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Great, super smart motivating people to work with and learn from

Former Employee - Manager
Former Employee - Manager

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

Pros

hard work helping you learn many skills and professionally develop at a fast pace. You are surrounded by hard working passionate people which only pushes you to do more.

Cons

bureaucracy that plays a role in your trajectory in the organization

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    Life changing experience for flexible corps members.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with lower income communities and being able to make a difference.
    Connecting one on one with the kids you are teaching.
    Working with other corps members which leads to long lasting friendships.
    Building your skills as an educator.
    Learning how to adapt in stressful and difficult situations.
    The staff works hard to make you feel like a valued corps member.
    Training over the summer was useful and prepared me for my placement.
    Transformational change for not only the students, but for yourself.

    Cons

    TFA doesn't tell you all the important as you ar applying.
    Your experience at institute (summer training) varies based on your placement and the school and will prepare some corps members better than others.
    You don't get to choose what you will be teaching.
    Teaching is a complicated field with ever changing reforms. It sometimes feels like the new ideas and methodology gets in the way of actually teaching.
    The job is incredibly stressful (especially if you have multiple observations from different teaching organizations) and creates a lot of self doubt in your abilities.
    Long hours with not much recognition or thanks (outside of TFA).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My placement area has seen many first year corps members quit because they weren't mentally ready for the obstacles that are presented to us. Another interview might be helpful at the end of institute to determine whether you are truly ready to continue on with the program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good cause, but loooooong hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    You work with smart, motivated colleagues. You feel good about the work you are doing and the contributions you are making each day.

    Cons

    There is little to no respect when it comes to priorities outside of work. The expectation is that you work 60+ hours a week and commit your entire life to the cause. They also have a strong pipeline of talent and aren't motivated to develop current employees. Everyone is replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with employees at all levels of the business and find ways to develop and maintain the talent you have.

    Approves of CEO
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