Teach For All Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Really amazing work but lots of skepticism and micromanagement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach For All full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The organization does really amazing work around the globe; amazing opportunity to travel. Staff culture is pretty great as you work with lots of amazing people. Perks include opportunities to extend travels for work for some personal travel.

    Cons

    You have to really "fight" to move up OR already be in the inner circle in order to grow your career. Additionally, the organization measures a large part of their impact based on partner CEO satisfaction that leads to weird actions - where winning a popularity contest is more important than leading to successful outcomes. The company also says it values diversity but hasn't really taken the actions to make that the center or consider how being an international organization really means operating in a different way instead it often tries to mold people who bring really unique perspective and experience into one archetype

  2. Amazing people, great work - and lots of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach For All

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This organization is full of incredibly bright, dedicated, talented people. I feel lucky to work with such people, and have learned a lot from so many of them. The work is also really satisfying. The opportunity to travel internationally and work with organizations in these locations is really quite special. The staff are also generally empowered to lead their projects in a fairly autonomous way, which is good if you like working in that way.

    Cons

    There can be some very demanding periods of time, depending on the roles. Career growth is difficult, because many of the jobs are so specific - there's not really a clear path from one job to the next level up in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing to improve the organization.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized, Poor Management, and Lacking Focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach For All full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Staff are very intelligent and committed to the mission. There's a good compensation and benefits package and staff in the right roles get to travel extensively across the globe and work with local organizations.

    Cons

    Teach For All suffers from a case of Founder's Syndrome and everything is decision by committee. This is combined with a confusing "matrix" organization structure that results in very unclear team or job roles and responsibilities. The result is an extremely inefficient organization where collaboration and project management are nothing but frustrating. If you're looking for a role where you can own your work and have flexibility to innovate, look somewhere else.

    Furthermore there is little meaningful strategic development or clarity on the purpose of the organization and how it intends to achieve its goals, which is evident by that fact that almost no one can describe what Teach For All does in one sentence. Leadership's purpose seems more to support the CEO than actually guide and manage their teams, ensuring the organization maintains is ineffective status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on an outcomes driven strategy and turn this into meaningful strategies for each team and concrete roles and responsibilities for your staff so that their time and talent is being used effectively.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    An interesting but high-stress work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach For All full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great group of people, very committed to the mission of educational equity all across the world, great opportunity to glimpse a wide array of contexts

    Cons

    Unclear organizational strategy, general sense of disconnect and siloed work teams, continuous environment of stress

    Advice to Management

    Make yourself more available to all levels of the organization, be very clear about how each member of the org is playing a role in carrying out org strategy

  6. Good nonprofit to work for

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Teach For All as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are very passionate about the mission and their jobs; everyone's very friendly and a pleasure to be around

    Cons

    Employees are spread a bit thin and are put in a lot of unnecesarily high-stress situations; a lot of micro-managing going on from the uppermost levels

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good learning experience, great work environment.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Teach For All as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work environment is great. Great mix of people from different backgrounds all committed to solving education inequity.

    Cons

    Lack of supervision from managers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Teach for Bulgaria / Zaedno v chas

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    Former Employee - Teacher/Fellow in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Teacher/Fellow in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    I worked at Teach For All full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Insight into public ed system in Bulgaria; full blown teaching responsibilities

    Cons

    Unclear mission of the organization and poor management

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