City Year
3.5 of 5 146 reviews
www.cityyear.org Cleveland, OH 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 25, 2014

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90% Approve of the CEO

City Year President Michael Brown

Michael Brown

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Incredibly rewarding, challenging, and growing experience.

    Corps Member/Team Leader (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsAs a Team Leader:
    - Sobrato AmeriCorps Subsidized Housing
    - The support from managers and Village team
    - Seeing the incredible impact and work your team does
    - Increase in stipend pay (appx. $75 bi-weekly increase)
    - Extremely humbling and growing experience
    - Networking/mentoring opportunities

    As a Corps Member (this includes TL Role):
    - Grows you in indescribable ways (patience, strength and resilience, time management, leadership, empathy, etc.)
    - Free VTA monthly transit pass!
    - Qualify for food stamps (appx. $194/month)
    - Program Managers, Team Leaders, and Staff genuinely care about your well-being and work/life balance
    - Very strong culture, mission, and values that push the organization to be truly ethical, purpose-driven, and passionate (Could be seen as a con to others)
    - Traditional school calendar work dates

    ConsAs a Team Leader:
    - Due in-part from socialization/fraternization rules and the few others in your position, strong feeling of isolation and loneliness throughout the year.
    - Added responsibility and challenge to balance being more of a middle manager.

    As a Corps Member (this includes TL Role):
    - Rare to feel appreciated by the community and staff for your service (not to be expected but does make it harder)
    - The challenge and struggle it is to truly make an impact
    - The workload placed upon you is immense along with personal efforts to better support your students
    - 11 hour service days with 11 sick/vacation days for the year.

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

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    Great workplace environment and clear organizational mission

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe best thing is by far the people. It is hard to find co workers and managers who care more about your professional development and wellbeing or who have a passion for the work like those that work for City Year.

    ConsAlthough it should be clear when working for a non profit the sheer around of hours and low pay take a toll on the long term prospects of people who work for the organization.

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

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    Amazing Year of Service!

    City Year Corps Member (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsChanging childrens live is worth it!

    ConsLong hours, little to no pay!

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

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    Incredibly challenging, but it will most certainly change your life.

    Corps Member (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsYou will look back at the year and be proud of yourself. You get to work full-time in incredibly challenged schools (no teaching experience required), work alongside some of the most inspiring people you could meet, and have access to tons of opportunities to grow yourself professionally and as a leader.

    ConsAt times you'll get frustrated with City Year as an organization, but it's a non-profit and you have to be able to let those things go if you want to keep your sanity. If you can do that, you'll be just fine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe grateful for and respectful to corps members who give a year of their lives

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Powerful service performed by normal people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to see a lot of issues with education, and then be able to work with a team to try to address these issues. A lot of different outlooks, a lot of different people, from different environments, all coming together to make our cities a better place. It's like an ultimate team.

    ConsYou are kept extremely busy, and if your heart isn't in the service, you will not make it. You will cry, you will want to scream, but by the end of the day, if you have made impact on at least one kid, to have one kid tell you that you made their life better, it all becomes worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the powerful service and make sure that your Corps Members feel that you are there with them in their service.

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    One of the most rewarding and challenging experiences you'll ever have.

    Corps Member (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThis will be one of the greatest, most challenging, and rewarding experiences in your life working alongside some of the greatest people you'll ever meet.

    ConsBe prepared to jump in and live your life with City Year, there's a difficult work-life balance and the more you realize it will take over the better it will be. The long hours are draining, but worth it and the pay isn't good but that's the point.

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

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    Great organization, constantly evolving but overall you can't go wrong

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people and the mission make City Year what it is!

    ConsNot the best work/life balance, but it's for a great cause.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsGreat professional development, good place to start a career in the education or nonprofit field

    ConsLong hours, hard work, not much pay (because it is funded by AmeriCorps)

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

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    City Year Corps Member (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsEmpowering students, working on an energetic and passionate team, collaborating with teachers in and outside classrooms, understanding politics between socioeconimic and educational opportunities, the independence of running individual after school programs, the culture and commitment of City Year's mission and values, the Segal education award after completing 1700 hours with students.

    ConsLong hours, takes a long time to receive, important data, time and pressure of meeting certain expectations in 10 months

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

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    Wonderful organization with strong mission.

    City Year Corps Member (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsStrong and unique organizational culture and values. Belief in services to a cause greater than self. Great professional development opportunities.

    ConsLow work/life balance. Average work week is 50-60 hours.

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

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