Citizen Schools Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
36 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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    I experienced that I can make a difference in the lives of children.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Citizen Schools as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Citizen Schools is the freedom that they allow a person to have in terms of teaching his or her field of excellence.

    Cons

    A person cannot be greedy when working with Citizen Schools. If you are selfish, then this company is not for you. You must be willing to dedicate your time for the cause, and you must expect the intrinsic value of your work to be the most satisfying wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please encourage the students to be Citizen Schools teachers.

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    Great team, incredible vision

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citizen Schools

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the incredible drive and passion!

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    Excellent culture, mission, and program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, HQ  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager, HQ in Boston, MA

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

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    Great job for young people looking to make a difference or go into education.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citizen Schools

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Offer more quantitative feedback/statistics about job performance.

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    A hard job, but often worthwhile

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, you get to grow as an individual and have multiple roles in the organization.

    Cons

    Challenging, compensation a low stipend, not immediately thankful work.

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great but extremely stressful

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

    I worked at Citizen Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will get a great insight on challenges face students in low-income schools. You will understand the education system in middle schools. This will allow you determine if you want to continue in the education sector or not

    Cons

    Way too stressful for the pay you receive. You can’t even afford a medical insurance of the salary you receive. They say it is a part-time position but honestly, you will have to put in way more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees feel more appreciated

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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great educational non-profit that in helping close the Opportunity Gap in America.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great room for growth
    - PD and benefits are great
    - Young organization with dedicated individuals and future leaders in education.

    Cons

    - We aren't everywhere
    - A lot of turnaround in some areas

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you're in the "in crowd" you can virtually create your own career path and define your own job based on your strengths. They are great at giving stretch opportunities and taking a risk on up and coming talent for big, executive level jobs.

    Cons

    People hired from the outside are valued more than fellows who "grew up" at Citizen Schools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value everyone equally based on the work they contribute rather than assuming the school, degree or company on their resume makes them a more valuable asset to the organization.

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    I love the culture, it takes it seriously

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    Current Employee - Deputy Campus Director
    Current Employee - Deputy Campus Director

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    The people, the professional development, the commitment to the mission.

    Cons

    The pay is not = to workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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