At Teach For America, 80 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1629 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.71. It was published on Mar 1, 2017. 17911 Visitors

What Employees Say

People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
My work has special meaning: this is not "just a job".

What They Do

We asked Teach For America to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Our mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Education & Training
US Headquarters: New York, New York US Sites: 70
Major Locations: New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, and Richmond), California; Washington, DC, District of Columbia US Employees: 1,853
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1989

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Perks and Programs

We asked Teach For America to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Flexible Location: While some positions require that a staff member work from a specific office, many of our staff members have the option of working from home or any one of our main or satellite offices across the country. Our Information Technology (IT) team supports a VPN network that allows staff members to connect to our server remotely and provides technology support if connectivity issues arise. Additionally, home office workers are allowed an initial stipend of $500 to set up their home office (i.e. printer, desk, phone, supplies) to meet their business needs.
  • Bright Horizons Back Up Care: Staff members can use 10 days a year of backup care when they need to be at work and their regular child care or adult/elder care arrangements are unavailable. Services include centerbased backup child care, in home backup care for well and mildly ill children, and in home backup adult/elder care. Staff members are responsible for a small co-pay for this service.
  • Paid Winter Break: Since the early 2000s, Teach For America has closed its offices on the work days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This gives staff members the opportunity to truly sign off and be with their family and friends during the holiday season. This week is in addition to the paid time off that Teach For America provides.
  • Staff Led Resource Groups: Resource Groups are optional communities of staff members who share dimensions of identity, background or mission-aligned interests. They are led by a dynamic cadre of staff members from diverse management levels, backgrounds, identities, roles, tenure on staff, etc. They exist to facilitate easy access to identity-relevant resources; to engage around identity-relevant issues; and to give input on diversity, equity and inclusion issues that affect staff.
  • Financial Support for Traveling with Children Under 2: Teach For America pays for 50 percent of an additional caregiver’s travel if staff members who are primary caregivers wish to bring additional help when traveling with infants (up to age 2).
  • Optional identity-based events for staff members: These events will provide an opportunity for staff to build community, explore their identities, and to provide input on key DEI related organizational issues. The goals of each event respectively are to rebuild within communities of sameness, build coalition across lines of difference, and set a collective approach to advance DEI within Teach For America’s staff community.


85% Company-paid health coverage for employees 83% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
85% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • Pre-tax savings account


    • Free snacks during the day
    • Subsidized public transportation
    • On-site package/mailing service
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    32 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 32 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
    10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
    8 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 10 year(s)


    • Flexible schedule (80% use it)
    • Job sharing (1% use it)
    • Telecommute option (80% use it)
    • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)


    60 days Job-protected maternity leave40 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    71 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
    10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    $3,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    40 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


    • Offsite subsidized childcare
    • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
    • Elder care resources
    • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


    • Flu shots
    • Subsidized offsite gym memberships


    • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Speakers of English as a second language
    • 12 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
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    How to Get Hired

    We asked Teach For America for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    We are committed to finding people to join our staff who thrive and succeed in the rigorous and innovative environment at Teach For America. We look for evidence of leadership experience, a deep commitment to learning and growth, strong critical thinking skills, and -- most importantly – a belief in our mission to expand educational opportunity for all kids in America. Our core values are an integral part of the way we operate, so we also consider how individuals demonstrate a genuine interest and alignment with those values.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Our core values are the heart of our culture and define the beliefs that guide how we operate each day. Before interviewing, candidates should explore our website and familiarize themselves with these values; learning about them is a great way to understand how we approach our work together. In addition, we recommend that candidates apply for no more than three positions at a time so that they can tailor their application materials to those particular role(s). Cover letters should demonstrate an understanding of our organization and of the position candidates are pursuing. Resumes should outline past accomplishments, with a focus on management and leadership experiences and measurable results.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    Every year, we run a process to staff programmatic positions across the country. For those managers of teacher leadership - or “teacher coaches” - for our incoming corps members, we look for effective teachers and former teachers who can support corps members in reaching their classroom outcomes.  Additionally, we are always seeking strong executive talent to lead our teams and experienced managers who have set clear and compelling visions, driven large teams to outcomes, and exhibited cultural leadership.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    To learn more about open full-time roles or to apply for a job, check out the careers section of our web site ( You can learn more about our individual regional and national teams, as well as how our values influence the work we do, and our commitment to diversity and equity.   If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of our teacher corps, visit the “Is TFA for You?” section of our website.

    hiring Outlook

    -12% Job Growth 31,492 Applications received
    30% New hires by employee referrals
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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