Citizen Schools Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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  • 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. Great job for young people looking to make a difference or go into education.

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

    I worked at Citizen Schools

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health insurance was offered for part time teachers, which is a great gig if you are in college. Great information and structure for employees and clear tracks to advancement. New sites or those in transition can be challenging, but a part of the job of creating community.

    Cons

    Can really be challenging if the school you are working at is not on board, but that is not usually the fault of CS.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more quantitative feedback/statistics about job performance.


  2. Excellent culture, mission, and program

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

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - At any level, you have the ability to share ideas with senior leaders and execute on your ideas - Work/life balance at the HQ is quite good. You may need to manage expectations initially, but if you show you can deliver excellent work, you can leave between 5-6pm every day. -Growing organization gaining wider profile in education sector, exciting place to work

    Cons

    - In a management role, make sure you get to campus frequently to see the students, otherwise you may feel disconnected at times. - Like any growing organization, Citizen Schools is still trying to find its true brand and going through some minor growing pains

    Advice to Management

    - Keep focused on the mission. Funding is important, but don't make decisions because of funding. Make decisions because of the mission, execute well, and the funding will come.


  3. Great team, incredible vision

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citizen Schools

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

    Pros

    Citizen Schools is changing the world for the better - one child at a time. They are passionate about their mission, and the students create inspiring work.

    Cons

    Slow-moving at times, but then again, it is a non-profit company. Important to keep the connections between teachers, students, and Citizen School staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the incredible drive and passion!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A Team Leader for children in an after school program

    Former Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX

    I worked at Citizen Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very positive, motivating environment in which staff were always encouraged to use their creativity whilst planning the sessions for the students.

    Cons

    No real cons, just challenges to address, such as keeping on top of issues that teenagers are facing in today's world, and adjusting the curriculum delivery to keep their attention. This was a part time job, and I needed to work more hours. That was they only reason I left.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to motivate and encourage staff, and consider how that this position could be reviewed, in order to change it into a full time position.


  6. I only have great things to say. This is a wonderful volunteer program, I highly recommend it.

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    Former Employee - Citizen Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Citizen Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Citizen Schools part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, great for anyone looking into teaching, or just something rewarding to do

    Cons

    The commute, for me, was a little difficult since I was coming from Long Island

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing!


  7. Flexible and encouraging work environment

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    • 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.


  8. 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.


  9. Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citizen Schools

    Pros

    I loved my internship with Citizen Schools. I was just there for the summer but it was a laid back environment with wonderful people and great mentors. I recommend it to any intern interested in education non-profit, Americorp, and the like.

    Cons

    No real cons. It was an overall great experience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A teaching fellow at Citizen Schools is half the impact, stress, and salary of a full time teacher.

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent HR department, supportive work environment, opportunity to positively impact students' lives

    Cons

    Few advanced career opportunities within the organization, job security dependent on grants and fluctuating budgets of public school systems, AmeriCorps salary only realistic for recent graduates, organization is the best academic after-school program for public schools in the U.S; but prone to all the faults and misguided goals of public schooling, including standardized testing and a STEM-heavy emphasis.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing program, given the right school conditions, and turnover was a challenge.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great program model. Working with volunteers in the hands on aspects were really engaging for the students, they got to apply things to the real world context. The teaching staff worked together as a team and were tight and supported each other. The leadership was really bought in on the mission. The administrative structure make sense as does the data measurement.

    Cons

    Staff retention and satisfaction were a challenge. The part time teaching role was not paid enough to make the job attractive so it turned over. Sometimes there was too much on the plate of teaching fellows, and not enough support and good curriculum. The headquarters was sometimes insulated from the reality on the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the balance of apprenticeship career based classes and academics, it seems Citizen Schools is not a test prep organization but may be pushed that way. Figure out something to replace part time teaching role, that is manageable and that has livable salary.



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