City Year

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City Year Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
193 Reviews
3.7
193 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Love the idea of the company and you can be touched by the stories from the corps members (in 18 reviews)

  • Helping students, making a difference (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts (in 44 reviews)

  • Also - if Corps members around you decide to be negative, it's hard to fight it (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great passion... niche organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal culture for the right people! Always growing and thinking of what's next. Great place to learn true leadership! The people are great!

    Cons

    Lack of true transparency at some levels of leadership. Sometimes, the processes are slow to move and could use more outside hires to help transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to create a common understanding of good leadership at all levels and in all locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great foot in the door to education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    Not enough realistic training on the issues that you will face in the work force. The segal award at the end is useful for loan debt.

    Cons

    A LOT OF HOURS for very little compensation and no opportunity for advancement.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding work with students, terrible team/work dynamic

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    City Year does offer a lot of training (almost a month in my case) and some of the classes were very helpful.
    Getting to experience a different school environment than I was brought up in
    Working one on one with unique students who all have a story to tell
    Seeing students improve
    Scholarship Money at the completion on your AmeriCorps Term of service

    Cons

    Don't like the team you were assigned to? Tough. Deal with it.
    Team Leader or Program Manager doesn't like you? Get ready for a bumpy year.
    VERY strict time off policies (yes this includes deaths, illness, MEDICAL APPOINMENTS, etc)
    A lot of the training does not prepare you for what to actually expect in schools. The trainings and ideas look great on paper but do not work at every school and definitely not with every student.
    Not able to intervene in dangerous situations.
    Expected that you stay past the end of the day if things were running late regardless of your life outside of CY
    Treated like a monster if you didn't agree with every political, social, religious, life value that the majority agreed with.
    If you're white, you're treated like you and only you have ever received privilege and you should feel guilty and ashamed for it, despite the fact that you're choosing to work in a school and mentor and tutor students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management in Boston really needs to consider the cost of living in each specific city and adjust stipends based on that. 450 before taxes twice a month is not enough to live in a safe, clean area in Philadelphia and feed yourself and keep the bills paid. 11+ hour work days for what a program manager called "illegal wages elsewhere" really do start to get to a corps member.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work/ life balance difficult

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at City Year full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helping students, making a difference

    Cons

    Hours worked vs pay. High turn over in staff. No good time to take a vacation. Limited professional growth options

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    corps member

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA

    I worked at City Year full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work you do is meaningful.

    Cons

    CY culture isn't for everyone and it's intense.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding but no compensation

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA

    I worked at City Year full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with kids was very rewarding

    Cons

    Long hours, very minimal pay, "drink the Kool-Aid" mentality, AWFUL uniforms (that were not made for a woman's body)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worth it for the kids

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Get to meet amazing kids, a great program to give back to the community

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations for time, I felt like my time was wasted outside of the classroom, staff was extremely unprofessional at times (gossiping about corps members etc)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A rewarding opportunity to be a part of a public school, but City Year does not uphold some of their own values

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at City Year full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - An opportunity to be a contributing member of a public school without higher degrees or experience
    - Able to get to know students with one-on-one tutoring and mentoring time
    - Working at a school by adding resources that would not otherwise be there (you are not taking jobs, but adding more resources to the school)
    - Experience working closely with a team
    - Development or strengthening of work ethic

    Cons

    - 10-12 hour days with no lunch break; also sometimes required to work on weekends
    - A stipend that is almost impossible to live on (of all Americorps programs, City Year pays the least)
    - Little to no organizational support maintaining physical or mental health
    - A strong organizational culture, for me over-strong, including stringent uniform regulations, behavior requirements (IE. while in uniform you cannot cross the street without a walk signal, sit on public transportation, listen to head phones, etc), group physical training (PT), required call and response, if you are one minute late to work or to a meeting you may receive a disciplinary "occurrence", etc.
    - City Year does not uphold their advertised commitment to diversity, racial and otherwise; in City Year Boston, we did not even closely represent out student body as BPS students are about 80% of color while the City Year Boston corps was about 20% people of color last year
    - General ed trainings were often very time consuming, but unhelpful and social justice trainings were often dysfunctional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Explore options to raise pay so that individuals who may not have a financial safety net are more able to participate, especially community members and people of color
    - Until it improves, do not mis-advertise City Year's diversity
    - Deepen support for corps members and consider options to reduce the number of things that corps members are responsible for
    - Consider allowing an evolution in City Year culture to match the current realities of the program
    - Bring in experts to do trainings, especially social justice trainings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    underpaid overworked loved the kids

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The connections that you build with students and teachers are amazing and your fellow corps members can change your life.

    Cons

    No work life balance, often times you will become frustrated because of systematic hurdles you have to jump because upper management feels like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time understanding the day to day life of a corps member

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding, but very difficult.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at City Year full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with a group of your peers with who you will grow a deep bond with. You will also work directly with students who will become very close to you. If you put in hard work, the results you will see in your students is very rewarding.

    Cons

    You get paid practically nothing and you work about 10 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I got paid slightly more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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