Citizen Schools - They require you work 60 hour//week and they pay you $22,800 a year....You do the math | Glassdoor
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"They require you work 60 hour//week and they pay you $22,800 a year....You do the math"

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Current Employee - Teaching Fellow
Current Employee - Teaching Fellow

I have been working at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

Pros

The company has a strong culture that it embeds in its teaching fellows and employees letting them believe something that is far from reality. At the end of the day, they're a company who is out to stay in business.

Cons

The company hires in 7 states in which it pays all of it's teaching fellows a set salary of $22,800 (one year, two years or regional leads). Because its bi-monthly, you take home around $800 each paycheck. You get paid the same salary whether you work in New York City, the bay area, Boston, or New Mexico. by the way, I believe this salary is below the minimum wage in certain areas where they're located (just so you know). So in reality, you're better off making more money as a cashier in NYC than working for this place.

As for the culture piece, the company tries to sell why their doing their mission. ladies and gentlemen, at the end of the day, they're a company trying to stay in business.

Lastly, they ask their employees to raise money for them. Living below the minimum wage and asking their employees to find them money? As the saying goes, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

At the end of the day, once your two year contract is done, they kick you out onto the streets and that's the end.

Advice to Management

Pay your employees a decent salary and maybe you won't have such a high turnover.

Other Employee Reviews for Citizen Schools

  1. "Great org and mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Provides great services and resources to kids in need

    Cons

    Great place to get started in education, but a smaller org


  2. "An incredible experience for the strong-willed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in San Jose, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citizen Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Colleagues who share your passion of wanting to make a difference in the lives of students
    - A supportive environment with plenty of team-building exercises, feedback, etc.
    - A chance to work with students and parents directly
    - Opportunity to use your expertise in any area and share that with students
    - Rigorous training in classroom best practices and curriculum design

    Cons

    - Highly disorganized environment at times
    - Very little support in terms of getting access to resources, allowing for a smooth transition, etc.
    - Lack of communication between executive leadership and teaching fellows
    - Incredibly low pay (especially in Bay Area) for challenging, exhausting work (albeit rewarding!)
    - Overall lack of transparency in broader goals of organization and its challenges/struggles

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with your Teaching Fellows! Find opportunities that will help them succeed, and make sure you are only hiring those that can excel in often tumultuous environments. I would advise a bit more flexibility in terms of the structure of the time in the classroom. At least in the second year of the fellowship, I think it would make sense to allow 2nd year TF's to create a less rigid schedule for their classroom, so that they can get the most out of working with their students. I would also highly recommend that management continues to reach out to prior TF's who are willing to speak to current TF's and provide them with insights, resources, tips, etc.

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