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Teach for America Reviews

Updated July 17, 2018
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  1. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by people who want to make real change, you get a chance to learn a lot of intangible skills, never boring, get a real understanding of what is working and what is not working in urban schools

    Cons

    First year is tough despite all the preparation, some people have negative perceptions of TFA, being in a bigger corps can be tougher as well


  2. Helpful (248)

    "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and atmosphere to all employees.

    Cons

    I have not encounter one so far.

    Advice to Management

    none.

  3. "Wonderful learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    You will be professionally developed and encouraged to learn and grow. Strong mission. Incredibly smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Long work hours and a lot of change


  4. "Corps Member"

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

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    A chance to make a real difference. You learn a lot about yourself and the way the world works.

    Cons

    The way the world works is sometimes awful.


  5. "TFA produces culturally responsible teachers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Focus on culturally relevant pedagogy
    Mission is strong
    Good support from regional staff
    Excellent sense of community

    Cons

    Feels like we get “lost in the system” at times, institute training is very rigorous and challenging and some parts feel pointless, support at institute sometimes is lacking on an individual level

    Advice to Management

    Feels like we get “lost in the system” at times, institute training is very rigorous and challenging and some parts feel pointless, support at institute sometimes is lacking on an individual level- that is something to work on


  6. "TFA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Mission statement, belief system, dismantling racism and classism.

    Cons

    Controversial in certain ways and practices.


  7. "Corps Member and Elementary Literacy Instructional Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Out of the multiple interview processes I have been through (post-grad, applying for business school, applying for internships, and post-MBA), TFA has far and away struck me as the most thoughtful and intentional interview process. When I was applying to be a corps member back in 2009, the interview process was a day-long affair and included 1:1 interviews, a group interview, teaching a sample lesson plan, and doing a case study. When I was applying to work at a national Institute for the summer, it was a couple of hour-long phone calls.

    Cons

    None that come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the AMAZING work!

  8. "Awesome place."

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    Current Employee - Teacher/Mentor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Teacher/Mentor in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved helping new teachers.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Make it full-time. I’d like more summer money.


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Purposeful work alongside some of the most passionate people I have met in my professional career

    Cons

    TFA is a young organization, and as such, orients themselves as a learning organization.


  10. "Good training, great experience"

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    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to receive training and support towards teachers certification

    Cons

    Program is more geared towards recent graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Create a TFA for seniors or people over 50


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