Citizen Schools Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Pros
  • The people, the professional development, the commitment to the mission (in 4 reviews)

  • There is only room for growth if you worked for TFA check out their website and look at each person's bio (Majority to all products of TFA) Get real (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Big gap in perceptions between Teaching Fellows and full-time staff (in 8 reviews)

  • Slow-moving at times, but then again, it is a non-profit company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Hard Work, But Managable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Teaching Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - National Teaching Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The students are my main reason for working here. They struggle, but still try their best when pushed in the right direction. The Americorp grant helps also. The DCDs and the CD on my campus were helpful.

    Cons

    The hours are long and sometimes tedious. School staff are known to treat Teaching Fellows as though we are not equals and give us tasks they would rather not do.

    Advice to Management

    Really establish a region-wide culture that is united. Give more opportunities for the cohort to meet up outside of work during the year.


  2. Teaching Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working closely and building relationships with students and school staff, gaining professional development via training and lead role projects, gaining experience in the social sector/nonprofits

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, emotionally exhausting

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention. Many TF's could make great campus leaders.


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    Teaching Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great people work there
    A lot of great teaching experience and the kids will change your life
    Mission is good and people care about what they are doing
    Apprenticeships are amazing and really give students new and enriching learning opportunities

    Cons

    As a TF you are required to work really long and stressful hours
    Structures are not really in place and training is weak
    Every school is so different that it is tough to learn from other campuses
    TF's have to manage other TF's all the time, yet they are not given adequate support to
    Headquarters and administration is often disconnected from the work on the ground
    You should try to gain some background knowledge in the subject you will teach before you start, because once you get going you will get little support and not enough time to do that learning on the side

    Advice to Management

    You really need to be a creative self-starter in this job because if you aren't then you will have little support in how to get your job done. Start messaging earlier (and recruit specific talents in the hiring process) to TF's that they will need to do a lot of learning by doing and things will not just be done for them. And because of this, and other people have said this too, administration needs to recognize the efforts and talents of the TF's and TA's much more frequently. They tell you are the "life-blood" of the organization but members of the administration almost never ask them for critical feedback. Ask for it, because TF's and TA's have a lot of insight.


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    Teaching Fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Expose students to new experiences and skills that they wouldn't otherwise have access to.

    Cons

    Very poor compensation. Difficult to have work/life balance. Systems are not consistent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on staff retention. Increase 2nd year pay. Include performance bonuses.


  6. Teaching Fellowship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic mission. Citizen Schools prioritizes professional development. You are constantly evaluated in an continuous effort to grow. Get to work with a lot of business professionals who partner with your organization to teach apprenticeships. There are a lot of leadership opportunities.

    Cons

    The Teaching Fellowship is a very demanding and stressful job. You are working with low-income middle school students and communities. Can be very challenging.


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    Teaching Fellowship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Citizen Schools (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Cause
    Experience in Public Schools
    Professional Development
    Networking Opportunities

    Cons

    Your experience, whether positive or negative, is completely dependent on the manager or campus director at your school.
    Poor training and development of management
    Teaching fellows (TFs) not respected as professionals - culture issue at the organization - regardless of skills and experience, TFs are viewed as if they have no skills and experiences, and are often considered to be disposable by upper management

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with the same values you are working to instill in educators toward students. Look for strengths, skills, and unique abilities. Listen to the ideas of everyone in your organization - especially people working directly with schools and students. Do not simply use students and communities for your fundraising needs. When your focus is legitimately on ensuring the success of students and providing access to opportunities, you will easily find support for this cause.


  8. Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very past-paced, constant evolution of the company

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth unless you come in with teaching experience

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your associates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Teaching Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity to work closely with a school without any initial teaching experience

    Cons

    Citizen Schools itself pays Teaching Fellows low wages and demands high hours - turnover rate is near 100% on our campus

    Advice to Management

    Your TFs are the face of your organization - treat them with respect and dignity, otherwise schools will have no reason to retain your organization


  10. Flexible and encouraging work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A team of dedicated, passionate and talented individuals working towards a unified goal of bridging the opportunity gap. At the end of the day, the work each team does here on a daily basis is to enrich the lives of students in lower income middle schools.

    Cons

    Working in HQ sometimes it's hard to feel connected to the day-to-day work that our AmeriCorps service members, campus staff and Citizen Teachers are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work.


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    Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot, quick growth

    Cons

    management could be better. Turnover factory.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retention



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