City Year Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
181 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 17 reviews)

  • High expectations for work with youth, which is hard to find in non-profits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts (in 43 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.  

    Empowering

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    Truly concerned about personal and professional growth; feel like you are making a difference in students' lives; staff is very supportive!

    Cons

    Long hours, a lot is expected of you, sometimes without much recognition. Students can be hard to work with

  2.  

    Excellent place to work and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at City Year full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been at City Year for quite a while now and I cannot emphasize enough the amount of opportunities I've had to diversify my skills, take on new projects, and overall gain valuable leadership and management experience. The people I work with are incredibly smart which allows us to ensure we're all consistently kept in our challenge zones.

    Cons

    Change can sometimes move slow as molasses. The company is growing rapidly and often we pause to quadruple check everything when really it just needs to get out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower you managers. There is far too much oversight which doesn't allow people to do their jobs.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Love it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    The culture is an amazing part of working here. You will learn things that will stay with you the rest of your life. Great professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Long hours, poor compensation, but all for a great cause!

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  5.  

    Incredibly rewarding, challenging, and growing experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member/Team Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member/Team Leader in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    As a Team Leader:
    - Sobrato AmeriCorps Subsidized Housing
    - The support from managers and Village team
    - Seeing the incredible impact and work your team does
    - Increase in stipend pay (appx. $75 bi-weekly increase)
    - Extremely humbling and growing experience
    - Networking/mentoring opportunities

    As a Corps Member (this includes TL Role):
    - Grows you in indescribable ways (patience, strength and resilience, time management, leadership, empathy, etc.)
    - Free VTA monthly transit pass!
    - Qualify for food stamps (appx. $194/month)
    - Program Managers, Team Leaders, and Staff genuinely care about your well-being and work/life balance
    - Very strong culture, mission, and values that push the organization to be truly ethical, purpose-driven, and passionate (Could be seen as a con to others)
    - Traditional school calendar work dates

    Cons

    As a Team Leader:
    - Due in-part from socialization/fraternization rules and the few others in your position, strong feeling of isolation and loneliness throughout the year.
    - Added responsibility and challenge to balance being more of a middle manager.

    As a Corps Member (this includes TL Role):
    - Rare to feel appreciated by the community and staff for your service (not to be expected but does make it harder)
    - The challenge and struggle it is to truly make an impact
    - The workload placed upon you is immense along with personal efforts to better support your students
    - 11 hour service days with 11 sick/vacation days for the year.

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    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Great workplace environment and clear organizational mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best thing is by far the people. It is hard to find co workers and managers who care more about your professional development and wellbeing or who have a passion for the work like those that work for City Year.

    Cons

    Although it should be clear when working for a non profit the sheer around of hours and low pay take a toll on the long term prospects of people who work for the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing Year of Service!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Changing childrens live is worth it!

    Cons

    Long hours, little to no pay!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Experience of my Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Where else in the world do you get to be apart of changing the lives of children for the better. You get the opportunity to gain loads of quality experience. You will receive lots of training, get the opportunity to meet and build relationships with people you would have never imagined. Stick it out to the end and it will all be worth it.

    Cons

    You get the job, what you put into it...so if you don't put in a lot of effort, you won't get a lot from it. You will work really long hours and earn very little pay. Additionally, the job will take a toll on you emotionally, mentally and physically if you are truly invested and there will be times you feel its not worth all the effort.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Incredibly challenging, but it will most certainly change your life.

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    You will look back at the year and be proud of yourself. You get to work full-time in incredibly challenged schools (no teaching experience required), work alongside some of the most inspiring people you could meet, and have access to tons of opportunities to grow yourself professionally and as a leader.

    Cons

    At times you'll get frustrated with City Year as an organization, but it's a non-profit and you have to be able to let those things go if you want to keep your sanity. If you can do that, you'll be just fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be grateful for and respectful to corps members who give a year of their lives

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  10.  

    Powerful service performed by normal people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    You get to see a lot of issues with education, and then be able to work with a team to try to address these issues. A lot of different outlooks, a lot of different people, from different environments, all coming together to make our cities a better place. It's like an ultimate team.

    Cons

    You are kept extremely busy, and if your heart isn't in the service, you will not make it. You will cry, you will want to scream, but by the end of the day, if you have made impact on at least one kid, to have one kid tell you that you made their life better, it all becomes worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the powerful service and make sure that your Corps Members feel that you are there with them in their service.

  11.  

    One of the most rewarding and challenging experiences you'll ever have.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This will be one of the greatest, most challenging, and rewarding experiences in your life working alongside some of the greatest people you'll ever meet.

    Cons

    Be prepared to jump in and live your life with City Year, there's a difficult work-life balance and the more you realize it will take over the better it will be. The long hours are draining, but worth it and the pay isn't good but that's the point.

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