Teach for America Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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Pros
  • opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career (in 52 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (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. Great experience working here, I was challenged to learn things quickly and felt successful in my roles.

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely, great coworkers and positive environment

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for promotion, projects often change scope

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Intense and constantly changing

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    bright people, personal and organizational values are part of the conversation, never gets boring, encourages learning, lots of feedback, most folks are nice, great place to work for 20- and 30-somethings, strong female leadership everywhere, still has the start-up vibe 25 years later

    Cons

    folks are intense in a way that doesn't necessarily lead to increased productivity or innovation, the hiring profile is seriously type-A even though the mission is shifting towards listening and valuing collaboration, corporate feel and approach (could also be a plus depending on who you are), while diversity gets a lot of attention the white & middle class culture remains dominant, re-orgs happen every year or so, high results are expected with bare bones headcount, still has the start-up vibe 25 years later

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change is not inherently good - giving people time to iterate and get their bearings before shaking things up under the banner of improving results

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Very clear expectations, best two years

    Cons

    Long process, depends on city placement and school placement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Mission-driven organization committed to attracting and retaining strong talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive non-profit salaries and lots of flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    They put way too much money into lavish conferences and unnecessary trainings. They are aligning themselves with political parties and issues more than working on the issue of ed reform, which is definitely hurting their recruitment numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better strategizers and long-term business forecasters on leadership team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Recruiting at TFA

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    Current Employee - Director of Talent Recruitment in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Talent Recruitment in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Strong team culture and work enviornment

    Cons

    Overall non at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Challenging Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Extremely meaningful work for those with a passion for social justice and education. Great network and fellow corps members.

    Cons

    Hard to imagine the work being sustainable long term

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. rewading experience with kids.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    working with kids woh have no money, they look to you for guidance and support - i helped them with their problems

    Cons

    long hours and little pay was horrible - you are placed in a community where you fear for yoruself. office culture is good as its with other teachers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop paying students less money to take such as job. work something out with the school districts to make them want to pay the teach for america corps more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. .

    Current Employee - Managing Director, Development in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Director, Development in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Lots of wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Work non-stop. Lots of work all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. This experience truly changed my life. In a good way.

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great experience.

    Cons

    You'll work really, really hard and that comes with long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Smart people, but the organization struggles with poor training, limited opportunity for advancement, echo chamber vibe

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    flexible schedule; opportunity to develop and guide own projects; working with some extremely smart people, albeit very few who possess real technical skills

    Cons

    limited opportunities for promotion; hiring preference given to former TFA corps members over equally or more qualified candidates; poor organizational leadership; performance reviews focus on personality rather than performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the focus on lavish conferences and fancy offices. Focus on training your managers and opening the organization up to those from different backgrounds. End the "echo chamber" feel that dominates the organization and accept challenging ideas and questions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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