Year Up

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Year Up Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 an 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
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  2.  

    Great

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    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
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    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get Organization, Great Culture

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    Former Employee - RISE Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - RISE Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Year Up full-time (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Focus on professional development, great students

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    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
  7.  

    Working at Year Up

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing, values-driven, high-expectation nonprofit.

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    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.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interned at Year Up

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    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
  10.  

    Fast paced, challenging, and rewarding

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    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

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  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Ride of a Lifetime

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    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.

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    Positive Outlook
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