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"Challenging Culture and Management"

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Former Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
Former Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

It is a non-profit with a very noble mission to end educational inequity.
Great benefits package for full time employees.
Overall, the challenges of the organization help you to grow as a professional in certain aspects, particularly in organization and attention to detail.
Many quick growth opportunities within the company due to very quick company growth as TFA expands and because of the high turnover rates.

Cons

This review is speaking directly to the organizations corporate aspect (and not the educational mission)

While the challenges at the organization may help you grow as professional the types of issues you will encounter create an unsustainable working environment.

-"work/llfe balance" is non existent (you are always expected to be "online" due to the "work from home culture")
-turnover rate is unprecedented, not many junior staff members last more than 9 months (either transition positions in the company or leaving all together)
-management style/employee development is very superficial

Advice to Management

Very large disconnect between upper management and everyday employees which needs to be bridged.

Very distinct differences in culture between the different departments at the organization which need to addressed and remedied.

Applying mentorships and "real" management guidance rather than superficial "check ins" and employee micro managing will help to foster real leaders and not the Teach For America mold everyone is expected to be.

Other Employee Reviews for Teach for America

  1. "Strong culture that requires significant level of compliance to feel comfortable within the org."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong, stable non-profit with lots of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Very imposing culture and highly competitive environment may be challenging for those looking for non-profit work.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity in numbers does not equal diversity of thought.


  2. "Good perspective learning experience for those interested in education policy."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Eye-opening perspective on how inner-city education actually operates. Working with children is a blessing that is challenging but rewarding.

    Cons

    Very challenging experience and some school administrators can have inconsistent expectations.

    Advice to Management

    MTLDs are so important for corps member success!

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