City Year

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City Year Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
171 Reviews

3.6
171 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 15 reviews)

  • 5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours worked with little recognition for efforts (in 40 reviews)

  • Also - if Corps members around you decide to be negative, it's hard to fight it (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hardest, most rewarding year of my life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you're passionate about social injustices, city year is on top of all the issues. They work to change many injustices.

    Cons

    City year wants to do so much and wants their corps members to have such a huge impact that the CMs are spread too thin. I didn't feel like I could do any of the 20 roles I had to the very best of my ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more lenient with the uniform policies. We're adults too, and dressing like the students doesn't make us feel empowered at all. And the students don't take us seriously.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding but no compensation

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

    Pros

    Working with kids was very rewarding

    Cons

    Long hours, very minimal pay, "drink the Kool-Aid" mentality, AWFUL uniforms (that were not made for a woman's body)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Would do it again

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    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Little Rock, AR

    Pros

    Very rewarding!! I loved the strong culture here (though some complained; it really depends on if you're into cult-like things, which I had been used to from prior non-profits). People from the community recognized and appreciated the City Year brand. Students, though difficult, made all the hard work worth it. Things differ greatly from site to site though.

    Cons

    Hard work, but it's expected. Wide variety of people who come to make a difference, not everyone can handle the workload so you may have some team members who don't put in as much work as you do. Some days are hard because you don't see the progress immediately. Sometimes had to do work on weekends, weeknights, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worth it for the kids

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

    Pros

    Get to meet amazing kids, a great program to give back to the community

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations for time, I felt like my time was wasted outside of the classroom, staff was extremely unprofessional at times (gossiping about corps members etc)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was worth it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relationships that you build with students, teachers, the school, and your co-workers. Opportunity to see new places. Helping out kids. Opportunity for a young people to take on leadership roles.

    Cons

    The hours to pay ratio eventually catches up with you. Also there is some deception in the recruiting process (don't expect food stamps to be waiting for you on arrival). Process of placing corps members in schools could be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting the good fight and try to keep the promises that you make to the corps members,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A rewarding experience working as a Corps Member alongside like-minded individuals to lower the drop-out in America.

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

    Pros

    As a corps member you have the opportunity to engage with people who want to improve education for our America's youth. You are working together for a purpose, that is to make better happen in our communities and build relationships with coworkers, staff, teachers, and most importantly students. You will make an impact and see the difference you make in a year of national service.

    Cons

    This is a non-profit organization and as a volunteer you are paid a living stipend. Don't let this hold you back, you have the opportunity and accessibility to resources. You are working about 40+ hours a week, but every minute is worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Organization was a joke, but working with students was rewarding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mentoring and tutoring students was one of the greatest rewards at this job. The students were grateful to have someone closer to their age that was invested in their progress and educational future.

    Cons

    The organization is too focused on growth and should be spending its resources on training and current employee support. Every service project that was attempted was much more of a photo op than a project meant to do any good. Additionally, the "culture" of this organization was oppressive and belittling--we were constantly forced to do chants and cheers in front of students as well as have a forced, hokey positive persona.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on crafting an organizational culture that is based more on skills and actions rather than promoting those who are the loudest chanters and performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A rewarding opportunity to be a part of a public school, but City Year does not uphold some of their own values

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    Pros

    - An opportunity to be a contributing member of a public school without higher degrees or experience
    - Able to get to know students with one-on-one tutoring and mentoring time
    - Working at a school by adding resources that would not otherwise be there (you are not taking jobs, but adding more resources to the school)
    - Experience working closely with a team
    - Development or strengthening of work ethic

    Cons

    - 10-12 hour days with no lunch break; also sometimes required to work on weekends
    - A stipend that is almost impossible to live on (of all Americorps programs, City Year pays the least)
    - Little to no organizational support maintaining physical or mental health
    - A strong organizational culture, for me over-strong, including stringent uniform regulations, behavior requirements (IE. while in uniform you cannot cross the street without a walk signal, sit on public transportation, listen to head phones, etc), group physical training (PT), required call and response, if you are one minute late to work or to a meeting you may receive a disciplinary "occurrence", etc.
    - City Year does not uphold their advertised commitment to diversity, racial and otherwise; in City Year Boston, we did not even closely represent out student body as BPS students are about 80% of color while the City Year Boston corps was about 20% people of color last year
    - General ed trainings were often very time consuming, but unhelpful and social justice trainings were often dysfunctional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Explore options to raise pay so that individuals who may not have a financial safety net are more able to participate, especially community members and people of color
    - Until it improves, do not mis-advertise City Year's diversity
    - Deepen support for corps members and consider options to reduce the number of things that corps members are responsible for
    - Consider allowing an evolution in City Year culture to match the current realities of the program
    - Bring in experts to do trainings, especially social justice trainings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unrewarding

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    Current Employee - Corps Member
    Current Employee - Corps Member

    Pros

    -Work with kids
    -met some friends through school teams

    Cons

    Unsustainable model in which corps members leave after usually 1 year when students they work with are kind of left to fend for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good intentions but horrible outcome. Be honest and understand the long-term negative implications to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful experience despite terrible management

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

    Pros

    Being a resource to students is the best part - and it's the reason most people do the job. I worked in a school where I was needed and appreciated (although not everyone had the same experience), and making connections with kids is life-changing.
    Being on a tight-knit team.

    Cons

    Trainings are horrendous, most are entirely too basic to actually help. Management categorically refuses to keep Corps members in the loop on even the most basic of issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication between higher ups and Corps members has to be better or else people won't recommend the organization to people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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