Teach For India Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Pros
  • The work culture is excellent, and you work under very inspiring managers (in 5 reviews)

  • Belief in collective impact to end educational inequity (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Many people who join here are smart people but they are treated like kids (in 2 reviews)

  • No cons as such for people who join with the right mindset (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Volunteer

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach For India

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Steep learning curve and extremely fulfilling

    Cons

    Difficult. But no good thing comes easy

    Advice to Management

    NA

  2. volunteer position: positive experience

    Current Employee - Campaign Leader
    Current Employee - Campaign Leader

    I have been working at Teach For India (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a campus representative.

    rewarding work for a social cause; opportunity to network with students on Campus

    Cons

    communication with TFI office in India is sometimes challenging with different time zones

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach For India

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great working environment, passionate people who are committed to the cause, no strict hierarchy

    Cons

    Less face time and more working virtually

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  5. I've just accepted the offer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with. For a cause.

    Cons

    Don't know much. Salary is less.

  6. Not a fairy tale experience, but not crap either

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    You learn human values being with kids who are not much socialised so you get to question a lot of your assumptions and get clarity on yourself

    Cons

    The staff is not very good and a lot of centralisation has taken place

    Advice to Management

    Fellow independence

  7. Amazing experience

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

    I have been working at Teach For India

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    1. Some great people to work with
    2. Social cause

    Cons

    1.Min salary
    2. Many join for the brand name

  8. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Fellow, Teach for India
    Current Contractor - Fellow, Teach for India

    I have been working at Teach For India as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to develop as a leader, independence

    Cons

    Sometimes have to agree with stuff you disagree with, just for the sake of it

    Advice to Management

    Being a little less uptight.(For the top management)

  9. Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture
    Flexible hours
    Diverse set of people

    Cons

    Favoritism at times and opportunities given to people belonging to the inner circle.

  10. Good place to work at only if you believe in what they believe

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Fellow, Teach for India
    Former Contractor - Fellow, Teach for India

    I worked at Teach For India as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get to see real impact that you're making.
    You meet some of the best, most passionate and hardworking people.
    You learn a lot about your own strengths.

    Cons

    There are times when you aren't guided enough.
    You take on a LOT of workload - you may be working on a lot of weekends (yes, Sundays as well but unofficially).
    You constantly feel underpaid (although mostly, the cause makes up for the feeling).

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE do not be judgmental of your employee's beliefs. Do not use the Teach for India ideology to "convert" everyone. Some people work for their own professional development, and that should be okay. There is often a tendency to guilt-trip people by using the term "our children", which is simply unfair and eventually serves to further the person from the cause itself than to bring them closer to it.

  11. Great for young people starting out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get a lot of responsibility right away- by your second year, you'll start managing others and even be responsible for key aspects of an important project. Stay 2 years, and you'll be a manager, with a lot of responsibility and direct interaction with lots of different teams. The work is engaging , challenging and the people are really great. There's a lot of purpose -if your motivated to change things, you'll see that happen from the things that you do here.

    Cons

    It's a great place for young people, but it tends to get rough on those with families. A good number of staff are always on the road or travelling. There's little downtime-and that's often commandeered for things not in your job description.
    Let me add that it will be tough to live on what you're paid here- and even though you might not be focused on that, it definitely will hurt. You will have to forgo nice things for a while.
    TFI is the professional's NGO, so there's a lot of things that an MBA would recognize, or indeed someone from a corporate job. There's also a lot of other stuff which i'll put under faith- you can't touch it or measure it, but you believe that it works or that it will work out. If you were the kid in school who told everyone Santa Claus is not real, you may have a tough time here.

    Advice to Management

    People coming in need more structure and guidance: mentors and coaching, especially when they're young. Retention is a tough problem especially when you're competing with the hottest firms for talent, We need to figure out how to keep our people, and not burn them out so quickly. We need more technology to automate things to make it easier or remove some of the workload.

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