City Year

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City Year Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
207 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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Exhilirating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture
    Working with passionate and motivated people
    Able to pick lesson plans and students to work with
    Get to work on a team so support and advice from others is there. You definitely don't feel alone as you have people going through the same thing with you everyday
    Opportunity to stand out with leadership roles and positions
    Sponsored by different business and organization such as Disney, WarnerBros, Sony and they give you great perks!!

    Cons

    Long hours and sometimes 6-day work week
    Teachers are sometimes relentless to corps members in the classroom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great People, Great Work Community, Misguided Idealism

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    Former Employee - Senior Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Corps Member in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Long-Lasting Friendships
    Strong Focus on Professional Development
    Great Brand, Awesome Connections, Always on the cutting edge

    Cons

    Focus on "dropout crisis" without real discussion on opportunity and wealth divide/inequity
    Lack of focus on civic engagement beyond physical service projects
    In certain sites, not at diverse as you would expect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the first part of the mission.
    Really get involved with the community with regards to civic engagement via voter turnout, social activism
    Convene discussions, conferences and actions addressing opportunity, access and wealth inequity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Impactful work. You will develop personally and professionally.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and development.
    Numerous opportunities to take on interesting projects and roles.
    Strong support from management.
    Opportunity to work with kids who need you.

    Cons

    Living stipend is small.
    Long hours; work environment can be stressful.
    Little opportunity for promotion of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support corps members with top notch training. He creative with rewarding quality corps members for their good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    A valuable experience for recent graduates

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    Many locations: opportunities to work all over the country
    Work with many people of a similar age from different backgrounds. You will make friends
    Networking opportunities
    The work is rewarding. Kids are great

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours.
    Your commute can be long and is not compensated
    Overwhelming work-load at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best thing I ever did

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

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

    Pros

    I met the most wonderful people, challenged myself in ways that I didn't know possible, and worked with the funniest kids. I grew tremendously as a person; it shaped who I am as an adult. Moreover, it prepares you well for the rest of your life- school, work, relationships, etc.

    Cons

    This job is extremely stressful; you work ten hour days against a system that promotes the failure of your students. Behavior management seems impossible at times. You fill in gaps wherever they're needed in the school where you serve, coming up against idiotic red tape wherever you go. That has more to do with the education system than with City Year; CY management itself is far from perfect, but I got lucky and had two amazing people overseeing me directly. The uniform is not cute, and you have to do some goofy, infantile tasks at times, like PT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within the corps member pool. In my experience, managers and higher-ups who actually did a corps year themselves were much more understanding, supportive, and bearable than those who did not.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Tough work, rewarding if you put in the effort

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    City Year works hard at the beginning of the year to get new corps members really excited for service. At San Jose, we have Summer Leadership Academy, which was very helpful for us to practice working with the kids in the after school setting. I have also found the staff open to communicating with corps members.

    Cons

    Long, long days. Some irrelevant training sessions - right now the site is mostly elementary schools and two middle schools, so sometimes the general trainings don't translate to particular campuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more resources available for lesson plans and SIPs. Have more regular check-ins about work-life balance and emphasize the importance of that with school-based leadership (TLs and PMs). Aid in collaboration projects across schools and help us create space to brainstorm different projects we could bring to our schools BEFORE the school year starts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great nonprofit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    Passionate people, great office culture

    Cons

    Can be chaotic; pay could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Challenging, but very rewording work.

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Working in a group/ team, making a difference in a child's life, getting valuable experience working with children

    Cons

    Long hours, living on a stipend, getting along with people with strong personalities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unprofessional + exploitative

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    If you have moved to a new city and don't know anyone, this is a great way to make long term friends and all be in a similar financial situation. Establishing rewarding relationships with students is life-changing, and it is a perspective everyone should have in order to advocate for underserved schools and communities.

    Cons

    corps members are often exploited in order to build City Year's face, City Year's organizational structure is an extremely wide spectrum, corps members are often placed in classes that they are not qualified to assist students in, City Year training is often facilitated by team leaders and program managers, neither of which are qualified enough to effectively train corps members to tutor and mentor students. The idea is heroic, the reality of the idea is placing young kids (fresh out of college) in high priority schools with terrible training. Simply being a presence isn't enough for these students and their schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase stipend significantly, train corps members heavily, let corps members evaluate experiences, their PMs, and TLs on a monthly basis, make corps members take more "tests" before being accepted so they are placed in classes that they are most likely to effectively tutor students in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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