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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Great professional development and focus on mission-aligned talent (in 106 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. Helpful (2)

    "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


  4. 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


  5. "Amazing Experience"

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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

    It is very hard work but it is worth it. It is rewarding to educate young minds.

    Cons

    It's a lot to juggle at once.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! They are always very quick to respond to your questions and step in and help you when you need it.


  6. "Chief of Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great company with many perks and awesome staff

    Cons

    Very strong culture and you either fit or don't


  7. "Corps Member and Part-Time Staff Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America part-time

    Pros

    -Mission-driven organization filled with passionate, hardworking individuals.
    -All the managers that I had cared about my professional and personal development.
    -Organization welcomes feedback and aims to continuously improve
    -Great professional development and different opportunities
    -During my time as a Corps Member and part-time staff member, I felt supported in my different roles.

    Cons

    -Work-life balance can be difficult at times

  8. "Exceptional approach to leadership development"

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many roles have a high level of ownership and space to lead; I was able to take on increasing leadership over time without micro-management. People were generous with their networks and genuinely interested in my growth and development beyond my current role

    Cons

    The culture can be a bit hyper-critical which leads to an environment where perfect ends up being the enemy of good.


  9. "Great opportunity to learn and grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place to learn and grow. Lots of mentorship opportunities

    Cons

    Organization has gone through a few years of different lay offs so it isn’t completely stable


  10. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance.
    Benefits are good.
    People are nice.

    Cons

    Work is a bit slow.


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