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Year Up Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (17)

    "An Organization that truly Believes in their Mission"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Year Up is like no other organization. My colleagues are all very genuine and truly care about the work we do, as well the students we serve. The work isn't easy and everyone comes in day in and day out ready and willing to go the extra mile. Year Up is organization that also cares about you as an individual. The benefits package is amazing and taking care of yourself is encouraged here. Your colleagues are your teammates and everyone respects one another. It is definitely a pleasure working here. Even though we are a new site, our team is growing and the word is getting out about Year Up Los Angeles.

    Cons

    With all the positives stated, it is a little challenging to talk about the cons, as there aren't many. I will say that the office space is a little challenging. If you are used to having your own office or office space, get over it. It would be nice to have that intimate space, however, to focus on your work, have confidential meetings and conversations with students, etc. We are a new site so we are still learning and growing together but this also presents natural challenges that we will soon overcome.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Good environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Year Up full-time

    Pros

    Year Up is personal growth organization, it works for improving its staff skills and it's dedicated to set the student it teache on the right path. Being part of it I was always improving and learning new stuff

    Cons

    It's a con and also a pro. It makes u stress about time and getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. "Great place to work directly with students!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Every role works directly with students that participate in the program
    - Diversity is one of the key values of Year Up as an organization
    - People who work at Year Up want to be there and want to directly impact the students they serve
    - Benefits are amazing
    - Work-life balance is very possible if you advocate for it and are conscientious about making sure you have it
    - Employee professional development is highly valued

    Cons

    - At times difficult to balance student challenges and personal life (if not intentional)
    - People in more executive level positions are not representative of the population served.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to vet heavily for culture fit and team fit. I saw that Year Up at many sites was a group of people who were very dedicated to the mission, and always put students first. A team that works very well together and is willing to support each other will be able to best serve the students and help achieve the organization's mission.


  4. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are absolutely second to none.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy at times.


  5. "Great mission work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Year Up full-time

    Pros

    Year Up's national leadership is thoughtful and strategic in planning the future of the organization. Great culture, great work, and development opportunities. Year Up stays true to its desire to serve young people in need. The internship opportunities, the credibility YU has with Corp Partners is truly stellar.

    Cons

    At times too fast paced.


  6. "Does not pay their interns minimum wage, predatory business model"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff that help low income students gain necessary soft skills for a corporate job, just not the hard tech skills required to be competent. Most staff do care about helping students succeed and become the best version of themselves.

    Cons

    The business model exploits “opportunity youth” for the financial gain of year up. Has a very low success rate and uses skewed and cherry picked metrics to paint the picture of a successful program. For most interns there is no on the job training provided. Many students end up in customer service positions that require no education to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency with students in the admission process, please find a way to pay your interns minimum wage so they don’t enter a corporate environment as unpaid workers who receive no on the job training.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced and constantly growing!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Year Up full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Program is effective - actually changes lives

    Cons

    May be growing too fast to maintain program quality and reputation

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Employment Placement Manager"

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

    I worked at Year Up full-time

    Pros

    Year Up is dedicated to advancing the lives of young adults across the nation.

    Cons

    The management of the organization focuses primarily on numbers to meet donor and sponsor needs, instead of fully committing to the student experience.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let ego create barriers that will compromise student success


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Student Services"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Services
    Current Employee - Student Services
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Amazing mission, strategic and thoughtful program, positive impact on individuals and the community.

    Cons

    Poor boundaries. Minimal social work staff vs. “sales” staff. Functional roles focused on “their” outcomes and does not translate to “our” outcomes and can be detrimental to positive results, staff morale and student relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Too much for this space. However, focus more on what admissions is doing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Year Up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Year Up full-time

    Pros

    amazing benefits, great mission, incredible students

    Cons

    rapidly growing organization- lots of turnover


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