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Teach for America Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "I absolutely love working at TFA. However it just depends on the team you are working for. All teams are different."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and working from home is a huge plus.

    Cons

    I didn't always get paid overtime. This was because my manager at the time was more concerned about the bottom line than paying for work earned.

    Advice to Management

    Specifically to managers on the Recruitment team please be sure that you are showing your appreciation to your team. You all have lost so many great people because they felt unappreciated and undervalued.


  2. "MTLD"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, office space, opportunity for personal growth

    Cons

    management changes, organizational inconsistencies, no office (open floor plan)

  3. "Recruitment Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Dedicated staff.
    Flexible - can work from home.
    Pay well for non-profit.

    Cons

    Unclear directions.
    Unclears goals.
    Limited coaching and development.
    A lot of stress and hours.


  4. "Great in theory, poor in practice"

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

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven work with similarly driven colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of integrity in management - TFA perpetuates internally plenty of systems of oppression that they actively talk about interrupting in their work with teachers. Additionally, most line managers get no management training when they're hired so there are a lot of people who are incompetent managers.


  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Pay is at a good rate

    Cons

    Time demands are too extreme

    Advice to Management

    Structure PD based on corps members needs and professional experience.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Commitment to educational equity, open to gathering feedback from employees and constituents and using that information to improve and grow. Constantly developing.

    Cons

    Culture differs depending on your direct manager. Some managers are more competent than others, affecting the progress of the entire team. Lack of transparency in terms of salary. Very high demands but little pay.


  7. "Do well, by doing good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Outstanding training, free graduate school courses, the ability to teach at an inner-city school

    Cons

    Difficult to balance the demands of graduate school with a full time teaching load

  8. "Director, Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Above average compensation for non-profit, a touch below charter networks, etc
    Extremely caring and flexible work environment and managers
    Lots of responsibility early on

    Cons

    Org was a bit confused on mission / message when I was there
    Very young workforce, with associated pros / cons
    High turnover / varied quality and investment by national partner colleagues

    Advice to Management

    You can't please everyone. Clarify why you exist and what strategy you wish to employ . Then execute it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "What you would expect from a Nonprofit"

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

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Shared vision, looks good on a resume, learn teaching skills

    Cons

    Little support, long time to answer emails, runs like a traditional NP hit and miss. Too many support staff and never enough teachers. They hide all the costs until you start training.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest up front about what is needed to succeed. This includes costs, and difficulty to pass the Praxis test


  10. 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.


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