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City Year Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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  • Be prepared to work hard and work long hours (in 199 reviews)

  • Work life balance is only available if you work hard at it (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "Only + for me is working with the kids"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Working on a team
    -Building relationships with your students (BEST part by far)
    -Meeting new people
    -Segal Education Award at end of service year

    Cons

    -Long and unpredictable hours (can be up to 12/day but as little as 8 but that's rare)
    -Living on a stipend is very hard
    -I never have free time
    -CY culture is annoying and cult-like
    -Person who interviewed me gave a very inaccurate description of the job
    -Literally no days off
    -Lack of sympathy when it comes to absences/missing work

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE increase the stipend and don't take everything so seriously!! ex. uniforms. Also training sessions are long and dull. Also didn't find out what region I would be working in until a few weeks before service started so finding housing was risky and a gamble.


  2. "City Year San Jose"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing community
    - Keeps Americorps members in touch with their leadership styles, values, and strengths
    - Experience working in an under resourced school is extremely informative for any type of social work related job
    - Segal Education Award at end of service year
    - Incredible partnerships with schools and other businesses
    - Much care put toward "LACY" (life after City Year)

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay give how many hours we work
    - Unattractive and strict uniform
    - Required to work even when students do not have school
    - Unclear delivery of expectations before accepting job


  3. "Just be realistic with it thats all"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I think it can bring together people with like-minded qualities

    Cons

    I think the hours you sometimes work is ridiculous compared to any teacher or principal at the school. Yes, they'll tell you its bc of x,y, and z. But it just leads to burn out.
    Very strong cult like culture

    Advice to Management

    Don't take it so serious. Corps Members are motivated to help, but no need to suck the fun out of it.


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  5. "Corps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    making a positive impact on children

    Cons

    poor organization and communication, lack of consistency across school sites


  6. "Hard but Worth It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love my team!
    I love my students!
    I left this experience a better person and with great connections

    Cons

    If you're moving to a different city, be sure to plan financially speaking - not much pay because it is an AmeriCorps program. Planning is key.

    Advice to Management

    Keep having open dialogue about ways to improve!


  7. "Americorps member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Got to work with Children
    - Great opportunity for leadership

    Cons

    -micro-managed
    -do not have a voice
    -overworked, underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Be understanding when it comes to absences.


  8. "City Year AneriCorps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work experience and exposure to many different career paths. A strong resume builder and a great way to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Long hours and very little pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Flawed but Good-Hearted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The kids are incredible! In general, I found leadership to be helpful and intensely caring.

    Cons

    There are two cultures at City Year: City Year culture and the SJW culture. I loved the first, but I did not fit into the second.

    Advice to Management

    I would ask City Year management to pick partner schools and partner teachers that both understand our mission and want us in the classroom, doing the job we were hired to do.


  10. "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community. Awesome co-workers. Good support

    Cons

    low pay. placement of schools not always near place of residence


  11. "Corps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Get to work with students and help them grow and reach their potential.

    Cons

    The hours are long and pay is not there but the experience is what you make and if you go in acknowledging that this will be the most challenging and frustrating work years of your life the job will be much less stressful.


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