Year Up

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Year Up Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
35 Reviews
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Year Up Founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    I love it here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Innovative Nonprofiit, Great Growth Opportunities

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor for Year Up

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - 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
  6.  

    Opportunities to Grow and Succeed in Fortune 500 Companies

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    Current Employee - IT Trainee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Trainee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    You are challenged to continuously grow as you go through the program. High expectations are set early on, with many staff members supporting you along the way. Network building is strengthened by having interactions with current interns, mentors, and learning from their experiences, while also participating in extracurricular activities.

    Cons

    Juggling excessive deliverables and large projects across the curriculum was stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always enforce core values during internship, such as responding to emails in a timely fashion.
    Consider paying trainees and interns for one-off holidays as some need the money, and they're not able to work that day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing program that empowered me and changed my life for the better in one year

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    Former Employee - Student in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Student in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Life changing and empowering program; make all the right connections and get great experience

    Cons

    Some unprofessional staff; hire too many alum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your staff; enforce core values with staff and students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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

    I worked at Year Up

    Pros

    great work environment and excellent pay for a good cause.

    Cons

    It's sometimes chaotic,fasted paced and might not be for everybody

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get Organization, Great Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RISE Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - RISE Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Year Up has strong values and intelligent, driven leadership. They're redefining what it means to work at a nonprofit and are revolutionizing the workforce development space.

    Cons

    Like most nonprofits, their compensation does not compare to that of the private sector. They attract the brightest candidates, but cannot retain them for more than a few years due to the limitations in compensation that accompany their 501c3 status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Life Changing

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    Current Employee - IT Trainee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Trainee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Year up has a very strong support network of staff and alumni. They truly uphold to their mission to close the opportunity divide by helping young adults.

    Cons

    Work life balance is ok. It is not a regular 9-5 job in the sense that their will be much more work to put in. Whether it's going to events or helping students and interns, you'll be happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Focus on professional development, great students

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    • 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

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