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Citizen Schools Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  • School staff are known to treat Teaching Fellows as though we are not equals and give us tasks they would rather not do (in 16 reviews)

  • Need a little more guidance and structure within the organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Meaningful Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Passionate, dedicated team from top down who are deeply invested in making a positive impact on communities in need

    Cons

    Changing education landscape and public funding makes it difficult to sustain the work; also major changes and transitions in different leadership levels


  2. "Former AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow"

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    Former Employee - National Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - National Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    As an AmeriCorps Teaching fellow, you join a nationwide network of corporate and community wide partners that can propel your career into the direction of your choosing. Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher, or pursuing a career in nonprofit administration and/or the corporate/private sectors, the fellowship offers a variety of opportunities to get exposure in all of these fields.

    More importantly you get to work with middle schools students, who by far are the best (in my opinion). The students were consistently the best part of my day regardless of all the teen drama and angst.

    *Five stars for Compensation & Benefits because the free healthcare, transportation stipend and the $5,500 Segal award for each year of completed service.

    Cons

    Working in public schools is hard. This is not a new concept. There are a lot of different constituents at play, and many people have different opinions, attitudes, and ways to best serve our students. At the end of the day, everyone wants what is best for the students. Keep that in mind when working with a school.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build the Alumni Network of Teaching Fellows.
    Don't expand too quickly in risk of losing quality.
    Limit the number of top down decisions made, and incorporate TF feedback, especially when it will have a direct effect on a TF's day to day experience.


  3. "Americorps Teaching Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Americorps Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Americorps Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Networking with people in public education and non-profits, everyone is obviously dedicated and passionate in the field of social justice and education
    - High profile corporate sponsors leads to Networking opportunities, but not as strong as you would think
    - They will hire almost anybody for Americorps, this may or may not help you decide if public or the nonprofit sector is right for you

    Cons

    - Structure of the organization is constantly shifting, leading to high turnover or poor hiring decisions / understafffed, whatever it may be, the retention rate of employees is low and leads to low morale
    - Lack of communication leads to last minute changes and stressful deadlines that are sometimes beyond reach
    - Lack of accountability, leads to others micromanaging, over managing, or eventual doubling/tripling up on roles
    - Lack of professional development, most of my colleagues who graduated from Americorps most of the time have no idea where their next job if they have decided teaching isn't for them
    - Depending on your campus, teaching fellows are just bodies to fill and carry student quotas, our opinions mean almost nothing to the organization, recently that has changed a little
    - Obviously comes with the contract but the pay, they expect you to live on food stamps. Sometimes I don't even make enough to cover unexpected expenses. Keep this in mind.

    Advice to Management

    - Please financially advise teaching fellows before you offer them a contract.
    - Opportunities are heavily misrepresented - please be realistic.
    - Focus on quality, not quantity.


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  5. "Teaching Associate Review"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Citizen Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    I got a lot of great experience in the classroom and they also had very structured lessons plans and outlines for the year on a broader scale which was nice. i appreciated the attention to detail from an employees perspective. Also working with the middle schoolers though at times challenging was also very rewarding

    Cons

    The salary could have definitely been higher, though since I was part time and it was a starter job I was able to have enough to live on in jersey

    Advice to Management

    listen to the directors of each location and support them as best as you can


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hard but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    opportunities for high impact in the classroom and in the lives of middle schoolers. Staff is generally energized and excited to work together. Solution-oriented coworkers

    Cons

    This job will take everything you've got, so work-life balance is difficult.


  7. "Citizen Schools"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Fun people to work with.
    - Great mission that really tries to help students.
    - Gives staff a voice.

    Cons

    - Does not like to promote from within.
    - Managers do not help staff develop.
    - Did a number of "staff realignments".
    - Gives staff a voice to the point of clouding things.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest really focusing on developing your internal talent and force people managers to work with their staff to foster and nourish these talented individuals who are willing to make less money working for a cause they believe in.


  8. "Teaching Fellows"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relationship building with other TF's, Working directly with students

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, disorganization, a lot of work for not a lot of money


  9. "Teaching Fellow review"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    - Love apprenticeship model
    - I got to wear many hats: teacher, facilitator, volunteer manager, event planner
    - Get to work directly with kids and their families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds

    Cons

    - Many last minute changes to program
    - Too many quick changes in leadership
    - Company needs to value its own people more

    Advice to Management

    - Put your people first when making decisions
    - Organization lacks cohesion because so many people are in and out


  10. "Teaching Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Life changing opportunity to serve the community.
    Connect with students and community.
    Team environment.
    Great leadership.

    Cons

    Program depends on having good campus directors.

    Advice to Management

    Focus resources to a few schools instead of many. It takes a couple a years for the program solidify systems and presence on campus site.


  11. "Citizen Schools"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    They provide great training if you are new to the role. There are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    They don't really treat everyone fairly or with respect.

    Advice to Management

    Value diversity, don't just say it's something you care about and then put no action forth to show it.



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