City Year Reviews

Updated Aug 9, 2020

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3.5
64%
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City Year CEO Michael Brown
Michael Brown
498 Ratings
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  • "Long hours, sometimes stressful(in 360 reviews)

  • "The stipend is not a living wage for corps members(in 165 reviews)

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  1. "Fulfilling Experience Facilitating Growth"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Supportive environment that encourages both professional growth and personal growth. -Big commitment that might not be for everyone but offers a rewarding experience for those who are dedicated to service. -Very strong organizational culture which helps connect you to their mission and brings co-workers closer together. -Great people; I truly loved everyone I worked with.

    Cons

    -Strong organizational culture may at times be very intense and come across as "cult like". -Loooooong hours and hard (both emotionally and sometimes physically) days. -Stipend barely covers living expenses. -Few personal/sick days.

  2. "Great entry level for education"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, good network and purpose

    Cons

    pay is low, but expected for non profit


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Committed but Long Way to Go"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Projects Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at City Year full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many dedicated, smart, passionate, and capable professionals who truly want to improve outcomes for students in marginalized communities across the country.

    Cons

    The culture at the national headquarters perpetuates the same barriers they seek to remove for the students they serve, which harms the staff, members, and ability to effectively fulfill it's mission for sites and students.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member 

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Great students Great teachers (sum are ungrateful)

    Cons

    Long hours Workshops Sucks (waist of time) Traveling to different boroughs. Horrible pay

  5. "Great Experience but an Overpowering Company Culture"

    4.0
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -lots of learning opportunities (macro-level e.g., systemic issues in public education; and micro-level e.g., how to effectively build relationships of trust with high schoolers) -you will likely have lots to talk about in future interviews thanks to the myriad experiences gained during this year of service -local leadership seemed to really care & tried to improve based upon corps' suggestions

    Cons

    -LONG hours -LOW pay (most ACMs were on food stamps, myself included) -the work is often thankless - but that's how working with high schoolers tends to be. -City Year has an obsession with symbolism: the color red, circles, etc. They have an obsession with chants and group exercises and songs...not all of this is "bad," but it was definitely a lot to handle.

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  6. "Learning experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities throughout the year

    Cons

    Long hours for small compensation

  7. "Good volunteer company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience overall. Your students make the year worth it!

    Cons

    Stipend is not enough compared to how much it costs to live in Los Angeles

  8. "Good opportunity to learn, network and value your resources"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Resources, Networking, Life-Building, Time Management

    Cons

    Hours can be long, a lot of emotional investment

  9. "Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working in the schools with amazing students and staff, service and social justice oriented, inclusive and supportive work environment to build leadership skills, good perks for alumni (education award to pay college loans, tuition discounts at colleges, etc.), camaraderie among corps

    Cons

    Long hours (7am-5:30pm daily) lead to burnout, living stipend is very modest and isn’t easy to live on in all locations, must wear a uniform, overall experience depends greatly on which site you are at

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  10. "Challenging and Rewarding"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member 
    Recommends

    I worked at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best reason to work for City Year SJ/SV is the students. They are truly amazing!

    Cons

    There was a lot of turnover in upper management during my time at City Year SJ/SV. One moment we are doing things one way and the next day it's the opposite.

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