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You Are N-O-T TFA...But Enough of Your Employees Leave Your For Them

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Citizen Schools full-time

Pros

-Great People (overall)
-"Work" from home
-Location

Cons

-A lot of the staff seem to be bi-polar
-Equipment is not the same level of quality if your are not based out of HQ
-Over-achieving staff across the network
-Very "clique" type atmosphere (males AND females)
-Information is not passed between campuses and sometimes departments
-Each office is it's own colony (that is a bad thing)
-You should not be eligible for food stamps working at this place
- ^ ^ You work slave driver hours and are not compensated for it

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This place has the potential to be great if they didn't compare itself to TFA so much. Every answer shouldn't end with "well at TFA they do... etc" Please pay competitively and then you could retain employees. Paying in gift cards is not a way to show appreciation, a raise is. Information needs to flow better across departments and campuses and regions other than the great jamboree that is Summer Institute. In terms of hours worked, the Fellows should be the highest paid employees as they are in the schools building the relationships with the students, not executives who only set foot on campuses for photo opportunities. Work life balance really depends on who your manager and department is. Some people can leave early, some people stay way too late.

I do not recommend this place to friends. I tell them to join TFA instead as all of Citizen Schools employees seem to migrate there anyway.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1.  

    best mistake i ever made - learned a lot about how i would never lead others

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    Former Employee - Special Assistant
    Former Employee - Special Assistant

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great program model centered at diminishing the achievement gap and creating successful and motivated young adults

    Cons

    satellite sites aren't managed at the same standard as headquarters. Leadership is a focus of the organization, however there is no greater understanding of it nor is it exercised on a daily basis by team members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take the time to truly develop all of your young professionals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice organization aiming to help an under-served population in a creative way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Opportunities to travel
    - National organization
    - Relatively established
    - Great networking opportunity

    Cons

    - Can feel disjointed at times (due to national structure)
    - Still defining its own identity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really push to strengthe the community parts of the program (especially for Teaching Fellowship).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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