Year Up Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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    Focus on professional development, great students

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working directly with students, regardless of role
    High level of transparency and accessibility with leadership
    Lots of growth - new cities, new roles
    Excellent benefits, including professional development funding and other development opportunities
    Culture of respect and accountability

    Cons

    Challenging to maintain work/life balance at times
    Takes a high level of comfort with ambiguity/flexibility to be successful in the environment
    Open office spaces can be a challenge, high noise level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Working at Year Up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Team in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible mission--everyone is so dedicated and core values are emphasized. 3-4 weeks of vacation.

    Cons

    No clear-cut opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing, values-driven, high-expectation nonprofit.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fellow
    Former Employee - Fellow

    I worked at Year Up (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for personal growth, to work directly with students even if your role is indirect, and lots of encouragement to stretch yourself and expand your skills.

    Cons

    Fast-paced, growing company is not a fit with everyone's ideal workstyle and culture. I love it, but consider whether this works well for you before applying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interned at Year Up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Desk Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Year Up full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get great professional experience, alright benefits. Meet great people to add to your network.

    Cons

    You are expected to go above and beyond your job. Sometimes late hours and work that is not yours. Learn great Core Values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced, challenging, and rewarding

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

    I have been working at Year Up

    Pros

    Organization is committed to its mission, employees are fun, and the work is challenging. Good job that will allow you to work on a variety of projects, both inside and outside of your functional role. Also, all staff members get to work with students on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Pains of a growing organization (too fast, too soon), hard to find work/life balance, and salary is not always competitive with the marketplace

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Ride of a Lifetime

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the company will inspire you to join. The work with the students and staff will inspire you to stay. Depending on where you are with your career, you can be extremely happy working here. It is a great company to join right after college or at the end of a career, and even for career switchers. The impact you can have on students and communities is nothing short of incredible. And the company's core values really allow you to self-assess your performance and that of the students. Once you've been here for a few cohorts, and the alumni share with you their success stories, it is simply mind-blowing.

    Cons

    Culture is not as feedback-driven among staff as it is for students - feedback is often first heard on performance reviews, rather than shared in person. Hours can be very long, and the company only seems half-committed to work/life balance and wellness. Career coaching for staff is subpar, and it is hard to earn a promotion if there is no organizational need for such a position. Sometimes, feeling valued by staff, especially management, can be difficult to come by. Annual raises only keep up with the cost of living, no matter how outstanding your performance. Pursuing and successfully executing on challenges outside of your core role may not earn the appropriate recognition or compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers more on career coaching and how to make sure staff feel valued at all times. Make clear what the path to promotion looks like, and be transparent about expectations. Find ways to facilitate feedback among staff, and further prioritize work-life balance as an organizational need.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enrolling at Year Up is probably the easiest way to propel one's career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Development in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Learning Development in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Year Up as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - All staff member work hard to fulfill their mission
    - Highly motivated employee
    - Effective integration of values
    - Comfortable yet professional environment

    Cons

    - Performance inconsistency is often tolerated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I love Year Up

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Year Up is an amazing opportunity for young adults to get a life long career. You get a free college education and skills that will actually land you a career

    Cons

    The pay is very low during L&D and no chance of a raise. I honestly have had no other problems with Year Up besides that, but be mindful the work load is very heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meaningful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Year Up full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, meaningful work, high energy culture. Competitive salary and benefits for the field. Passionate and skilled individuals work here.

    Cons

    Executive Director needs more training on how to lead handling internal and external management issues, and have a genuine, consistent focus on people and team. Work life balance is tough for this organization, but they are making it a focus; consistency across managers here will benefit the organization and staff overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus setting direction and supporting balancing work/life in this organization. Focus on the daily collaboration between program departments and revenue-generating/"selling" departments. Make sure your staff feels joy and feels healthy, and this will transmit to the students you serve. Create more transparency organization wide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    False Dreams

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Year Up as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Have several success stories about people getting get good jobs and doing well after completing the program and have been highlighted on tv

    Cons

    Don't tell about the many people who have completed and still are out of work. After completing the program have to come back regularly like going to an unemployment office.

    Got a job offer when in the program and was advised to turn it down. Finished the program with no job and now being advised to apply for the job I turned down 7 month ago to be in the program instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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