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Teach for America Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
383 Reviews
3.8
383 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are with a supportive corps, excellent professional development (in 46 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home and have a flexible schedule (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance involved in the corps commitment is a significant challenge (in 41 reviews)

  • Long hours and work/personal life balance can be difficult as a first year (in 30 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Corp Member

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    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - TFA Corps Member in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Professional development/training to fresh out of college students without strong corporate background. A great place to challenge yourself-- you will be thrown into a place with little to no structure and forced to create systems/structure that works for you and your students. Not recommended for everyone.

    Cons

    There may be truth to the claim that TFA expanded too quickly and is now experiencing the pains of having grown too fast without a concrete plan. Also, there is very little diversity despite being a progressive non-profit organization.

    Recommends
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    Teach for America

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

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

    Pros

    Great to give back to the community. Great to be a part of a national movement for change. TFA really helps prepare you for the classroom. The teamwork and focus on a single goal (e.g. improving schools) helps ease the learning curve in terms of becoming a teacher.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of handwork and limited resources. Creativity is key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Great job.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    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
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  5.  

    Challenging, demanding, and rewarding experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. You learn a lot about the community you teach in and about yourself as a corps member.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve (especially in your first year). You will work 7 days a week.
    Institute doesn't prepare you for exactly what your school/classroom will be like (especially if your summer training is in a completely different region of the US than where your placement school is - the demographic make-up of your school could be vastly different)

    Recommends
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    Great growth environment

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    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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.

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    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

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