City Year Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Challenging and stressful, but the most worthwhile job I've ever done.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Have an impact in some of the nation's most challenging schools, work with great people, and never wake up feeling like you're going to work.

    Cons

    The hours are a little rough, there can be a steep learning curve for the systems and culture in place, and the culture can be a little overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being more transparent with everyone involved in the organization is important, and remember the value of seeing everyone's humanity before you make a decision.

    Recommends
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  2. A life changing experience that would benefit any young person coming out of high school or college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    Young idealistic co-workers with similar interests

    Cons

    Some of the partner schools inhibit the organization from doing the most that it can, and the organization does not yet have the means to address this adequately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain greater leverage from partner schools

    Recommends
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  3. great

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    leaderships development, team development, community outreach

    Cons

    long hours, pay, sometimes unorganized, but most non -profits can be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a few more days off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. City Year, Providence, RI

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Assistant in Providence, RI

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    An excellent National Community Outreach Organization

    Cons

    City Year was a very positive experience. I do not have any cons to comment about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for providing me the opportunity to participate in City Year, Providence til 2004, as an Intern/Volunteer.

    Recommends
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  6. Exhilirating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture
    Working with passionate and motivated people
    Able to pick lesson plans and students to work with
    Get to work on a team so support and advice from others is there. You definitely don't feel alone as you have people going through the same thing with you everyday
    Opportunity to stand out with leadership roles and positions
    Sponsored by different business and organization such as Disney, WarnerBros, Sony and they give you great perks!!

    Cons

    Long hours and sometimes 6-day work week
    Teachers are sometimes relentless to corps members in the classroom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Impactful work. You will develop personally and professionally.

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and development.
    Numerous opportunities to take on interesting projects and roles.
    Strong support from management.
    Opportunity to work with kids who need you.

    Cons

    Living stipend is small.
    Long hours; work environment can be stressful.
    Little opportunity for promotion of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support corps members with top notch training. He creative with rewarding quality corps members for their good work.

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  8. Best thing I ever did

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I met the most wonderful people, challenged myself in ways that I didn't know possible, and worked with the funniest kids. I grew tremendously as a person; it shaped who I am as an adult. Moreover, it prepares you well for the rest of your life- school, work, relationships, etc.

    Cons

    This job is extremely stressful; you work ten hour days against a system that promotes the failure of your students. Behavior management seems impossible at times. You fill in gaps wherever they're needed in the school where you serve, coming up against idiotic red tape wherever you go. That has more to do with the education system than with City Year; CY management itself is far from perfect, but I got lucky and had two amazing people overseeing me directly. The uniform is not cute, and you have to do some goofy, infantile tasks at times, like PT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within the corps member pool. In my experience, managers and higher-ups who actually did a corps year themselves were much more understanding, supportive, and bearable than those who did not.

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  9. It was an experience to have

    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    The relationships between co-workers and students is always a reward

    Cons

    Having to work long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits you get money to either go to school or put that money toward loans you took out for school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. excellent work experience

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Orlando, FL

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    excellent coworkers and very supportive staff, exposure to many facets of education and nonprofit fields.

    Cons

    living on a stipend, not a salary can be challenging

    Recommends
  11. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Development Manager
    Former Employee - Development Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people, great cause, constantly challenged to do your best with a wonderful, supportive network

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be improved

    Recommends
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