City Year

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City Year Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
194 Reviews
3.6
194 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The things that keep me going are the kids and my coworkers.

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    The two best parts of the job are working with the children, and with my coworkers. While working with students can be difficult, it's really humbling and awesome to see their transformation and to see them get excited about what they are learning. City Year's model is set up so that the Corps Member and the student make some sort of progress as long as everyone is doing their job. Although days are long and difficult, I can see that my team and I are making a difference. Overall, the corps members have been another positive aspect of City Year. The corps really does pull in a diverse group of people that are hardworking and dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    I would definitely say that the hours are long and income is very little. However, that's something that you can definitely prepare yourself for. Other cons would include the lack of efficiency in the system and lack of information given to the corps members. There are many important details that would have been nice to know sooner, but a lot of information was kept from us until we asked management explicitly. Also, sometimes it feels like corps members have very little say in what goes on and there are many things outside of our control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would definitely tell management to be more upfront with the corps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    excellent work experience

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

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    excellent coworkers and very supportive staff, exposure to many facets of education and nonprofit fields.

    Cons

    living on a stipend, not a salary can be challenging

    Recommends
  3.  

    Corps member

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    The children. You have the ability to meet a lot of wonderful individuals. The staff at the school was also very nice. Lots of responsibility given to you.

    Cons

    The pay. The long hours. The cult like syndrome. Brainwashing. If your different you will not be encouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the uniqueness of all your corps members. Dont try to make everyone conform. This is not the us marine corp. Its the least you can do if you are going to be exploiting these gifted youth for 3 dollars an hour!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great passion... niche organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal culture for the right people! Always growing and thinking of what's next. Great place to learn true leadership! The people are great!

    Cons

    Lack of true transparency at some levels of leadership. Sometimes, the processes are slow to move and could use more outside hires to help transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to create a common understanding of good leadership at all levels and in all locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great foot in the door to education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    Not enough realistic training on the issues that you will face in the work force. The segal award at the end is useful for loan debt.

    Cons

    A LOT OF HOURS for very little compensation and no opportunity for advancement.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Corps Member Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    The experience you get working with the children is incredibly valuable. Everyday you learn something new.

    Cons

    You work very long hours (10-12 a day) for very low pay that can be difficult to manage.

  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Manager
    Former Employee - Development Manager

    I worked at City Year full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great cause, constantly challenged to do your best with a wonderful, supportive network

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be improved

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience for young people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    -Opportunities to manage people your own age, as well as your peers.
    -Good opportunities for innovations because my department (Impact) is open to new suggestions and ideas.
    -Great camaraderie and support among Program Managers
    -Very important, meaningful work

    Cons

    -Very little formal professional development or training for staff
    -Little room for advancement to Director-level positions
    -Poor top-down communication
    -Low pay and somewhat low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay and more staff support

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work at an entry level position and start a career in the non-profit world.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Pros

    It should be noted that a lot of the pros and cons vary from site to site and only a few things are similar across the sites.
    Great place for entry level employees
    Decent health insurance, paid time off, and 401(k) after 6 months
    Great maternity leave benefits
    Overall is a friendly, people-focused place to work
    Transparent and one of the few companies where everyone gets to give feedback to everyone else, including their superiors.
    Great culture and values, generally great senior leadership
    Growing company with more opportunities as it grows.
    Great opportunities to work at other non profits after working at City Year for a few years
    Young, energetic, idealistic co-workers, surrounded by young idealists (the Corps Members) on a regular basis.

    Cons

    For entry level employees:
    Some opportunities to grow with the organization but only within certain departments
    There is a culture of overworking people which causes early burnout
    Lack of a real flex time policy, meaning that like in most companies, people's time and energy are exploited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a real, meaningful, useful flextime policy
    Work against a culture of working through lunch and past 5 pm on a regular basis
    Create a way to retain entry level employees to become midlevel employees; better pay than the tiny salary bumps that people get year-to-year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Former Corps Member

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Have a chance to make a real difference in the lives of urban kids who really need it.

    Cons

    Leaving the students at the end of the year is very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on seeking all the feedback from below !

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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