City Year Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Love the idea of the company and you can be touched by the stories from the corps members (in 18 reviews)

  • Helping students, making a difference (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts (in 44 reviews)

  • Also - if Corps members around you decide to be negative, it's hard to fight it (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Corp Member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible experience. Great Networking. The organization as a whole has a great idea. Very welcoming environment

    Cons

    The actually implementation of their ideas and values is sometime lost. There is a lack of transparency.

  2. The most difficult 10 months ever!

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    Current Contractor - City Year Corps Member in Detroit, MI
    Current Contractor - City Year Corps Member in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at City Year as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    City Year has an inviting culture, very young and fun. Rewarding experience with kids, they are truly the best part of it all

    Cons

    Very political, lots of events where you're just there to make them look good, fundraising is not fun, sometimes not enough work to do on service days

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you're respecting the time of those who work for you. Stop starting things late and and take yourselves more seriously.

  3. Really rewarding personal growth experience.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at City Year full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment full of positive individuals.

    Cons

    Long hours with many school partners who don't always try to align their goals and services.

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  5. Corps Member

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Denver, CO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Student interactions, relationship building, and mentorship are the most rewarding parts of this work. You are in an environment where you feel as though your work is extremely valuable and much needed. A lot of professional development and networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Hours are long and the stipend is small.

  6. Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA

    I have been working at City Year full-time

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

    Pros

    Working with the students is amazing. You build long lasting relationships and you will be pushed passed your comfort zone. Although it is an extremely difficult job-it is worth it every day.

    Cons

    Long hours-communicate corps members objectives more clearly from the very beginning

    Advice to Management

    Communicate corps members objectives more clearly from the very beginning

  7. I learned a lot as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader at City Year Miami.

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    Current Contractor - Team Leader in Miami, FL
    Current Contractor - Team Leader in Miami, FL

    I have been working at City Year as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    City Year is a great mission-focused organization. The connections with students that you make and your service in schools will teach you a lot and make you more grounded to social issues and the problems in the public education system. I enjoyed working with a team and having access to immediate managers in the school house who catered to my professional development. This position also allowed me to learn a lot about Miami. Although I grew up here, There are many aspects of the community that I haven't seen and this organization encourages AmeriCorps Members and staff to take public transit and will often facilitate trainings in public schools all over the county.

    Cons

    The organization tends to micromanage much of your work and you aren't treated as a professional often times (but I do understand the reasoning as many of your cohorts, about 168 at my site when I worked there, haven't had professional experience and do not treat the position as a job).

    Advice to Management

    Try to find better ways to get everyone on the same page. Provide more leadership opportunities for Team Leaders and include them in on "the conversation".

  8. If you enjoy working with kids and making a difference in the lives of others this is the job for you!

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member

    I have been working at City Year full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A year of service is very enlightening and full of experiences from learning how to budget money to educating students. City Year is a great experience if you are willing

    Cons

    Pay is less than minimum wage and the days are tough. Only the strong willed can make it

    Advice to Management

    I wish the following was in the job description:
    You will constantly be managing behavior
    There will be trainings during spring break
    and the days will be longer than you can imagine.

  9. Rewarding yet tough Enviornment

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    PROS- this organization is family oriented and full of culture (which is hard to get used to at first)

    Cons

    CONS- there is very little pay for staff members with the amount of hours that you are asked to put in. I also found it hard to transition into different departments as were are very siloed

    Advice to Management

    Really look at the talent you have, and help to grow your employees. When hiring don't hire your friends hire those who are capable.

  10. Team Leader

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work many hours for a good cause.
    Strong job culture that leaves little to misunderstand about their goals.

    Cons

    Barely any pay and the education award is taxable.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to find the good in every day. When you hate your job, your TLs will.

  11. A valuable and rewarding experience!

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

    I have been working at City Year full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of intentional training. there's a lot of learning and growing room here. Working here is a great experience in community and unique company culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes I feel that City Year is trying to apply a model that doesn't fit all of the schools they are in.

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