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Teach for America Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
426 Reviews
3.8
426 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    excellent development

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    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Teach for America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    conscientious management, focus on personal growth, high-energy colleagues, fulfilling work

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, pressure to participate in non-paid social events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Director National Staff

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    - Passionate, smart colleagues
    - Flexible to work from different locations or from home
    - Good work-life balance
    - Culture and values are very important to this org and it shows through in all they do

    Cons

    - Like any nonprofit - salaries are lower than you would be pulling in at other for profit orgs
    - Some internal restructuring

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was a Teach for America Corps member for two years.

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    This was the most rewarding experience I ever had or probably will ever have. To help young people care about their educations and their lives, and inspire them to make a difference in the world, is an amazing feeling. Moreover, teaching gave me so many different skills that you could apply to almost any job.

    Cons

    This job was incredibly difficult: emotionally and physically exhausting, frustrating, and often thankless. Be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked before and to often not feel the effects of that work for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The professional development through Teach for America sometimes felt useless and like it was just taking up my time that I could have been preparing lessons or grading.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    n.a

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    n.a- there is nothing I would like to say on this matter.

    Cons

    - there is nothing I would like to say on this matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n.a

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great organization to help children.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If the opportunity to help disadvantaged children improve their education is something that excites you then this is the place to make a difference. There are some exciting opportunities you may want to explore.

    Cons

    It is no secret that being a teacher is a difficult position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great experience that gave me a clearer picture of education issues in the US.

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    You will work with incredibly driven, hard-working people. Feedback is valued and asked for often from TFA as an organization

    Cons

    It is very hard to have work life balance and feel like you're completing all of your responsibilities as a teacher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worth Every Minute

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Rocky Mount, NC
    Current Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Rocky Mount, NC

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Amazing Support the Company Provide

    Cons

    Transitioning to Teaching From Different Profession

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Teach For America are great. Great culture and environment to work in.

    Cons

    Prepare to work a ton. Worked longer hours than any other job before or after. Tough gig.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging, rewarding experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supportive network, easy access to management

    Cons

    Experience you get in the depends on school placement, TFA corps members will sometimes confuse TFA experience with school-site challenges.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    The culture is really great

    Cons

    They have a "no negotiation" policy in regards to salary.

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