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Teach for America Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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Pros
  • There are many opportunities for learning and professional development (in 108 reviews)

  • Supervisors actually care about work-life balance as well as personal growth (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "Over 10 years with this org"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven organization that is working to solve for one of the most pressing social justice issues in our time. Inclusive organization and is reflective and seeks to continuously improve.

    Cons

    Undergoing quite a bit of change in recent years which can cause unrest and lack of clarity for employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by smart, ambitious, passionate people who are really committed to the mission. The organization takes feedback seriously and you can see it based on how shifts are made over time. There are also awesome benefits - cool work spaces, flexible work environments and the ability to work from home, tons of professional development/coaches/mentors. As with any employer, who your manager is matters most and I know people who have bad experiences but unlike most employers, they won't tolerate treating people poorly and care a ton about making it a safe and positive place to work regardless of your background or role. Even when they were going through restructuring due to lower recruitment numbers, they designated an employee who was responsible for helping displaced staff members find new homes in the organization as well as beyond and they offered really generous severance packages.

    Cons

    The expectations are high and people work hard! Unlike other ed reform organizations, work life balance is encouraged, but that doesn't mean that people live it. If you're working directly with corps members, they often need so much help and support that it's hard for the regional team to every step away from being available.

  3. Helpful (151)

    "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.


  4. "Nonprofit mission with a corporate benefits - balanced workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredible benefits
    - Strong leadership
    - Strong support
    - Challenging (rewarding) work

    Cons

    - Workplace tension
    - Turnover


  5. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America part-time

    Pros

    Convenient and easy for college students

    Cons

    No direction given after you are given your job


  6. "amazing company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Teacher in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    really helps the kids a ton

    Cons

    lots of work outside the school

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I really believe in its mission."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge network and support wherever you go!

    Cons

    Being a CM is a tough job especially if you dont know the context of your students.

    Advice to Management

    Work on preparing folks longer before throwing them into the classroom.

  8. "Corps Member"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission to get involved in. You are doing some really meaningful work with like minded people and there is a large network of people to utilize.

    Cons

    Resources are very limited. Training is extensive at first but then you are kind of tossed in. However, then finding a network is crucial.


  9. "Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can gain valuable teaching experience

    Cons

    Training is very extensive, but it is doable


  10. "great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    - strong culture, shared vision, feedback driven, empowering work

    Cons

    - some remote work and working with people across the country


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