Year Up Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Fast-paced, mission-driven organization with big plans to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Program achieves its goals and helps talented young people build careers
    -Staff care deeply about the mission and give their all with the work
    -Management cares about the staff and is always thinking about how to improve the experience
    -Organizational growth means lots of opportunity, especially if you are willing to move
    -Competitive non-profit salary & amazing benefits

    Cons

    -6 month cycle can be repetitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. Great mission yet employee development leaves something to be desired

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Year Up full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission oriented, CEO, Company Values

    Cons

    Questionable leadership ethics & preferential treatment of staff members from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Developing diverse (not just racially) teams, especially at headquarters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. Outstanding, effective, life-changing social enterprise with brilliant mission and amazing people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Year Up full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, mission-driven environment where everyone is focused on getting results for the young people that come through their doors and the employers seeking talent from their ranks. The seasonal work cycle really helps clarify organizational roles and ensures that you never get stuck with a project without a clear deadline or set of teammates to support you. Best group of people I ever had the chance to work with. The volunteers and corporate partners that support the organization are also really into the mission and see themselves as equal partners in creating change, which I loved. Best benefits package in the nonprofit world. Culture and values are incredibly important to national leadership.

    Cons

    Employees push really hard to do a great job and there can be a sense of collective exhaustion at times. Majority of managers do their best to look out for the well-being of their team though.

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. Fast-growing and Mission-driven non-profit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Year Up (more than a year)

    Pros

    quick growth means opportunities for career advancement and movement among teams
    employees are truly committed to the students and the mission - they put that first
    all employees work intensively with students, regardless of functional role
    there's no substitute for working at a place with a mission you truly believe in
    benefits are excellent

    Cons

    quick pace can make work-life balance challenging - but that's mostly because everyone is committed to change, and there's initiatives like 'wellness' to help staff with self-care

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good place to work, great opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Year Up

    Pros

    Rapid growth and ambitious theory of change. Dedicated team, fantastic mission.

    Cons

    Rapid change means lots of change management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. This program is truly amazing. They have helped me unlock my potential within the corporate world and I am truly honored

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    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Year Up

    Pros

    The best reason to work here would be the benefit of getting an understanding of the business world for free while they pay you to learn!

    Cons

    I can in all honesty say that there is no down side to this program as everything you do can benefit you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advise to give at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I love it here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Year Up

    Pros

    You work with a very supportive staff and you are expected to support the students which make up Year Up's continuing mission to bridge the opportunity divide in the United States.

    Cons

    This company is growing really really fast. If you are looking for stability and structure you should remember that this company is still very young and it takes a bit of time to work out the kinks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase funding for education and self-development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Innovative Nonprofiit, Great Growth Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Rapidly growing organization with room for professional growth; fast-paced, challenging environment; great benefits; social enterprise model - well-resourced nonprofit; all functional teams have the opportunity to work with students, regardless of role; staff are interesting, passionate, and intelligent.

    Cons

    Manager effectiveness can be hit or miss; Rate at which organization is growing can put pressure on certain teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to manager quality; keep improving benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Director of Development in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Development in Boston, MA

    I worked at Year Up

    Pros

    Everyone is very dedicated to student success

    Cons

    work life balance can be a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people of color

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Contractor for Year Up

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    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Year Up as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated and diligent team. Every single person at Year Up buys into their mission completely.

    Cons

    Sometimes staff are in over their heads, but they work hard to figure out the task at hand and usually get there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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