TNTP Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. A great opportunity to develop teaching skills in the summer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TNTP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Increased familiarity with proven TLAC techniques
    Leadership experience gained working with adults

    Cons

    Dis-organized at times
    Felt like a sorority at times

  2. Overall good learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TNTP full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The purpose is great and TNTP really makes positive change in education. The goals of the company are truly in the spirit of helping students get the most out of their education.

    Cons

    The managers are often with little or no education experience. While this sometimes helps keep their perspectives fresh, it also limits their ability to work with stakeholders.

    Advice to Management

    Consider that leadership can be found in very diverse sectors and that the best way to bring out the best results involves all points of view.

  3. Well-Structured Work From Home Experience

    Former Contractor - Summer Fellow
    Former Contractor - Summer Fellow

    I worked at TNTP as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Supportive, feedback-oriented environment
    -Very active online community connecting remote employees to each other
    -Trust new hires to take on important work
    -Good policies and culture around family leave

    Cons

    -Work-from-home set-up does limit how much you can learn from colleagues

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great experience.

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    Former Employee - Project Director
    Former Employee - Project Director

    I worked at TNTP (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great cause, great pay, great benefits. Worked to develop young workers.

    Cons

    Constant change in focus made aligning priorities hard. It seemed at times things were over-thought and constantly analyzed. Work-life balance was often talked about but hard to achieve.

  6. Helpful (7)

    Good people; too much change and hard to feel like you're succeeding

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

    I have been working at TNTP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing, very driven and invested in the organization's mission to help all students get a great education.

    The leadership is strong and they talk a good game on work-life balance and supporting staff development, but it's not always realized in practice. Many staff work from home, which I really appreciate, but just know that it can be isolating at times and also it's hard to stop working...ever.

    There are good opportunities for growth for some, but not all employees (even those who do well in their roles) because more senior staff do tend to stick around a long time and there doesn't seem to be a real focus on helping talented people transition to new roles outside their core experience area when there are no growth opportunities within their current departments.

    Cons

    The organization has always been adaptive, but the pace of change over the past few years has been disorienting and at times demoralizing. Long hours are the norm and expected (they tell you 10+/hour days on hiring, but that can often be low) and it can be difficult to unplug. Given how hard we work and how much we care, it can be frustrating to feel like the organization keeps switching gears to keep up with market developments - it makes you feel like all that hard work has been wasted effort. It also feels like they are pushing into new areas of operation because they see needs and business development opportunities, but the expertise to deliver on those is not necessarily in place. The organization is in a really good place right now, but it's hard to predict how this is going to play out (which is why I rated neutral on organizational outlook and would not recommend the organization to a friend).

    TNTP has a a feedback-intensive culture, but it can be difficult to feel like you're succeeding because the focus is often on areas for growth. One year, I was incredibly worried about my performance (despite working 70-hour weeks for months at a stretch) because I got so much negative feedback. My annual performance review was mixed, saying that I'd met some but not all of my goals. And then I got a large bonus with a note indicating that I was among the very top employees that year. I almost quit multiple times because I felt like I was working so hard and still not succeeding. Don't get me wrong, the tangible bonus was great, but it would be nice if it was accompanied by encouraging words during the year so that I wasn't riddled with anxiety about my performance when I was apparently seen as doing exceptionally good work.

    Advice to Management

    Put ideals into practice around work-life balance, opportunities for growth.
    I know you're working on a new compensation structure - please think about the fact that when people work remotely they still work in different places with different costs and that needs to be acknowledged in compensation or you'll lose access to talented people who live in more expensive places (DC, NYC, Chicago, LA, SF) - many of which happen to also be cities where we work. Bonuses are nice, but personally, I'd rather get salary increases that recognize strong performance but also provide a predictable idea of your annual earnings.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Work, work, work, work... then no license in the end.

    Former Employee - Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I worked at TNTP

    Pros

    They do an alright job supporting teachers and getting them in the class with many necessary skills.

    Cons

    Even though, there is individual coaching there was a lack of knowledge in advising on specific content areas in the sciences specifically. Also, they adhere to their one size fits all evaluations and are unwilling to account for individual situations and experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Need some better strategies for supporting the different content area teachers that they are supposed to be supporting.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Mission-driven, brilliant people who are working to change the face of teaching

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    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner

    I have been working at TNTP full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are incredible and hard working. In addition, the organization values its employees and how hard they work day in and day out. It's also an extremely flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge with everyone working so hard to advance the mission. Other than that, it's a great place to work!

  9. Helpful (2)

    Exhausting and overworked

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TNTP

    Pros

    The mission is very clear. They will kill you doing it along the way ...

    Cons

    They expect you to work 60 plus hours a week and not receive any compensation for it.. 683 per week before taxes to work 7 to 7 every day... Then send you home with many extra hours of work to accomplish for their mission .

    Advice to Management

    Check into labor laws.. You have to be paid for overtime ...

  10. Great for Flexible, Part-Time Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TNTP part-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities that allow you to work from home, with flexible hours.
    It is a rigorous organization with high standards. There are countless opportunities to learn.
    People are friendly and eager to help.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get consistent part-time work, as most positions are seasonal or temporary.
    When working part-time, you are sometimes called upon to work many additional hours, or to know information/have skills you may not have.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Mission-driven, challenging, and rewarding work.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner

    I have been working at TNTP full-time

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

    Pros

    There is a unique concentration of high-quality people at TNTP - I've never collaborated with such smart and hard-working colleagues. I've learned a ton working here, far more than any other company or academic program could have taught me. The flexibility to work from home is a perk.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is inconsistent across the organization - some managers do a good job protecting staff, but the org-wide culture allows some people's hours to get out of control.

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