Teach for America Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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Pros
  • There are a lot of opportunities for professional development (in 52 reviews)

  • Feeling like you're making a difference (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is pretty difficult to achieve (in 45 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Corps Member

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Teach For America provides the opportunity to join a larger movement--a diverse community of like-minded educators with the goal of eliminating educational inequity from the reality of America. Wonderful support and resources are available throughout and after your two service years.

    Cons

    The initial training at summer institute feels inadequate to walk in and lead your own classroom on the first day of your first year. Fortunately, the training process is constantly changing (and hopefully improving). It now follows a different model than when I matriculated. Also, any initial deficiencies as an educator will be identified and addressed through frequent professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the training offered at summer institute. Summer placements and school placements are often very different.


  2. TFA/CPS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

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

    Pros

    On going training, MTLDs work with you

    Cons

    Professional development is not targeted at areas of need.


  3. Helpful (1)

    horrible and unorganized

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    life changes in students, relationships with collab team as well as strong relationships with students who do not usually have relationships with teachers

    Cons

    they aren't really teaching students anything because they use lower end work and of course students will understand. Not really changing lives but want to make money of off students


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  5. Great support, great career opportunities for employees and corps members

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Offers a great jumpstart to college students looking to gain incredible professional and life experience. After the corps TFA offers plenty of paths to advance in education as a teacher or administrator; or at the company as an employee; or through graduate school programs and other professional opportunities.

    Cons

    REALLY HARD to be first-year teacher in an urban environment...not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Consider focusing solely on grooming career teachers as the organization matures.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Rough Two Years

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Make sure you're single (not married with kids) and are willing to work 60+ hours a week and you'll be fine.

    Cons

    Extremely challenging. No time for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to corps members who are having a hard time. Not everyone is cut out for TFA. Younger Managers--remember you have a lot to learn to. Don't force everyone to drink the Kool-aid.


  7. Life-Changing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    As a corps member: life-changing experiences, extremely supportive staff, cannot recommend enough

    Cons

    Experience is really hit-or-miss; there is no predictable experience


  8. Good perspective learning experience for those interested in education policy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Eye-opening perspective on how inner-city education actually operates. Working with children is a blessing that is challenging but rewarding.

    Cons

    Very challenging experience and some school administrators can have inconsistent expectations.

    Advice to Management

    MTLDs are so important for corps member success!


  9. Wonderful organization

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Strategy in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Strategy in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Mission-driven, smart and motivated people

    Cons

    Low salary but there are decent benefits


  10. Great way to enter the education sector.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pre-K Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Pre-K Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Job security, teaching experience, professional development, insight into education policy, opportunity to impact the achievement gap

    Cons

    Challenging work/life balance, high stress environment, TFA staff are resistant to alternative views on education reform

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Corps Member feedback on the importance of social & emotional development of students in addition to academic gains.


  11. The best hard work I ever did

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Community
    Sense of empowerment
    Professional Development
    Young staff
    Highly motivated employees make the work place feel really productive
    The people working for TFA are very intelligent. Its nice to work with other people in a team when you trust their intelligence and critical thinking abilities.

    Cons

    Some jobs have crazy hours
    Working with TFA kind of invades your life. It can be hard to separate home/social life and work life, luckily the people you are working with are pretty great.



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