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City Year Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "You spend most of your day in class with the students. It allows you to observe how teachers manage their class."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -If YOU put in effort, the students will too.
    -Seeing the students catch up to grade level.
    -real world experience to see if you want to be a teacher, work in the education field, or a non profit
    -Networking
    -loan deferment while you're in the program
    -Around 5000 dollars education award at the end that can only be used for student loans or college courses

    Cons

    -Pay and time (460 every 2 weeks, 40 or so hours a week)
    -A lot of training days that repeat information from orientation.
    -You are basically a volunteer that makes a tiny bit of money so really think about whether you can afford to do this. It's terrible when people leave because of the pay. The students have to readjust to a new corp member, if a new member is found in time.


  2. "Mid Level Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    diverse with a great sense of community. Great organization for young people just starting out in their careers.

    Cons

    Pay could be better but it is a non-profit but it is to be expected. There is some disconnect between the expectations of HQ and the different sites.


  3. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internship in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Internship in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working at City Year, and people are passionate with what they are doing. They care a lot of the education for students, and spend a lot of time working.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience for a Service Year Program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    City Year is a nationally recognized organization that does a lot of good for students and communities. It is really unique getting to work so closely to students without being a teacher and is a good trial run to see if people want to pursue a teaching career later in life. I've really enjoyed being part of a team and getting to structure my own lesson for the tutoring sessions during school and the program after school. I also enjoy the high energy culture that exists within the organization. It attracts a lot of high functioning ambitious socially minded people.

    Cons

    There is high turnover with the upper level management that makes for a harder transition for the AmeriCorp member especially since the position is one year. Your experience can vary so much based on the team you have and the managers you have.


  6. "City Year Corps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing experience if you want to go into education.

    Cons

    Very little pay and too many hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay corps member a higher living stipend


  7. "Mentor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Student Mentor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Student Mentor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    I want to help this kid at this school called Henry h Houston elementary.

    Cons

    It can be challenging

    Advice to Management

    I want to work hard for it


  8. "Amazing Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Admissions Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I never appreciated how much I enjoyed my time with City Year until I moved to a new company. There is collaboration, appreciation, enthusiasm and a culture of active learning.

    Cons

    As with any non-profit, budget and finances can add to the stress of your work.


  9. "Project Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of professional development
    Contribute to social change

    Cons

    Tiny tiny salary. But you can live on it.


  10. "AmerCorps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great way to build resume and references.
    -Career workshop Opportunities
    -If interested in education, it is a great way to test your interest.

    Cons

    -Extremely Low pay. Unless you are not going to pay rent, I really do not recommend it. CY markets that it is possible to live off the stipend, but that is completely false. I have met a lot of Corps members that started off the year with absolutely no plans to work a second job, but end up having to pick up a part-time job (even with food stamps). The hours are about 40-50min a week, early mornings into the evening. Depending on the part-time job, you will have to work for at least 10-20 hours a week to get by (if not more). Your day job will already be exhausting enough, even without a part-time job.
    -They will make you work virtually all school holidays to make the minimum hours for the grant, but will waste your time doing team builders and other pointless activities. They did warn me of this aspect before starting, but the experience is much worse than they made it sound.

    I hear a lot of alumni adopt the phrase "it'll be the hardest year of your life," be warned that it will not be difficult because of the job itself. It will be hard because you will be exhausted and stressed with trying to figure out how to make rent and if you can stretch your dollar to make lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Stop manipulating young people to work for what can be fairly described as slave work, the stipend is bellow minimum wage and currently averages to about 3.50.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Team Ledaer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot and get managing experience at quite a young age

    Cons

    Pay isn't great and a lot of the work is at the front end of the year, in the latter half of the school year there really isn't much for you to do.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so strict with CY's rules. Blasting CMs for uniform/an occasional lateness etc. really makes it hard to differentiate between small infractions and big problems. E.g. writing someone up for not CCing you on an email just creates resentment and leads to harder issues down the road, like any job you don't have to win respect, just don't lose it by sticking to the rulebook without question.


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