Program Coordinator (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 29, 2018
Super fun job that let's you create your own programing and play with kids all day. As an AmeriCorps member you are expected to fulfill a certain amount of service hours. This means that often you are expected to work on holidays. On days that students have off you will participate in a service project. These events are typically fun because the people you work with are super playful but also get stuff done and done well.
Program Coordinator (Current Employee) – Oakland, CA – November 30, 2017
Dedicated to servicing students who need it most in a fun, supportive and interactive way! The managers are supportive and have great ideas to help support your program. Each coordinator has a lot of power to individualize their school community to be as fun and structured as they want it to be. Fun place to work overall.
Good cause, terrible management (office staff only)
site coordinator (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – October 6, 2017
Co workers are cool but you only see them every now and then, other than that I only had a problem with 3 people.(fakes) mostly trained my self with very little help so expectations were not realistic.get everything in writing and cover your self because again if it's your word against your female manager word (loosing battle)your in trouble.Uncomfortable work experience in office with language and jokes used .not professional work place
The message to the kids/working with teachers for great cause
Fun in concept, rising nonprofit with a healthy share of corporate influence
Home office employee (Former Employee) – Oakland, CA – September 25, 2017
This was a great place to work if you are starting out in the nonprofit industry and are willing to scrape at any job or if you are C-level executive who wants to feel like you are doing well in the world. For those in the middle, it didn't feel great. Overall, a good experience, but the constant stresses of hitting the numbers took away some of the joy of impacting the lives of children.
AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) – Santa Ana, CA – March 27, 2017
Working for Playworks was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had the pleasure of having. Not only are you part of a team, but you are part of a family. You learn this quickly and become close with one another by participating in many of the team-building exercises/trainings that you are offered throughout your service year. This is not the only AmeriCorps program that I have participated in but it has definitely been a favorite for me. If you love to be active and are passionate about making a difference in your community then I strongly suggest applying.
Self-growth, community engagement, positive work culture
Volunteer Work (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – June 24, 2016
I volunteered at playworks. It was a positive experience playing wityh the kids. It really tested my patience, especially since i was volunteering and not getting paid. All and all. I learned allot about myself.
Productive and fun way to engage school aged children in games.
Program Coordinator (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – May 17, 2016
At my site I supervised a total of 350+ school aged students in grades K-5 during their recess time. I also worked with each individual class to promote better behavior in the classroom and community through the power of play.
Salary isn't the best since we're only paid for 10 months.
Program Coordinator (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – April 6, 2016
Seriously. I loved working for Playworks. They do everything right. They have great benefits (very affordable!) and are always trying to help people work their way up to whatever it is they want to do in life. Very great work environment. Get ready for fun.
Program Cooridinator (Current Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – March 28, 2016
long work hours teaches you how to be a self starter and the importance of rapport building managment is amazing you don't see your co-workers very often the hardest part of the job is communicating with the children.
Program Director (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – February 14, 2016
Playworks is an amazing place to work. The mission and culture are enough to keep you involved for years. Even those who leave end up returning because of the people and work being done. I highly recommend working there if offered an opportunity.
Program Coordinator (Current Employee) – Denver, CO – January 5, 2016
I have learned a great deal especially when it comes to making play for youth fun and not simply instruction. It is great understanding how to make instructional info more accessible to youth and then they are both engaged and enjoying our time together.
Coach (Former Employee) – Wisconsin – September 5, 2015
While I enjoyed the concept of teaching children and benefitting their lives, the management and behind the scenes part of Playworks is shady. They will only promote those who "kiss up" and try to use your love of helping kids to ensure multiple years of Americorp employment for little pay. Management will say one thing and do another. While I loved working with kids, the Playworks management and staff work environment was too horrendous to handle.