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City Year Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  • Long hours, not enough pay or sick days (in 224 reviews)

  • Work life balance is only available if you work hard at it (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Americorps Member"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved my team and the physical service work that I got to do everyday
    travel was fun

    Cons

    Hours were tough, and worked many weekends which the job description dod not mention


  2. "AmeriCorps Member"

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at City Year (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on a diverse team and working with amazing students

    Cons

    It can be hard work, but is very rewarding.

  3. "Hard but Rewarding"

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

    Pros

    You'll never have a harder job in your life but it prepares you to work in Title 1 schools

    Cons

    Pay is terrible but its a volunteer position

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent


  4. "Gratifying Work, Confusing Missions"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with City Year was extremely gratifying and I would not have been able to do work in this neighborhood if it weren't for this organization. You have more freedom and authority than you realize to create your own schedules and own activities to develop relationships with your students.

    Cons

    Confusing messages from management and a lot of the training was relatively unhelpful. No trauma training and severe lack of preparation.

    Advice to Management

    Re-design training days and treat Corps Members like adults.


  5. "Corps Member"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Great and encouraging atmosphere. Great work.

    Cons

    Not a lot of funding to complete school projects.

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration corp members concerns


  6. "Tough but rewarding experience"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working with students my and watching the progress they made over the year. Seeing the confidence they gain in their academics and themselves is an amazing feeling.

    I also had endless leadership opportunities, both voluntary and involuntary. You're put through the ringer, but these experiences allow you to grow and gain skills that will be invaluable to any career you could decide to pursue.

    Community is important in City Year, which allows a lot of introspection and discussion with your fellow corps members. I learned a lot myself in just the two weeks of teambuilding during training, before the schoolyear even began, and loved teambuilding days and community events over the course of the year.

    People will tell you how tough City Year is, but if you're looking to learn more about education, service, your community, and/or yourself, this program will help you do it in spades. It is taxing, but extremely worth it.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the pay is low, but this is something you'll be aware of going in. In a job like this, the impact of your works outweighs the benefits you receive.

    Advice to Management

    Dial it back on the company culture. We serve with City Year to serve our communities; things like choreography and the rigidity of the dress code are a little excessive.


  7. "Mixed Experience"

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work and a focus on personal/professional development.

    Cons

    PD was not great. Communication between school and City Year management was unsatisfactory.

  8. "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    It was so inspiring to work for a "students first" cause and I loved my co-workers, who brought diverse perspectives and unique strengths to our work. Everyone was extremely supportive of each other, and focused on positive outcomes for our students.

    Cons

    Because of the long hours and managing two teams at separate locations, burn out was a regular feeling. Plus, sometimes Program Managers do not have capacity for additional site needs (community events, recruitment/engagement, etc.) and this contributes to being stretched too thin and overall burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Support Program Managers and identify/facilitate upward career paths to show that City Year wants to retain their leadership/knowledge for site growth and better operations overall. Ensure that Program Managers have ample vacation time to avoid burnout.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A Year in Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, if you have a good team and supportive program manager. Educational award is good, and you feel proud after finishing. I finished CY and now I feel like I can do anything.

    Cons

    If you have a poor team, you will have a difficult year. This is an extremely tough job, with at minimum 50 hours a week, probably closer to 60 if you're doing everything you actually need to do for your kids. Wage is extremely low and I'd recommend doing this close to home, so you can live with family.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is working to improve wages. Living on 12,000 a year in LA is close to impossible, especially when personal emergencies come up. And management isn't particularly supportive when emergencies do come up.


  10. "Awesome Place to Work!"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Professional development, inclusive of all people, innovative enviornment

    Cons

    A lot of hours not enough pay.


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