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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
438 Reviews
3.9
438 Reviews
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Matthew Kramer & Elisa Villanueva Beard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • opportunities for professional development and taking on big jobs early in one's career (in 52 reviews)

  • It's nice to know that you're making a difference in people's lives (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 45 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 31 reviews)

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    Recruitment Manager

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Professional development, benefits, personal growth, education expertise, diversity.

    Cons

    A lot of repetitive conversations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for all you do in the education space!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work Hard, Have fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Meaningful work. Amazing colleagues.

    Cons

    It's nonstop. Beware of burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of great people

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    Former Employee - Manager, National Team in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager, National Team in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Loved the people. They attract such amazing talent.

    Cons

    Experience varies depending on who your manager is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize opportunities better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Job, Big Payoss

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Working with the kids is an amazing experience. As cliche as it may sound, they teach you as much as you teach them. Becoming part of the community is something I would not give up for anything.

    Cons

    Long hours, very long hours. Stressful working conditions, especially when you teach a grade level that is tested. Not a job to be taking lightly, and one that ALWAYS requires 110%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TFA trainings need to move away from theory and more towards practice. A vision is great, but if I don't know how to reach my goals what is the point in plotting the course?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a great company to learn and grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    - freedom to be innovative
    - interaction with outside teams
    - great sense of shared values throughout the company - core values

    Cons

    - the management structure is a bit convoluted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    TFA/CPS

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    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    On going training, MTLDs work with you

    Cons

    Professional development is not targeted at areas of need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Work with kids, change lives, tons of room for growth, leadership factory

    Cons

    Understanding how students are sadly not always put first in education

  9.  

    Overall, this is a very dynamic experience. Lots of opportunity for growth and personal development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with very intelligent people in the education field

    Cons

    Extremely challenging job without much experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My experience in Teach For America was very challenging and highly rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Few entry-level positions demand as much leadership and effort as that of a first year classroom teacher. Like any position, your colleagues (TFA or not) will respond to humility, eagerness, and a strong work ethic. If you leverage all of the resources available to you, it is a great experience. Institute training will not adequately prepare you for the classroom, but nothing can truly prepare a first year teacher for all of the challenges of curriculum planning and classroom management. The on-going support provided by TFA is excellent though.

    Cons

    Teaching is grueling work, especially the long stretch of uninterrupted instruction during the first semester, and the benefits are often not realized until the end of the year. Do not neglect the small, day-to-day victories, as these can keep you motivated. Unfortunately, not everyone has what it takes to be a great teacher or even a good teacher, no matter the support provided. Please do not blame your inability to succeed in the classroom on TFA, your school, your colleagues, or, most especially, your students. When deciding to apply, reflect on whether you are doing it for the right reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I find TFA Management to be very self-aware and reflective, so my suggestions are likely already well known. From my perspective, the corps member experience is dependent on the placement region. Continue to find what differentiates these regions and drives corps member satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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