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Citizen Schools Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  • Lack of communication between executive leadership and teaching fellows (in 17 reviews)

  • Long hours, low pay, emotionally exhausting (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "TF for 2 years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Youthful energy among staff
    -Leadership appears very knowledgeable and committed to understanding and aiding communities they serve
    -Great opportunity to determine if teaching is for you before you make the full commitment

    Cons

    -TF experience can vary greatly depending on your campus and leadership
    -Some TF's lead academic instruction and some do not depending on your campus, which if you are trying to determine if you want to be a teacher this is important to you
    -If you do not know or do not get properly educated/trained on classroom management, you will have a tough time
    -Low stipend for TFs

    Advice to Management

    -More training on classroom management
    -More honest about what schools have what services from CS (some academic, some clubs, some extracurricular)


  2. "Teaching Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Constructive Feedback, Professional Development, Team Building, Nonprofit Experiences

    Cons

    Pay, work overtime, lack of organization

  3. "Office Staff Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people and great mission
    Students and families make this so meaningful

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours
    Sometimes need more focus on fewer priorities

    Advice to Management

    Continue to diversify middle and upper levels of the organization


  4. "Citizen Schools New York/ NEw Jersey"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Build a great network
    Impact the lives of many students
    Become welcomed into greater community

    Cons

    May be very unorganized
    Not very flexible with time
    Underpaid


  5. "Teaching Fellow review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working directly with students is a rewarding experience.
    Opportunity to develop teaching practices and lessons based on your expertise.
    Network with teaching fellows who are passionate about helping students.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and support from leadership.
    Inexperienced and incompetent leaders.
    Good long term goals but very little practical ideas to achieve them; unorganized.


  6. "Teaching Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In my experience the work is a good balance of time with students and time for planning with extra time on Fridays where I wasn't with students to plan and attend professional development sessions. The work is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Long hours Mon-Thurs, stipend is enough to live on, but not very much and it can be stressful at times working with many different stakeholders.


  7. "Previous Teaching Fellow TF"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very satisfying working with kids all of the time.
    A lot of engagement with the school and responsibility.

    Cons

    Very low pay.
    No recognition from regional office.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees more. CDs and DCDs feel like they are underappreciated which trickles down to us TFs.

  8. "Great experience in Urban Education!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Awesome collaboration with school teachers and tech companies

    Cons

    Clear systems of support
    More opportunities for Teach Fellows to teach and receive feedback

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain highly experienced individuals who have taught previously and have a passion for education.


  9. "Awesome work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is motivated and kind, and have the best interest of the students in mind.

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  10. "An incredible experience for the strong-willed"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Colleagues who share your passion of wanting to make a difference in the lives of students
    - A supportive environment with plenty of team-building exercises, feedback, etc.
    - A chance to work with students and parents directly
    - Opportunity to use your expertise in any area and share that with students
    - Rigorous training in classroom best practices and curriculum design

    Cons

    - Highly disorganized environment at times
    - Very little support in terms of getting access to resources, allowing for a smooth transition, etc.
    - Lack of communication between executive leadership and teaching fellows
    - Incredibly low pay (especially in Bay Area) for challenging, exhausting work (albeit rewarding!)
    - Overall lack of transparency in broader goals of organization and its challenges/struggles

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with your Teaching Fellows! Find opportunities that will help them succeed, and make sure you are only hiring those that can excel in often tumultuous environments. I would advise a bit more flexibility in terms of the structure of the time in the classroom. At least in the second year of the fellowship, I think it would make sense to allow 2nd year TF's to create a less rigid schedule for their classroom, so that they can get the most out of working with their students. I would also highly recommend that management continues to reach out to prior TF's who are willing to speak to current TF's and provide them with insights, resources, tips, etc.


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