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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. "Great job for young people looking to make a difference or go into education."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health insurance was offered for part time teachers, which is a great gig if you are in college. Great information and structure for employees and clear tracks to advancement. New sites or those in transition can be challenging, but a part of the job of creating community.

    Cons

    Can really be challenging if the school you are working at is not on board, but that is not usually the fault of CS.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more quantitative feedback/statistics about job performance.


  2. "Excellent culture, mission, and program"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, HQ in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager, HQ in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - At any level, you have the ability to share ideas with senior leaders and execute on your ideas
    - Work/life balance at the HQ is quite good. You may need to manage expectations initially, but if you show you can deliver excellent work, you can leave between 5-6pm every day.
    -Growing organization gaining wider profile in education sector, exciting place to work

    Cons

    - In a management role, make sure you get to campus frequently to see the students, otherwise you may feel disconnected at times.
    - Like any growing organization, Citizen Schools is still trying to find its true brand and going through some minor growing pains

    Advice to Management

    - Keep focused on the mission. Funding is important, but don't make decisions because of funding. Make decisions because of the mission, execute well, and the funding will come.


  3. "Great team, incredible vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Citizen Schools is changing the world for the better - one child at a time. They are passionate about their mission, and the students create inspiring work.

    Cons

    Slow-moving at times, but then again, it is a non-profit company. Important to keep the connections between teachers, students, and Citizen School staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the incredible drive and passion!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A Team Leader for children in an after school program"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    A very positive, motivating environment in which staff were always encouraged to use their creativity whilst planning the sessions for the students.

    Cons

    No real cons, just challenges to address, such as keeping on top of issues that teenagers are facing in today's world, and adjusting the curriculum delivery to keep their attention. This was a part time job, and I needed to work more hours. That was they only reason I left.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to motivate and encourage staff, and consider how that this position could be reviewed, in order to change it into a full time position.


  6. "I only have great things to say. This is a wonderful volunteer program, I highly recommend it."

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Citizen Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Citizen Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, great for anyone looking into teaching, or just something rewarding to do

    Cons

    The commute, for me, was a little difficult since I was coming from Long Island

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing!


  7. "Flexible and encouraging work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A team of dedicated, passionate and talented individuals working towards a unified goal of bridging the opportunity gap. At the end of the day, the work each team does here on a daily basis is to enrich the lives of students in lower income middle schools.

    Cons

    Working in HQ sometimes it's hard to feel connected to the day-to-day work that our AmeriCorps service members, campus staff and Citizen Teachers are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work.


  8. "Teaching Fellow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time

    Pros

    Working closely and building relationships with students and school staff, gaining professional development via training and lead role projects, gaining experience in the social sector/nonprofits

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, emotionally exhausting

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention. Many TF's could make great campus leaders.


  9. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    I loved my internship with Citizen Schools. I was just there for the summer but it was a laid back environment with wonderful people and great mentors. I recommend it to any intern interested in education non-profit, Americorp, and the like.

    Cons

    No real cons. It was an overall great experience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful (but difficult!) Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Citizen Schools is focused on cultivating a talented and dedicated staff. Professional development activities rarely felt like a waste of time, and the programs really have a meaningful impact on students and their families.

    Cons

    The hours can be tiring, especially combined with the high expectations, low base pay, and heavy workload.


  11. "innovative program!"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment, great people

    Cons

    Travel between school programs is tricky on public transportation

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work



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