City Year New York

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City Year New York Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Working at City Year

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year New York

    Pros

    Team environment, working with children

    Cons

    Wages and living expenses

  2.  

    A year youll never forget

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I worked at City Year New York full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Personal growth, life long friends

    Cons

    No time to yourself, lack of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is overwhelming

  3.  

    Great opportunity to "volunteer" in the educational field

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY

    I worked at City Year New York as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great hands on experience working with children in classroom setting
    - Creative control over lesson planning
    - Opportunity to move up in org.

    Cons

    Long hours/little pay
    Job description does not capture all of your responsibilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I worked at City Year New York full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are devoting yourself to public service for a year. You are serving disadvantaged populations and making a difference. Opportunities for personal growth are offered.

    Cons

    Like others have mentioned, very strict policies and procedures that come off as over-the-top when corps members are college grads. Compensation and benefits are minimal, which while not entirely unexpected being that it's a non-profit and corp members are "volunteering" their time, makes it difficult to retain talented individuals. Company culture is not for everyone. Being idealistic and passionate are qualities that should be emphasized, but the ways they are promoted within the company culture can be forced at times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    It was an experience..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I worked at City Year New York full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    City Year definitely allows you to grow as a person in many ways. You learn to adapt to new situations, work with a variety of people and manage your time. City Year offers a lot of support in leadership and career growth. There are many opportunities for networking, resume workshops as well as career focused workshops. There is a lot of room for growth in the organization; i.e. it is relatively easy to move up levels once you have completed a corps. year.

    Cons

    It is a difficult environment to get used to and there are many strict rules. There is not a lot of time off, it is low paid and you need to wear a uniform. I felt like a lot of the training was a waste of time and could have been better done. Since it is such a new organization, organizational development is something City Year definitely needs to work on. The hierarchy in City Year can be very frustrating. There were often changes in schedule or policies that were relayed very last minute. Hours can be very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    What kept me grounded was keeping the bigger picture in mind: I was developing resiliency as a professional.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at City Year New York full-time

    Pros

    Had an amazing manager that was empathetic and really cared about how we grew, though it helped that she was also new to the organization.

    Teammate appreciation activities and commitment to the organization's culture and values is very strong.

    Accomplished great work in schools and in communities we serve.

    ED and Dean are very friendly. David Kaplan is an amazing individual!

    Cons

    Clique-y staff.

    No staff person or department is dedicated to improving work culture and staff appreciation in forms beyond a pat on the back. Though everyone is driven by the goodness of their hearts, that tiny salary/stipend can be a downer. If Habitat for Humanity can work up perks, can CYNY's development department push a little more with sponsors and find at least some Chipotle vouchers? How about Mets tickets? Free lunch buffet once a month?

    Cultural divide between full-time staff and office-based senior corps members is really evident. Seniority does not make it okay to treat corps members like uneducated, unqualified effluvia. And corps members need training and support in how to translate their passion and work style into an office environment. Give them some benefit of the doubt, most of them have never had a full time job and they have to be in an office environment in Timbs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in enforcing a business casual look for office-based corps members. Even if you had to stick to a uniform, the CY button up, black pants/skirt, and professional black shoes is both a physical and mental representation of dignity and professionalism that sets the tone for them. They're coming into a cultural shock of not dealing with kids but hard deadlines and computer work. Give clear boundaries, consequences, and rewards.

    Especially awards. Instead of being reactive, be more proactive in recognizing unsung heroes and people who consistently do good work.

    Recommends
  8.  

    It's what you make it

    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I worked at City Year New York full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It offers a lot of opportunities for personal growth, as well as constantly putting you out of your comfort zone, which forces you to adapt to new situations. Also a lot of networking opportunities to take advantage of.

    Cons

    Not very much time off, very strict policies and procedures, and you will not have any money. Most people have a long commute and will work +50 hours a week.

  9.  

    Corps Member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at City Year New York full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Making an impact with students.

    Cons

    Tedious Work, Tough Dynamics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control for Corps Member experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Give a Year, learn a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at City Year New York full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    City Year not only focuses on the work you do in school, but also on growing your leadership potential. So this can be a con depending on how you look at it. Corps Members learn what it is like to work in a day-to-day job, where most of us have never had a "real" job before.

    Cons

    Still a new organization, so there are often quick changes and you often have to wait a really long time for something to roll out because it has to go through management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with Corps Members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Service over City Year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at City Year New York full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You will be able to notice the difference you are making in student's lives daily. Free monthly metro cards. Lots of career networking and scholarships available if you're pursuing education.

    Cons

    Unprofessional/inconsistent company. Long hours, usually 7:30am to 6pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the Corps like adults and they will act like adults instead of immature kids.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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