City Year New York Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience and build great bonds with students.

    Cons

    Long hours and little pay but it's worth it.


  2. Americorps

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

    I have been working at City Year New York full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of training, great way to make friends, and learn about the public education system

    Cons

    Heavy on culture, long hours, limited days off

    Advice to Management

    Great cause, treat corps members like adults


  3. Great way to have an impact and #makebetterhappen

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the students in the school is a really rewarding experience. Corps members (CMs) get ownership of their own lesson plans to run with their students, and there are lots of leadership opportunities for CMs who want to step up and challenge themselves more. City Year spirit is incredibly high, and while it may feel corny at times, it ultimately helps CMs stay motivated throughout the year.

    Cons

    The hours are really long each day, and it's easy to feel burnt out if you lose your motivation. Sometimes the trainings and the events within the organization itself feel irrelevant to service, but there's typically at least one or two things you can take with you back to your school to try with your students.

    Advice to Management

    It would be really helpful if there were more consistency across teams/zones in terms of enforcing rules and reprimanding CMs for being late, uniform violations, etc.


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  5. Definitely a challenging experience there were many ups and downs, but it prepared me greatly for the career I entered.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Impacting students lives and gaining very valuable professional experience that you cannot get anywhere else .

    Cons

    Pay is low, as you are a volunteer
    Depending on manager it's easy to feel unsupported
    Very demanding and draining at times

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you are checking in on the well-being of your corps members opposed to just meeting deadlines.


  6. Dysfunctional administrators but overall a worthwhile experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at City Year New York full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with children, classroom and small group tutoring experience, afterschool program

    Cons

    DISORGANIZED, lack of communication between admin of school and CY people, lack of power in the classroom, waste of time with lots of useless activities planned by your bosses if you're a corps member, too much expected of each individual, incompetent CM's are not fired, no consequences enforced so lots of unprofessionalism


  7. Worked as a people and operations intern at City Year New York. Was in charge of recruiting interns and event planning.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year New York

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very upbeat and positive nonprofit organization. Feedback - giving and receiving feedback is a large part of their culture

    Cons

    Would have liked a more concrete job description


  8. Corps Member

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year New York

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    An opportunity to work in an under-served area and be able to do something meaningful. Many opportunities to network and connect with potential employers.

    Cons

    City Year enjoys making the year as difficult as possible for its corps members. Rules are not enforced equally among the corps members and there is little support for the work we did in schools.

    Advice to Management

    Corps members are the back bone of the organization and you need to appreciate them more.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Things that were so pointless and ridiculous I ask myself why I was still there. It's not for everyone.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Being a role model for students and seeing their minds grow by the day.
    Experience
    personal growth
    well surrounded team with different personalties.
    metro card

    Cons

    Right now I work in the Education Field. I work with mostly middle schoolers. I'm very happy where I am. Probably more happy than I've ever been................
    I can sit here and tell you about the great experiences I had with these students in my 8th grade. But I've learned after a month working for City Year that it's not based around the students. It's based around the city year lifestyle. It's about keeping up with things that don't matter. Things that are so pointless and ridiculous I asked myself why i was still there. When I found the after school space so pointless, the Friday workshops so unhelpful, the rule on wearing your jacket and having your backpack when you travel while in service, the feeling I get when people call it a job when I look it as a program that puts nothing but a hole in one pocket and hours that are far from reasonable. I already know other teaching programs are even more challenging without a doubt...but they actually get paid for the work they do.
    I can honestly say City Year isn't for everyone. You cannot adjust to the City Year lifestyle while having a personal life. I still remember the first day walking into training. I was like "......is this a joke?....". Being on time for first circle everyday. God forbid you didn't have your name tag on. Being "Squishy" at 730am. Right. I wont even talk about the $480 you make after 100 hours in two weeks. Lack of sleep or the ridiculous clothing.

    Your experience will not depend on your students. It will depend on your PM and your TL.

    If it wasn't for my students I would've left City Year the first few weeks of starting it. Not because I don't care for their Education but because I care about them, they're surroundings and where they're heading.

    Advice to Management

    The fact that people's experiences will depend on what kind of PM or TL they have is flat out ridiculous.
    People were getting written up for the most ridiculous things. Sad truth is that I haven't been written up once because of my cool pm. "Cool" as in understanding the bs.

    My advice is..Treat it like a job. Be fair and understanding
    Forget the after school space. Focus more on lesson planning/interventions.
    Have one Friday a month for workshop skills.
    Leave the school when the students leave.
    Imagine from 7:30am to 2:30pm? Fantastic.

    You can say what you want about my post. I really don't care. There are people who loved it and still do. This is based on my opinion and my experiences. Not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing.


  10. A year youll never forget

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Personal growth, life long friends

    Cons

    No time to yourself, lack of money

    Advice to Management

    The culture is overwhelming


  11. 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



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