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Teach for America Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
378 Reviews
3.7
378 Reviews
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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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    Corps Member Review

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for TFA have nothing to do with TFA. Your students will love you if your just honest with them and care about them. Long hours but rewarding in the long run.

    Cons

    Not enough support from TFA staff both during TFA and post TFA -- PARTICULARLY not helping corps members to find jobs outside of education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you said you would do when people accepted, support by listening in difficult times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not what you'd expect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and extra benefits on top of regular teacher pay

    Cons

    organization is more committed to growth of TFA (in size and power) rather than its effectiveness or impact and original mission statement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teach For America

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    An organization with a great mission. Lots of intensive training to help employees feel prepared for teaching.

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized with lots of communication issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance for employees could be worked on. Other areas include practicing better communication, as well as more financial support for employees for required teacher certification.

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    Little choice over teaching subject, so proceed with caution

    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Very noble and important mission. Meaningful work. Decent starting pay. Overall positive leadership, although it's somewhat inconsistent due to how many different leaders there are (local school leaders, local TFA staff, institute staff, corporate TFA staff).

    Cons

    While I am very passionate about the mission of Teach For America, I was disappointed in my experience as a Corps Member because I was assigned to teach subjects outside of my expertise/knowledge area. My advice is to strongly consider what you would do if assigned to teach your least favorite/least known subjects. I simply did not feel comfortable or qualified teaching my assigned subject without a degree or a significant interest in that area. I felt it was a disservice to the students to give them a teacher who, frankly, who was barely ahead of them in terms of learning the material -- especially when they truly needed competent teachers the most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more open dialogue about which subject areas prospective corps members will be teaching while still in the recruiting process.

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    Campus Coordinator Internship

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    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator  in  Hanover, NH
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Hanover, NH

    I worked at Teach for America as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Teach 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your original mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    not 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

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a non-profit this should be way for efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It was a challenging position where you can't care about people being confrontational

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    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator

    I worked at Teach for America part-time

    Pros

    It prepares you well for the real world

    Cons

    There was no real training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please spend more time helping prepare for points of contention employees will face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on professional development

    Cons

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

    Recommends
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    Challenging and sometimes rewarding

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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