Year Up
4.0 of 5 16 reviews
www.yearup.org Boston, MA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 17, 2014
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4.0 16 reviews

                             

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Gerald Chertavian

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great environment, still room for improvement

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Year Up as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThe staff were committed to the mission, personal development opportunities are good

ConsA lot of time is dedicated to the learning community, which puts a strain on staff

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on balancing time

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

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Great Learning Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Year Up

ProsA lot of opportunities to participate in ad hoc projects.

ConsInexperienced management staff led to negative experiences and glass ceiling. Favoritism among staff members was obvious.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain up your managers and create a fair leadership development program.

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Good experience depending on your manager

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

I have been working at Year Up full-time

ProsBenefits, impact . . . .

ConsExperience is can be very manager dependent

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training for managers who manage teams

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

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My experience has been satisfying; it is worthwhile to work on a vision to eliminate the Opportunity Divide.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Year Up

ProsEntrepreneurial; challenging; growth; colleagues; partnership; dynamic; student access

ConsAchieving balance is work, but good to see that this has become an organizational priority

Advice to Senior ManagementRole modeling keeping work/life balance at the top of the organization is important; using data to drive decision-making is the right route and should be continued.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Year Up Bay Area help close the opportunity divide

IT Professional (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Year Up as an intern for less than a year

ProsGiving opportunities to youth age 18-24

Cons$1000 a month for stipend. They pay you to go to school which is great however, if the school paid more money that would be a plus.

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amazing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Year Up

Proshelped me prosper in life

Consnone I was very satisfied

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good organization, doing great work, can be exhausting

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Year Up full-time

Prosstrong mission, important work, making a difference in the lives of young people

Conspoor work-life balance, salaries not competitive

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to make a difference BUT...............

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe pros are as follows - compensation, benefits fully paid by organization, rewarding work, making an impact on lives. A great place to meet many people of influence. I spent almost three years working for YU and learned so much.

ConsIf you are an introvert, this may not be the place for you. Too many interruptions, difficult place to get work done therefore you spend off hours working. No real work/life balance. You are asked to do so much more than what you are hired to do and no consideration for it. Very cliquish and obvious. Executive director is NOT a leader - shouldn't be managing a team. Huge focus on numbers and NOT people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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All Around Transformative

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

I have been working at Year Up full-time

Pros- Strong staff culture
- Deep commitment to core values
- Staff give more feedback to each other than in most organizations
- All employees integrated into youth development programming work
- The strongest results in the sector (the program works!)
- Entrepreneurial
- Connected to a larger movement that is inspiring

Cons- Staff development systems are not yet robust enough to provide clear career paths and upward mobility
- Managers vary in their ability to develop their staff and provide strategic support

Advice to Senior Management- Continue investing in people development systems, particularly for young leaders with executive potential
- Build much better systems to train and coach managers

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

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Efficient. Organized Chaos.

AmeriCorp VISTA (Former Employee)

I worked at Year Up as a contractor for more than a year

ProsMany nonprofits seem to be a bit inefficient: spending money where there is no return on employees or clientele, achieving a consistently moderate rate of success among clients, and sometimes coming off as outdated. This is not at all representative of Year Up. A former AmeriCorp volunteer there, I found the experience to be a great contribution to my professional development. Everyone there is very ambitious.
Perks:
> Great [esp for a nonprofit] professional development options
> Good tuition reimb. options
> Frequent constructive feedback
> Exposure to some of the most influential people at your site's location (politicians, senior level executives from fortune 500 co, philanthropists )
> Opportunities to jump on projects you may not have had exp. with
> The salaries offered are pretty good and competitive
> Contingent upon your performance of course, you could very well develop your subsequent job title and responsibilities moving forward

Cons> Sometimes you have to coach a partner/mentor/volunteer/corp supervisor of your advisee in cultural etiquette
> Expect that your work environment will have a high volume of noise, and interruptions from colleagues or students
> If you're an introvert, this likely a place you should avoid working; you're expected to do public speaking frequently and coach students on how to present themselves among executives and in before large audiences
> Giving out penalties to students otherwise known as infractions
> Seeing students go through extreme hardships, or getting caught up in illegal activities

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

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