City Year Reviews

Updated March 31, 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. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Meaningful work, great people, meager pay.

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great work insight into the education world
    Multiple connections to different graduate schools, and other opportunities.
    Networking opportunities

    Cons

    Many weeks, you often work up to 50 hours while earning compensation way below the poverty line. They actually encourage their employees to get food stamps.
    Not a great job to do after being in the workforce for a while

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay and level out the work-life balance in this organization. They could also form a stronger partnership with Teach For America.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Challenging and stressful, but the most worthwhile job I've ever done.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Have an impact in some of the nation's most challenging schools, work with great people, and never wake up feeling like you're going to work.

    Cons

    The hours are a little rough, there can be a steep learning curve for the systems and culture in place, and the culture can be a little overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being more transparent with everyone involved in the organization is important, and remember the value of seeing everyone's humanity before you make a decision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. A life changing experience that would benefit any young person coming out of high school or college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    Young idealistic co-workers with similar interests

    Cons

    Some of the partner schools inhibit the organization from doing the most that it can, and the organization does not yet have the means to address this adequately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain greater leverage from partner schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. It was idealistic

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with underprivileged children
    Working with a close knit team provides great dynamics and lasting friendships

    Cons

    City Year has a crazy culture that is not for everyone, it may be hard for some to adjust
    Lack of transparency between management and cm's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better explain what is expected and how the year is going to go.
    The first month of training provides no insight to what the year i actually going to be like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 10 months, In-and-Out

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to test out a new city, meet hundreds of people, ground level of US education policy in the field.

    Cons

    Rigid and almost cult-like mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with more respect than like cogs in a machine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. It is a great place to work that is very organized and intentional

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    There is a lot of support from higher ups throughout the year

    Cons

    Long days with very little pay

  9. Too many hours for little pay, a lot of busy work

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities, networking events, opportunities to manage and lead others

    Cons

    Cult-like environment, unlivable stipend, you're shunned if you don't align with the far-left agenda

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Impactful service for those with the passion and drive to do it.

    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    You build strong connections with the kids you work with and can make a positive impact on them. City Years work in teams at schools, so you have a strong base of support and advice. CY also emphasizes the importance of finding a career you love after your year of service, and they give you plenty of resources to help with that search.

    Cons

    You work long hours (both in and out of school, since you need to write lesson plans and do some paperwork), and get paid a stipend that's below minimum wage until you factor in the Segal Education Award. If you don't love kids or you're not fully committed to the mission of City Year, it's hard to motivate yourself through the MANY struggles you will experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more leeway in terms of allowing time off for career events and sickness.

  11. great

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    leaderships development, team development, community outreach

    Cons

    long hours, pay, sometimes unorganized, but most non -profits can be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a few more days off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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