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Teach for America Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee autonomy; flexible work schedule; broad perspective on education and schools in Chicago; opportunity to work with new teachers who are developing their perspective on education.

    Cons

    High staff turnover; regional leadership team disconnected from ground level practice; management top-heavy; working through layers to impact student achievement/non-manager coaching role.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency after a decision has been made isn't transparent decision making - it's secretive. A leadership development focused organization has no business recruiting and placing novice teachers. Develop leadership on your kids. Not mine.


  2. "Teaching where teachers are needed"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Greenville, MS
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Greenville, MS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great network of teachers and resources, placement in a high needs school, and continuous training throughout your two-year tenure.

    Cons

    It's really hard work both emotionally and physically, you have very limited resources, and your working against a broken system.


  3. "Surprising amount of liberty, but not floored by coaching"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member/High School Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member/High School Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I must have seemed decently proficiently at teaching, because I was only visited by TFA staff about 3 times over the course of two years. This was a lot laxer than other peoples' experience, where they were constantly getting visits.
    - I met a lot of really interesting, smart, and talented corps members. Anyone willing to do all that teachers do right out of the gates (for most people at least) are bound to be extra scrappy and resourceful.

    Cons

    Not enough coaching from veteran teachers. Even during the summer training, most of our "coaches" were fairly green teachers just in it to get work over the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some veteran teachers! Even 5+ years of teaching would be great.


  4. "Great work experience"

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

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot and was challenged every day with Leadership opportunities

    Cons

    It was hard and the kids were tough


  5. "A Good Well-Rounded Internship"

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    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Operations Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    at this level, pretty much all of the work that you do is very beneficial at a grassroots level of improving the experience for corps members who therefore can better teach children, free food and dining balanced out low pay, teaches you how to manage relationships, there will be a few other operations coordinators who you will become good friends with, TFA has a lot of prestige associated with its brand and this internship can open up doors for you

    Cons

    long hours at minimum wage, a lot of people with egos and politics, managers are very hit or miss as are the nature of the departments themselves in terms of skills you can learn,

    Advice to Management

    Once I heard a manager say "I put in my time I deserve to be bossy". Stop looking at your interns computer screens while they are working, especially since you did not provide us work laptops. Include more excel training.


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, professional development opportunities, committment to mission and vision

    Cons

    Work-life balance, management, young professionals with little experience, not rooted in research and best practices


  7. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with like-minded people who are values-centered.

    Cons

    Savior-complex with very limited work/life balance.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good brand. Some social skills, leadership development.

    Cons

    Depending on school, leadership and student population can be very challenging and even dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time in placing teachers in the right school.


  9. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for professional development and networking. You have the opportunity to work with great kids and families! If you have a good support system you can find a lot of success as a teacher and make big gains with your class.

    Cons

    A lot of your success and overall job happiness hinge on where you are placed. The school that you get placed at makes all the difference. This can be a big gamble when choosing to sign up for TFA. Also, your MTLD is a huge factor. My MTLD was not very present, only came to my class a few times through the year, and did not know any of my students. This on top of a school that was not very supportive of TFA meant that when I encountered problems I did not have anywhere to turn.

    Advice to Management

    Support your corps members in the classroom, in the day to day life of being a teacher. PD is great, but most of just needed more help when it came to the daily struggles and tribulations. If we don't get any support from our assigned school, we are relying on you to get us through. Don't leave corps members floundering.


  10. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teach for America Corps Member in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Benefits from pooling resources together, accessible office

    Cons

    A real shot in the dark in regards to placement; your whole experience depends on it. The MTLD's were okay, at best. Felt very undersupported

    Advice to Management

    Change up the senior leadership


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