Teach for America Reviews

Updated 6 May 2021

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  • "difficult to find a work life balance(in 120 reviews)

  • "Long hours, demanding, high stress but still very worth it for me(in 90 reviews)

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  1. "Worthwhile"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior User Experience/UI Designer in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    You meet numerous people with different perspectives and gain an insight into our world of human interactions through education and training. They are committed to their mission to provide education equity for all students.

    Cons

    It can feel overwhelming at times due to the work load. Work-life balance is prioritized but difficult to maintain

  2. Helpful (1)

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    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.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good for a couple of years."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Truly make a difference. Surrounded by motivated and inspirational people.

    Cons

    Pay is low. The teachers at many schools see you with a negative eye.

  4. Helpful (479)

    "Great Place"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and atmosphere to all employees.

    Cons

    I have not encounter one so far.

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  5. "Good culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Work-life balance, good culture

    Cons

    Lack of Promotions/salaries. Lack of growth potential

  6. "An evolving DEI focused org with talent challenges"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Mission oriented, great work flexibility, great benefits. Very diverse and offers DEI training that is very strong for staff. Have made tangible meaningful efforts toward becoming an antiracist org. This org continually adapts and evolve.

    Cons

    Teams can be silo’ed and some teams are far removed from communities tho eg serve which makes it hard for the org to operate with kids/community at the center at times. Talent mobility and career paths are limited so TFA loses a lot of great talent now. Leadership can be a bit inexperienced at the org and some parts of the org are poorly managed.

  7. "So far so Great!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Hands on learning experience, caring staff, good benefits

    Cons

    Can be difficult to start their on boarding process if you are still in school, have a job, etc.

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  8. "Helped me grow"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Teacher Leadership Development 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aside from the aim of the organization being near and dear to my heart, I grew a lot in this position. I learned to be incredibly goal oriented, act (not just talk) with equity at the heart of the conversation, and got very comfortable with coaching and facilitating.

    Cons

    It is a high pressure job and you work a ton of hours. It can feel like the weight of the world is on you, and you have to support folks who are sometimes in the hardest moments of their lives (moving away from home, first year teaching, etc).

  9. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great professional development and culture

    Cons

    A lot of managers are inexperienced

  10. "Work in Progress"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Manager Teacher Leadership Development in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Strong benefits including unlimited PTO, flexible schedule, opportunity to dictate how to engage with work

    Cons

    Work culture overwhelming and rooted in WSC

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