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Teach for America Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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. "TFA Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    I became close with new teachers, similar to me, who were sincere and worked very hard.

    Cons

    The environment was very stressful, and it was difficult to balance work time and free time.

    Advice to Management

    Offer advice for work/life balance.

  3. "Manager or above"

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

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Very passionate people. You can tell they really care about the mission.

    Cons

    Be prepared to talk about your feelings. A lot.


  4. "Corps Member"

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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

    Able to get in the classroom faster than traditional credentialing program.

    Cons

    The workload is high and stressful.


  5. "An org who is still trying to find their purpose."

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    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. If you are on the right team - the work should be done through an exemplary lens of Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness. The access to affinity groups and the space to acknowledge your own identities and have a community to connect with. Most roles have the option to be flexible and the work can be done from anywhere.

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty from year to year in regards to funding & budget which means not feeling confident that you will retain your position with the company. Team structure & strategy/goals were changing too frequently to gain any traction to make progress.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Courageous Failure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    The work is undeniably important at every moment. The intensity will make what you face next seem easy.

    Cons

    Stop putting minimally trained new teachers in the worst schools. This is not helping these schools get better - the kids deserve so much better. This does make for great educators. TFA burns people out.


  7. "Managing Director"

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

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

    Pros

    I love the fact that I am surrounded by like-minded individuals who are driven by a mission. Not only are my colleagues incredibly bright, they care about people.

    Cons

    The organization is currently going through tremendous change. From the National level down to the regions, major shifts are at play. People who don't do well with ambiguity and change would not be happy here right now.

  8. "Consultant"

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

    I worked at Teach for America part-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Sometimes feels short staffed. Job responsibilities sometimes unclear.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, intelligent colleagues.

    Cons

    Lots is expected from you and career growth is not always clear. Consistently expected to manage up, which creates lack of clarity in roles. What is the purpose of title bands if you are managing your supervisor? Titles are confusing. Another reviewer said management nepotism, which I agree with. Promotion practices are not transparent. You are more likely to get promoted if you were a former corps member and drink the TFA kool-aid. Since most of the actual managers have never worked at another organization outside of TFA, their team management skills are not as strong. Despite being an organization that has grown exponentially over the past decade, infrastructure is still not in place. Mission alignment is unclear. Relationships between national and regional teams can be confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Would move away from using catchy phrases to increase buy in from your team and move toward implementing practices that are transparent. Support your teams in building infrastructure that will allow for long-term sustainability. Choose a strategic plan and stick with it, instead of consistently codifying new verbage every few years. Train your managers and hire externally.


  10. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Memphis had very well done professional development

    Cons

    MTLD's are too stretched thin, little in-classroom support.


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