City Year Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at City Year full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Team structure
    Mentor opportunities
    Professional and personal development avenuses

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    50+ hour/weeks
    Very low salary

  2. Rewarding yet tough Enviornment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    PROS- this organization is family oriented and full of culture (which is hard to get used to at first)

    Cons

    CONS- there is very little pay for staff members with the amount of hours that you are asked to put in. I also found it hard to transition into different departments as were are very siloed

    Advice to Management

    Really look at the talent you have, and help to grow your employees. When hiring don't hire your friends hire those who are capable.

  3. Team Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at City Year full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work many hours for a good cause.
    Strong job culture that leaves little to misunderstand about their goals.

    Cons

    Barely any pay and the education award is taxable.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to find the good in every day. When you hate your job, your TLs will.

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  5. Corps Member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot there.

    Cons

    You make no money there

  6. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. My experience is with CYDC.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you're on a good team, they will be the most interesting group of people you will ever meet. Your team will be one of the only reasons you stay. The kids being the other reason. Great leadership development opportunities throughout especially if you want to be a teacher and lots of opportunities to try new things.

    Cons

    Your service year will vary drastically depending on your team, school/teacher/administration, TL/PM. It follows that you won't be well trained during LDCs on things that you will be doing. It won't be as advertised on the website, there will be hidden surprises. You will probably seriously consider quitting at some point in the year and that's normal because at times what CY asks of you is unreasonable, you just have to do as you're told and keep a positive can-do attitude while you're at it. It won't be as advertised.

    Advice to Management

    Address (senior)corps member concerns ASAP or at least have a dialogue about it. CY should stop promising things it's corps members are struggling to deliver because all you'll get is inaccurate and false data.

  7. Too many hours for little pay, a lot of busy work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

    I have been working at City Year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities, networking events, opportunities to manage and lead others

    Cons

    Cult-like environment, unlivable stipend, you're shunned if you don't align with the far-left agenda

  8. A Humbling Year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    -You know you're making a difference because you see it in the growth of your students academically and mentally.
    -You meet cool people with the same mindset as you.
    -You get to experience a new place.

    Cons

    -You get paid so little
    -Looooooooooooong days
    -Some days emotionally draining

    Advice to Management

    Have bigger stipends so that corps members can be financially comfortable during their year of service.

  9. Helpful (1)

    professional development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    working with children
    experience
    professional development
    networking
    career development

    Cons

    Low pay
    long hours
    not a lot of time off
    strict policies
    not enough support

  10. Intense, full-time commitment to service at high-need public schools in various cities around the country

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Team-building, professional development, leadership opportunities, teacher training

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, work-life balance, highly structured

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up on adherence to City Year culture (values) to be more inclusive

  11. overall good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I worked at City Year

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working on a common cause and getting in touch with the kids in the Washington DC community

    Cons

    lack of true benefits, lack of details

    Advice to Management

    more transparency and detail in terms of what exactly is expected of the experience

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