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"I love working for Teach For America; The mission of this organization is so incredible."

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Current Employee - Managing Director, Strategy in New York, NY
Current Employee - Managing Director, Strategy in New York, NY
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The Mission is incredible
I work with some of the smartest people I know
It as organization that is constantly changing and improving
Really lives by its core values

Cons

Growing very quickly which causes some inefficiencies
Sometimes conscensus based to the point of inaction
Work-life balance can be difficult

Advice to Management

Ask for feedback and strive to learn and constantly improve. Live and work by the core values;

Other Employee Reviews for Teach for America

  1. "I had an awful experience teaching summer school during Institute"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    TFA has great benefits
    They gave us generous funding and accommodations

    Cons

    Teach For America expects college graduates with no prior teaching experience to create their own worksheets and lesson plans. I was thrown into a classroom without any books a week after arriving at the summer institute. The material I managed to create was not nearly as good as peer-reviewed curriculum that I had been given as a child. Furthermore, my class had non-English speakers, special needs students, and bright students who acted out behaviorally all combined in one class. I realize TFA is trying to work within the system to create change, but I almost had a mental break down from the stress and excessive workload that summer.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Inexperienced managers and herd mentality wanted"

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    Former Employee - National Office Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - National Office Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, admirable mission, flexible schedule and location (if you're on the national team, you can work from anywhere in the country)

    Cons

    Teach For America values people who can tow the line, put in 50+ hours of work, and blindly follow management. They say they value diversity of thought and want input, but they only want input and thought from people who blindly follow what Wendy says and what their manager thinks is right. Depending on the team, it can be very political and there is a lot of mistrust within a few of the teams.

    If you join, also be wary of your business partners--they say your relationship/communication with them is confidential, but they actually share everything with your manager. I've seen this happen with a number of people on my team. They were recently ranked in Fortune, but many of us were surprised as there's high turnover and overall low morale throughout the org. They have an admirable mission, but need to do something about their inexperienced managers who have only worked for TFA and have very narrow ideas of management. Also, as a whole, the staff are socially awkward (I'm not trying to be snarky...they'll admit it themselves).

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