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Year Up Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • In a year you can meet young adults who are looking for a better opportunity and see them achieve that opportunity (in 13 reviews)

  • Fast paced with focus of professional development (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Low work/life balance accommodations (in 19 reviews)

  • But it's a non-profit, so it should have been obvious to you if you're applying (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Year Up student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you will learn discipline and learn to write a better resume. It really prepares you for getting a job.

    Cons

    Make sure you want to work in the corporate world or you will be miserable

    Advice to Management

    stop changing the staff it confuses the students


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great Mission Bad Leadership-ATL"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has a great mission and great benefits. The mission itself will get you excited about working at Year Up.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible, there are a lot of unethical things happening at this site ( with students and staff). When you complain to the National office nothing happens. It is the worst place to work. This organization should not be on the "Best Non Profits to work for" list. The ED is a horrible leader which is why retention is low. The staff is not happy and aren't treated right. The only reason people stay is to help the young adults.

    Advice to Management

    Lead the organizing based on the mission and not your own personal agenda. Don't retain students or interns to hit a number that is going ruin the organization and its brand. Value your staff and support them. Bullying your staff is not an effective way to lead.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not as advertised"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is admirable and people do have good intentions. Working with the students is amazingly rewarding. Benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    The LA office reminds me of being in high school again - the cool, popular kids get away with whatever they want to do while those who actually work get dumped on. Staff is entirely unprofessional and talk trash about students during their internal meetings, and are unconcerned with improving performance issues (internal or external). It's more important to spin everything as great and "sunshine", regardless of what the truth is. When it comes to difficult topics, site leadership puts their heads in the sand and defers to the younger, inexperienced and unprofessional staff who retaliate against those whom they don't like or are threatened by. Everything is based on "feeling" - and their feelings are rarely rooted in reality, but actually in their own internal insecurities. Be prepared for rule by consensus for everything - very much a mob mentality. Team is continuously late to meetings (even ones with clients), assuming they show up at all. Overall, the team is disorganized, chaotic, emotional and ineffective. To get ahead, be sure to be agreeable at all costs, keep your thoughts to yourself, and maintain the status quo. Lastly, pay is ~1/2 that of market rate.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach - don't talk about valuing others and then have everyone from onsite team to leadership bash non-liberals (esp. at a conference in front of the entire team). Start running your locations like a business, if that's what you're truly aiming for, and get rid of the favoritism, passive aggression, and lip service. When employees come to you with concerns, don't use that as ammunition against them.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mission / Movement / Youth / Peers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    True and measurable impact
    Competitive pay coupled with very strong benefits
    Energetic and talented peers
    Many opportunities to stretch into new skills and grow

    Cons

    Program works on a cycle - can lead to burn out
    Local sites are relatively small and can lead to staffing challenges

    Advice to Management

    Continue to connect staff to the reality of the impact being made. Monitor change management process improvements to keep national team pushes and changes healthy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent programs, even better organizational health"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Blank, MD
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Blank, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Competitive compensation
    - Excellent organizational leadership, passion, and culture
    - Programs really make a difference in the students' lives

    Cons

    Any new site comes with some growing pains and so we are still figuring some things out as we go. Could use a little more direction or "best practices" from other sites or leadership. But again, these things come with any new sites!

    Advice to Management

    Leadership does an excellent job of connecting with the lower level employees. This really goes a long way so keep it up leadership!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Student Manager Student Intern"

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    Former Employee - Student Services Manager, Intern I in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Student Services Manager, Intern I in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Year Up (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Organizational Culture.
    Interaction with staff and students.
    Work environment.
    Program mission.
    Workload is decent.
    Fridays work from home.
    Constructive feedback.
    Overall, Awesome intern experience.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship.
    Hard finding prospective students to join the program.
    Lots of driving.
    Hours are long some days. Have to be there by 630 AM and end day at 6 PM.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate interns.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Year Up is phony"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great.

    Cons

    I have worked at Year Up NCR for about a year. It is one of the worst places to work for. The site has made so many changes that are impacting the students in a negative way. The executive director is unethical at times. Staff members don't have the same experience level and just shouldn't be working there. Students that graduate don't come back. Before YearUp made these changes it was a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    There is no room to move up at NCR. I would recommend going to another site or get another job.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Year Up Business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission and vision are exemplary, the people are wonderful.

    Cons

    Non profit which overworks its employees and spends too much time on the feel good and not enough on how to do the job.
    Lack of management experience with how to identify and write business requirements for hand off to IT.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on how to grow the business to serve more students with a repeatable process. Employees do the same job in so many different ways across the country.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Year Up (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working time and you can work from home

    Cons

    Not very open and the salary is below average


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Working At Year Up"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in direct service to students is so rewarding. It's so amazing to see the work that our students do every day, and how they progress in so little time. Medical benefits are very good. You don't pay for medical, you just have to pay for your co-pays and such.

    Cons

    Year Up doesn't have many opportunities for their people to move up. They often hire external candidates rather than promoting within. The pay is extremely difficult to negotiate and they will start you on the lowest end. You'll often be told that there is no room for negotiation.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and train your employees better and try to understand why the turnover rate is so high.


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