Teach for America Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 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.  

    Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    driven 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.

    Cons

    talent 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Program Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Happy people, great culture, productive.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and challenging environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Management  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Be 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.

    Cons

    Almost 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technology Team : Intoxicating place to work.

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    Former Employee - Technology Team  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology Team in New York, NY

    I worked at Teach for America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    Technology 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    great place to be

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    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    work balance, salary, culture, leadership

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not for everyone, but a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Attitude, professional development, work from home

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers! TRAIN THEM. Not everyone is meant to have a direct report.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It has been and continues to be an uplifting experience.

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    Current Employee - Managing Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bureaucratic 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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a good company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Applications Development  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Development in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People are very nice and helpful here.

    Cons

    Could have more training opportunity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging Culture and Management

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Very 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging, fulfilling, intense culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work/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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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