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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
262 Reviews
3.6
262 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a lot of training that will prepare you for another non-profit or government job (in 22 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • The mediocre living stipend is not enough to live on, you have to have another job to support yourself (in 12 reviews)

  • I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    AmeriCorps: Project 4-H CAPITAL

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Austin, TX

    I have been working at AmeriCorps part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent training. Wonderful values. Education Award. $600 stipend per month for 1/2 time. $1200 per full time.

    Cons

    Low compensation for the quality of education we provide for children (thought I do understand why).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Dedicating your time to service

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Americorps is great way to start post-grad life without making an extended commitment to a company or place. While in Americorps, you qualify for student loan forbearance or are eligible for an educational grant which you can use for furthering your education. In my experience, Americorps will help to set you up with a living situation and roommates.

    Cons

    You receive an almost unlivable monthly stipend. Also, there is very little direction between Americorps and the site supervisors that manage the programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    The VISTA program is great in theory, and if executed correctly in site, could be a very rewarding experience...

    Cons

    ...based on my experience at my site, I'm starting to doubt the practicality of the VISTA's theory of Capacity Building. Basically, I was treated like an intern who was there as free labor.

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    Mixed bag.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This was a job that I never felt morally conflicted about at least in regards to the overall goal of the organization. That's the primary perk of working under a nonprofit. At the end of the day, you can -independent of most other factors- be confident that you set out trying to make a difference. And for an entry level position, you are allowed a surprisingly large degree of latitude if you take initiative and play your cards right.

    Cons

    As an AmeriCorps volunteer, your pay ends up a little below minimum wage (not taking into account the Education Award you get at the end of your service) for the time you put in. It's not a salary but a living stipend.
    Seemingly arbitrary grant requirements, operating outside of the bounds of logic and reality, will often cause you frustration no matter your position. You work by the hour, trying to build up to a total of 1700 hours over the course of your term (10 months to a year typically) which can be daunting and a source of stress if you don't pace yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of work not a lot of pay

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Help people--lots of opportunities to work in different capacities.

    Cons

    Lots of work, not a lot of pay, not organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More organization!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    An amazing experience

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS

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

    Pros

    You get to see areas you normally would not get to go too. You get to see different landmarks and get to know local people. I had never been in the south before Americorps and now I want to move down there, everyone was so hospitable.

    Cons

    While most members of Americorps are outstanding, there are those select few who you would not expect to see in an organization meant to help others. In my year there were individuals who would steal anything they could get too, they would also take the TV cards out of any public TV so they would have free rain to watch what they wanted when they wanted. Stole food out of every teams fridge, and just left trash and debree wherever they went. Just vile people who cared only about themselves, and I have no idea why they joined Americorps with attitudes like that. Also when caught with stolen items the individuals were given 3 warning before termination. Americorps was way too lenient on them. Keep in mind though these were only 10 or 12 out of 200+ so did not ruin the amazing experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    AmeriCorps, and experience of a lifetime.

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    I have been working at AmeriCorps part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to do so many different things, from tutoring to building houses with Habitat for Humanity; the opportunities are endless in this position. Traveling with your team is also a major plus.

    Cons

    You a paid with a small living stipend, and receive a scholarship upon completion of your 900 hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    exceptional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Experience and the ability to give back to the community

    Cons

    living within the budget set by the living stipend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Your experience is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

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

    Pros

    Making a difference in the Community you serve

    Cons

    Dealing with poor site supervisors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, great experience, horrible pay/benefits

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor

    Pros

    You do really important work that looks great on resumes and will probably teach valuable life and professional skills.

    Cons

    Salary is very low, like under minimum wage low and you are not allowed to have another job or any other paying gig. It was next to impossible to live on the given salary and I knew other vista that actually lost/had to dip into savings just to pay monthly expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and realize vistas put a lot of time, energy, and heart into what they do. Either give a pay increase or allow vistas to get other jobs!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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