AmeriCorps
3.8 of 5 234 reviews
www.nationalservice.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.8 234 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk

Rosie K. Mauk

(69 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    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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    Government bureaucracy at it's worst

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGood cause, but horrible execution

    ConsI was chosen to be an AmeriCorps Vista member by an org. However, AmeriCorps would not let me work for them because at the time I lived 40 minutes away from where I worked. I was the best member for this assignment by far, but they were interested in immersion: aka my experience rather than what is best for the people I would have been serving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst of all, get better at communicating. No where was I told about the distance requirement. Second of all, realize that this program should be about helping real people in need, not teaching rich kids what it is like to be poor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I am not sure how I feel about this program

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a job that pays money

    ConsYou make very little money, and it is unorganized.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Failed to take care of their own.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGenerally rewarding work, some great people

    ConsBarely livable stipend - was injured on the job and missed week resulting in denial of my education award

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

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    Good hearted organization with some issues.

    AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsGood team based atmosphere, Good mid/upper level management, Felt like you made a difference sometimes, The members were dedicated to making a difference

    ConsSome of the sponsors did not need help, Felt like cheap or free labor at points and sometimes were treated that way

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your workers like adults with an education. Be more selective with project choice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not join Americorps

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Career opportunities by gaining references at the work site
    -Education stipend (thats IF you complete the program)

    Cons-Bureaucracy
    -Disorganization
    -Mental stress caused by fellow core members and staff on purpose
    -Health insurance doesn't cover your bills you have to pay
    -Lack of respect for daring to disagree with a leader, staff or a unit leader
    -Selective enforcement and malicious prosecution in who gets punished
    -Monotonous meetings for half of the day during CTI and transition weeks
    -Staff can be extremely rude in addressing a so-called problem by yelling and using insults
    -Deceptive advertising in how the program is ran
    -Micro management
    -Feedback is often dismissed and joked about behind core members backs.
    -Core members are treated like slaves.
    -Wages are far below minimum wage
    -SPIKE teams often run into conflict to the point of core members bullying one another and team leaders being very selective in who they handle.
    -Complaints are barely if ever addressed and instead leave one unfairly punished for the errors of others.
    -Poor nutrition
    -Vacations are not payed for. We have to pay for them ourselves.
    -Cultural diversity is not valued
    -Extremely inflexible and rigid procedures
    -Uniforms can be very uncomfortable and pointless
    -PT isn't taken seriously
    -CTI is basically a 30 month trial where we're deindividuated and treated as fodder for the program to use.
    -CTI has hardly anything to do with actually working on SPIKE.
    -Huge core member cutback
    -Team leaders and unit leaders can get away with abusing us underneath the radar.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to listen to what others have to say who have left americorps. At minimum, you'd have to take into account the mental stress and activities that staff and leaders do under the radar that go undisclosed and leave others victimized. This program has so very questionable practices in how it conducts itself.

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

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    don't do it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsIf you get in with a good organization that you're interested in, it could potentially be okay. There are a lot of opportunities that are well written on the website to get people interested

    ConsPay is horrible; for the number of hours they expect you to work per week it's nearly impossible to have another job as well..unless you don't want to have a life! Also,'trainings' are completely worthless

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay living wages, or don't require people to work a certain amount of hours for the compensation offered. or better yet, turn it into a volunteer program.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    disfunctional and unorganized

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-looks good on a resume
    -feel good experience
    -Flexibility
    -character growth

    Cons-Unorganized
    -lack of career growth
    -not well thought out

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job at reviewing positions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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