City Year
3.5 of 5 146 reviews
www.cityyear.org Cleveland, OH 150 to 499 Employees

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Slightly disorganized, but overall a good experience.

Corps Member (Current Employee)
Baton Rouge, LA

ProsThe core purpose of City Year - working to support students who show signs of dropping out of high school - makes any of the struggles along the way worth it. As a City Year Corps Member, an employee work with students who show poor attendance, behavior issues, and low English and Math scores. The bonds you make with your students are powerful, and the little successes - for example, getting a kid who counts using his fingers to learn how to multiply and divide in his head - make up for the long hours.

ConsBecause the teams at each school are made up of 17-24 year olds, and because the emphasis is on the TEAM, expect to face some maturity and personality challenges. Corps Members who work at the high school level are also faced with a seemingly insurmountable task, as it is near impossible to get students caught up to their grade level over the course of just one year. Finally, the firm belief in giving people the opportunity to "grow" means that sometimes the people who are hired - including Program Managers - are people who may not be suited for the job and, unfortunately, may not be interested in changing.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a lot more "bottom-up" feedback and, frankly, there needs to be an awareness of the gender and leadership styles of the people being hired to avoid hiring people that are all of the same gender who all share the same strengths and weaknesses (as is the case in Baton Rouge).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    City Year has so much potential, but fails miserably to follow through.

    Corps Member (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

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


    Pros: 1) Working with and mentoring kids is a special experience. 2) The Corps Members themselves are… Cons: 1) The City Year superiors (Team Leaders, Program Managers, Program Directors) have proven to be largely incompetent. They make decisions in a very dictatorial… Advice to Senior Management: -Hire more competent managers. -Seek data to see the longterm impact… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    City Year makes me want to give up on non-profits

    Corps Member (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    I have been working at City Year full-time


    Pros: -The education award you get is helpful...(but you have to claim it on your taxes as… Cons: The organization is very controlling and values their image and branding over their corps members and the work they do. In addition, City Year… Advice to Senior Management: The organization is growing faster than your management can handle. Chill… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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