Teach for America Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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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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  1. Corps Member

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Developed critical thinking and creativity skills

    Cons

    Not applicable, had good experience

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  2. Recruitment Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of development, large amount of autonomy for how you operate, flexible locations, opportunities to work from home, lots of vacation days (both organization wide and personal), many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Goals are challenging to meet and require working long-hours, in 2015, the organization has gone through some growing pains and restructured leading to a lot of change management, the education world is very polarized on the efficacy of Teach For America

    Advice to Management

    You all are doing a fantastic job managing a very challenging industry (education), be careful on over-promising recruitment results that all indications show are not attainable.

  3. Corps Member

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America

    Pros

    Very supportive staff and grounded in provided students the opportunities that they deserve

    Cons

    None. Everyone is grounded in the vision of the organization.

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  5. Excellent learning experience, This job will change your life

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA (US)

    I worked at Teach for America (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I got to work with some of the most talented, creative, and kind individuals here.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work. You need to be extremely dedicated and passionate to take on this type of work.

  6. Marketing teM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work from home. Mission driven.

    Cons

    Feel like small cog in a big wheel.

  7. Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was provided with individualized support within the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. I had the opportunity to attend monthly professional development seminars catered to particular areas of interest and was surrounded by a group of intelligent, dedicated Teach for America Corps members.

    Cons

    Although I was provided with support, the support was not always there when I most needed it from the staff. I needed to be very self-sufficient and flexible in terms of acquiring the materials I needed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to check in with corps members on a regular basis and provide resources to assist teachers to fundraise and mind the materials they need. Conduct more classroom observations to allow for specific feedback.

  8. It is wonderful to be working with incredible mission-aligned individuals

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    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mission-aligned, focus on students' success, very high-functioning nonprofit

    Cons

    there is a lot of work to get done and working many hours is common, but over time you develop your personal strategies for success

  9. Great people at great mission oriented place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Mission
    Growth opps
    Leadership development
    Compensation

    Teach For America is an incredible place to work and learn how to get to results through obstacles.

    Cons

    Work life balance

    The intensity of the work can feel all encompassing at times. It is very hard to create boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    Stay grounded.

  10. Production Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    I only worked with them for a short period

  11. Challenging but Rewarding

    • 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 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Social Capital, Idealism, Great People, Student Loan Forgiveness

    Cons

    Brutal Hours, Hard Work, Psychologically Draining

    Advice to Management

    Communicate realistic expectations to Corps Members

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