Teach for America Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Left during Institute

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Highly competitive hiring procedures mean you will be surrounded by people who are either very intelligent, very dedicated, or both.

    Cons

    People also tend to be pretentious and think they're saving the word. I do not necessarily agree with their views on how to create education equality in our country

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of anything specific other than a little more transparency up front about the attrition rate, which was higher than I was led to believe


  2. Non-Profit in Spirit, but Corporate in Reality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -PTO package -Great benefits -Young, passionate employees

    Cons

    -Corporate attitude and leadership styles -inexperienced upper management -Terrible office and team culture -Disconnect between the org's mission and reality


  3. Great people, great opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    a lot of professional development opportunities. The people are great. It's a flexible and fun work atmosphere. I really enjoyed the autonomy and freedom.

    Cons

    there's a lot of "koolaide" that gets old after a while. People are really passionate about the mission, which is a pro, but sometimes it gets to be a little much.


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  5. Middle school English teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Tons of support and training. TFA is fantastic at communication and organization. It is a life-changing experience to be a corps member.

    Cons

    Teaching in an inner-city school can be heartbreaking. Conditions are rough and the veteran teachers will try to discourage you.

    Advice to Management

    Best place in the world to work! Thanks for the support.


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    Good People, Awful Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of inclusivity and your voice will be heard, maybe not listened to, but you'll have your time in the spotlight.

    Cons

    If you weren't a corps member don't bother - it's like a club within the company and they make it a point to make you feel like an outsider if you were never a corps member.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people poorly based on whether or not they were a part of the program prior to working there.


  7. Excellent Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a Teach For America Corps Member you will make a direct social impact on the community you serve and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime

    Cons

    As a Teach for America Corps Member you may have a difficult first year, however there are many support structures in place to assist you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to use creative systems to support your Corps Members and measure their effectiveness in the classroom


  8. Helpful (2)

    Fading Glory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There's still a handful of talented, intelligent, authentic and caring employees and managers remaining at the company

    Cons

    Poor business decisions and a lack of solid management in leadership roles is driving talent away by truckloads

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest your core values into business practices and decisions and return to a people-centered business model


  9. Math Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    You typically get placed in the school range and subject you want to teach that.

    Cons

    Everything else is pretty much out of your hands. You have no say at which school district, school, or subject you end up wanting to teach at. The training you receive is very short and not realistic.


  10. Middle School Teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member; 8th Grade Lead Algebra Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member; 8th Grade Lead Algebra Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Excellent Benefits, Teaching, Paid Vacation, Access to FREE resources to support instructional practice. There is also a solid community of new teachers with similar experiences.

    Cons

    Training was not specific. Summer training did not always math actual full-time placement. It is also feels like once you get into TFA, you hardly matter to the organization. They are primarily concerned about their partner schools and donors but they will try to convince you that their primary goal is to serve children

    Advice to Management

    Because TFA is filling a lot of roles in charter schools, there needs to be tailored and differentiated training for those teaching in charters vs district schools. My experiences teaching in both types were completely different from one another and it's important to acknowledge that upfront.


  11. Teach For America

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

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

    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.



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