Teach for America Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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Pros
  • There are a lot of opportunities for professional development (in 52 reviews)

  • Feeling like you're making a difference (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is pretty difficult to achieve (in 45 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Teach For America

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fighting for educational equity. Values-based company with good culture and great people working toward the mission.

    Cons

    Often difficult to achieve work/life balance. Recently downsized due to low application numbers.


  2. Loved being a teacher, not so much TFA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Students -School Support -You grow a lot of as a person

    Cons

    -PD Sessions -Real time coaching -Very overbearing

    Advice to Management

    Less overbearing. Use Teach Like a Champion Strategies.


  3. Corp member

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Prestigious program that can help start your career in education. It can also help start your career in other fields as well

    Cons

    Everyone wil have different experiences depending on region, school, and support. It can range from excellent to extremely poor


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  5. Great experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at Teach for America part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll definitely grow in terms of your public speaking and marketing abilities. Also, you'll be asked to analyze data. In all, a very useful skill set will be acquired.

    Cons

    There is a constant drive to reach certain quotas...this may not be entirely bad though...depends on the the type on the type of person you are.

    Advice to Management

    People are not machines.


  6. Passionate organization

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Brownsville, TX

    I worked at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All staff I had worked with both regional and national were so passionate and committed as well as intelligent. Culture and ability to advance both high.

    Cons

    Hard to have personal and professional alignment for many and staff turnover out of the organization or transition to a new role was at times challenging

    Advice to Management

    Better salary for tenured employees


  7. Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and work environment. Friendly staff and flexibility with schedule is a huge plus.

    Cons

    New company, with 25 years of history and rapidly growing but need financial systems to grow as rapidly. Too much decentralization organizational wide.


  8. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing professional learning community, room for growth and advancement in org, strong belief in mission and purpose among those who work there

    Cons

    Lots of change happening in org and not always communicated openly and directly, work/life balance (many hours)


  9. 2013 South Louisiana Corps Member

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 2013 South Louisiana Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - 2013 South Louisiana Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Invaluable professional development, opportunity to expand management skills, relationship building, large professional network, access to teacher coaching and support.

    Cons

    high stress environment in many school placement sites, little preference given to region and school site locations, some school districts do not have positive relationships with Teach for America.


  10. Opportunity to grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, and stellar colleagues

    Cons

    Annual staff turnover decreases momentum

    Advice to Management

    Determine which projects are essential and eliminate others


  11. Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Teach for America (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Engaging, friendly staff... flexible work schedule, but long hours to meet demands.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and frequent staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be more reflective.



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