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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Great professional development and experiences that open doors (in 103 reviews)

  • Supervisors actually care about work-life balance as well as personal growth (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (11)

    "Over 10 years with this org"

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    • 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. "Recruitment Manager"

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

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Social impact, opportunity for growth, great benefits, and supporters by colleagues.

    Cons

    Hours can be long at times

    Advice to Management

    The recruitment team is starting to mirror the diversity of our country’s teaching force. There are many cultural biases when it comes to the hiring and promotion processes.

  3. "TFA Bay Area"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Mission, Professional Development, Impact, Team

    Cons

    Hours, Pay, Sustainability, Diversity/Equity/Inclusiveness at Senior Leadership Level


  4. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities
    Exposure to issues in urban education
    Focus on developing cultural competence
    Alumni support
    Professional development
    Leadership development
    Partnerships with excellent and competitive graduate programs
    Meet amazing likeminded, inspiration people

    Cons

    Even with the criticism I'm grateful to TFA for all the opportunities it's even me
    Do not prepare you for teaching (if you have no prior teaching experience)
    Teacher burn out is common

    Advice to Management

    Lean on expertise outside of the organization
    Do more to prepare and develop teachers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience- you will be a better person because of it.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful; resources are sometimes pretty limited


  6. "Fit is Important"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Winston-Salem, NC

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

    Pros

    Commitment of Staff and Management
    Strong brand
    Lots of opportunities for training and professional development

    Cons

    Quality varies widely among regions


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teaching in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Teaching in Baton Rouge, LA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teach for American is both transformational with how it treats its corps members and the goals it has for education equity.

    Cons

    The down side to a career in this field is I often feel as though I am sacrificing my personal life to get this work done.

  8. "It's not really TFA's fault"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great Cause
    -VERY Supportive Staff
    -Decent Benefits
    -Great Culture

    Cons

    The fault with TFA is not so much with the organization, but with the partnering schools. Working in a school system in an underprivileged is HARD. Period. Becoming a full time teacher after just 6 weeks of training is HARD. Not everyone can handle it.

    Advice to Management

    Seeing that corps members can unanimously agree that this job is incredibly stressful and difficult, I would do more to promote mental health.


  9. "Recruitment Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Acquired a strong organizational and professional skill-set for recruitment
    Worked from home, so nice work-life balance
    work alongside intelligent, hard-working, mission aligned individuals

    Cons

    although I felt appreciated by the organization and knew I was leaving an impact by working for a larger cause, I felt disposable and under-appreciated by my managers and I was under-paid


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible Place to Work! Come on Leadership, you can do it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    strong benefits, incredible levels of responsibility you are given and opportunity to do meaningful work. shared values and integrity of the team. flexibility on location for central teams.

    Cons

    Leadership seems to be sort of out of touch with reality or struggling on communicating and caring for/developing staff like they used to do. Good people, not sure why the struggle to get it together on strategy and motivation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the strong commitment and care. Seek perspective and reflect on patterns- self-awareness. Take care of the incredible team! Be present. Overcommunicate


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