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TNTP Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Everyone is very mission-driven and extremely passionate about the work (in 6 reviews)

  • Working with uniformly great, hard-working and supportive people is motivating and makes the challenging work feel worth it (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be hard to achieve with the urgency of the work (in 22 reviews)

  • It takes longer to get to know your colleagues virtually, and it can be harder to shut off at the end of the day when you work from home (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Recruitment associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TNTP part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice team dynamic, remote work

    Cons

    There are no cons that come to mind


  2. "Great mission oriented organization that truly cares about its people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TNTP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, incredibly smart people, everyone wants to do the right thing for their staff and the students we serve.

    Cons

    Culture of perfectionism and sometimes challenging business environment can mean a lot of hard work without seeing the impact you'd like to see.

  3. "More Pros Than Cons"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TNTP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-track teacher certification for degrees outside of Education.
    Recognition as a licensed teacher and eligible for full-time salary with benefits.
    Yearlong virtual and classroom coaching.
    Online coursework to develop teaching skills.
    You build a strong network with your cohort peers and training staff.
    It is a tough, rigorous program, but one can make it work if truly called to the teaching profession.

    When reading posts that complain about the money that TNTP gets from school districts and charging Teaching Fellows tuition, consider this: Teaching Fellows who successfully complete the 6-week summer training (PST or Pre-Service Training) receive an Alternative License which allows us to teach. This is at no cost to you. It's true that many people relocate and are responsible for living expenses during PST, but that's the choice we make if we want to become teachers. Academy coursework and in-person seminars begin in the fall and tuition is assessed for this portion. The State Department of Education requires student teaching and specific coursework in order to have the Alternative license upgraded to a Standard license in the future. Most people who come through this program do not have degrees in teacher education and if you take courses at a local college, it will cost more than TNTP's tuition.

    Cons

    You only receive 6 weeks training before being placed in your own classroom.
    PST is very fast-paced and focused on classroom management. The latter is helpful, but not always. They told us that "Teach Like a Champion" (TLaC) techniques were likely to work on 90% of students. I was hired at a school where most of the students represented the other 10%. I had to work a lot harder to bring my classroom to order, but over time the techniques were helpful.
    TNTP has a lot of rules, but they are not always enforced (see below).

    Advice to Management

    Hold everyone accountable to the same standards. It's understandable that you are trying to retain teachers and work with them, but follow through if you give a deadline for testing requirements to be completed. Several Teaching Fellows went through the program without passing Praxis or other tests and went on to be long-term substitute teachers. This diminishes the image of the program - you recruit the "best" but keep people who are unable to pass the reading, writing, or math portions of their tests. With the course modules, we were advised to treat it like college coursework and put effort into online assignments. Enforce that expectation! Some Teaching Fellows worked really hard while others put in little or no effort (one can tell based on the quality of Blackboard Discussion posts). Everyone in the cohort can see the required posts and there were people who received licensure without meeting the coursework requirements.


  4. "Site Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TNTP full-time

    Pros

    Diverse portfolio of education work aimed at closing the achievement gap

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be hard to achieve with the urgency of the work


  5. "non profit life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TNTP full-time

    Pros

    flexible and nice people. People who care about you but the position does not offer a lot of mobility.

    Cons

    mostly remote work, very siloed position.

    Advice to Management

    more face time with employees


  6. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TNTP full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and help kids

    Cons

    It's pretty hard to keep up the fast pace!


  7. "Loving Life with TNTP!"

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    Current Employee - Leadership Coach
    Current Employee - Leadership Coach
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at TNTP full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and Passionate Colleagues, Meaningful Work, Great Benefits, Excellent Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Working remotely can be a challenge after being based in a school setting for many years. That said, I'm very happy in my current role!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Started the program with optimism resulted in a scam"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Horrible Dont Work here, a complete scam

    Cons

    They make promises they cant keep


  9. "Teacher Development Coach"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Development Coach in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Teacher Development Coach in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TNTP part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People with non-education degrees/careers get to see "up close" that teaching is NOT easy.....

    Cons

    Summer boot camp for "Teaching Fellows".....Basically we were tasked with molding 2nd career people into teachers.....


  10. "Training and Instruction Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TNTP part-time

    Pros

    Actionable feedback and specific training for growth areas.

    Cons

    There was very little diversity (gender, ethnicity, etc. ) among full-time staff.


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