Teach for America
3.8 of 5 342 reviews
www.teachforamerica.org New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

Teach for America Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    New York, NY

    Prosdriven people, talented staff. some of the brightest colleagues I've ever worked with were at TFA. everyone is deeply committed to and passionate about the organization's mission and goals.

    Constalent and results are often recognized, not always rewarded with promotions or raises. decisions occasionally felt like they were made in a top-down fashion rather than in a collaborative one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a good experience.

    Program Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHappy people, great culture, productive.

    ConsHeavy workload and challenging environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPare down workload

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work if you can cut it...

    Mid Level Management (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBe at the center of both Ed Reform and modern large Non-Profit business Work with some of the most competent and motivated staff in the US.

    ConsAlmost all staff are highly motivated and strong performers. TFA has acheived tremendous growth in very short time. This makes it a great place to work, but it also leads to a lot of instability as many become more ambitious than TFA can demand. The result is there are a lot of very inexperienced managers which can quickly result in domino effects of staff shuffling/retention. There is a reason every 10th person at TFA is HR.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house in HR, start over a vision to build leadership within and ensure this is an integral part of every decision. It's too easy to operate a revolving door when you have access to the young and talented from the program. That doesn't equate to excellence in the long term and a lot of the negativity currently happening can be drawn directly to this problem

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to be

    Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proswork balance, salary, culture, leadership

    ConsThis is a place for those truly committed to education reform.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Technology Team : Intoxicating place to work.

    Technology Team (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey have some smart folks who have a lot of passion for the work. But, their energies need to be directed towards the bigger purpose of TFA.

    ConsTechnology team is highly political. There are some senior IT folks sitting in the Bay area who are clueless about what's happening in the New York office. They make random decisions without knowing the ground reality. Extremely political atmosphere. Those aligned with top management are safe. Others are left to fend for themselves. Also, limited growth potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to the ground level and get a feel of what's happening in the technology team. The economy's improved and tech folks who feel under-appreciated will not stay that long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not for everyone, but a great place to work

    Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAttitude, professional development, work from home

    ConsConstantly being restructured, acting as a small scale organization when they need to adopt some bigger, more streamlined ideas. Inconsistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your managers! TRAIN THEM. Not everyone is meant to have a direct report.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It has been and continues to be an uplifting experience.

    Managing Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTime off is great. Work environment is open and challenging. People are genuine in why they do their work. The mission makes it worth it.

    ConsBureaucratic like any for-profit organization. Tends to give more credence to folks that were Alumni of the program. Personal growth is spoken about but rarely anything done about it. Praise from managers is almost non-existent. Promotions do not happen unless you know people above you that are willing to fight for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest some money in training and personal growth. Try to look past being in the program and try to improve the organizations overall view of ones self growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a good company to work with.

    Applications Development (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople are very nice and helpful here.

    ConsCould have more training opportunity

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging, fulfilling, intense culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsOutstanding professional development, have had some great managers, expectations are clear, results-driven staff, meaningful work, colleagues are smart and dedicated.

    ConsWork/life balance can be challenging, often when settling into a new role. Culture (varies by team) is intense and sometimes a turn-off. Organization is growing and is having a structural identity crisis. Not sure the pay is competitive and raises have been small.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging Culture and Management

    Operations Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt is a non-profit with a very noble mission to end educational inequity.
    Great benefits package for full time employees.
    Overall, the challenges of the organization help you to grow as a professional in certain aspects, particularly in organization and attention to detail.
    Many quick growth opportunities within the company due to very quick company growth as TFA expands and because of the high turnover rates.

    ConsThis review is speaking directly to the organizations corporate aspect (and not the educational mission)

    While the challenges at the organization may help you grow as professional the types of issues you will encounter create an unsustainable working environment.

    -"work/llfe balance" is non existent (you are always expected to be "online" due to the "work from home culture")
    -turnover rate is unprecedented, not many junior staff members last more than 9 months (either transition positions in the company or leaving all together)
    -management style/employee development is very superficial

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery large disconnect between upper management and everyday employees which needs to be bridged.

    Very distinct differences in culture between the different departments at the organization which need to addressed and remedied.

    Applying mentorships and "real" management guidance rather than superficial "check ins" and employee micro managing will help to foster real leaders and not the Teach For America mold everyone is expected to be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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