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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Teach for America

Pros

Guidance, monitoring, assistance, classroom support

Cons

Leadership, company values, politics, vision, realistic perspective

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get out of state politics and stop poisoning the well in public schools.

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    Work with smart, talented, and passionate people but management is bad.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    1) You get to work with extremely smart, talented and passionate people who are all aligned on the mission.
    2) Great benefits, compensation is ok - they offer comp days and have great vacation time. Ability to work from home and have a flexible schedule.
    3) Good work environment - office is always nice and clean.
    4) Strong focus on personal and professional development - I was able to attend conferences and buy books for my own development.
    5) If you value collaboration and teamwork, this is a good place to be because it encourages cross-functional work.

    Cons

    1) Can be very cult-like. You need to think and speak a certain way to fit in and if you don't, it will reflect on your performance reviews.
    2) Management needs some serious work. Too many people in senior level positions with low experience. They don't really know how to "manage" others. Not empowering at all to the staff. Very controlling and micro-manage you.
    3) TFA expects you to work all the time. It says 45-50 hours a week in their employment policies, but it is more like 60 hours a week at least. The compensation does not equal the amount of work being done.
    4) They expect you to take on at least 5-10 projects at any given time, which means you don't really have the time to dedicate your best work to any of them. Basically, you will submit sub-par work because there aren't enough hours in the day.
    5) Don't be fooled by the job description. TFA expects you to work on a lot more outside projects than what is in the job description.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your new managers some serious training around how to manage others. Most of the ones I encountered were micro-managing and very disempowering. Management also needs to respect the diverse views of it's employees and be a more inclusive environment. TFA is not inclusive at all even when it claims to be. Give more time and thought to what it means to be a "diverse & inclusive" environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great experience for young professionals

    Cons

    Work load is demanding. You will need to push yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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