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Teach for America Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
423 Reviews
3.8
423 Reviews
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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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.  

    TFA was a great way to launch my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great network of people, saw the impact I was making

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, and sometimes little support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Recruiter and tech team staff member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great people and wonderful professional development

    Cons

    Work/life balance was a struggle while recruiting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Experience!

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Lots of personal growth and professional development. Eye-opening experience and one of the most important things I have ever done!

    Cons

    It can be stressful and time-consuming.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    TFA hires unqualified young people to move from afar to disrupt the already underprivileged communities through teaching

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    Former Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Teach for America as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Prestige of organization name, networking opportunities, amazing colleagues doing their best against an oppressive system working against kids

    Cons

    Not enough support, work-life balance, demands from my local chapter were not reciprocated when Corps Members needed additional help, very limited opportunities for Special Educators, TFA is not involved in the Oakland community at large

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly Variable Placement

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    Current Employee - Science Teacher in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Science Teacher in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    You never really question whether what you're doing is a good thing, which is nice. Compensation is OK compared to some jobs recent graduates have gotten

    Cons

    Placement is highly variable; some people have great experiences at well run schools, others have nightmarish experiences and develop PTSD-like symptoms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more discriminate in the schools you partner with. CMs should never feel at risk of physical harm, and in some schools that's an everyday occurrence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person 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.

  8.  

    Challenging, rewarding experience

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    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
  9.  

    Teach For America opened my eyes to the world of urban education.

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    Former Employee - 2012 Corps Member in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - 2012 Corps Member in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    The work is real and the impact is tangible. The work-life balance is really up to you, there is no upper-bound limit to teaching. Personally, I have gained a tremendous amount of perspective through this program.

    Cons

    I was hoping Teach for America would help me gain leverage into the business world but it does not. Still, the name gets you to a lot of non-profits, graduate schools, policy roles and other education roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Institute Internship

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    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Cleveland, MS
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Cleveland, MS

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

    Pros

    -great professional development
    -get to work in a new place for a short period of time
    -really talented people
    -great way to check out the organization (if you are thinking about joining the corps)
    -lots of feedback

    Cons

    -management team could sometimes be a bit better (brilliant, but sometimes not clear on expectations/planning)
    -sometimes force you into difficult conversations about social issues without really knowing the team yet
    -compensation is about minimum wage (but you gain a lot of great skills and have a great organization on your resume afterwards)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Recruitment and Admissions Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing company to intern for. Everybody in the office was nice, helpful and welcoming. Not a huge commitment. Had weekly professional development seminars which were incredibly helpful. A great 1st internship experience, and one that helped me decide I wanted to pursue a career in education. A very inspiring work environment. Young. Upbeat.

    Cons

    Unpaid, which is expected of an internship but it could be improved upon by providing at least a transportation stipend. Limited hours which isn't good if you are trying to get a tun out of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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