City Year
3.5 of 5 122 reviews
www.cityyear.org Cleveland, OH 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 28, 2014

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89% Approve of the CEO

City Year President Michael Brown

Michael Brown

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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underpaid overworked loved the kids

City Year Corps Member (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementSpend more time understanding the day to day life of a corps member

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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City Year is alright in my book

City Year Corps Member (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsAmazing professional development
Strong culture and values

ConsNo monetary compensation for all of the hard work we do

Advice to Senior ManagementOrganize yourselves

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rewarding, but very difficult.

City Year Corps Member (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsYou 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementI wish I got paid slightly more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Memorable

Corps Member (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsYou 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementTake time to show your employees how appreciative you are of their hardwork.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewarding experience, but too data driven

City Year Corps Member (Current Employee)

I have been working at City Year full-time

Prosget 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.

ConsCY 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.

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Great mission, questionable execution.

Corp Member (Current Employee)
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 Senior ManagementMore training prior to the beginning of the school year and more training specialized to what we role we will be playing in schools.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An interesting year

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at City Year full-time

ProsGreat moments, you grow a lot during the year.

ConsLong hours and occasionally difficult personalities

Advice to Senior ManagementSpent more time in schools seeing what corps members do.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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City Year

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at City Year full-time

ProsGet to work with students who are so inspiring

ConsLOW LOW payment, get ready to live "stipend friendly"

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Positive Work with Young People, Bizarre and Destructive Company Culture.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosworking with the students is great

Consmajority of management are people only one or two years out of the americorps program and don't have the best management skills

restrictive rules on "fraternization" make city year's frequent, forced, bonding activities even more ridiculous

very little information is shared down the seniority chain, which makes operating effectively hard

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Corps Member (Former Employee)
Miami, FL

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

Prosgreat teammates
meet lifelong friends
the students still your heart

Consprogram managers need more training
lack of structure
poor immediate leadership

Advice to Senior ManagementStructure and accountability be responsible for what you say and do.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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