City Year Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. great

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

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

    Pros

    leaderships development, team development, community outreach

    Cons

    long hours, pay, sometimes unorganized, but most non -profits can be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a few more days off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. A Humbling Year

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    -You know you're making a difference because you see it in the growth of your students academically and mentally.
    -You meet cool people with the same mindset as you.
    -You get to experience a new place.

    Cons

    -You get paid so little
    -Looooooooooooong days
    -Some days emotionally draining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have bigger stipends so that corps members can be financially comfortable during their year of service.

  3. Excellent Program

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    Former Contractor - City Year Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Contractor - City Year Corps Member in Miami, FL

    I worked at City Year as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity for learning, work with a purpose, abundant networking opportunities, if you love kids and teaching (and I mean LOVE) then this is the gig for you.

    Cons

    Limited number of days off, slightly disorganized, hectic work schedule, insane hours, stipend is hard to (safely) live off of, and you're expected to be moving at 300 mph at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would recommend some flexibility with time-off polices, but I know that the government mandates make that hard to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. professional development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    working with children
    experience
    professional development
    networking
    career development

    Cons

    Low pay
    long hours
    not a lot of time off
    strict policies
    not enough support

  6. Sennior Asisstant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a telecommute job, the people is very friendly and you can use your cellphone at work

    Cons

    They paid in pesos, you have to deal with women, if you want to proggress you have to deal with nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees as disponsables

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great Mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    The mission of City Year DC--to improve the educational outcomes for student in low income areas--is incredibly necessary for the DC community. Serving full-time in high needs public schools as tutors, mentors, and role models allows corps members to form personal relationships with students that many other non-profits cannot begin to establish.

    Cons

    Very long hours for corps members, low AmeriCorps stipend, multiple and competing responsibilities that must be completed in very short time frame

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place the focus of the organization on the corps members, not the donors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. City Year, Providence, RI

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Assistant in Providence, RI

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    An excellent National Community Outreach Organization

    Cons

    City Year was a very positive experience. I do not have any cons to comment about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for providing me the opportunity to participate in City Year, Providence til 2004, as an Intern/Volunteer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Intense, full-time commitment to service at high-need public schools in various cities around the country

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

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

    Pros

    Team-building, professional development, leadership opportunities, teacher training

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, work-life balance, highly structured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up on adherence to City Year culture (values) to be more inclusive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great mission, works in larger cities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

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

    Pros

    working directly with kids,committed staff, excellent learning opportunity

    Cons

    long hours, low salary (barely livable wage), lack of supervision, too much down time (you're expected to BE there but no one checks up to see if people are actually working during that time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    site had a terrible director (no longer works there). he was kind but aloof and didn't provide us with the guidance that 18-24 year olds need. young people really need to be nurtured during this time in order to grow. Also, i believe CY should not be at smaller sites (less than 50 corps members). I believe the model works very well at larger sites, and i fully believe in its mission, but does not function effectively at smaller sites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. A great way to spend a year working hard to make a difference

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    - Strong culture
    - Diverse workgroup with an emphasis on inclusivity
    - Get to make a difference and spend time with children
    - Professional development and future planning is built into your working hours
    - Get to work on a team
    - Environment fosters growth and learning especially with leadership and teamwork skills
    - All Corps Members are between ages 17 and 24
    - Loans can be put into forbearance and you get a Segall Education Award of 5000+ dollars upon completion of the program to put towards loans and/or further education

    Cons

    - Stipend is enough to live on but not much more
    - Long hours (~50/week)
    - The work can be challenging as it is very fast paced, dynamic, and can be emotionally draining
    - Work almost exclusively and very closely with a team
    - Depending on what type of Corps Member you are, you may end up taking work home frequently

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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