College Bound Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. College Completion AmeriCorps Coach

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    College Bound is extremely relationship based. Caring about students and their needs is always #1 and no ask is too small, or too great. As a coach it felt really good to be able to support a student as a whole person and know that the organization's goal is also to support and know students as whole people. I stayed at College Bound through 2 terms of service and felt like I had the opportunity to grow and be challenged. I always felt like I was advancing and given more responsibility along with having the opportunity to build programming and share ideas across the organization. Even in year 8, they were still open to changing events and tweeking goals. My growth was taken seriously along with my mental health during difficult times. Knowing how to ask for opportunities and how to ask for help is important.

    Cons

    AmeriCorps members are (for the most part) straight out of college. It can be a challenge to train and orientate twenty new 22-year-old's and help them adapt to an office environment where service hours are, on average, 45 hours week. Often times things seem chaotic because of the sheer number of people that serve/work at CB. In addition, competing AC priorities and student priorities will come up and managers are available to help problem solve. The other obvious con from a lot of members was the stipend- which the AC director was very up front in the beginning about. This is not a job, this is a year in service in which you dedicate time and energy into bettering the world around you. You get paid in karma, not dollars. Plus they write great recommendations for when you complete your term of service so that you can then go make the money.


  2. A fine way to spend a gap year after graduating college, but dealing with management doesn't make the work worth it.

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Some meaningful work, most of the students are really amazing, young coworkers, beautiful office space, most of the work with students is pretty easy

    Cons

    The management is exceptionally atrocious, most of them have only ever worked at College Bound before and lack the basic skills to effectively manage people. A lot of data entry and seemingly meaningless tasks in order to fulfill grant requirements. The "living" stipend from AmeriCorps is in fact not enough to live on, and I actually make less than someone who works at a McDonald's full time for minimum wage. There is no HR department and very few clear, written policies on how AmeriCorps members are to be treated, so a lot of the "benefits" (i.e. PTO, comp time) don't actually mean anything.

    Advice to Management

    Either write some real policies on how employees are to be treated, or create an HR department who looks out for the best interest of employees rather than the organization. A happy employee is an effective one.


  3. Great place to serve as AmeriCorps

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    well-run organization, lots of support, amazing youth to work with, very rewarding, nice office space

    Cons

    as Americorps the pay is super low, few opportunities for advancement, very long days/weeks at times

    Advice to Management

    create more mid-level jobs for Americorps who want to stay with the org after their term of service


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  5. Providing simple feedback to help in decision.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at College Bound full-time

    Pros

    Great way to give back to community and realize what is happening in our students education

    Cons

    Pay, work hours and moral issues with colleges


  6. Not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at College Bound part-time

    Pros

    decent pay and flexible hours

    Cons

    too many cooks in the kitchen management wise.

    Advice to Management

    create a more systematic and linear approach with mid management


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    Good PR, Bad Product

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    Former Contractor - College Coach in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Contractor - College Coach in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at College Bound as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to work with students.

    Cons

    Management. It is a non-profit founded by people who believe more in being seen helping students, moreso than actually helping students. The philosophy of the organization is contradictory at best, with workers and management playing favorites with some students/workers, while constantly ignoring others. Academic support for students is highly ignored to increase the dependence of the students on the organization and the people who work there. It is an organization which hurts students more than helping them, by teaching them to abandon their culture and become co-dependent on the system, rather than being independent critical thinking citizens. But then, what can you expect from an organization that doesn't even have one person with a degree in education? Also, the use of statistics and information at best is irresponsible, and at worst is illegal. They still track students who have left the program without their knowledge, and only report on students who succeed within the program. Their "100%" graduation rate is more like 50%.

    Advice to Management

    Quit abusing statistics, and stop lying to students and parents. Open up an advertising agency, since that's all that you are good at.



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