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City Year Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  • Long hours but its worth it when your making a difference (in 243 reviews)

  • Work life balance is only available if you work hard at it (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Team Leader"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Getting a supervisor/managerial role with little prior experience is unheard of, but City Year provides young people with these opportunities that help them grow and develop faster and more than ever.

    Cons

    Days are long, lots of demands that can make one feel like a personal assistant


  2. "Great for resumes, but time and money consuming"

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoy it’s mission and values. It’s satisfying and meaningful work. I have gotten a lot of opportunities to gain experience.

    Cons

    The salary and hours are almost unmanageable. It’s not for everyone. If you’re considering, I would suggest finding sidegigs now.

  3. "Service to a cause greater than self"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader

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

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference in a child's life need I say more?

    Cons

    long hours/lack of visible appreciation from school/pay

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on


  4. "Hardest Year of My Life"

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

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    - Great cause
    - Invaluable experience
    - Amazing friends and network
    - Rewarding student relationships
    - Guaranteed job after service
    - Competitive resume

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Little pay
    - Difficult work circumstances


  5. "Corps Member"

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

    Pros

    Working with students, Community engagement

    Cons

    Stipend - understanding that it is an AmeriCorps program so funding can be wavy sometimes


  6. "Great Environment and Job for the Passionate"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong work culture
    Lots of support
    Understands that membership is temporary and encourages after-service plans
    Working with youth
    Strong connection with community
    Engaging
    Healthcare insurance options

    Cons

    Temporary
    Long hours
    Small stipend
    Working with some flawed public schooling systems (depending on the site)
    Underfunded
    Does not provide enough material for efficient work space

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on people. The environment is very kind, open, and welcoming, and that is a huge pro on top of the opportunity to be in service.


  7. "Corps member"

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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

    Fantastic place to work where I was able to grow as an individual and meet great people!

    Cons

    Long hours but its worth it when your making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on helping the schools and less on CY culture.

  8. "HARD WORK FOR NO APPRECIATION"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at City Year part-time

    Pros

    this provides an opportunity for you to work in an environment that needs help. The work they do is approached with good intentions but if very poorly managed

    Cons

    Many hours for a stipend and greatly underappreciated. The management takes advantage of the fact that people are volunteering and barely paid and makes them work crazy hours

    Advice to Management

    Needs to treat your employees better. These people are volunteering and you take advantage of this and treat them badly when certain rules are broken.


  9. "Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the kids and staff at high risk schools

    Cons

    Management, time commitments, extra unnecessary work loads, uniform, "culture"


  10. "Amazing and incredible people at HQ and nationally, clueless Denver leadership"

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

    Pros

    Flexible with hours and time off, good benefits, HQ is responsive to concerns

    Cons

    Denver's Executive director is clueless, managing 20 year olds, forced to do others' jobs

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip of what is happening in Denver. It's being run into the ground.


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