Citizen Schools

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They require you work 60 hour//week and they pay you $22,800 a year....You do the math

  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Teaching Fellow
Current Employee - Teaching Fellow

I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (more than an year)

Pros

The company has a strong culture that it embeds in its teaching fellows and employees letting them believe something that is far from reality. At the end of the day, they're a company who is out to stay in business.

Cons

The company hires in 7 states in which it pays all of it's teaching fellows a set salary of $22,800 (one year, two years or regional leads). Because its bi-monthly, you take home around $800 each paycheck. You get paid the same salary whether you work in New York City, the bay area, Boston, or New Mexico. by the way, I believe this salary is below the minimum wage in certain areas where they're located (just so you know). So in reality, you're better off making more money as a cashier in NYC than working for this place.

As for the culture piece, the company tries to sell why their doing their mission. ladies and gentlemen, at the end of the day, they're a company trying to stay in business.

Lastly, they ask their employees to raise money for them. Living below the minimum wage and asking their employees to find them money? As the saying goes, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

At the end of the day, once your two year contract is done, they kick you out onto the streets and that's the end.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your employees a decent salary and maybe you won't have such a high turnover.

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    Great org and mission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citizen Schools

    Pros

    Provides great services and resources to kids in need

    Cons

    Great place to get started in education, but a smaller org

  2.  

    Gain Leadership Experience

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

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading with Citizen Schools gives you great opportunities to develop a wide range of leadership skills. You gain experience in management and coaching, presentations and leading professional development, and you have opportunities to meet with high level school and district officials.

    Cons

    In Boston, Citizen Schools is a household name and carries a lot of weight in the world of education, non profit, and policy. It is not the same if you work outside of Boston. Because of this its hard to use your work at CS as a springboard to career growth unless you focus specifically on networking and marketing yourself as you work. It is also a lean organization, so there are not many opportunities to grow within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ways to grow beyond the current model to impact more communities and open up new positions to promote growth from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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