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Teach for America Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
374 Reviews
3.7
374 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.  

    Awesome place to start a career!

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; supportive peers; real service. How many jobs can you actually change the trajectory of a young person's life?; excellent entry into work in the U.S. education system

    Cons

    Long hours; emotionally exhausting work with limited recognition and pay (but you should know that going in)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Lot of professional development opportunities, working for a great cause with really passionate people.

    Cons

    Very young company, can have some professionalism issues because of this.

  3.  

    Brief Review of Teach For America

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A mission driven organization filled with passionate people

    Cons

    It can be a competitive environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging experience, but worth it in the end. I was an '06 Rio Grand Valley Corps Member.

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    Former Employee - Teacher (Corps Member)  in  Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher (Corps Member) in Brownsville, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of support from TFA staff and fellow corps members.
    Students in the RGV are wonderful for the most part and seeing them succeed is life changing.
    Institute does a pretty good job of preparing you for what you will face.
    If you end up in the east valley, you will be close to the beach.

    Cons

    It is the hardest job you will ever have.
    Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve. You will work 7 days a week.
    To be in the RGV, you really need to know Spanish.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Innovative and fast paced

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America as an intern

    Pros

    TFA is a mission driven organization, that is extremely innovative. They know what they are and definitely know what they are NOT. The culture is definitely similar to other non-profits and can be laid back, but given its size and reputation, you must be innovative and ready to move very quickly.

    Cons

    At times TFA can suffer from group think. There are many former Corp members that now work on staff. This type of culture can sometime stifle innovation or cause it to go in direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    I felt supported professionally and socially throughout my two year corps member commitment.

    Cons

    It was difficult adjusting to a new profession, culture and living situation all at the same time.

  8.  

    Great mission, but too robotic at times, poor work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Teach For America stands for education equality and is comprised of many hard working and intelligent people. It is a great network to be part of with many resources both in education and other areas/industries.

    Cons

    The staff can be too robotic and too data driven. There is a poor work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience

    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Must have a strong desire to work with kids. If you are doing it simply for the resume boost, it is not for you

    Cons

    Tough work environment with little direction. The training is pretty minimal and the culture is based on your school placement.

  10.  

    Life changing.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Yazoo City, MS
    Former Employee - Teacher in Yazoo City, MS

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

    Pros

    "The experience of teaching in a small town community changed my perspective of the education system. Its not just a job but a journey in which one becomes part of students lives and is changed forever.

    Cons

    The professional development is very difficult to complete if you have a family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great People

    Former Employee - Admissions Help  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Admissions Help in New York, NY

    I worked at Teach for America as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    People are wonderful and very nice environment to be in where folks seems to get along well together for the common good.

    Cons

    It can be a little hectic and unorganized at times, but that seems to be the nature of teaching anyway!

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