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"Went in blind. If you see yourself in education, please go the traditional route!!!"

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Former Employee - Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA
Former Employee - Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

~The cause is amazing.

~The passion and enthusiasm that staff and corps members have is so great that it makes you want to vomit sometimes.

~The support, though sometimes annoying and over the top, is generally helpful if you're willing to take it and have the time to listen to it.

~Great stepping stone for educational leadership, policy, etc.

Cons

~For 2 years TFA practically owns your life. The possibility of being very good at your job and keeping a social life (and sanity) are very unlikely.

~All corps, meetings, check ins, phone calls, text messages, pop-ins, observations = No normal day. Every single day is surrounded by TFA no matter how hard you try to just relax

~The "rigorous" training, known as institute, prepares you for next to nothing but how to not sound like a racist or degrade your students for being low-income.

Other Employee Reviews for Teach for America

  1. "Wonderful, wonderful people stretched too thin"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New City, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New City, NY

    I worked at Teach for America as a contractor

    Pros

    I worked as a seasonal phone a thon caller and was paid pretty well for the position! The interview process was a breeze; they got back to me right away when I submitted my resume and then an interview was set up very quickly, didn't take long to process my HR paperwork. They trained us well and made sure we had what we needed. I worked with two supervisors there and they were both fantastic motivators who were ever present and ready to answer any questions.

    Cons

    The HR system they use is ridiculous. I think this was mostly due to the fact that I was seasonal, but the process for getting into the system requires way too many steps. The lists that we used were also not updated from night to night and quite often contained incorrect information.

    Advice to Management

    Since the phone a thon seems like a pretty important part of the fundraising effort that TFA does, it should get more attention. There should be a separate/simpler process for callers. Maybe in addition to the callers, they could also hire a seasonal database person whose main job is to work with the lists and updates for the phone a thon callers.


  2. "Teach For America"

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    Former Employee - 2010 Corps Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - 2010 Corps Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teach For America is a very worthwhile cause/calling/organization. The corps members are bright and positive and eager to make an impact in the communities where they teach.

    Cons

    There is a grueling induction process, sort of boot camp for teachers. Many consecutive nights with about 4 hours of sleep.

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