City Year Reviews

Updated August 1, 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. Much professional and personal growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Miami, FL

    I worked at City Year

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

    Pros

    --Organization takes a proactive approach towards the development of its' Corps Members. There is much attention directed to leadership development, professional development, cultural awareness, teamwork, etc.

    Cons

    --Stipend is low to live in Miami and those tra

    Advice to Management

    Corps Members promoted to Senior Corps and Senior Corps promoted to Staff should be highly considered to stay at the previous school they served at instead of being placed elsewhere. It only makes sense to leave someone who already knows administration and the schools' needs at that school rather than relocate to another, unless there is an extenuating circumstance that is in the best interest of the school for said person to be relocated.


  2. AmeriCorps Member

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at City Year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great leadership experience: I felt that as a Corps Members I was thrown into many situations that tested my skills and led me to become more aware of my strengths and challenges as a professional -Teamwork dynamics: This may vary from team to team, but I was grateful for being placed on a team where each CM's input was valued and where job duties were equally distributed, for the most part -Work with students: While there were indeed stressful moments, I valued the relationships I fostered with my students, and by the end of the year, seeing the progress that they had made was truly a beautiful thing

    Cons

    -Long work hours, high stress, and minimum compensation: Well, it is an AmeriCorps position, so you get what you signed up for. The Segal grant and EBT benefits are worthy to note, tho. You will learn to budget during your City Year, that's for sure -Disconnect across management ladder: I felt the staff could improve in executing how to roll out new initiatives throughout the year, and what expectations should be communicated


  3. 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


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  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. My year as a corps member

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    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.


  8. AmeriCorps member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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.



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