Teach for America Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Recruitment Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of development, large amount of autonomy for how you operate, flexible locations, opportunities to work from home, lots of vacation days (both organization wide and personal), many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Goals are challenging to meet and require working long-hours, in 2015, the organization has gone through some growing pains and restructured leading to a lot of change management, the education world is very polarized on the efficacy of Teach For America

    Advice to Management

    You all are doing a fantastic job managing a very challenging industry (education), be careful on over-promising recruitment results that all indications show are not attainable.

  2. Marketing teM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work from home. Mission driven.

    Cons

    Feel like small cog in a big wheel.

  3. Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

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

    Pros

    I was provided with individualized support within the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. I had the opportunity to attend monthly professional development seminars catered to particular areas of interest and was surrounded by a group of intelligent, dedicated Teach for America Corps members.

    Cons

    Although I was provided with support, the support was not always there when I most needed it from the staff. I needed to be very self-sufficient and flexible in terms of acquiring the materials I needed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to check in with corps members on a regular basis and provide resources to assist teachers to fundraise and mind the materials they need. Conduct more classroom observations to allow for specific feedback.

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  5. excellent organization

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Teach for America

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

    Pros

    smart, driven corps members working hard ending the gap!

    Cons

    lots of archetypes involved in the organization, especially corps members

    Advice to Management

    find different recruitment strategies

  6. My TFA experience was incredibly rewarding but challenging.

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    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in North Charleston, SC

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely impactful work. You will forge very fulfilling relationships with students. You will become hyper-organized. You will how to segment large problems into smaller problems, how to use data to drive decision making in the classroom, and how to effectively communicate concepts to different learners. You will also learn effective stake-holder management.

    Cons

    Compensation is extremely low. Work-life balance is non-existent. You will literally work 14 hour days every day your first year. Also Challenges of the school you are in can at times feel overwhelming. You will deal with difficult students and will serve not only as a teacher but also a motivator, disciplinarian, and sometimes-regrettably-even a parent. Depending on location, placement can be isolating and extremely distant from other young professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with the challenges incoming corp-members will experience in the classroom.

  7. Great team of professionals - lots of clear structures and systems.

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruitment Manager in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Predictable, structured, thoughtful, smart - Teach For America has built out a very thoughtful org chart that allows JDs to be predictable and work flow expected.

    Cons

    Can be repetitive - especially in recruitment you can begin to feel a little bit like a cog in a wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more stretch projects - after a year on staff I was afforded opportunities to have stretch projects and this was really great.

  8. DC Region Corps Member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Socially important and conscious work

    Cons

    Limited applicable professional development, professional support limited

  9. Helpful (2)

    Intense and constantly changing

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    bright people, personal and organizational values are part of the conversation, never gets boring, encourages learning, lots of feedback, most folks are nice, great place to work for 20- and 30-somethings, strong female leadership everywhere, still has the start-up vibe 25 years later

    Cons

    folks are intense in a way that doesn't necessarily lead to increased productivity or innovation, the hiring profile is seriously type-A even though the mission is shifting towards listening and valuing collaboration, corporate feel and approach (could also be a plus depending on who you are), while diversity gets a lot of attention the white & middle class culture remains dominant, re-orgs happen every year or so, high results are expected with bare bones headcount, still has the start-up vibe 25 years later

    Advice to Management

    change is not inherently good - giving people time to iterate and get their bearings before shaking things up under the banner of improving results

  10. Helpful (2)

    Mission-driven organization committed to attracting and retaining strong talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive non-profit salaries and lots of flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    They put way too much money into lavish conferences and unnecessary trainings. They are aligning themselves with political parties and issues more than working on the issue of ed reform, which is definitely hurting their recruitment numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Need better strategizers and long-term business forecasters on leadership team

  11. Great experience working here, I was challenged to learn things quickly and felt successful in my roles.

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    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, great coworkers and positive environment

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for promotion, projects often change scope

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