City Year

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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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3.5 163 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

City Year President Michael Brown

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(78 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The students, the team I worked with, experience of working with a nonprofit and making a difference were all major pros to this experience(in 8 reviews)

  • There is support from corps members, team leaders, program managers, ect(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts(in 37 reviews)

  • Also - if Corps members around you decide to be negative, it's hard to fight it(in 28 reviews)

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    Wonderful experience despite terrible management

    Corps Member (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsBeing a resource to students is the best part - and it's the reason most people do the job. I worked in a school where I was needed and appreciated (although not everyone had the same experience), and making connections with kids is life-changing.
    Being on a tight-knit team.

    ConsTrainings are horrendous, most are entirely too basic to actually help. Management categorically refuses to keep Corps members in the loop on even the most basic of issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication between higher ups and Corps members has to be better or else people won't recommend the organization to people.

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

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    Challenging and dynamic environment, I felt successful here but also overwhelmed a lot of the time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat people - if you are new to the area and looking to meet people and network this is a great place, personal growth depends on your manager and your work ethic

    ConsThe atmosphere is fast paced and because this is a larger national non-profit there is constantly changing and sometimes conflicting information. Managers need to listen to staff and also hear them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff correctly for growth :)

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

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    The most rewarding and challenging year of my life.

    City Year Corps Member (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsBuild lasting relationships with students long after the year is over.
    Push yourself in ways you didn't think you could.
    Make a serious difference in the lives of the children you work with.

    ConsLittle pay (but this isn't really a con because the idea is that you're volunteering essentially).
    Burned out coworkers who make the job harder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunities for growth, both personally and financially.
    Don't sacrifice quality for quantity. It only hurts the students we serve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    City Year allowed me to finally understand the phrase "Talk is cheap."

    Corps Member (Former Employee)

    ProsCY lets you in on the ground floor on urban education. You get to know their families, their school admin, their school resource centers, their teachers, their after school program, their lunch lady and their janitor. Even though 11 hour days are hard to get used to at first, you will learn to appreciate the fact that you get to be with the kids all day and nobody else gets that chance. As a CY corps member, you get to be one of the few stable entities in a student's live for 10 months, and that is a huge deal when their life is filled with inconsistency.

    My site was only in its second year, but I still had the chance to participate in MANY leadership opportunities and interact with the community.

    ConsWhile the actual job of serving students on their campus (which is 85% of the job) is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears, the organization could use a lot of work when it comes to connecting with those on the front lines and those behind the scenes. Your program manager (and Team Leader) is with you at the school site, but the "office people" barely know what was up (again, I can only speak for my site). This showed most when it came to "office days." The benefits are horrible. Get on government assistance asap, you will earn every free service you get (food stamps, medical care, etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo those in the office: Talk is cheap. Be an idealist, not just an optimist like you preach to us.
    To those on the ground with us: Thank you for acting as a liaison between the office and the school, I couldn't do that gracefully, but you guys do it well.
    To both: You guys need to step it up with LACY (Leadership After City Year), I just left and it was very difficult to find the time to find a job. But, I found one, with full benefits (thank goodness).

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

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    great culture, tough work, and idealism abound at City Year.

    Operations (Current Employee)

    Prosamazing culture, upbeat and positive co-workers, transparency, and diversity of the staff and corps.

    Conspay, long hours, expectation of working beyond what is expected.

    Advice to Senior Managementfor the leadership to lead by example when it comes to work-life balance.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    Pros-The students, the team I worked with, experience of working with a nonprofit and making a difference were all major pros to this experience. In addition they provide information for many other opportunities to volunteer or work after your service year.

    Cons-Really long hours for just a stipend. It is hard to manage but definitely doable. I think the pros far outweigh the cons

    Advice to Senior Management-Let those applying for such a serious commitment know more about what they are signing up for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding service, if you can keep your heart in it.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while being supported by a caring staff and team.

    ConsPay is low, and hours can be long. Very easy to burn out, or to retreat into cynicism. City Year has an extremely strong culture that may not be for everyone.

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

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    Long and helpful journey

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCity Year is an organization that helps you grow in personal and professional ways. The people working there believe in the mission and each other which allows you to have a shared experience and many mentors. You have many opportunities available to you which can leave you feeling drained and tired, but it is worth the journey.

    ConsAs with any organization, there are internal politics and some people that do not live up to the values which, depending on the level of those individuals, can pollute the working environment. With the stress and intensity of the work people can make poor choices and harm relationships. As a whole though, the people working their try to keep the working environment positive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFewer goals and more on-going professional development on helping people with leading and management skills will continue to help the "Cons" mentioned here.

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

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    One of the most intense years of my life

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with a team of peers, a sense of making a difference in the lives of children, personal growth, and knowing that you are capable of so much.

    ConsThe hours are ridiculously long and expectations are high, because it's a volunteer program the financial help is very small, and burnout.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn terms of hours, you have to remember that cops members are people and that they WILL perform worse if they burn out.

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    Great jobe

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLIfe changeing event that i will forever cherish

    Conslong process and it seems as if the days never end

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