Teach For India Employee Reviews about "fellows"

Updated 23 Nov 2020

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Pros
  • "Offers a chance to engage with issues in public school systems first hand, great work culture and kind staff(in 20 reviews)

  • "work environment and learning is good(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance becomes difficult(in 38 reviews)

  • "Everyone is constantly over worked, Leadership development of fellows should be more of a focus (rather than just training the(in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Great working environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - İntern in New Delhi

    I worked at Teach For India for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Extensive orientation 2. Ample opportunity to be innovative 3. Decentralised working format, a lot of independence given to interns 4. Fellows act as great mentors

    Cons

    1. Internships are unpaid, but one understands that going into the NGO space

  2. "Join only if you care for the students, otherwise no use."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellow 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach For India full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) You develop as a teacher. 2) Engaging and productive training sessions. 3) Flexibility in your teaching style. 4) Students are loving, you will feel satisfied at the end of the day. 5) Fun and enthusiastic crowd to work with. 6) Pay is less but Competitive in the social development sector.

    Cons

    1) Management is not equipped to deal with grievances of the Fellows. 2) Fresh graduates with no work experience spoil your experience if you are experienced and have a work ethic. 3) Lot of Miscommunication and sometimes absence of communication about various things. 4) Difference of opinion between the school principal and the company management. 5) The work is a lot and often overwhelming. 6) Your co-fellows/co-workers in the class might not be as invested and the sad part is it is difficult to do everything on your own so if you are invested and your co-worker is not, you will find a lot of hindrances to achieve your vision for the class. 7) Biased management, I found my manager extremely biased and favouring one fellow over the other. 8) Managers are young and inexperienced and it shows in their way of communication and getting things done. 9) People who know how to sugar-coat or talk good about their work will be great candidates, sadly the ones who actually work will not have their efforts recognised if they are not so good at "marketing" their work. 10) Your experience depends on other's participation and investment and that is the most negative thing about working here.


  3. "Good if you want a workplace straight out of college and if you are really passionate about teaching underprivileged."

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellow in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teach For India full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Competitive salary in the field. High Learning Curve

    Cons

    Since most fellows are graduates right after college, many are unprofessional. Difference in opinion with your school management and Teach for India.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "3.5/5"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in Pune

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time

    Pros

    You can make a good impact on the classroom you are assigned, empathetic staff and fellows, good exposure to the development sector if you are looking to transition

    Cons

    Everyone is constantly over worked, Leadership development of fellows should be more of a focus (rather than just training the fellows to be better teachers), Placement opportunities at the end of the fellowship are terrible - you have to do your own networking and job search.

  5. "Good organisation to work for social impact"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Fellow in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach For India for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work culture. People understand and empathize

    Cons

    Lack of support for evening school fellows

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    "Good place to work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time

    Pros

    Get to understand ground realities of education. Learn from a diverse network of people. Supportive staff.

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Support to fellows is limited.

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  7. "Teach for India - Pune"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in Pune
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    TFI is the leading non-profit organisation in India to work for/with/at. The organisation comprises of some of the nicest and kindest people in the industry. TFI allows freedom and autonomy at work (be it for a fellow or a staffer). It actively creates opportunities for its employees to grow as people and leaders of tomorrow. The organisation stays committed to its cause of bridging the ed inequality in India. It also creates an open and safe space (mostly) for people to air their grievances. (PS: It pays salaries on time. This may be a basic expectation for many but not all organisations in India are prompt with respect to this!)

    Cons

    Not sure about this one but a thumb rule (if you're looking to work here) is to do your research and talk to Fellows and staffers before joining the organisation.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Overhyped"

    2.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teach For India

    Pros

    Good learning, chance to find out the grassroots realities of India, an opportunity to hone pedagogical skills.

    Cons

    No good post-fellowship opportunities Extremely low stipend Very bad work-life balance High internal politics and favouritism Not transparent while recruiting fellows about the magnitude and conditions of work Highly stressful - leads to breaking down of health No hard skills gained Too much talk of vision and culture setting and too little action Metal health gets affected Very little support from the higher reaches Impossibly small number of days for paid leave (6 days in a year) Sessions get repetitive Fellows are expected to sell their souls for their work, leaving little to no personal time, not even for family.

  9. "Good for recent college graduates"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach For India full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    independent in your class make a difference + HRA if you are from a different city

    Cons

    lack of experience in the staff and fellows Post-fellowship opportunities are limited

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work, Terrible Organisation - TFI Pune"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellow in Pune
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teach For India full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work that Teach For India does is without a doubt important and definitely does make a difference. As a fellow, I was able to witness the impact I made on my students first hand. I have also heard that the teams in Delhi and other cities have been incredible.

    Cons

    The staff and organisation themselves are incredibly frustrating. Over my two years with TFI-Pune , my managers were non-existent and my teams both years received very little support, despite being in very sensitive schools with a huge lack of resources (even in regards to the average that TFI schools have). The organisation also has a tendency to focus resources and people on schools that are performing well, such as private or Iteach and Akanksha schools - these schools usually already have outside assistance from other organisations and also have students coming in from better supported, and less poor families. PMC schools are essentially ignored, and their fellows often blamed when the situations there don't work out, despite being given next to no support.

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    Teach For India Response

    June 4, 2018Associate, Human Resources

    That's really unfortunate to hear and thank you for taking the time to point this out. I work on the National HR team and would like to understand this further. Could you please send an email to jimit.popat@teachforindia.org with more details on this?

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