City Year New York

  www.cityyear.org
  www.cityyear.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

City Year New York Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
12 Reviews
3.1
12 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
CEO
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    It was an experience..

    • 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 for less than a 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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    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 for less than a 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.

  6.  

    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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    The position is really rewarding, but the leadership is very poor.

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Very rewarding, joys of working with children, unlimited Metro Card, the position is strong

    Cons

    benefits, stipend not a salary, leadership is callous and too focused on numbers (hours with students and grades)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging employees, plan further in advance, give workers notice, give some positive feedback to workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    City Year New York is an amazing experience

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    CYNY gives you the opportunity to work with a diverse group of passionate individuals, who are all interested in addressing the implementation gap.

    Cons

    The stipend is really difficult to live on. If you take into consideration how expensive housing and food is everywhere, you really have to calculate how you will spend your money to the penny.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Challenging Experience

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to work with students, great team environment,

    Cons

    long hours, management can be inconsiderate, heavy focus on date

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on making sure the Corps is happy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

Worked for City Year New York? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.