Teach for America Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
361 Reviews

3.7
361 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 43 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great support, great career opportunities for employees and corps members

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    horrible and unorganized

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Rough Two Years

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Life-Changing

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    Former Employee - English Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time for more than a year

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good perspective learning experience for those interested in education policy.

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    MTLDs are so important for corps member success!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful organization

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    Current Employee - Director, Strategy  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Strategy in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mission-driven, smart and motivated people

    Cons

    Low salary but there are decent benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great way to enter the education sector.

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The best hard work I ever did

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    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America full-time for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to put a feather in your cap

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Teach for America looks great on your resume and is especially helpful in setting you up for a future career as an ibanker or consultant.

    Cons

    I often felt more like a babysitter than a teacher. The organization seems to be more about self-promotion than actual service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you guys recruit at Ivy League schools, it's incredibly repulsive that you talk up TFA's ability to get students ibanking and consulting jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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