AmeriCorps

www.nationalservice.gov
Profile Unclaimed

AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
127 Reviews
3.6
127 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
Rosie K. Mauk
127 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community (in 25 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 18 reviews)

  • I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit (in 12 reviews)

More Highlights

127 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    National service member

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    incredible experience and exposure to high level programming

    Cons

    some staff will try to use you as interns

  2.  

    Glad I did it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great program for our of college (or before) if you don't know what you want to do next with your life. Gives good experience and good for resume building.

    Cons

    At times not effective and wish you could be doing more. It depends entirely if you like your team or not. Although there are a lot of group exercises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Such a big agency so difficult to make changes. The new partnership with FEMA needs to be more effective and the two agencies need to develop better communication and make things more straight forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Change Agent: VISTA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I was able to gain a large amount of professional and work experience in such a short amount of time.

    Cons

    The communication between my site supervisor and HR was terrible. It was difficult to satisfy both parties because they had conflicting tasks for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build relationship with the sites that you send VISTA's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    VISTA Year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great way to learn a lot of new skills and get experiences to move forward in your career. Particularly useful for those with student loans. You can put them into forbearance while you're serving.

    Cons

    It's difficult to manage on the living stipend. It is very difficult to get an end-of-service relocation stipend if you moved across the country for your position. Can also be stressful to know it's only a year position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Homeless Housing Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    You will LOVE what you. You will see service and those you help in a wholly different light. You will see people at their worst and you will help people who just can't help themselves. You will Cry, you will get Mad, you will get Frustrated, bit you will love it.

    Cons

    Be ready to put your foot in it. You can't save the world, but you can help one person at a time/

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    AmeriCorps VISTA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, positive and idealistic culture, and good connections to area organizations

    Cons

    Low compensation, experiences vary greatly among members

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Happy with the experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Navigator in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Health Navigator in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I was able to really add value to the community and work with other Americorps members who shared the same passion.

    Cons

    Some host site employees make it seem like your contribution is less valuable because you are not an employee. It depends on your host site. I was lucky with a great one for my first term and second one but some employees in the later term didn't treat us like assets or teammates more like competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the program around. It really fosters community engagement and grass-root efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    AmeriCorps Vista - On Campus Transition Program ( Arc Jacksonville)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Work Readiness Mentor in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Contractor - Work Readiness Mentor in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Office culture was very laid back
    options to volunteer/work on the weekends and on Friday nights for Club Arc (FUN!!)
    Being a part of the Alumni of Americorp is great. We're the people the community making major impact on the community level. Its very self rewarding.

    Cons

    Other Americorp vista staff not completing work assignments
    Americorp Director was not the best at leadership and management of the corp members and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have leaders who lead with the capable to be effective managers as well!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Although I am only halfway through my term of service, I know that AmeriCorps will be one of the most rewarding experiences I will have in life.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to survive on the living allowance without help, but it's all part of the experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing experience got to work with underprivileged children

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Very rewarding experience plus you get an award at the end

    Cons

    Not a lot of help from teachers in classroom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

AmeriCorps Photos

Fire Team 10 Mural The Funky Bunch Commandos (Photo thanks to Flickr user sundaykofax, available under by v2.0)
Fire Team 10 Mural The Funky Bunch Commandos (Photo thanks to Flickr user sundaykofax, available under by v2.0)

+ Add Photo

Work at AmeriCorps? Share Your Experiences

AmeriCorps

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.