City Year Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
175 Reviews
3.6
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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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    Corps Member

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    Current Employee - Senior Corps Member
    Current Employee - Senior Corps Member

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

    Pros

    The best part is working with the students and developing relationships with them. You learn a lot about yourself and the world around you. You develop a lot as a person and leader. The education stipend at the end is a great bonus as well. And you get a lot of free stuff.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours and very little money. Also - there are a lot of rules that can be seen as constraining. Also - if Corps members around you decide to be negative, it's hard to fight it. Negativity and gossip can become a disease among the Corps members that can negatively affect your experience. Also - self care can become difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible with the Corps members, and keep the mental health of the Corps members a priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience for Corps Members

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City Year

    Pros

    - Build Proffesional Skills
    - Network with others from across the country
    - Learn about non=profits
    - Have a meaningful experience

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Strict polocies
    - Wide range of skill levels you may work with

  3.  

    Rewarding, but challenging.

    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Put into the fire, come face-to-face with some of the biggest problems facing our country and its development. Opportunity to really grow if you're up for it.

    Cons

    City Year has a very rigid structure, which has brought them a lot of success but often leaves corps members feeling constrained and controlled. Also, this is not a "reward for performance" kind of job. You can only rely on yourself for motivation and appreciation -- its a thankless job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more freedom for corps members to define their own journey instead of defining it for them.

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  5.  

    I expected more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    Very socially conscious, very connected to the community, and the potential to do substantial good for people who need it. Can be very demanding, but in a good way. Relatively easy to see the impact of your work.

    Cons

    A lot varies depending on what city you're in. From what I've heard, some cities have fantastic staff and team members, whereas others have hired team members that are extremely unprofessional on a daily basis. At my site, I never had a problem with any of the staff: they were all fantastic, really approachable people, who were always willing to help out or provide guidance in terms of my objectives.

    Having said that, you get worked like a dog if you're a team member (I can't say for staff, but I can imagine it'd be similar). Expect weekend work and overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd suggest a no-tolerance policy for team members regarding behavior and professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    underpaid overworked loved the kids

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member

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

    Pros

    The connections that you build with students and teachers are amazing and your fellow corps members can change your life.

    Cons

    No work life balance, often times you will become frustrated because of systematic hurdles you have to jump because upper management feels like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time understanding the day to day life of a corps member

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding, but very difficult.

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get to work with a group of your peers with who you will grow a deep bond with. You will also work directly with students who will become very close to you. If you put in hard work, the results you will see in your students is very rewarding.

    Cons

    You get paid practically nothing and you work about 10 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I got paid slightly more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    City Year is alright in my book

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing professional development
    Strong culture and values

    Cons

    No monetary compensation for all of the hard work we do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Awesome experience.

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

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

    Pros

    This job sets you up for possible future careers. A lot of leadership and network opportunities.

    Cons

    Challenging hours and hard work, but rewarding experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A meaningful, powerful learning experience that is emotionally draining

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    Former Employee - Corps Member  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - Exciting nature of working in a classroom
    - Experience working closely with a team
    - Delving deep into the field of education
    - Great networking opportunities both in education and not

    Cons

    - Long hours with unpredictable unpaid overtime (including some weekends)
    - Stress from parents/kids
    - Government Stipend was pretty low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great organization, constantly evolving but overall you can't go wrong

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City Year

    Pros

    The people and the mission make City Year what it is!

    Cons

    Not the best work/life balance, but it's for a great cause.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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