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"Great Opportunity, Poor Management/Direction"

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Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

-Help save the world!
-Great Company and ideals, generally good co-workers and working environment
-highly self-motivated; you get the opportunity to do/create any project you might be interested in
-lots of upward movement w/in the organization

Cons

-a lot of the management staff comes up through the volunteer activities and don't necessarily have the skills to be effective managers
-if you need advice/guidance it can be hard to find b/c things are so self-driven
-seems to be unspoken expectations of planned events/activities that you're not told you're expected to complete, or not told till last minute

Advice to Management

-More monitoring of PMs and their relationship with teams
-PMs need to spend time with both/all teams they manage and be available and accessible to those teams
-Be upfront about team expectations

Other Employee Reviews for City Year

  1. "Amazing year of meaningful service and self-discovery"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at City Year as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Get to impact the lives of children and help the education inequality in the US
    -Great support from Senior Corps, Staff, and Headquarters
    -Ability to network and be promoted within City Year
    -Great experience in working on a diverse team

    Cons

    -Living on an Americorp stipend
    -Work life balance could be tricky if you time management is not your strongest suit

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "City Year Greater Philadelphia"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great energy, surrounded by other young idealists who share common interests, great PD.

    Cons

    The quality of employee varies from over qualified to embarrassingly underqualified. Leadership is not always clear and direct with explaining procedures or processes.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a well-educated core. Focus more on creating a strong workforce rather than the personal development of your workers. If you want students to show results than you can't hire so many underqualified employees with the hopes to develop them professionally. Give regular performance reviews and observations.

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