AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.8 240 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk

Rosie K. Mauk

(70 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Do not pay student loans while working(in 16 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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    Great Experience!

    Americorps VISTA Community Development Coordinator (Current Employee) Hazard, KY

    ProsFree 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.

    ConsThese 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 Senior ManagementPaying 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Alright experience depending on your host site

    AmeriCorps Member (Current Employee) Lansing, MI

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMake the educational award un-taxed. Have better communication between the CNCS and other agencies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a great experience for future careers

    Literacy Coach (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

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

    ConsNot a lot of money due to being a stipend volunteer job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExperience teaching. Do not pay student loans while working.

    ConsHorrible 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 Senior ManagementTraining 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Making a difference

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDefinitely depends on the site and your fit with the site. If it's a good fit you will be making a meaningful difference in someone's life

    ConsWorking with americorps state office is awful, very disconnected from your work at the site

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been a humbling experience

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Current Employee) Lansing, MI

    ProsTop access to experience in non profits

    Consthe pay is very low and one is barely able to live

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your service workers more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    NJ

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people great mission great environment

    ConsCompensation is not enough to live on

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    Volunteer Cooridnator

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsValuable experience and enjoyed helping others.

    ConsMinimum Pay and pay doesn't match efforts

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease educational award

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    One of the worst experiences ever! Do not do it!

    Tutor (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsYou get to work with kids and help them to learn how to read.

    ConsYou are over worked, under paid, not insured (they lie about the nature of the insurance), want you to work non stop without breaks, no sick time, no benefits of any real kind, poor training, poor management, poor support, toxic environments for staff, promises of work turning into networking opportunities are false, actual skills do not translate into real job opportunities, but advertising for how great Americorps is; bad end of employment grant translates to fewer opportunities than described, a pittance of salary: $1100 per month, a subsidiary insurance plan, negative software program that has you repeating your labor 10 or more times while they blame the staff for poor data input; gossiping, telling tales out of school the 3 stooges for management, dishonesty, blatant lying, disrespect and more - it is not worth it!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease stop misleading these good hearted people who are looking for a way to translate volunteering into a future of paid employment; that their (new) skills will translate to viable employment. Instead of giving an 8 hour professional development session on how to create a resume, or write an email -- try getting employers to come in and tell them what their chances are of a job - along with recruiters for employment? Please stop misrepresenting the grants - 5500 - if they get to the end and earn them - they can be applied with a great deal of effort and barriers - to fewer resources than described; the training? Fire your trainer and get a real trainer in there who can teach the program properly; stop kissing the butts of school staff and networking for jobs for your friends - and not insisting that the school staff - do their part - that would be read the materials - and do what they claim they are doing - this is unethical and abusive of the grantors intentions -- stop sending out accidental messages of your 401k's to the over worked under paid field staff; while the grunts in the trenches are encouraged to collect welfare, and food stamps; even Walmarts pays better than this so called job where you tell one lie after the other - we expect that from corporate America - we do not expect that from a grass roots group pretending to care about people - when in reality - you are getting paid more, and off the backs of these financial slaves all the while objecting to capitalism and encouraging people not to seek viable income paying jobs so that they remain at your disposal. And stop lying; it's unbecoming and just makes the whole idea of volunteering a real turn off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A disappointing experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Current Employee)

    ProsExperience and resume building. Chance to travel within the U.S. territories. You're able to make a difference in your community.

    The relocation money is great! Not a lot, but helpful in the long run. They also help pay for your move back home after your time of service.

    It's only a year commitment, which is shorter than the Peace Corps and better for those who aren't ready to take on a 2 year commitment. You can also bring pets (if it's okay with your roommate and it's in your own apartment, house, etc. ) unlike the Peace Corps

    My experience was very stressful, but I would do it again. ONLY as a summer or part-time volunteer so I could get an extra job while serving.

    ConsI don't want to bash AmeriCorps completely. I was just very disappointed by my experience as a VISTA. It's difficult to make an impact in your community when you're constantly stressed and living from paycheck to paycheck.

    There's a lack of communication and organization within AmeriCorps itself. examples: late monthly payments. Serving during the government shut down meant not knowing if you'd be able to pay your rent in time, but still expected to work until the shutdown ended. Also, somebody broke into the system and stole a few bank numbers. So you know, that happened...

    It's health COVERAGE, not insurance, and it isn't up to government standards which many AmeriCorps workers didn't know until well after March 31st and now are being fined for being uninsured. There's very little the health coverage actually covers. Pregnancy bills, doctors visits, and medications are a few that aren't covered. It's more like a joke.

    The low pay makes it impossible to live by yourself, but that's expected living under the poverty line. So you really do NEED a roommate. They really should emphasis that more.

    I joined AmeriCorps hoping I could grow, make change, and perhaps get a $5550 education stipend. Left feeling stressed, like I had wasted a year, and $1000 in debt.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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