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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked and underpaid"

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    Former Employee - MTLD in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - MTLD in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great location, ok PD.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers, low wages, long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Get better managers. Your SMDs are overpaid, incompetent managers.


  2. "Meh it was fine"

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    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job if you really want to do TFA. Provides a great recommendation and an opportunity to earn some money during the school year.

    Cons

    Lots of people hate on you on campus. Not worth the money to deal with all that u less you are dead set on joining TFA.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more. Provide A LOT more direction.

  3. "Trying Too Hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staying current with research/methodology, partnerships and resources with strong organizations

    Cons

    Clique attitudes, rampant "'White' Savior" complexes (or people doing good for the sake of social status/feeling good about themselves more so than in service of others)

    Advice to Management

    Understand the term intersectionality and create procedures for disagreeing with TFA culture of acting upon visible identities at the expense of those with adverse experiences that are unexpected/difficult to know without asking.


  4. "Inadequately prepared teachers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Good way to knock a chunk off of student loans.
    Attend various, helpful workshops

    Cons

    Sending ill-prepared "teachers" with the wrong ideologies for their scholars, into unfamiliar areas, situations, demographics...Seeing too many teachers handle scholars as the same kid, same violation, when it's not the case.

    Advice to Management

    Find those who TRULY want to change the dynamics in the classroom and outside of it. Seeing a lot of folks in it for the wrong reasons


  5. "TFA"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Springfield Gardens, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Springfield Gardens, NY

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

    Pros

    Lack of hierarchy allows you to work with different departments

    Cons

    As a non-profit, living wage can be difficult to achieve


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    To be clear, I was a corp member, not technically a TFA employee. However, the pros were the personal growth you will experience as a result of the intensity of the program

    Cons

    Very cultish culture -- either you 100% buy into the movement and all its buzzwords, idealistic goals, and questionable practices, or you will feel isolated and desperate to get out. The support provided was ultimately more burdensome than it was beneficial.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out how to appeal to all personality types, not just those who love the groupthink, cult mentality.


  7. "Operations Coordinator"

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    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Cleveland, MS
    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Cleveland, MS
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A good opportunity to travel and see different parts of the country, room+board provided plus pay is good for an internship. Good foot in the door if you are looking to join the TFA corps or go into other non-profit work. Overall, would recommend for the experience, but beware that if you are not a good culture fit for the organization, you will be miserable.

    Cons

    Long weeks (70 hours without a day off for several weeks in a row), provided housing at the institute site is shared with other interns, so you are never truly "off shift", managers who are new to managing and not good at it, meaningless work. Large amounts of time devoted to pointless meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Allow operations coordinators to take on a more meaningful role within the organization.

  8. "Concept is great, implementation needs work"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Simi Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loan forgiveness and a great challenge

    Cons

    Extremely poor training and preparation

    Advice to Management

    Teachers need a lot more preparation before being placed into the classroom, especially with so much at stake


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Negative outlook"

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    Former Employee - Technology Team in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology Team in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very smart and talented coworkers who exhibit great teamwork.
    -For a nonprofit, pay is very close to the corporate world.
    -Benefits are decent and the ability to telecommute is nice.

    Cons

    -Management definitely played favoritism
    -Work-life balance is tough when you're working 45~50 hrs/week.
    -Potential avenues for growth and advancement in the org were promised, but were not kept.
    -Two-faced and deceiving individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to keep your commitments to those you manage. Don't make a promise of advancement and then not follow through. Stick to the truth and facts about an employee's performance and not start making up lies when it benefits you. With recruitment of corp members down and attrition levels rising, you're going to really need to show that you value those employees who remain.


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