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I expected more from such an establish organization.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at City Year

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Social benefit you receive from working for a non-profit organization. Very large national non-profit that is very connected in many communities around the nation. For the most part the co-workers are cordial.

Cons

You work very long days and sometimes weekends for little pay and recognition. There is often a lack of leadership from the national office and you spend a lot of time streamlining processes that already should have been streamlined.

Advice to Management

Shift the focus from the bigger picture to the little things, like the happiness level of the staff and the corps.

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  1. It was extremely rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at City Year

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Although the stipend is low you will receive money towards your education at the end of your service. It is also very rewarding

    Cons

    The stipend is really low so you have to learn to budget well and the hours are extremely long so it seems like you do way more work for how much you are compensated.


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    Good Opportunity for New Grads But Can Be a Mixed Bag.

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    Former Employee - Corps Member
    Former Employee - Corps Member

    I worked at City Year

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Serving the community
    -Working with children
    -Opportunities to lead, take on extra responsibilities, and learn new skills
    -Can be a lot of fun
    -Education Award
    -Health Insurance
    -Learn about business/organizational culture

    Cons

    -Lots of office politics/favoritism
    -Inadequate training
    -Poor recruiting practices and screening of Corps Members before hiring
    -Attrition
    -Projects are more often than not under-resourced, poorly planned, and tend to focus more on PR value than impact to the community/those being served
    -"Tow the line" culture and lack of receptiveness to constructive criticism or creative input
    -Poor management oversight
    -Some staff members do not respect Corps Members
    -Little to no recognition for a job well done
    -Icy relationships with some schools due to bad behavior or mistakes made by previous Corps Members
    -Low pay, difficult to live on in major cities

    Advice to Management

    The leadership should focus more on promoting Corps Members to Senior Corps and Staff based on merit and job performance instead of favoritism. Multiple times I have seen Corps Members and even Staff shirking their duties or failing to pitch in with little or no repercussions. Recruitment needs to do a better job hiring people that will actually stay for the duration of their service, do their jobs, and do them well instead of hiring someone who will look good in a photo op or brochure. Training needs be ramped up, more extensive, and focus on practical issues Corp Members deal with on a day to day basis. Constructive input from Corps needs to be taken seriously.

    Corps members need to have the opportunity to plan projects in advance instead of being shoved on them with not enough time or resources to do them properly. Corps Members that do a good job need to acknowledged in some way. School relationships need to be strengthened and honestly assessed so that Corps Members are not walking into an overly hostile environment where it is impossible to do their jobs. If things aren't working out a particular school, leadership needs to focus on building new relationships with schools that will lead to a successful outcome for Corps and those served. Finally, the organization should provide subsidized housing for Corps given the low pay and high cost of living at most sites.


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