Teach for America Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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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. Helpful (2)

    Work here if you can

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director of Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director of Development in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    National IT is the best place I have worked in 25 years. The people care. Management listens actively. Tons of corporate culture with no negativity. Office golf, ping pong, game night, cartoon breakfasts with cereal, fresh fruit twice weekly, nap rooms, maternity room, showers, bike racks, free coffee, treadmill desks

    Cons

    Caution: This work environment can be addictive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  2. Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

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

    Pros

    The organization is passionate about making change in education, and flexibility within ones role is great.

    Cons

    Salary can feel limiting at times, but it really is a wonderful place to work and there are non-tangible benefits.


  3. work on out IT department if you love technology innovation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You work with some of the brightest and caring people in the industry who are passionate about the work that we do and take pride in pushing the limits of innovation.

    Cons

    Your standards for future potential employers will become jaded


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  5. Summer Institute

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great work enviroment, excellent learning experience

    Cons

    not available to work full time through the year


  6. Corps Member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Teach For America provides the opportunity to join a larger movement--a diverse community of like-minded educators with the goal of eliminating educational inequity from the reality of America. Wonderful support and resources are available throughout and after your two service years.

    Cons

    The initial training at summer institute feels inadequate to walk in and lead your own classroom on the first day of your first year. Fortunately, the training process is constantly changing (and hopefully improving). It now follows a different model than when I matriculated. Also, any initial deficiencies as an educator will be identified and addressed through frequent professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the training offered at summer institute. Summer placements and school placements are often very different.


  7. Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Allowed you to take on a huge amount of responsibility right away

    Cons

    In my case we had little or not training, and both I and my students sufferred. Since then I hear training's markedly improved.


  8. Director, Teaching and Learning

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Teaching and Learning in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Director, Teaching and Learning in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great staff and highly committed organization.

    Cons

    Some long hours and weekends.


  9. Opportunity to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, and stellar colleagues

    Cons

    Annual staff turnover decreases momentum

    Advice to Management

    Determine which projects are essential and eliminate others


  10. Helpful (1)

    Corps Member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in San Antonio, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very rewarding job with tremendous opportunities in and out of education after the two years in the classroom.
    The opportunity to work around high-achieving individuals focused on making a difference

    Cons

    You will be working a tremendous number of hours every work as a teacher and are also required to get certified (takes a lot of time in the evenings).

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing and recruit potential leaders who might not have become teachers had it not been for TFA. The experience as a teacher will stay with everyone that is selected.


  11. Passionate People; Confusing Bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member - Charter School in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Corps Member - Charter School in Memphis, TN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly passionate and mission-driven colleagues, amazing students and families, some wonderful people in leadership

    Cons

    Incredibly demanding; uneven experience depending on placement school and TFA manager - variation in culture, responsibilities, compensation, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respond to corps member concerns; hold MTLDs accountable to providing feedback and being present in their work; reduce disconnect between management and corps members/ individual schools



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