Teach for America Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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Pros
  • There are a lot of opportunities for professional development (in 52 reviews)

  • Feeling like you're making a difference (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is pretty difficult to achieve (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. Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, vision, and training.

    Cons

    It's way harder than you can imagine before doing it, but just as worthwhile.


  2. Great Organization

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and super talented people; open and thought provoking conversations around race, class and identity; the organization has a heart of a nonprofit, but runs itself like a top notch corporation. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, not even in nonprofit sector; hard to achieve work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Seek to be competitive within the sector, especially given the talent you're able to attract


  3. corps member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    TFA is exceptionally organized and driven. They operate under a culture of over achievement, and this mixed with smart, driven people is a recipe for success. Activities and events are planned down to the minute, and schedules are followed religiously.

    Cons

    TFA has, on occasion, placed relationships with districts and organizations over the support of their corps members. Thankfully, I did not deal with this situation, but I knew two people close to me who felt unsupported by TFA when they were dealing with issues in their placement school or district.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


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  5. Recruitment Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Travel and meeting people who are like minded. the people at TFA. There is a lot of flexibility in your role to set a clear vision and direction who what you want to see.

    Cons

    Travel. This is not a typical 40 hour work week. You will work updards to 0 to 60 hours per week in the heat of the recruitment season.


  6. M, TLD

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture of feedback and reflection. The people who work here are some of the smartest people I have met. Strong focus on being culturally responsive and competent.

    Cons

    Some roles have way too many responsibilities (M,TLD) while others are slightly cushier.


  7. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Technology Team in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology Team in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very smart and talented coworkers who exhibit great teamwork. -For a nonprofit, pay is very close to the corporate world. -Benefits are decent and the ability to telecommute is nice.

    Cons

    -Management definitely played favoritism -Work-life balance is tough when you're working 45~50 hrs/week. -Potential avenues for growth and advancement in the org were promised, but were not kept. -Two-faced and deceiving individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to keep your commitments to those you manage. Don't make a promise of advancement and then not follow through. Stick to the truth and facts about an employee's performance and not start making up lies when it benefits you. With recruitment of corp members down and attrition levels rising, you're going to really need to show that you value those employees who remain.


  8. Has potential to be something great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - The program has a great mission

    Cons

    - Huge transparency issues within the organization - Would rather not answer questions at all than give an answer that might be more negative


  9. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, you can really feel that people are working for a purpose. It is rewarding to work to improve education.

    Cons

    It may be hard to make a career in the business related area since there are other areas of the company, as the teaching part, that are more emphasized.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Operations Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intense work experience that pushes you. Good experience managing others. Good opportunity to land a full time role on TFA staff.

    Cons

    Things changed constantly which made operations difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Lead with the vision you set in the beginning.


  11. Great experience but won't do it twice

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Newark, NJ

    Pros

    Great exit opportunities from the teaching corps.

    Cons

    The training is minimal and often time the subjects/specialization they assign to you in your acceptance does not materialize.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure applicants can go to their regional preference.



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