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Teach for America Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
383 Reviews
3.8
383 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 47 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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    Corp Member

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    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Professional development/training to fresh out of college students without strong corporate background. A great place to challenge yourself-- you will be thrown into a place with little to no structure and forced to create systems/structure that works for you and your students. Not recommended for everyone.

    Cons

    There may be truth to the claim that TFA expanded too quickly and is now experiencing the pains of having grown too fast without a concrete plan. Also, there is very little diversity despite being a progressive non-profit organization.

    Recommends
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    Challenging, demanding, and rewarding experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. You learn a lot about the community you teach in and about yourself as a corps member.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve (especially in your first year). You will work 7 days a week.
    Institute doesn't prepare you for exactly what your school/classroom will be like (especially if your summer training is in a completely different region of the US than where your placement school is - the demographic make-up of your school could be vastly different)

    Recommends
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    Learning to love talking with uninterested college students

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    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    TFA is dedicated to training and continuously improving their workforce, meaning that even student employees have ample opportunities to connect and network with people throughout TFA. Additioanlly, working for TFA really makes you feel as though your work has a purpose.

    Cons

    The work can be difficult and occasionally mind-numbing (hours and hours of data entry, attempting to get the attention of apathetic college students), and the low hourly rate (minimum wage) does not match the level of effort that goes into successful recruitment of top college graduates.

    Recommends
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    Challenging experience, but worth it in the end. I was an '06 Rio Grand Valley Corps Member.

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    Former Employee - Teacher (Corps Member)  in  Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher (Corps Member) in Brownsville, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of support from TFA staff and fellow corps members.
    Students in the RGV are wonderful for the most part and seeing them succeed is life changing.
    Institute does a pretty good job of preparing you for what you will face.
    If you end up in the east valley, you will be close to the beach.

    Cons

    It is the hardest job you will ever have.
    Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve. You will work 7 days a week.
    To be in the RGV, you really need to know Spanish.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Lot of professional development opportunities, working for a great cause with really passionate people.

    Cons

    Very young company, can have some professionalism issues because of this.

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    Great mission, but too robotic at times, poor work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Teach For America stands for education equality and is comprised of many hard working and intelligent people. It is a great network to be part of with many resources both in education and other areas/industries.

    Cons

    The staff can be too robotic and too data driven. There is a poor work-life balance.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Innovative and fast paced

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America as an intern

    Pros

    TFA is a mission driven organization, that is extremely innovative. They know what they are and definitely know what they are NOT. The culture is definitely similar to other non-profits and can be laid back, but given its size and reputation, you must be innovative and ready to move very quickly.

    Cons

    At times TFA can suffer from group think. There are many former Corp members that now work on staff. This type of culture can sometime stifle innovation or cause it to go in direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great People

    Former Employee - Admissions Help  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Admissions Help in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful and very nice environment to be in where folks seems to get along well together for the common good.

    Cons

    It can be a little hectic and unorganized at times, but that seems to be the nature of teaching anyway!

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    Great Experience

    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Must have a strong desire to work with kids. If you are doing it simply for the resume boost, it is not for you

    Cons

    Tough work environment with little direction. The training is pretty minimal and the culture is based on your school placement.

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    Volunteer in after-school program and co-teach in high school.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Have strong support team and professional mentor all the time.
    Learn communication skills and gain teaching experience.
    Redefine teaching.

    Cons

    Might need to relocate and work with unexpected aged groups.
    Peer pressure from co-workers and school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accommodating when (re)arranging position and place/school.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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