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Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Long hours, not enough pay or sick days (in 220 reviews)

  • Work life balance is only available if you work hard at it (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Mid Level Management"

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    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.


  2. "City Year Corps Member"

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    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

  3. "Project Leader"

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    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.


  4. "Invaluable Service Opportunity with Many Challenges"

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will make lifelong friends through City Year, not only with corps members, but also with teachers, staff, community members you see on your daily commute. Your students will love you immeasurably and teach you powerful and unexpected lessons, if you prove to be a loyal, determined, and compassionate advocate to them.

    You will learn to live on a tight budget. If you are so inclined, you will learn very much about social justice issues, education policy issues, how a school functions, how people of different walks of life perceive the world. You will work in a very diverse setting. People will respect you for your service, and sometimes even stop you on the street or metro to thank you. This is a chance to learn the meaning of service!

    Cons

    Some consider many of City Year's policies to be...draconian. Most commonly, people have an issue with wearing the uniform, which is pretty unflattering and made of a material that seems to trap sweat without actually warming you. You cannot wear headphones while wearing the uniform, you cannot jaywalk, you cannot curse. You have to act like an upstanding citizen in the public eye, a problem for some.

    On that note, you will also meet some very big personalities in City Year (many of whom may be much younger than you -- you have to be 18 to serve) who will make themselves known throughout the year. You will have to mingle with them because City Year is big on forcing everyone to know each other and get "squishy" which essentially means to open up to strangers. Since this is many corps members' first full-time job, many people need a lot of guidance and managing...which results in staff members talking down to us as a group. You will have to be willing to hold your peers accountable and, oftentimes, find it within yourself to have the patience of a saint.

    It will be difficult to describe to people who are not involved in public service exactly what it is that you do. Friends in the private sector sometimes may pity you for living on a stipend and having to commute to an area of the city that may have a reputation for being dirty, unsafe, a place to avoid. Many people on the outside will question why you serve and they will cite many reasons to explain why students in under-resourced communities don't perform as well as others. These reasons will offend you because you will have much more proximity to the situation than ever before, and you will see that everything is more complicated than you suspected, there is no one cause to blame for the achievement gap, and the people in the community you serve are beautiful people who are doing the best they can with what they have. Knowing all this can cause you to resent a lot of what goes on in the world that never bothered you before.

    Advice to Management

    Expect professionalism from corps members. It is noble to give people second and third chances since this is most corps members' first full-time job. But if they prove to be unfit to serve and cause a lot of problems, please let them go...do it for the children.


  5. "Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organization to #makebetterhappen and learn

    Cons

    The pay is not the best.


  6. "Corps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I had an incredible team and built great relationships with my partner teacher and school staff. I was able to take initiative outside of school service to develop and plan many service oriented projects.

    Cons

    Since this was a volunteer position, the stipend was quite difficult to live on; especially, in a City like Washington D.C. The work is extremely demanding and expectation does not match with the realities that can be executed within school. Every school has their own individual characteristics and organizational structures so there is no way to predict what kind of relationship your teams will have with your school.

    Advice to Management

    City Year is too large and only provides a bandaid on the plight of our urban education system. Please focus on responsible growth rather than tossing a bunch of idealists into urban schools where they are not prepared to be effective.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of pros lots of cons"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Diversity and Inclusion
    -Extensive but amazing performance review process
    -Opportunity to be creative and take initiative
    -Leadership development
    -Career development
    -Build strong relationships
    -Professional Development
    -Life changing and rewarding
    -Money on Metro card each month

    Cons

    -Pay is WAY too low unless you live at home
    -If your manager doesn't care about your development you may have a hard year
    -Metro is awful and not reliable
    -Transparency isn't always there
    -Politics with upper leadership

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those that you are managing and be willing to actively change the way you are doing things. Have goals that change each year and set expectations for yourself so that you are growing and developing the same as you are trying to develop those you are leading. Impact Directors are perceived to not do much so maybe address this.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great staff, great mission, could use more out-of-network expertise."

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    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic and energized staff that is just as idealistic as their corps members.
    Wonderful space to work in and really supports corps members as best they can.
    Professional development and alumni engagement is done incredibly well.

    Cons

    The work itself is physically and emotionally taxing.
    Some staff tend to have blind allegiance to City Year principles where they are not as effective as they might believe to be.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to be open to hiring staff from organizations outside of CYDC. The more input you can get from outside of an organization the better it will be at adapting to changes. I fully understand that working with corps members is a unique responsibility, but when it comes to training corps members and engaging them in the community, that is something that could also be done by professionals from other organizations just as well.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Give a Year Change the World"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1) Professional development
    2) Employee appreciations
    3) Leadership opportunities
    4) Amazing culture
    5) Passionate environment
    6) Positive feedback
    7) Flexibility
    8) Value oriented organization

    Cons

    1) Pay
    2) Long hours


  10. "Great experience to learn more about your self and help others"

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    Former Employee - Senior Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Corps Member in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - community
    - Unity (ubuntu)
    - planning/help with next steps
    - leadership development
    - resume builder
    - great results!

    Cons

    - long hours and hard work!
    - sometimes disorganized
    - very large non-profit- businesslike atmosphere
    - cultish sometimes

    Advice to Management

    stay organized, and in your lane: keep on being focused and doing the great public service you are doing !


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