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Teach for America Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.8 350 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard

(27 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 43 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 28 reviews)

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    Campus Campaign Coordinator (Former Employee) Hanover, NH

    ProsTeach for America has a strong name brand. Every employer recognizes it and will usually comment on it. I assume that the "white man savior" image crosses all sort of disciplines. The people I generally interacted with really care about the mission and what TFA represents. They were generally very positive and mention the various benefits being associated with the organization.

    ConsI question the ethnics of Teach for America and the negative affects it has on the unions within public schools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember your original mission.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teacher (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsAs a corp member it was a good learning experience, but everything depends upon where you're placed. I grew as a person, but it was by far the hardest thing I've ever done.

    Consnot sustainable if you want to be good at it. Requires self-motivation and diligence. Entirely depends upon where you are placed.

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    Frustrating

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of flexability, personal growth, benefits, and create your own schedule

    ConsTERRIBLE office culture. People gossip way too much, lack of respect for one another and always unclear expectations. No work life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor a non-profit this should be way for efficient.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a challenging position where you can't care about people being confrontational

    Campus Campaign Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsIt prepares you well for the real world

    ConsThere was no real training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease spend more time helping prepare for points of contention employees will face.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start your career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong emphasis on professional development

    ConsLong, long hours. The expectation is that you will ALWAYS be working to end educational inequity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging and sometimes rewarding

    TFA Corps Member (Former Employee)

    Pros- you work with motivated young people that have strong leadership qualities
    - you work to bring out the best in students

    Cons- training is not enough to feel prepared
    - hours are very long and you are not compensated for the long hours
    - many corps members are used to having big successes result from hard work - teaching is often about the minor victories, making it harder to be satisfied with your results
    - in some regions, like New Mexico or South Dakota, you will be working in extremely rural areas on Indian Reservations and not have access to grocery stores/gyms etc - it's a big sacrifice for a 20 something (this is not a con for everyone)

    Advice to Senior Management- training needs to improve
    - expectations need to be more realistic, it often felt like not sleeping to write the "perfect" lesson plan was valued above being well-rested and better able to interact with your students

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a good experience.

    Program Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHappy people, great culture, productive.

    ConsHeavy workload and challenging environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPare down workload

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    TFA Corps Member (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat experience and exposure to school system in given region.

    ConsLack of extensive training and support in the field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain corp members thoroughly and relieve some of the financial burden on teachers not just in the form of a loan but in grants and assistance in classroom.

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    Rough Two Years

    TFA Corps Member (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMake sure you're single (not married with kids) and are willing to work 60+ hours a week and you'll be fine.

    ConsExtremely challenging. No time for yourself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe nice to corps members who are having a hard time. Not everyone is cut out for TFA. Younger Managers--remember you have a lot to learn to. Don't force everyone to drink the Kool-aid.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Potential to be life changing

    Corps Member - Public School (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsTeach for America is a developing organization. It has a lot of potential to be life changing:

    - If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development
    - good basic work experience - learning to communicate with everyone
    - great insight into education and society which helps professionally and personally

    Cons- financially strenuous depending on where you are
    - overworked
    - not worth the time or money spent if this is not a career or field you want to pursue

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the training can be better - TFA should also front load what the real experience will be like. You come in with the impression that you will change lives and everyday is a rough day. It is rewarding but the wrong things are emphasized. Be sure to be honest with corps members.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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