support me in my development as a teacher. I actually did major in education in college, yet I feel as though I learned more with TFA/Institute than over my 4 years at my "highly accredited" university. The fact that they encourage teacher growth/development but finding you stipends for your masters degree is also really incredible

    Cons

    It is VERY tough work and almost nothing can truly, fully prepare you for being a teacher in a very high-needs/high-demands area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging, rewarding experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Supportive network, easy access to management

    Cons

    Experience you get in the depends on school placement, TFA corps members will sometimes confuse TFA experience with school-site challenges.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Place to Work

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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

    The culture is really great

    Cons

    They have a "no negotiation" policy in regards to salary.

  10.  

    Teach For America opened my eyes to the world of urban education.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 2012 Corps Member in Providence, RI (US)
    Former Employee - 2012 Corps Member in Providence, RI (US)

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

    Pros

    The work is real and the impact is tangible. The work-life balance is really up to you, there is no upper-bound limit to teaching. Personally, I have gained a tremendous amount of perspective through this program.

    Cons

    I was hoping Teach for America would help me gain leverage into the business world but it does not. Still, the name gets you to a lot of non-profits, graduate schools, policy roles and other education roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Institute Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Cleveland, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Cleveland, MS (US)

    I worked at Teach for America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -great professional development
    -get to work in a new place for a short period of time
    -really talented people
    -great way to check out the organization (if you are thinking about joining the corps)
    -lots of feedback

    Cons

    -management team could sometimes be a bit better (brilliant, but sometimes not clear on expectations/planning)
    -sometimes force you into difficult conversations about social issues without really knowing the team yet
    -compensation is about minimum wage (but you gain a lot of great skills and have a great organization on your resume afterwards)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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