City Year

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

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Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Detroit, MI
Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI

Pros

1) Working with and mentoring kids is a special experience.

2) The Corps Members themselves are very cool and interesting (about 80% are cool and the other 20% are CRAZY and incompetent).

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 fashion, focusing on growth and numbers and ignoring the needs of Corps members.

2)You follow students in classes all day, but oftentimes teachers teach for the entire class period; this means that whole class periods are spent doing nothing. There is a severe lack of productivity during the day, even though work days are upwards of 10 hours each day.

3) It is extremely stressful and often it feels futile to work in such horrible schools. The teachers and administration are often inept, and Corps Members have little power at the end of the day. Corps Members are forced to prop up support for these horrible schools. Sometimes, the only work we can do is have kids do missing assignments for full credit. This promotes bad work habits, and this isn't tutoring. This emphasis on just getting kids to do their work does little to curb the poor education that students receive.

4) City Year as an organization does little to support Corps Members. Training days happen upwards of once a week, and are frustratingly useless.

5) The data-driven approach is faulty and borderline corrupt. There is no data to understand City Year's impact on students once these students no longer have City Year to help them. In other words, City Year is so focused on short term success, that longterm success is totally ignored.

6) The culture of City Year is tacky and childish. The organization pontificates about professionalism, but promotes a culture that discourages any sense of professionalism. Management sits on their phones during trainings and doesn't uphold the same uniform standards as Corps Members.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Hire more competent managers.
-Seek data to see the longterm impact of City Year impact.
-Focus on quality, not quantity.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for City Year

  1.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    I like this job a lot but they require so much from you that it can get stressful. Also, don't get overwhelmed by the culture. Just go with the flow.
    The staff is amazing. They want you to do the best you can and learn what you can from your year of service. I feel 100% supported by the staff. All are hardworking people.

    Cons

    Over worked and not much pay... but I didn't do this for the pay so its ok. Also, I'm living fine off of the stipened.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inecredibly inefficient and poorly run company with an emphasis on all the wrong details

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY

    Pros

    You meet some good people and fall in love with the kids that you work with. You do get to participate in cmmunity organizing events as well.

    Cons

    Tons of wasted time, long hours and barely any compensation. They really misconstrue what the job entails and most people end up doing a job they didn't sign up for. There is constant inflexibility on the end of the organization while they expect flexibility on every poorly planned event and training they hold themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the corps members and stop making them do useless things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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