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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 17 October, 2014
Updated 17 October, 2014
393 Reviews
3.8
393 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 47 reviews)

  • Passionate, intelligent colleagues, great benefits and option to work from home (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 42 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Institute Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Cleveland, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Cleveland, MS (US)

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

    Pros

    -great professional development
    -get to work in a new place for a short period of time
    -really talented people
    -great way to check out the organization (if you are thinking about joining the corps)
    -lots of feedback

    Cons

    -management team could sometimes be a bit better (brilliant, but sometimes not clear on expectations/planning)
    -sometimes force you into difficult conversations about social issues without really knowing the team yet
    -compensation is about minimum wage (but you gain a lot of great skills and have a great organization on your resume afterwards)

    Recommends
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    Very rewarding but very stressful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    you love your kids and are changing their lives.

    Cons

    very time consuming
    very stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help by giving less to do and more support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Associate, Compliance Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, learning curve is high, great work-life balance, not stressful, wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    Not as intellectually stimulating as other jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great place to be on staff, highly recommend it if you are aligned with the organizational mission

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Teach for America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    *very intentional and values-driven organization
    *competitive compensation for non-profit organization
    * strong benefits package
    * hardworking, dedicated, fun co-workers
    * great alumni and staff network and opportunity to learn from very talented, caring people with experiences in a variety of for-profits and non-profits
    * flexible work hours (long hours, but can work remotely for many national team roles)
    * opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career

    Cons

    * long work hours - everyone is dedicated to their work and many are young team members without families so sometimes tricky to find balance or you feel like you don't want to say no (although organization is committed to providing tools and resources that support this)
    * going through organizational transition between regional and national teams so staff experience and strength of your manager / professional development may differ based on specific team
    * if you are on the national team, may operate in a very virtual way, include several communication loops and checkpoints with a variety of stakeholders before rolling out big projects, and/or have lots of national travel (this could be a pro or con depending on what you are looking for and your work style but good to know)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I respect the transparency and intentionality with which the most senior staff members operate. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on staff, and would love to return to staff again if I find an aligned opportunity. As I indicated in my exit interview, I think it would be worthwhile to dedicate more organizational resources to the staff experience and more consistently retaining and developing staff members who have been on the team for a while, particularly given organizational shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Campus Outreach Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Easy to do, work your own hours, just source qualified student leaders on campus and email them.

    Cons

    Mundane at times. unless you're interested in doing the program in the future, don't waste your time.

  7.  

    Teach for America - Lots of Work, Lots of Rewards

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great PD, great people, wonderful experience

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but that is just part of the job

  8.  

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Very fun! and enjoyable- anyone would love it

    Cons

    Hard work! lots of hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great!

  9.  

    Corp Member

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional development/training to fresh out of college students without strong corporate background. A great place to challenge yourself-- you will be thrown into a place with little to no structure and forced to create systems/structure that works for you and your students. Not recommended for everyone.

    Cons

    There may be truth to the claim that TFA expanded too quickly and is now experiencing the pains of having grown too fast without a concrete plan. Also, there is very little diversity despite being a progressive non-profit organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Teach for America

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great to give back to the community. Great to be a part of a national movement for change. TFA really helps prepare you for the classroom. The teamwork and focus on a single goal (e.g. improving schools) helps ease the learning curve in terms of becoming a teacher.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of handwork and limited resources. Creativity is key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Great job.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging, demanding, and rewarding experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. You learn a lot about the community you teach in and about yourself as a corps member.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve (especially in your first year). You will work 7 days a week.
    Institute doesn't prepare you for exactly what your school/classroom will be like (especially if your summer training is in a completely different region of the US than where your placement school is - the demographic make-up of your school could be vastly different)

    Recommends

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