Year Up Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced, mission-driven organization with big plans to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  2. Student at Year Up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Student in Providence, RI
    Current Intern - Student in Providence, RI

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get your food in the doors of the companies you would never get to otherwise

    Cons

    Too much control and micromanagement, no matter how well you do- there will always be something they are not happy about. Getting punished for being honest and for having your personal opinion

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your students and to treat us as grown-ups. Respect individuality.

  3. Great job to build a professional foundation

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Everyone was so friendly and supportive
    2. Beautiful mission
    3. When you meet the students, your perspective on life changes
    4. Numerous networking opportunities

    Cons

    YU is becoming more corporate because the company is growing at a exponential rate. (Not a bad problem to have)

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Outstanding, effective, life-changing social enterprise with brilliant mission and amazing people.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great mission yet employee development leaves something to be desired

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission oriented, CEO, Company Values

    Cons

    Questionable leadership ethics & preferential treatment of staff members from management

    Advice to Management

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    Fast-growing and Mission-driven non-profit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  8. Good place to work, great opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Year Up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Rapid change means lots of change management.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Year Up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    I have no advise to give at this time.

  10. Helpful (1)

    I love it here.

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

    I have been working at Year Up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Increase funding for education and self-development.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Innovative Nonprofiit, Great Growth Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Pay attention to manager quality; keep improving benefits.

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