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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
250 Reviews

3.6
250 Reviews
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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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.  

    An amazing experience

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

    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
  2.  

    AmeriCorps, and experience of a lifetime.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    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
  3.  

    exceptional

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

    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
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  5.  

    Your experience is what you make of it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    Pros

    Making a difference in the Community you serve

    Cons

    Dealing with poor site supervisors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, great experience, horrible pay/benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    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
  7.  

    Great Experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Americorps VISTA Community Development Coordinator  in  Hazard, KY
    Current Employee - Americorps VISTA Community Development Coordinator in Hazard, KY

    Pros

    Free training, professional development, leadership experience, etc. Really awesome volunteer job with the potential to help many people. Learn about poverty through experience. You get money towards student loans/school.

    Cons

    These are more consideration than cons. The pay is low, but that's not why a person takes this position. You are not allowed to run for office. You need to be a self-starter for this job and really look for opportunities on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying people at poverty level is great for teaching them about poverty in theory. What really happens is that your team members face extra stress that lowers performance. Living in poverty creates a similar amount of stress on the body as pulling an all-nighter. I've lived in poverty all my life, so I'm used to going without things and juggling a tight budget and those are things everyone should learn. Paying people at poverty level does not begin to address the cause behind poverty, because it's not just a money issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The Good and the Ugly

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is a great nonprofit to learn about environmental work and to get your hands dirty - literally. I found the field work enjoyable and the community really seems to appreciate the work we do. Also since it is an urban forestry nonprofit the results of the work we do is very tangible and therefore very rewarding.

    While there are a lot of problems with management, they are all pretty great individuals and very friendly. Despite its flaws, OCF can have a sort of family feel to it, and I have always enjoyed that.

    The long-term volunteers they have helping them are among the best I've ever worked with. They truly care about the organization and it's mission and are great when it comes to the yearly shift in workers. They are amazing assets, teachers, and leaders. Not to mention they are simply amazing people as well. I've grown and learned so much from working with them.

    One other thing I quite enjoyed was how the primary age of the Americorps employees were in their 20s - all around the same age of each other. This definitely made it much more fun and a great way to connect with like-minded individuals within my same age range!

    Cons

    There was SO MUCH DRAMA this year. It was pretty miserable. Everyone complained, did the bare minimum in work, and was pretty unprofessional. And management had no plan in place to make things better. Even worse, most of the main and prevalent problems seemed to be between the Americorps members and management, especially upper management.

    The CEO has an issue with needing to have her hands in every aspect of the organization, even when she may not have the best/clearest view on it. She does so much micromanaging because of it, and gets most of the middle management so stressed out they feel the need to micromanage as well. It would be OK if they were upfront about the work setting, but they're not and I think that's probably one of the things people were really unhappy with. That and the fact that their problem management skills seem very lacking.

    Because it is an Americorps position though, the employees change with each term. For this reason it is possible that the next term will be a very different experience. Hopefully some lessons and changes will come out of this year's mistakes though. One can only hope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to learn how to trust her employees and guide them. I am confident they are more than capable to get the job done, otherwise why would she have allowed them to be hired. I understand her attachment to this organization as it is her baby, but it will never be as great as it can be if she smothers it and those working for it.

    Management in general should learn better management skills, especially in regards to problem solving. When the majority of their employees are unhappy, something needs to change. Perhaps it would be a good investment to take a few managerial classes/trainings. I doubt any of them have ever taken any of those and it could be very beneficial.

  9.  

    Alright experience depending on your host site

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Lansing, MI

    Pros

    There are some really great pros to this job; The Educational award matching up to the Pell grant (pro-rated for half-time members), the experience you gain, the training, the networking, the loan forbearance, the face that your interest is paid by the CNCS, friendships gained, food assistance, insurance (albeit crappy). I have served at my host site for two years and love this program, especially the ability to serve low-income individuals. i would recommend this to any individual trying to gain more experience.

    Cons

    The mediocre living stipend is not enough to live on, you have to have another job to support yourself. You sometimes get into more debt than when you leave, you have to consider that. I don't know how VISTA members do it. The insurance is pretty crappy, given the fact that it does not comply with the ACA standards. Good job government, at not letting your OWN service members be wavered, but Peace Corps people who serve OUTSIDE the country be waived. Depending on the host site, a lot of demands can be placed on the member and agencies do not know what a member's role is at that specific agency. And it is extremely crappy that the Segal Educational Award is taxed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the educational award un-taxed. Have better communication between the CNCS and other agencies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is a great experience for future careers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Literacy Coach  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Literacy Coach in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Work with children
    School holidays
    Only work during school year
    Academic Award

    Cons

    Not a lot of money due to being a stipend volunteer job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Poor experience.

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

    Pros

    Experience teaching. Do not pay student loans while working.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, must complete 1700 hours in a school year and can only gain hours within the school. Anything outside the school you do does not count towards your hours. A lot of work, and mandatory trainings for little reward. All of the mandatory orientations, meetings and trainings are all very, very unorganized. It takes forever to get any type of answers to questions you may have. And when you do get an answer they are often very vague and dont really answer your question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training sessions do not need to be as long as they are, orientation needs to be more well thought out with less "get to know you" games. And now with limited ways to gain hours, the total number of hours either need reduced, or volunteer hours should be allowed to be included like they once were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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