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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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    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
  6. 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
  7. Corps Member Review

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    Former Employee - Corps Member - Public School in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Corps Member - Public School in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    There was a lot of room for personal growth. TFA was really supportive and facilitated reflection so that I could become a better teacher. They came in my classroom about one a week to show their support and analyze my teaching to help me grow professionally as well. The job was both extremely difficult and tremendously rewarding.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult in the first few years of teaching. It must be something you are fully dedicated to. Work-life balance only comes after a few years of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Core value driven work culture; People centered work environment

    Cons

    Need to watch out for PPA as the work is very consuming and interesting. Other than that there is no other drawbacks worth mentioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good wowrk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Managing Director
    Former Employee - Managing Director

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

    Pros

    Passionate colleagues, great benefits, important mission.

    Cons

    Long hours, weekend and evening work sometimes necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better prepare employees for employment transitions within the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Teach For America

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great team, staff is very dedicated to mission. Company really cares about it's staff and corps member and offers opportunities for development

    Cons

    as a non-profit, pay is relatively lower

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great People

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Flexible Location, Flexible hours, Great Benefits. The managers truly care about you and work to make sure that you are working to achieve work/life balance.

    Cons

    In a different stage of life, the virtual work could get quite lonely and would feel the separation from other staff more profoundly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people in the org make more of the decisions. People are phenomenal and more decisions could be decentralized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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