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Teach for America New York City Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  • Great professional development and experiences that open doors (in 99 reviews)

  • Supervisors actually care about work-life balance as well as personal growth (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Teach for America 2015 Corps Member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Science Teacher, Secondary School in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Science Teacher, Secondary School in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Motivated individuals willing to make an impact, and move toward educational equity

    Cons

    Difficult to reach a work-life balance


  2. "TFA is a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Data Quality & User Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, Data Quality & User Support in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Teach for America has a great staff culture and benefits package. The mission is really great and everyone is friendly and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Sometimes staff culture experience can depend on which team you're on, but management is usually very good about handling feedback and really listening and taking action when you have a concern


  3. "Big org structure/bureaucracy BUT opp for big impact"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, great people, opportunity to do great work.

    Cons

    Lots of organizational issue associated with quick growth. Lots of cooks in the kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building staff bottom up instead of top down. There are too many top managers comfortable in the bubbles they have built.


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  5. "Recruitment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teach For America is mission driven, and generally filled with smart, caring, passionate people. It is a reflective, outcomes oriented culture.

    Cons

    Teach For America has failed to confront many of the reasons for its own decline, both as a top choice for exceptional young leaders and as a respected leader in the education sphere. It will continue to recruit many outstanding leaders to the cause of educational equity, but it continues to experience mission drift, and its direct organizational impact is waning.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on personal politics. Spend less time hand-wringing and navel gazing. Return to a reliance on validated learning.


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    "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good brand. Some social skills, leadership development.

    Cons

    Depending on school, leadership and student population can be very challenging and even dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time in placing teachers in the right school.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, open environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people who care about the work. Very open environment, employees are trusted to get the job done in an ethical way. Not a lot of hand holding unless necessary, you have the freedom to achieve. You can create your own future and opportunities through individual role expansion.

    Cons

    Not enough business leaders, too many teachers making business and fiscal decisions with little background on that side of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to people who have more business experience, don't let ego get in the way. Ask questions; top down only works if the folks at the top have the knowledge and leadership to lead.


  8. "TFA Corps Member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Really good resume booster
    Great way of expanding your career

    Cons

    Summer Institute
    Communication is difficult at times
    Unclear expectations at times since Summer Institute doesn't properly prepare you

    Advice to Management

    More communication


  9. "Corps Member"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Cold Spring, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Cold Spring, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, it was a great experience.

    Cons

    It is extremely challenging work.


  10. "Not a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member/Kindergarten Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member/Kindergarten Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros about being here besides feeling like you might be doing something good. You're not really though.

    Cons

    This place gives you a false sense that you're making the world a better place. The organization is trying to accomplish something amazing but is struggling to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Worry more about the corp members and less about the school partners. You should also investigate when things happen and not just take the side of one over another.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to launch a career focused on impact"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Teach for America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teach For America is one of those rare organizations that is able to leverage the best elements of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Its focus is on improving public education. As a nonprofit, its staff focus day in and day out on achieving the organization's mission. And yet, it is also willing to draw on effective practices from business and the talents of individuals with corporate backgrounds to move its work forward.

    Cons

    Teach For America maintains a high bar for excellence for its staff, which means that the hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to tap talent from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In addition, continue to invest in TFA's focus on staff diversity and equipping all staff with the ability to work across lines of difference.


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