City Year Reviews

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

3.6
171 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
City Year President Michael Brown
Michael Brown
83 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great Service and experience.. Horribly inept organization

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

    I worked at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with the kids. Extremely eye-opening and positive experience with the children.

    Cons

    Anything that has to do with the program was horrendous. From the creepy CEO, who hits on the young women relentlessly, to the ridiculously under-qualified staff; City Year is a farce of an organization. The road to hell is paved in good intentions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at City Year full-time for more than a 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding service, if you can keep your heart in it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while being supported by a caring staff and team.

    Cons

    Pay is low, and hours can be long. Very easy to burn out, or to retreat into cynicism. City Year has an extremely strong culture that may not be for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Long and helpful journey

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    City Year is an organization that helps you grow in personal and professional ways. The people working there believe in the mission and each other which allows you to have a shared experience and many mentors. You have many opportunities available to you which can leave you feeling drained and tired, but it is worth the journey.

    Cons

    As with any organization, there are internal politics and some people that do not live up to the values which, depending on the level of those individuals, can pollute the working environment. With the stress and intensity of the work people can make poor choices and harm relationships. As a whole though, the people working their try to keep the working environment positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer goals and more on-going professional development on helping people with leading and management skills will continue to help the "Cons" mentioned here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the most intense years of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    Working with a team of peers, a sense of making a difference in the lives of children, personal growth, and knowing that you are capable of so much.

    Cons

    The hours are ridiculously long and expectations are high, because it's a volunteer program the financial help is very small, and burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In terms of hours, you have to remember that cops members are people and that they WILL perform worse if they burn out.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great jobe

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    LIfe changeing event that i will forever cherish

    Cons

    long process and it seems as if the days never end

  8.  

    The staff are great (passionate, supportive, positive) but the leadership lacks consistency and relationship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Development in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    passion, meaningful work, team-work, flexibility, understanding

    Cons

    overworked, low pay, long hours, difficult to grow fiscally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    office culture, compensation, leadership 360 reviews, opportunities for feedback across staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Life Changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader

    I worked at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful work culture. A lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Living on a stipend was difficult, not impossible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Rewarding experience, great kids, great insight into public school system

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, low pay until education grant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for City Year? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.