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Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. "TFA"

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    Current Employee - Learning Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Learning Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open to change. The organization has made lots of big changes recently due to the feedback from its corps members. There used to be a lot of mandatory sessions that corps members needed to attend on Saturday, but that is no longer the case.

    Cons

    It is hard to predict where you are going to get placed within the program. Some people have great placement schools, while others do not.


  2. "Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great alumni opportunities. Motivated, kind, and hard-working staff.

    Cons

    Challenging work environments - need to be flexible, self-motivated, and resilient.


  3. "Corps Memer"

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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

    Great leadership development experience. As a teacher, they expose you to understand the complexities of urban education.

    Cons

    The support at times is limited. I felt as though I could have used more support in the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Provide an opportunity for incoming corps members to meet with mentor teachers to allow them time to process their upcoming commitment in the classroom.


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  5. "Big org structure/bureaucracy BUT opp for big impact"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great people, opportunity to do great work.

    Cons

    Lots of organizational issue associated with quick growth. Lots of cooks in the kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building staff bottom up instead of top down. There are too many top managers comfortable in the bubbles they have built.


  6. "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.


  7. "Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teach students that will change your life.

    Cons

    Pay can be low in rural areas.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Incredible, Leadership finding its Footing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    benefits, people's commitment and quality, lots of responsibility and creative high impact work

    Cons

    Leadership's judgment on strategy and culture


  9. "Feels good, but ineffective"

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

    Pros

    TFA is the only place I've worked where I feel fully accepted and listened to. They are kind, thorough, thoughtful and optimistic.

    Cons

    Simply put, the program is ineffective. I've yet to see proof of a region that has been able to achieve significant student achievement goals. It's so disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Please figure out a way to be effective, or shut your doors. The program is WAY too expensive to justify these poor, poor outcomes. Though I love the people and love working here, I'm leaving because I can't justify the costs to my community for the limited outcomes.


  10. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven org offering an impactful experience.

    Cons

    Support & overall experience varies greatly by school, district, state, etc.


  11. "TFA review"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazingly talented people. Flexible environment. Great benefits.

    Cons

    More structured professional development. More management training. Difficult work culture. Lack of role, team function clarity. Top-down accountability structure.



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