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Found 1,957 of over 2K reviews
3.4
58% Recommend to a Friend
City Year CEO Michael Brown
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51%
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City Year CEO Michael Brown
Michael Brown
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Pros
  • "Met some great people; was able to develop professionally and learn how to network; and the kids you work with are unforgettable!(in 118 reviews)
  • "The company has a strong culture and really tries its best to listen to feedback.(in 67 reviews)
  • "Great opportunity to experience the New York City public school system and fall in love with education(in 65 reviews)
  • "Great team to work on.(in 36 reviews)
Cons
  • "The low pay means run down housing and lack of extracurricular activities outside of work.(in 285 reviews)
  • "Long hours; Easily taken advantage by school admin if you don't clarify your roll(in 278 reviews)
  • "City Year is an AmeriCorps nonprofit, so the experience for this part of the organization can be really challenging— long hours and low pay are the downside, but the rewards for such valuable work are incalculable.(in 101 reviews)
  • "Management poor and fear based.(in 53 reviews)
  • "60 hour work weeks with no work life balance in some of the most high(in 48 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Fulfilling Experience

    Dec 16, 2022 - Corp Member 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    See Results Learn team dynamic Educational Opportunities

    Cons

    Time-consuming high-level of effort required

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Job (+ Compassion Fatigue)

    Jan 9, 2023 - Student Success Coach 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Making a difference - Feeling connected to a community - Challenging environment (helps with adaptability and development of cultural humility)

    Cons

    - Compassion fatigue is real (know your self-care routine) - Stipend is low for the rent you may have to pay - Long hours (but in a way, you get used to it)

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great cause, poorly managed

    Jan 24, 2023 - First Year Americorps Member in Kansas City, MO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great cause, wonderful team, love the students, lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    poorly managed, you’ll have to drink the koolaid to get by, weird emphasis on the city year culture, ugly uniforms, depressing work environment with not enough pay, extremely emotionally exhausting

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    AmeriCorps

    Jan 17, 2023 - Student Success Coach 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Working with students and lots of opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Low pay and some tedious required work after school hours

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good Culture

    Jan 18, 2023 - Mentor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Feels like one big Family, advancement.

    Cons

    Long hours, small stipend, stress

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee

    No

    Jan 24, 2023 - Corps Member in Detroit, MI
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The kids were the only good part

    Cons

    Low pay. Over work. Exhausting

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  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Rough Time

    Jan 24, 2023 - AmeriCorp Member in Memphis, TN
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The only pros about this job is getting to interact with kids and be their safe person.

    Cons

    Clicky-ness in management. No advocacy for Americorp members by team lead or Impact manager. Not mental health friendly. Doesn’t care about physical health.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Hit or Miss Experience

    Dec 23, 2022 - Team Leader in Orlando, FL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - great opportunity to develop leadership experience - small teams (makes experience more manageable)

    Cons

    - support from upper management (both from campus and staff) is shaky. This impacts your experience SEVERELY if you have a trash team (because nobody will be held accountable and you’ll look like “a snitch”) - pay does not correlate with commitment

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great People / Bad Company

    Aug 16, 2022 - Student Success Coach in Sacramento, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people you immediately work with are fantastic. Whether they be your impact managers, coworkers, students, you are surrounded by many amazing people looking to make a different in the lives of students in need.

    Cons

    The pay is awful. 10.5 hours a day, with a few days of extra work at a rate that is laughably below minimum wage. The training for the job involves liberal identity politics and preaches inclusion yet uses exploitation and does not address any of the actual issues in our school system. The company would not exist without inequalities in our school system, and while their training encourage young people do attack and dismantle them, City Year is well aware that that would put them out of a job. A attempt to actually enact real change at a school will be met with so much push back from the higher levels. What is worse, is they will weaponize impact managers (who are usually ex-student success coaches, and not much older than the people they manage) to squelch any kind of real change that threatens the companies position. This can create animosity in the work place.

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  11. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Important work for patient people

    Nov 6, 2022 - Impact Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I feel like I make a difference in a way that matters in my work. All of the people I’ve ever worked with at this organization are genuinely good people. Great benefits package

    Cons

    Being in the impact department is challenging and does not feel equitable compared to other departments. We work longer hours and are often doing extra shifts/responsibilities that others are not being asked to do. It is more challenging to take time off of work, and in this department in particular being “present” for americorps members is at times made to feel more important than taking care of oneself

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City Year Reviews FAQs

City Year has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 2,124 reviews left anonymously by employees. 58% of employees would recommend working at City Year to a friend and 43% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, City Year employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at City Year. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

58% of City Year employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated City Year 2.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.7 for culture and values and 3.5 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at City Year to be diversity and inclusion, senior leadership, career development and the cons to be benefits, management, culture.

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