Teach for America Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Teach For America

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fighting for educational equity. Values-based company with good culture and great people working toward the mission.

    Cons

    Often difficult to achieve work/life balance. Recently downsized due to low application numbers.


  2. Loved being a teacher, not so much TFA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Students -School Support -You grow a lot of as a person

    Cons

    -PD Sessions -Real time coaching -Very overbearing

    Advice to Management

    Less overbearing. Use Teach Like a Champion Strategies.


  3. Corp member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Prestigious program that can help start your career in education. It can also help start your career in other fields as well

    Cons

    Everyone wil have different experiences depending on region, school, and support. It can range from excellent to extremely poor


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  5. Great way to make an impact!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    TFA supported me over the course of my two year commitment. Through monthly professional development and ongoing support from my manager, I was able to grow in my capacity as a teacher and as a leader. TFA actively responded to survey results and adapted accordingly with our requests.

    Cons

    I sincerely valued my experience with TFA. The only con was in the process of incorporating our feedback, they lost sight of committing us to valuable professional development during my second year (they were testing different professional development strategies).


  6. Corps Member

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I worked at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This experience gives you great connections in the education sphere and in other areas such as finance, government, etc.

    Cons

    There isn't enough training to master your first year teaching and provide students with the instruction they need.


  7. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Gainesville, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll definitely grow in terms of your public speaking and marketing abilities. Also, you'll be asked to analyze data. In all, a very useful skill set will be acquired.

    Cons

    There is a constant drive to reach certain quotas...this may not be entirely bad though...depends on the the type on the type of person you are.

    Advice to Management

    People are not machines.


  8. Passionate organization

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Brownsville, TX

    I worked at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All staff I had worked with both regional and national were so passionate and committed as well as intelligent. Culture and ability to advance both high.

    Cons

    Hard to have personal and professional alignment for many and staff turnover out of the organization or transition to a new role was at times challenging

    Advice to Management

    Better salary for tenured employees


  9. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and work environment. Friendly staff and flexibility with schedule is a huge plus.

    Cons

    New company, with 25 years of history and rapidly growing but need financial systems to grow as rapidly. Too much decentralization organizational wide.


  10. Depends what you're looking for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for professional development if you search for the opportunities.

    Cons

    The organization can be very fake and positions/promotions seem to be political at times.


  11. teacher development and leadership coach

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Coach, Secondary Math in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Content Coach, Secondary Math in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Teach for America part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The vision and mission of the organization is meaningful and extremely important so if you want to work towards equity in education, this is the place for you. Opportunities to do something that matters in your community with people that share a similar vision. Lots of ways to be creative and bring your personality into the work you do.

    Cons

    Easy to get sucked into "just one more thing" mentality and overwork. Because there is so much to reform in education and Teach for America is an incubator for relevant and meaningful reform ideas, it's hard to find a manageable work-life balance. National budget depends on the number of incoming corps members so if numbers are low, the budget cuts can affect any role.



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