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Teach First Employee Reviews about "flexible working"

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Pros
  • "Agile working was useful, childcare options were a top focus(in 9 reviews)

  • "Great approach to flexible working, supporting you to work from any location and broadly choose hours that work for you (within reason)(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "High staff turnover as a result, unhappy workers and zero career progression - the same people always get top roles to cover maternity leave(in 7 reviews)

  • "Politics in the team, high staff turnover(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Insight Programmer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach First full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working Lovely people Good career development

    Cons

    High staff turnover Can be disorganised

    Teach First2019-12-16
  2. "Fantastic, mission & values driven charity"

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    Former Employee - L&D Business Partner in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach First part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing people. The best people I've ever worked with. A real sense of team, and commitment to each other and the mission of the charity. Very forward-thinking charity. Great approach to flexible working, supporting you to work from any location and broadly choose hours that work for you (within reason).

    Cons

    Few formal learning opportunities. But team people made up for this, in terms of development that came out of regular conversations with colleagues.

    Teach First2020-03-10
  3. "Lovely people but very disorganised"

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    Former Employee - Senior Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lovely people Salary good Nice office Good maternity cover Flexible working

    Cons

    Extremely disorganised Changed structure frequently Changed programme frequently Hired under qualified people into manager roles who had no skills on how to manage others or teams No progression unless you’re a teacher A bit culty

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    Teach First2019-12-06
  4. "Senior Programme Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Agile/ flexible working hours and vision engagement days with opportunity to visit various schools to see first-hand the challenges in education

    Cons

    Management staff has poor leadership, very hectic decision-making process

    Teach First2019-01-27
  5. "Management needs improving, some good perks"

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     in London, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach First for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great cause and lots of good work being done to achieve its goals, flexible working, great location and some really nice, hard-working people. Interesting work if you're able to seek it out for yourself and work independently. Pretty well paid for the sector. Very child friendly, helpful for flexible hours to collect children, and good maternity pay. Great induction process.

    Cons

    Some really terrible managers, no idea what they're doing or how to lead teams. Lots of unmotivated people trying to ignore it and get on with work. Very top heavy management, if you're well liked by them it's ok, but if not you won't be listened to and the same mistakes will happen with no consequences for management, only you. Role descriptions can often be quite vague and some managers don't offer you any support, sometimes will go out of their way to ignore you. High turnover of staff, recruitment and HR process is very messy, be prepared to have your interview time changed multiple times. Endless meetings often unproductive. Bottlenecking in force - 1 person given so much work they can't cope and it causes bottlenecks for rest of org.

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    Teach First2016-06-22
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Experience varies significantly based on your direct colleagues and management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Teach First full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - An organisation doing very important work, strong sense of purpose - Flexible working - Good salary for a charity

    Cons

    - Management very hit and miss, with more misses than hits: a lot of people been promoted into management roles without the proper skills, training or support to be good managers - Severe basic procedural issues, eg being cut off from suppliers because invoices were going unpaid (not, as far as I'm aware, from lack of money but from disorganisation and poor understanding of processes); senior management took a long time to address this and similar issues in other departments - Inter-departmental politics: often felt like individuals and departments were at odds with each other, despite working for the same organisation - High staff turnover and low morale in some teams

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    Teach First2016-03-19
  7. "Inspiring place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Teach First for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Clear vision and mission. Values driven, Fabulous colleagues. Making a difference to children's lives. Flexible working, opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Finding 20 words to complete this box is challenging, its a truly wonderful place to work. Hours are long and a huge commitment is required but that comes with the territory.

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    Teach First2015-06-25
  8. "Great role but bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Teach First full-time

    Pros

    Some great people passionate about improving the lives of young people. Great perks include flexible working/work from home, vitality healthcare and associated employee perks, office shuts for Christmas also.

    Cons

    Some very bad managers who promote 'friends' opposed to staff who have made great professional achievements. Not a very diverse workforce either.

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    Teach First2017-09-29

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