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City Year Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • great organization where you really feel you are making a difference in the community and schools (in 28 reviews)

  • The biggest variable might be city: CY in bigger cities tends to have more specialized support for Corps members but also less flexibility (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Can be challenging for people who are not prepared to work long hours (in 175 reviews)

  • where you work for free to help recruit new Corps members) or (in 117 reviews)

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  1. "Bureaucrats"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The works you do with the kids is extremely fulfilling and worthwhile. Meet all sorts of people. Good job training for after.

    Cons

    The San Antonio site is in shambles. It's lost 20/90 corps members through quitting in the first semester alone. No, this job isn't for everyone, but there were a lot of cases where the employees could have been retained.

    Biggest con: the integrity of the company is non existent. In times of doubt, city year resorts to policies and antiquated rules in order to save their own butts. The administration does not operate to support its corps members, it operates to support itself. Corps members are just a cog in the wheel, replaceable.


  2. "Senior Americorps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior AmeriCorps Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior AmeriCorps Member in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I participate in bi-weekly professional development instruction.
    I work in a Boston Public School High School.
    City Year is an acknowledged and revered organization by many institutions in my fields of interest.
    I have the privilege of working in a physics classroom three days of the week. This is significant because my role is generally not allowed to work in the classrooms of our schools.

    Cons

    I am paid a living stipend.
    I have to respond to both the demands of BPS and City Year (limits ability to communicate effectively with team and both parties.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "There are better programs"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    The kids and social justice oriented coworkers

    Cons

    The unrealistic goals, payscale, demanding requirements, lack of organization, and feeling of patronization from staff and senior corps members. Horrible experience that made many of my colleagues quit mid year. There are other ways to serve youth while keeping your dignity.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the people here will probably say good things, but remember these are by-choice reviews which are an inaccurate reflection on how corps as a whole really feel. Please don't contact me or reply to this review. I don't need anyone's appologies.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good culture little regard to employee"

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

    I worked at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Amazing kids, fairly relevant training, great co workers usually

    Cons

    Disconnect from management and grunt workers, awful hour wage compensation, no life work balance


  6. "A great year of service but not sustainable"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is super rewarding and the skills you learn are invaluable.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the pay is low but most people know that up front

    Advice to Management

    Become more organized and aware from the top to bottom, most CMs feel under appreciated because their TLs feel the same and their IMs feel the same. If responsibilities were re-distributed and people at the top were happier it would lead to a happier overall corps.


  7. "IM"

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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

    Excellent benefits for full-time staff; attracts great people

    Cons

    Mission creep; Impact Manager position demands a ton of time and energy - support is lacking;

    Advice to Management

    Focus on increasing time with and supporting student's and school's specific and unique needs as opposed to creating a, "one size fits all" approach to intervention in attendance, behavior, literacy and math.


  8. "CY First Year Corps Member"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional development and training, leadership opportunities, fulfillment, and positive community impact.

    Cons

    Long hours, extremely low compensation, red tape/bureaucracy.


  9. "Great organization but not for everybody"

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

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    Organized structure with a lot of support
    Data driven so you can quantify your impact
    Great position to be a role model as both friend and teacher to kids
    Great culture

    Cons

    Compensation is minimal given the amount of work but should be expected
    Some people are unluckily partnered with bad teachers
    High turnover because members are not prepared for the worst

    Advice to Management

    Be sure not to let idealistic corp members believe that they can single-handedly change the world. It is important to communicate the bigger picture and how one person is a part of that. Communicate realistic expectations to ease unnecessary burnout.


  10. "AmeriCorps Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    They also provide monthly unlimited metro cards and with the stipend, corps members qualify for food stamps

    Cons

    The work is very grueling and can be emotional at times


  11. "Great non-profit experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mission driven organization that does amazing work to help students

    Cons

    Very low pay and little additional benefits



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