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  1. "Operations Coordinator Position"

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    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Work on Sundays and you often have to work many hours.


  2. "review"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Camden, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    develop an understanding of cultural context, diversity, equity

    Cons

    overwhelming amount of professional development outside of work

  3. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to interact with other teachers in the area. Plenty of social functions and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    The support system is more concerned with making sure you provide them with what they want rather than serving you. In the end, you work for TFA, TFA does not work for you.

    Advice to Management

    At some point the individual teacher has to come before the overall mission.


  4. "Manager, Teacher Leadership Development"

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    Former Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaging, friendly staff... flexible work schedule, but long hours to meet demands.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and frequent staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be more reflective.


  5. "Meaningful, challenging, strategic work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collingswood, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collingswood, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on Teach For America's staff is invigorating work-I feel very fulfilled and engaged in meaningful work that has a real impact on a social issue I care about. The people I work with are incredible- very diverse, very intelligent, and they constantly push me to learn more about education, get involved, be more strategic, and be better at my job. Super flexible work culture as well, without sacrificing quality of results (I can work from home whenever).

    Cons

    Working in nonprofit work is challenging- you do not get paid as much as you would at a for-profit company, and the reality of the impact of your work makes the stakes incredibly high. Hours can be long since the flexible work culture means that you really can be working nonstop.


  6. "Difficult experience"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will gain some grit

    Cons

    You will work long hours


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    "Experience as Teach For America Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    TFA does an excellent job preparing new teachers during Institute IF (and this is a big if) the individual takes advantage of the experience. TFA also provides excellent support and professional development opportunities throughout the year, though each region may have differences. If you want an experience where you learn and grow while helping students learn, this is a great choice.

    Cons

    You have to want to work and figure out a way to learn from all your mistakes without taking anything personally. Teaching is not easy - it takes someone who does not step away from a challenge. Additionally, TFA can be a bit too corporate at times, focusing more on data and results and not the journey for both the corps member and the students.

  8. "Summer Internship: Valuable Experience"

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    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teach For America's summer intern program was a great way to gain insight as to whether or not this is the right avenue to serve if you are passionate about bettering the world, and especially if you are committed to ensuring every child has access to a great education. The internship is unique in that it allows college students to truly commit themselves by providing onsite housing & a good financial stipend.

    Cons

    The summer session assignment limited ones insight into other departments and the larger scope of the nonprofit however the staff was very receptive to my inquisitiveness and allowed me to sit in on classroom sessions.

    Advice to Management

    I think interns would benefit from more interaction with the incoming TFA Hires. Pairing interns with a mentor outside of their department manager would be a great idea to allow for creative and professional growth. Additionally, a follow-up program once an intern completes the experience would be valuable to the organization.


  9. "Great experience for people looking to make a difference after college"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Excellent summer institute training
    -Continued support throughout the two years

    Cons

    -Mandatory Saturday meetings once monthly, (that don't really help you professionally)
    -If your placement school is disorganized and supportive you are stuck!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are selecting people who actually want to make a difference, and not people looking for a resume booster.


  10. "Skip and do the real teacher training"

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

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

    Pros

    I met some amazing people, amazing students and had the chance to get my feet wet in the field of education.

    Cons

    No one listens to you. I was placed in a subject field I was not qualified to teach in. No one cared and no one listened but told me to stop wallowing in self pity. How can I "close the achievement gap" if i am unfamiliar with the content I am teaching students who need the help the most? They also are a little cult like, eyebrows raise when you do not agree with them or question their practices.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your corps members.


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