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  1. "compelling work; weak management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach For All full-time

    Pros

    very inspiring work and mission; smart and committed colleagues and network partners; flexible work environment

    Cons

    managers have weak management experience and are very much learning as they are going; the organization is trying to live into being "teal" but still protective of hierarchy; lack of growth opportunities is frustrating to many and causes turnover at lower levels

    Advice to Management

    more internal transperancy


  2. "Assoiciate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people, international work, thoughtful and intentional staff

    Cons

    Associates are smarter than the roles they are tasked with

  3. "Hard working, high stakes"

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

    Pros

    Passionate, hard-working colleagues who (for the most part) really care about the work they are doing. Lots to learn and offices around the world.

    Cons

    Junior staff seem more limited in mobility and those doing work that is administrative or operational are often seen as less capable than others. Growth and opportunities can be incredible limited depending on who you work for.

    Advice to Management

    It was always hard to be sure that you were really valued but again, think that is a reflection of team and manager.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "A stepping stone organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Teach For All full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some interesting people who work here, who seem very passionate about the work they do.

    The pay is above the usual non-profit pay.

    It is a good place to use as a steppingstone to a much better position than would be normally available to someone, especially if they want to work in the global non-profit world.

    Cons

    Management has very little experience, and tend to waste a lot of time. They can't focus on any task and see it to completion.

    Very little upward mobility. The best plan is to use the place to get a higher title, that would look impressive in the industry, and then leave. Staying very long gets toxic.

    Few perks and not many resources.

    Very little connection to the mission. Never really directly effecting the lives of children.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the problems come from the lack of transparency. Being more transparent might help. Opening the organization to more diverse people might help, too. Every one in charge seems to be a lot a like.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach For All full-time

    Pros

    Many wonderful smart colleagues, the opportunity to constantly enrich your job if you are willing to make the effort (longer hours), prolific growth & learning opportunities, if you have a "good" manager you receive helpful feedback to help you grow personally and professionally, flexibility in where and when you work.

    Cons

    Fear of making mistakes is widespread, some teams require an unrealistic sense of urgency and ridiculous number of hours, limited ability to convene in person with colleagues which hampers progress, limited career advancement/promotions and recognition of work being accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on pros and address cons as best as possible. Be willing to coach or separate staff who are well known for being difficult to work with.


  6. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Teach For All full-time

    Pros

    Ability to do work that makes a difference in the lives of others; Good benefits; A lot of autonomy in your work to be able to innovate and be creative

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to be promoted within the organization


  7. "Great Opportunity for Professional Development"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting internship, professional development training, great relationships with supervisor, great new office in up-and-coming area of DC. Taught a lot about work/life balance which I enjoyed.

    Cons

    As an intern, I couldn't find any cons of Teach For All. I really enjoyed my time there. Maybe having more contact with higher-level staff would be cool.

    Advice to Management

    It was their first year with interns so it was still a learning process.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Really amazing work but lots of skepticism and micromanagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Teach For All full-time

    Pros

    The organization does really amazing work around the globe; amazing opportunity to travel. Staff culture is pretty great as you work with lots of amazing people. Perks include opportunities to extend travels for work for some personal travel.

    Cons

    You have to really "fight" to move up OR already be in the inner circle in order to grow your career. Additionally, the organization measures a large part of their impact based on partner CEO satisfaction that leads to weird actions - where winning a popularity contest is more important than leading to successful outcomes. The company also says it values diversity but hasn't really taken the actions to make that the center or consider how being an international organization really means operating in a different way instead it often tries to mold people who bring really unique perspective and experience into one archetype


  9. "Amazing people, great work - and lots of it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This organization is full of incredibly bright, dedicated, talented people. I feel lucky to work with such people, and have learned a lot from so many of them. The work is also really satisfying. The opportunity to travel internationally and work with organizations in these locations is really quite special. The staff are also generally empowered to lead their projects in a fairly autonomous way, which is good if you like working in that way.

    Cons

    There can be some very demanding periods of time, depending on the roles. Career growth is difficult, because many of the jobs are so specific - there's not really a clear path from one job to the next level up in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing to improve the organization.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Disorganized, Poor Management, and Lacking Focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Teach For All full-time

    Pros

    Staff are very intelligent and committed to the mission. There's a good compensation and benefits package and staff in the right roles get to travel extensively across the globe and work with local organizations.

    Cons

    Teach For All suffers from a case of Founder's Syndrome and everything is decision by committee. This is combined with a confusing "matrix" organization structure that results in very unclear team or job roles and responsibilities. The result is an extremely inefficient organization where collaboration and project management are nothing but frustrating. If you're looking for a role where you can own your work and have flexibility to innovate, look somewhere else.

    Furthermore there is little meaningful strategic development or clarity on the purpose of the organization and how it intends to achieve its goals, which is evident by that fact that almost no one can describe what Teach For All does in one sentence. Leadership's purpose seems more to support the CEO than actually guide and manage their teams, ensuring the organization maintains is ineffective status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on an outcomes driven strategy and turn this into meaningful strategies for each team and concrete roles and responsibilities for your staff so that their time and talent is being used effectively.


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