City Year Reviews

Updated July 27, 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)

  • Truly concerned about personal and professional growth; feel like you are making a difference in students' lives; staff is very supportive (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours with unpredictable unpaid overtime (including some weekends) (in 44 reviews)

  • There is also a huge lack of consistency in City Year that breeds a lot of resentment between corps members (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Culture and Mission driven organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Strong culture, fantastic people, work driven by a common mission

    Cons

    frequent change due to fast growth


  2. a great opportunity

    Former Employee - Corps Member in Orinda, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Orinda, CA

    I worked at City Year (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great way to get professional experience

    Cons

    long hours for small pay


  3. A long, hard year, but very rewarding

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    The people who are a part of city year are all awesome, passionate individuals. It's amazing to make a tangible impact on the lives of your students.

    Cons

    Making ends meet was sometimes a stretch, the hours are long and draining. The city year culture can sometimes feel a little summer camp-y (jumping around, silly icebreaker games, cheers, etc--but some people really liked this)

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes things felt a bit unorganized. Try to communicate information more clearly and consistently with corps members and team leaders.


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  5. My year as a corps member

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    It was a great experience. I built many relationships with students and developed transferable professional skills.

    Cons

    You work 50-60 hours a week with very little compensation.


  6. AmeriCorps member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse group of individuals all working for the same cause. Working with amazing students. Get to build various skills, and try new things. Learn how to live on a stipend!

    Cons

    Long hours. Terrible communication. Seems like favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Work on effectively communicating to the corps. Office staff try to engage more with those who are working in schools.


  7. Great experience

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

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

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of community and culture Strong feedback

    Cons

    Late hours Management varied greatly in terms of support

    Advice to Management

    Stronger communication about individual expectations


  8. Loved the job and working with the students on a one on one basis

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional Development Working one on one with students

    Cons

    Hours worked during the week


  9. If applying to City Year Detroit, beware.

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Detroit, MI

    I worked at City Year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A challenging environment, you get to work with a diverse group of individuals, you gain a lot of experience in the education field.

    Cons

    The City Year program as a whole is broken: they have a lot to fix. The students they work with are so behind that it is impossible to train non-educators fresh out of college (or still in college) in less than 3 weeks on how to improve their skills with Math and English...

    Advice to Management

    Have a better training program, that actually trains the corps members on how to tutor.


  10. City Year Corps Member

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Literacy Teacher in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Literacy Teacher in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at City Year

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

    Pros

    City Year is definitely challenging especially if you are relocating however the people you meet and the children you will interact with are the best!

    Cons

    I think the primary con is the small stipend and the amount of assistance that you get in finding housing.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be for some of the Corps Members who have previously served to provide information regarding transit, housing, and general lifestyle information to present corps members


  11. lots of work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, decent pay, room for growth

    Cons

    Hard work, high turn over, lots of unpredictable personalities.



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