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Teach For China Reviews

Updated January 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "School teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    you know you may change the world through education. you benefit from and know your self better through teaching. you could learn how to manage your time.

    Cons

    The environment is difficult. The salary is low. The most important part is that It might be difficult to transfer to another position after you finish your two years teaching. You are faced with an awkward situation when you have to find another job with a two year teaching experience.

    Advice to Management

    The management is good.


  2. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Teach For China full-time

    Pros

    Great value; dedicated teams etc.

    Cons

    Senior management is just not great, supportive and well-organized.

  3. "Horrendous & Inexperienced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Teach For China full-time

    Pros

    Joined by people with a genuine desire to do something that matters, you can meet those whose values are similar to your own at the entry-level and occasionally in higher levels as well.

    Cons

    Run by people with little to no understanding of how to properly manage human resources. A lack of connection to new employees and a total inability to interact appropriately with government officials combine to make this a disaster that, at the time of my employment, was waiting to happen and is now more or less complete with the banning of their hiring foreign fellows. Offers to help were ignored, as the ego of the top brass means they refuse to look beyond themselves for methods of improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people you select to join your organization. If your process of selection is as rigorous as it certainly seems, they are there for a reason and the vast majority genuinely want you to succeed.


  4. "no regrets, but it's tough!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good opportunities, great work, excellent people

    Cons

    you have to be very independent

    Advice to Management

    have a fellow policy and follow it


  5. "Great People on the Ground, Detached and Poor Management"

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

    Pros

    -I found my fellow teachers to be intelligent, service-minded people who really cared about students and the community

    Cons

    -there was a high turnover for management/very little direction at a time when a lot was needed (first time teachers in an entirely new environment)
    -detached management would have been unable to help in time of crisis

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring/finding ways to retain staff is very necessary, goals need to be realistic and more agency given to fellows on the ground (many currently feel like their main employer is their school and that TFC has given little support)


  6. "Campus Ambassador Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong communication interpersonal in this workplace.
    Manager is always encouraging interns.

    Cons

    no cons for this company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worked as staff @ Headquarters"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly mission-driven, and therefore, you get to work with like-minded. Because they maintain a really high talent bar, you are also working with incredibly talented and smart people who have high cross-cultural competence. At the stage of growth when I joined, they were still under 5 years old, so you feel like you are part of building what will become in the future -- I literally helped to build infrastructure and processes. I had a lot of access and face-time with senior leadership too. As with any job, when you work with a good manager, everything seems better -- that was my experience here too. I had a great team and great managers.

    Cons

    As with any start-up, scaling and identity crises creep in. There were constant changes, and uncertainty. There was a time when that sort of thing was exciting, but it tires with time as one ages and craves more stability. This is especially hard when you are moving for your work, but have incomplete information about visas, housing etc. Finally, as it's still a relatively small and unknown organization, it's not the hugest building block for career (or savings for that matter). It takes a special person to take on this work -- if you are that kind of person, you will have enough job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to apologize for oversights made. We joined because we are a fan of the work. Admitting you got it wrong at first, but working to make it better will be ok.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fellow"

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

    I worked at Teach For China full-time

    Pros

    You have almost entire agency over your work. Basically every single fellow is intelligent, progressive, and passionate about the work. You'll have some great co-workers (if you ever get to see them). The experience is incomparable. You will get to live and work directly with communities on the other side of the world and be legitimately useful. This is not your average teaching in China gig.

    Cons

    The experience is 5 star. The organization is probably a 1-2 star. That's not entirely TFC employees' fault. It's a young organization working within what can be tough bureaucratic environments, but the fact remains. There's an extremely high turnover rate--quality staff is leaving all the time. There doesn't seem to be any semblance of organizational consistency. Broader missions tend to change rather quickly. Staff generally communicates poorly with fellows. The picture painted during the recruiting process is rather different than reality. All of this said, I believe in the mission and think it is working, it just needs some time to mature.

    Advice to Management

    Be more consistent with your goals and focus more on teaching! Try to keep quality staff around. Listen to fellows more!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good learning experience"

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

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

    Pros

    mission-driven, committed and supportive teammates and community
    diverse group of people

    Cons

    constantly changing goals/direction from senior leadership, lack of transparency, high staff turnover, inconsistent expectations, not enough or ineffective collaboration between teams

    Advice to Management

    create more transparency and thoughtfully plan for long-term decision-making, listen to staff concerns and show that you invest in their professional development and care about their work satisfaction and value their hard work, create accountability systems and clear ownership of tasks and procedures, model the core values you espouse


  10. Helpful (2)

    "TFC Fellow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach For China full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - adventure
    - great people
    - impact lives

    Cons

    -poor upper management leadership
    -unclear vision


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