Program Manager (Current Employee) – Atlanta – March 13, 2019
This is a non profit organization designed to help young adults reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. I loved seeing the movement of the students. How they would come in one way and leave in one year with a career. This work is very gratifying.
The missions is great, but the organization is growing too fast
Team Member (Former Employee) – GA – February 21, 2019
The company that Gerald founded is fantastic, but it is growing so fast that it feels that it is getting away from the mission. The senior managers are a pain and the and the turnover is sales is crazy. People come here for the mission and end up leaving due to the crazy workload, working outside of your functional role and dealing with multiple personalities. A typical day you will deal not only with the staff but the student emotions as well as your job. I have learned at the company but it is hard growing when they pull in outsiders and alumni. The group of people you work with is very diverse and that is a blessing with the cross site calls of a nationwide organization but can still be difficult on a local level.
Student progressiveness, cross site engagement
heavy workload, stressful timelines, poor communication with managers
Stipend Payroll Specialist (Current Employee) – Boston, MA – February 7, 2019
• Process bi-weekly student payroll, including mileage and contract events • Assist in handling complicated and difficult student requests • Provide management reporting to reconcile and approve stipend transactions • Prepare and distribute Stipend Processing schedules for new cohorts • Sort and delivery of stipend checks and vouchers across all sites in the U.S. • Help manage and oversee the Finance Help ticketing system, specifically for student stipend related issues and questions • Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students • Participate in staff meetings and trainings
Manager (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 17, 2019
If you are looking to make a difference with young people, this is the perfect employer for you. I have been in leadership roles for several years and Year Up proved to be the most rewarding postion in my career..
General (Former Employee) – New York, NY – December 3, 2018
Spent roughly 9 months working here and everything seemed fine at first, but slowly and surely the office began to show its true colors.
Management is some of the worst I've ever seen. Days are spent doing nothing and yet most staff is never available. Any time someone was needed they were nowhere to be found or their online status was permanently set to away or offline.
Most of the job was centered around holding events to show off but they are always slapped together at the very last moment. Some peoples entire jobs centered around getting events and corporate sponsors, and yet on the day of or day before they would have no idea who is doing what or going where. The very rare occasions upper management steps in are only to micromanage and take credit for any actual work that gets done. On one occasion where an event was being held the director was no one to be seen and only stepped in to adjust a couple chairs in a room or move some food on a table.
Speaking of showing off, that's all anyone seems capable of doing. Coworkers had no issue with maintaining a holier-than-thou attitude at all times. They'll give you the robotic hi or how are you doing, and then turn around and tell your manager what a poor job you do.
For an organization that is trying to put up a front of how tech savvy they are I've never seen a larger group of COMPLETELY tech illiterate individuals. IT tickets are 90% something isn't plugged in and they can't be bothered to do it themselves. Operations tickets are pathetic excuses for people simply not wanting to do their own work. Remember howmore... I said events were thrown together last minute? Most of the tickets are someone needs something done that moment and to disregard whatever else you're doing. If they even send in a ticket, a good amount of the time they just ping you directly over Skype and say they need it now.
"Hey I know you're probably busy but I need 20 laptops setup in the next 10 minutes." They have no idea how to prepare for anything.
The name has a lot of sway, for some reason, and that's about it. I highly recommend everyone stays away from working here. Managers and directors have been in the same positions for years but all other staff have an EXTREMELY high turn-over rate. In my time spent here, 3 different departments had to hire entirely new staff due to poor management. Can you say multi-hour lunch breaks?
Consultant (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – September 25, 2018
Year Up help innercity young men and girls learn skills that will help them secure decent paying jobs. Not only they are taught skills, they are also taught good professional habits. YearUp Students are ducked a pay when they are late. This helps them be on time for class hence for work one day when they are employed.
Information Technology Instructor (Former Employee) – National Capital Region – July 31, 2018
The people are great and always willing to help or direct you throughout the day. The daily schedule is non-stop, making it good for those who have to keep moving and need changing tasks every hour to maintain interest. Unlike most teaching jobs, there is no down time between semesters because any gaps in scheduling have mandated attendance meetings which allow you to participate in all aspects of the business. Since all materials are available online, you can do all of the course grading and lecture planning from the comfort of your own home on weekends and holidays, in addition to the supplemental paperwork detailing career growth plans. There is frequently free food available in the kitchen which is great because scheduling is tight during the workday.
Master Curriculum Project Specialist, Academics (Current Employee) – New York, NY – July 6, 2018
I came full circle working in this organization. It is an amazing space to be in full of passionate individuals who truly care about the mission. They want to see everyone succeed and push to make that happen.
Mid-Level Professional (Current Employee) – Providence, RI – June 14, 2018
Love the mission, but hard to work for sometimes. Underpaid and overworked. No real work/life integration or balance. Company is moving in a lot of different directions and does not always communicate effectively or ask for input before making major organizational decisions.
Site Employee (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – June 8, 2018
Company going through many changes (growing in areas and downsizing in others). Turnover is increasing, cultural stability is decreasing. Big gap between work/life/compensation of central organization to national sites.
Project Management Support Trainee (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 6, 2018
Great place to develop skills and create new networking opportunities. Amazing partners and volunteer opportunities. The coaching aspect can use some work but the people here are there to help promote you to success.