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City Year Reviews

Updated August 16, 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. "AmeriCorps Member at k-8 school in Dorchester."

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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

    Lots of opportunities for networking and professional growth. Constant coaching and opportunities to do more within your corps year.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain a healthy work life balance in Boston with the stipend pay.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for free physical actives like the free yoga at HQ that happened a couple times.


  2. "Senior AmeriCorps Member: Team Leader"

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    Former Employee - Senior AmeriCorps Member: Team Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior AmeriCorps Member: Team Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am glad I did a year with City Year.

    Cons

    The pay is not the greatest.

  3. "Corps member review for Chicago site"

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team work (good/bad thing)
    The kids you meet and the community you work in are the best part of the job.

    Cons

    To say little pay would be laughable. You can get by on the stipend but it will be tough.
    "professional development" was okay especially for a young adult just starting out.
    LONG hours. I worked 10-12 hr days.

    Advice to Management

    Review intervention model for high school sites.


  4. "Gap Year as City Year Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corps Member in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I absolutely loved my experience as a City Year Corps Member. It definitely was hard work, but I learned so much about myself and the education system. Would 100% recommend to anyone who is interested in service and working with children.

    Cons

    Low pay, but to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate how rigorous the work will be to prospective Corps Members. I found that many complained about the long hours but they should have known that coming into the year.


  5. "AmeriCorps Member"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful team expereince, loan forbearance, networking opportunities, resume help, first hand expereince, strong relationships with students and teacher

    Cons

    Long hours, different school administration quality across the city, lack of help with housing

    Advice to Management

    Do not favor schools or teams


  6. "Team Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    The students are amazing, the experience helps change your worldview, and you will work with some of the most dedicated people you will ever meet.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, and bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Supervise Managers more, they have so much free reign


  7. "Corps Member"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Resume builder, Get experience working with kids, learn about what it means to be part of something bigger than yourself

    Cons

    Too many projects at one time, long hours, low stipend which requires food stamps while the CEO makes 400k at a "non-profit", Too many garbage culture requirements

  8. "When You Know What You've Signed up For"

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice trips for workers
    Education Award
    You're making a difference in someone's life and more than likely learning something yourself

    Cons

    Long hours
    Though the stipend is low (at poverty level, such as the people you serve) the living arrangements were tough because Jacksonville costs a lot of you want to be safe


  9. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at City Year part-time

    Pros

    -Make a real difference in the schools
    -Lifelong connections with team and whole corps
    -Great Professional Development opportunities
    -Leadership that cares about your development and your progress
    -Many appreciation events for Corps members

    Cons

    -Pay is lousy (It's Americorps)
    -Long Hours (It's AmeriCorps)
    These two are just two things you need to know before you get yourself into this position. If you know these two things going in, there really isn't any other cons.


  10. "First Year Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    City Year is an excellent opportunity to give back to your community, and the work you do in the schools can be so incredibly rewarding. The students you tutor will impact you as much as you impact them. Additionally, the CY staff members are very supportive, both of the work you do for City Year, and helping you to develop yourself professionally.

    Cons

    Obvious con: stipend life. It can be stressful and very difficult at times to live on a salary that is less than minimum wage. I would suggest trying to live with your parents or family during your year of service. Otherwise, I'd look into getting a roommate or two and living in an apartment that is on the cheaper side. The other con is that sometimes there's a lot of tasks that seem like "busy work". It can be frustrating when you already have a lot to do during the week, but it's usually for the benefit of you or your students.

    Advice to Management

    Consider raising the stipend/living allowance.


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