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Teach for America Chicago Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Overall a great organization and job"

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    Current Employee - Director, Teacher Leadership Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Teacher Leadership Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (medical, dental, vision, retirement matching, vacation days)
    Colleagues are amazing and committed to the mission
    This is more than a job, it really is an opportunity to work with people who are committed to education equity

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy that can feel top down at times


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    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee autonomy; flexible work schedule; broad perspective on education and schools in Chicago; opportunity to work with new teachers who are developing their perspective on education.

    Cons

    High staff turnover; regional leadership team disconnected from ground level practice; management top-heavy; working through layers to impact student achievement/non-manager coaching role.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency after a decision has been made isn't transparent decision making - it's secretive. A leadership development focused organization has no business recruiting and placing novice teachers. Develop leadership on your kids. Not mine.

  3. "Great work experience"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot and was challenged every day with Leadership opportunities

    Cons

    It was hard and the kids were tough


  4. Helpful (2)

    "TFA"

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    Current Employee - Learning Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open to change. The organization has made lots of big changes recently due to the feedback from its corps members. There used to be a lot of mandatory sessions that corps members needed to attend on Saturday, but that is no longer the case.

    Cons

    It is hard to predict where you are going to get placed within the program. Some people have great placement schools, while others do not.


  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, professional development opportunities, committment to mission and vision

    Cons

    Work-life balance, management, young professionals with little experience, not rooted in research and best practices


  6. "Recruitment Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven, results driven organization with a focus on serving students in low-income communities. Strong organizational culture with a commitment to innovation.

    Cons

    Young staff, many of whom have not worked outside of TFA, can seem insulated and isolating at times.


  7. "Trying Too Hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staying current with research/methodology, partnerships and resources with strong organizations

    Cons

    Clique attitudes, rampant "'White' Savior" complexes (or people doing good for the sake of social status/feeling good about themselves more so than in service of others)

    Advice to Management

    Understand the term intersectionality and create procedures for disagreeing with TFA culture of acting upon visible identities at the expense of those with adverse experiences that are unexpected/difficult to know without asking.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director, Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Doing great work with people who are passionate about improving the lives of kids through education. Challenging work with smart people equals a great learning environment.

    Cons

    Multiple years of layoffs/job uncertainty. No clear pathway for advancement/ Compensation is not competitive


  9. "4th Grade Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Wilmette, IL
    Current Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Wilmette, IL

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

    Pros

    Awesome if you like kids

    Cons

    Pretty thankless and very long hours


  10. "run fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some nice kids.

    Cons

    horrible pay, long hours, ridiculous amount of data collected, not prepared to teach, the other teachers did not respect teach for america.

    Advice to Management

    provide more training in classroom management and forget all of the paperwork.


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