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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 11 August 2014
Updated 11 August 2014
358 Reviews

3.7
358 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 43 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 28 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Corps Member

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - TFA Corps Member in Charlotte, NC (US)

    Pros

    Extremely intense, humbling, and challenging, yet very rewarding.

    Cons

    Very time-consuming and sometimes, not the strongest support from staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Recruitment Team Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Team  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Team in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    -helpful, cheerful mentors who help you learn more about the company culture
    -solid events such as school visits that give you a better sense of what TFA's about
    -great office atmosphere; not a typical cubicle office setting

    Cons

    -sometimes the work given isn't the most exciting nor thought stimulating (but that is kind of what I expected as an intern)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -keep doing you, you're doing great.
    -maybe try to get the other interns to collaborate together more than have them do completely separate projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Experience as Teach For America Corps Member

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Teacher  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    Pros

    TFA does an excellent job preparing new teachers during Institute IF (and this is a big if) the individual takes advantage of the experience. TFA also provides excellent support and professional development opportunities throughout the year, though each region may have differences. If you want an experience where you learn and grow while helping students learn, this is a great choice.

    Cons

    You have to want to work and figure out a way to learn from all your mistakes without taking anything personally. Teaching is not easy - it takes someone who does not step away from a challenge. Additionally, TFA can be a bit too corporate at times, focusing more on data and results and not the journey for both the corps member and the students.

    Recommends
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    TFA has been an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience.

    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    Pros

    I learned a lot about myself and developed as a professional. It was great to be in the city and network. If you're a teacher, it's a great place to start. If you didn't inted to be a teacher, it is still an AMAZING experience.

    Cons

    Some people are a bit over-the-top. Training can be underwhelming in certain aspects, but it is continually improving.

  6.  

    I taught at a charter high school in Detroit, Michigan.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI (US)

    Pros

    Some of the perks were a great group of people to make friends with. Other corps members could help you with your move to Detroit, and were an immediate social network. Additionally, my school was an especially supportive place with strong leadership, (though this is not true of every school in Detroit--at all).

    Cons

    In my region, the issues that corps members had with their schools were greater than the issues that TFA regularly addressed (the main example being school administration). TFA walks a fine line, because at the same time as it helps corps members, it also needs to maintain good relationships with districts, including some terribly-managed districts. This occasionally leaves corps members feeling unsupported.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on the balance between helping teachers and working with districts.

    Recommends
  7.  

    horrible and unorganized

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    life changes in students, relationships with collab team as well as strong relationships with students who do not usually have relationships with teachers

    Cons

    they aren't really teaching students anything because they use lower end work and of course students will understand. Not really changing lives but want to make money of off students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Campus Coordinator Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator  in  Hanover, NH (US)
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Hanover, NH (US)

    Pros

    Teach for America has a strong name brand. Every employer recognizes it and will usually comment on it. I assume that the "white man savior" image crosses all sort of disciplines. The people I generally interacted with really care about the mission and what TFA represents. They were generally very positive and mention the various benefits being associated with the organization.

    Cons

    I question the ethnics of Teach for America and the negative affects it has on the unions within public schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your original mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with many intelligent people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great leadership development and full benefits. Alumni networking is a plus.

    Cons

    Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year.

  10.  

    Amazing!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member Advisor
    Current Employee - Corps Member Advisor

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Teach For America is the family you create while working there.

    Cons

    The hours are long and tiresome if you are not driven by passion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome internship experience with a growing non-profit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Awesome office culture- everyone is very friendly, lots of team lunches and happy hours. Managers really push you to explore your interests within the organization and provide countless opportunities for training and education.

    Cons

    Some disorganization form upper-level leadership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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