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Updated February 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Everyone is very mission-driven and extremely passionate about the work (in 6 reviews)

  • Like most ed nonprofits, work-life balance is tough at TNTP, but it has less "churn and burn" than similar orgs (in 3 reviews)

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

  • They tell you in the interview that the average week is at least 50 hours (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "This is a fabulous place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Project Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TNTP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, Mission, Flexibility, Impact, national education reform

    Cons

    Worksite vary - some people work virtually and others are embedded in school districts.


  2. "Motivated and talented staff; murky mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly motivated staff from top to bottom; they work hard but also smartly
    - Opportunities to take on new work and learn quickly
    - Sincere desire for staff to have excellent experiences at work and commitment of resources towards conscious inclusion and open communication

    Cons

    - Experience can be very manager specific; not all managers (direct or indirect) are effective at advocating for staff and setting them up for success, even if they themselves are effective at their jobs
    - Organization has been at a turning point for years and mission feels murky to all but those in leadership

  3. "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TNTP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super strong work product, alot of content expertise across the org, produces really strong work for education clients

    Cons

    Work can be scattered across many contracts at all times, easy to get put on work that doesn't interest you, the typical challenges that come with working virtually


  4. "Unstable, insecure, unproductive management culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TNTP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are teams and individuals working for this organization that perform their jobs because they truly believe they’re doing what’s right for kids. The experience gained from working with the org will prepare you for a life after TNTP that is more successful and productive than any day before. There are people in the Talent and Culture department who are supportive, helpful, and are looking out for the best interests of e,ployees at all levels.

    Cons

    The feeling of job security that one would expect from performing at a high level and meeting proported expectations of ones manager are routinely robbed from hard working team members when it benefits their inadequate managers, and their are plenty of inadequate managers. Leaders at all levels are regularly unprofessional, and actively look for ways to shift blame to mismanaged staff members, or write glowing reports for well connected staff members. Depending upon who needs you out or who wants someone they can overwork for extended periods of time to get a job done at the lowest dollar (eg staff are regularly asked to complete work above their level of compensation to prove they’re worth the promotion, sometimes without ever being promoted) managers will ignore poor performance and punish whistleblowers. The contract multiple contract and matrix management systems encourage competition amongst leaders that makes TNTP an increasingly self-serving enitiy that has shown only marginal gains for students and a lot of headaches for districts. That would be fine if that resulted in positive financial gains or increased stability in their market share, but if you know anyone connected with the organization right now, you know that is not the case. The culture of inclusiveness that is touted is a gimmick. For certain groups working for TNTP, it is as bad or worse than ny private organization whose staff overwhelmingly comprises one demographic (and in education, it doesn’t take too many guesses to know which demo it is.)

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at some of the places you operate and ask yourself if you really should be working there. If you have spent a decade or so in one place, and the growth of that loctions’ students is marginal at best, think about pulling away. In years of mismanaging people, the org has unfortunately given a lot of people reason to want to bring trouble to the doors of the org. A vulnerability is an extended presence in poorer communities that have allowed TNTP to fail repeatedly in front of them. Get to these external dots, connect them and deal with you externally facing shortcomings, before someone does it for you when yu don’t need it. Also, do someth8ng bout managers. Potential lawsuits are walking in and out of TNTP everyday. Get your house in order before the press, a lawsuit, or something else does it for you. And seriously, work on the leaders (VP and up.) You have people who treat their positions like they’re the ruling class of European countries, and those people will eventually take TNTP down with them if they go unchecked.


  5. "Absolutely Terrible Experience!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The fellow cohorts are nice and friendly. You receive a sizable stipend if you successfully complete the pre-service training.

    Cons

    Long and grueling days involving creating lesson plans, teaching students, and learning strategies from Teach Like A Champion with minimal positive reinforcement. My six weeks of training were extremely stressful, and many of the cohorts were beleaguered by the excessive demands. Furthermore, even if you resign you are expected to pay tuition. I successfully passed pre-service training, but my experience at a charter school was miserable. There was very little support from the TNTP staff, no paraprofessional to assist me, and the TNTP still demands tuition if you quit. I quit my position in August and TNTP still expected me to pay tuition. Avoid at all costs and seek a better route to become a certified teacher!

    Advice to Management

    Provide more positive reinforcement and a stipend for supplies. Reduce the length of training days and do not require cohorts to pay tuition if they resign early in the school year!


  6. "Review Title"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TNTP full-time

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, engaging work, great benefits, bonuses, amazing conferences - what more could you want?

    Cons

    Work/life balance, contract-based, long hours - there were definitely more pros than cons with this organization.


  7. "Great work, great co-workers, demanding travel and hours"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TNTP full-time

    Pros

    great work, great co-workers, making a difference

    Cons

    demanding travel, hours, and workload

  8. "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


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "More Pros Than Cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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