City Year

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City Year Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
215 Reviews
3.6
215 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awsome!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    The amazing diverse team you get to work with, personal growth, build your leadership, changing the lives of others

    Cons

    can be very straining and tiring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - City Year Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Contractor - City Year Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity for learning, work with a purpose, abundant networking opportunities, if you love kids and teaching (and I mean LOVE) then this is the gig for you.

    Cons

    Limited number of days off, slightly disorganized, hectic work schedule, insane hours, stipend is hard to (safely) live off of, and you're expected to be moving at 300 mph at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would recommend some flexibility with time-off polices, but I know that the government mandates make that hard to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    City Year, Providence, RI

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Assistant in Providence, RI

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    An excellent National Community Outreach Organization

    Cons

    City Year was a very positive experience. I do not have any cons to comment about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for providing me the opportunity to participate in City Year, Providence til 2004, as an Intern/Volunteer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    The mission of City Year DC--to improve the educational outcomes for student in low income areas--is incredibly necessary for the DC community. Serving full-time in high needs public schools as tutors, mentors, and role models allows corps members to form personal relationships with students that many other non-profits cannot begin to establish.

    Cons

    Very long hours for corps members, low AmeriCorps stipend, multiple and competing responsibilities that must be completed in very short time frame

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place the focus of the organization on the corps members, not the donors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    A great way to spend a year working hard to make a difference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    - Strong culture
    - Diverse workgroup with an emphasis on inclusivity
    - Get to make a difference and spend time with children
    - Professional development and future planning is built into your working hours
    - Get to work on a team
    - Environment fosters growth and learning especially with leadership and teamwork skills
    - All Corps Members are between ages 17 and 24
    - Loans can be put into forbearance and you get a Segall Education Award of 5000+ dollars upon completion of the program to put towards loans and/or further education

    Cons

    - Stipend is enough to live on but not much more
    - Long hours (~50/week)
    - The work can be challenging as it is very fast paced, dynamic, and can be emotionally draining
    - Work almost exclusively and very closely with a team
    - Depending on what type of Corps Member you are, you may end up taking work home frequently

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great mission, works in larger cities

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

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

    Pros

    working directly with kids,committed staff, excellent learning opportunity

    Cons

    long hours, low salary (barely livable wage), lack of supervision, too much down time (you're expected to BE there but no one checks up to see if people are actually working during that time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    site had a terrible director (no longer works there). he was kind but aloof and didn't provide us with the guidance that 18-24 year olds need. young people really need to be nurtured during this time in order to grow. Also, i believe CY should not be at smaller sites (less than 50 corps members). I believe the model works very well at larger sites, and i fully believe in its mission, but does not function effectively at smaller sites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Intense, full-time commitment to service at high-need public schools in various cities around the country

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Team-building, professional development, leadership opportunities, teacher training

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, work-life balance, highly structured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up on adherence to City Year culture (values) to be more inclusive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    overall good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    working on a common cause and getting in touch with the kids in the Washington DC community

    Cons

    lack of true benefits, lack of details

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more transparency and detail in terms of what exactly is expected of the experience

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of opportunities, no time for sleep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Working with City Year is a wonderful way to be involved in community affairs while building a strong resume.

    Cons

    I was not given a clear image of what the job would be like, I was expected to move across the country on very short notice, and given very few resources to do so. Also, if you are considering becoming a CY corps member, be ready to live on 4 hours of sleep at night and be in khakis by 6am every morning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes the CY culture isn't inspiring and helpful, it is exhausting. Not being able to call a spade a spade is not only frustrating, but sometimes counter productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great organization, tough to build a sustainable career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Amazing organization that does great work. Strong sense of culture and teamwork. Fun-loving atmosphere. Opportunity for increase in responsibility.

    Cons

    Pay is tough (I'm talking about staff salary, not the corps member stipend). Depending on your site, the culture can feel a little gossipy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage staff members to grow outside of the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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