City Year Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
171 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • Love the idea of the company and you can be touched by the stories from the corps members (in 15 reviews)

  • 5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts (in 40 reviews)

  • Also - if Corps members around you decide to be negative, it's hard to fight it (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Rewarding, but very difficult.

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    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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    City Year is alright in my book

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I have been working at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing professional development
    Strong culture and values

    Cons

    No monetary compensation for all of the hard work we do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Memorable

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    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You really make a difference in the lives of others and it's truly great to work with colleagues that share similar passions of education and importance of our youth.

    Cons

    Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts. Since it's a service program the compensation is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to show your employees how appreciative you are of their hardwork.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding experience, but too data driven

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    get to work with some tough but amazing students
    my team is very strong and will be in contact with them after I leave
    great experience working in a school, a great middle step to becoming a teacher.

    Cons

    CY is very data driven, they are most concerned with meeting quota so that they can continue to receive funding. Sometimes I feel pressure to stop my extremely experienced teacher's lesson so that I can do my 40 minute lesson simply to meet quota.. I think this loses focus on what the goal is truly about. Also I think some of the management is incompetent. It is also a non-profit organization so it is always very disorganized, but that is to be expected. I feel like our site always had these big plans that actually ended up not being implemented too well. Also, City Year culture was personally not my thing but many people enjoy it.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great mission, questionable execution.

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    Current Employee - Corp Member  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Corp Member in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -The mission is beautiful
    -The culture has some positives to it
    -The students you work with can brighten your day
    -This gives you a chance not only to grow as an educator, but as a human being
    -Educational benefits for undergraduate and especially graduate school

    Cons

    -The students can bring you down
    -The culture and rules can be overbearing
    -Although anyone can apply, it's probably recommended to have some education background. Although City Year tries to educate it's really not enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training prior to the beginning of the school year and more training specialized to what we role we will be playing in schools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An interesting year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Great moments, you grow a lot during the year.

    Cons

    Long hours and occasionally difficult personalities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spent more time in schools seeing what corps members do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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