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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
378 Reviews
3.7
378 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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  1.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America full-time

    Pros

    Great Experience and jump start to teaching career

    Cons

    I have no cons about this positon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great growth environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Energetic, ambitious co-workers working toward an powerful mission.

    Cons

    Like all nonprofits, you are stretched thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on management and continue to invest in people who execute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learning to love talking with uninterested college students

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    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Campus Campaign Coordinator in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    TFA is dedicated to training and continuously improving their workforce, meaning that even student employees have ample opportunities to connect and network with people throughout TFA. Additioanlly, working for TFA really makes you feel as though your work has a purpose.

    Cons

    The work can be difficult and occasionally mind-numbing (hours and hours of data entry, attempting to get the attention of apathetic college students), and the low hourly rate (minimum wage) does not match the level of effort that goes into successful recruitment of top college graduates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome place to start a career!

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; supportive peers; real service. How many jobs can you actually change the trajectory of a young person's life?; excellent entry into work in the U.S. education system

    Cons

    Long hours; emotionally exhausting work with limited recognition and pay (but you should know that going in)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Brief Review of Teach For America

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A mission driven organization filled with passionate people

    Cons

    It can be a competitive environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    Lot of professional development opportunities, working for a great cause with really passionate people.

    Cons

    Very young company, can have some professionalism issues because of this.

  8.  

    Challenging experience, but worth it in the end. I was an '06 Rio Grand Valley Corps Member.

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    Former Employee - Teacher (Corps Member)  in  Brownsville, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher (Corps Member) in Brownsville, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of support from TFA staff and fellow corps members.
    Students in the RGV are wonderful for the most part and seeing them succeed is life changing.
    Institute does a pretty good job of preparing you for what you will face.
    If you end up in the east valley, you will be close to the beach.

    Cons

    It is the hardest job you will ever have.
    Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve. You will work 7 days a week.
    To be in the RGV, you really need to know Spanish.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great mission, but too robotic at times, poor work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Teach For America stands for education equality and is comprised of many hard working and intelligent people. It is a great network to be part of with many resources both in education and other areas/industries.

    Cons

    The staff can be too robotic and too data driven. There is a poor work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Innovative and fast paced

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teach for America as an intern

    Pros

    TFA is a mission driven organization, that is extremely innovative. They know what they are and definitely know what they are NOT. The culture is definitely similar to other non-profits and can be laid back, but given its size and reputation, you must be innovative and ready to move very quickly.

    Cons

    At times TFA can suffer from group think. There are many former Corp members that now work on staff. This type of culture can sometime stifle innovation or cause it to go in direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I worked at Teach for America

    Pros

    I felt supported professionally and socially throughout my two year corps member commitment.

    Cons

    It was difficult adjusting to a new profession, culture and living situation all at the same time.

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