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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
264 Reviews
3.6
264 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.  

    It has been a humbling experience

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Top access to experience in non profits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your service workers more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for most

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Substantial work building efforts to shift structures of cyclical poverty. Great experience working with impressive non-profits.

    Cons

    Fighting poverty by placing employees in poverty. Inconsideration of time, cost of living, employee benefits. Basically forces you into welfare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide sufficient healthcare.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    The good, bad, and ugly of Americorps

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    I served two times with Americorps. The first time was awesome. It was a small program serving in a public school with at-risk kids. There were two of us in a classroom helping PreK kids get "ready" for Kindergarten, teaching them basic skills and behavior. We had a good training program, the teacher whose classroom I was in was an amazing child-whisperer and I learned a ton from her, and the overall experience was very fun and rewarding. Other than some menial office-work they made us do to fill our hours, it was a great experience.

    Cons

    The 2nd time I did Americorps VISTA, where I was placed as a tutor in a public school. I did not have a car (and couldn't afford to buy one on Americorps salary) yet for some reason they put me on the far side of the city, where I had to take two buses to get there (a hour round-trip, with a nice chilly outdoor wait between buses). I suppose you could say this built character, but really it was just a huge pain, dangerous, and exhausting. The other people I worked with were lucky enough to have rich parents who bought them nice new cars to drive to their site in, so they had a nice time I guess.

    They pay you so little that even with the education stipend it comes out to around $4/hour, so you're pretty much unable to afford anything. They actually tell you to go on food stamps. I had enough money for food, but not anything else.

    My supervisor was a complete idiot who had no clue about anything and taught me nothing, and the other "adults" at the school were just terrible people. I felt very bad for the kids who had to go to school there. One time a student was found "loitering" on the property. Turns out she was homeless, and had nowhere else to go. They yelled at her and called the cops! They were constantly yelling at all of the children all the time and had no clue how to manage them or help them achieve.

    I was given no training whatsoever that I recall, so it was a pretty pointless experience on all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obviously, the experience varies greatly from site-to-site and depends a lot on the logistics and people you are working with. For god's sake, pay people at least minimum wage. You can certainly appreciate poverty in America on minimum wage, if that is part of the experience. There is no way to be of "service" to America if you are so poor you can't afford anything at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Poorly planned idea. tried to be affective but little to no work.

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    Former Employee - Fema Corps CM  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Fema Corps CM in Denver, CO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    travel for cheap. meet interesting people. sometimes help others.

    Cons

    poor chain of command. horrible pay. little to no work at points. team based approached didn not work well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat corps members like they are adults not children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over-regulated labor market results in crippling youth unemployment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you studied hard, graduated from college, and have a pretty good resume, you can work here for significantly less than the minimum wage for a year, if you're lucky, before being cast back into the "job" market.

    Cons

    No actual responsibility or institutional support, with rare exceptions. They tax your end-of-serivce stipend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your bodies upon the gears...

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

    The AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region Falls Short

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Team-based environment

    - Non-profit based projects in numerous different states

    - Food, housing, & travel paid for

    - Will make life-long friends

    - Good general concept of program

    Cons

    - Unequal treatment

    - Inability to remove poisoning upper-level management

    - No application process reads to mixed bag of corps members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Trying, should be viewed as a jumping-off point

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    They really try to foster a community feeling and offer a variety of experience. Get the opportunity to make valuable connections in the community.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours. Expectations are very high and not commensurate with experience or compensation. Management also tends to play favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Guidance and feedback to ground-level employees needs to be reworked and strengthened.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Varies widely - research thoroughly

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Meet hard-working humanitarians, contribute to ending poverty in the US, may receive excellent training, see what goes on in the non-profit industry from behind the scenes, education award

    Cons

    receive extremely low pay (usually less than minimum wage), may be required to work more than 40 hour weeks, training / support / responsibilities vary widely depending on host organization. Personally, I felt like a slave during my Americorps tenure, working over 60 hours some weeks and receiving $800 each month. There was little praise / support from my management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    audit S&N organizations thoroughly. In my experience, there was a lot of corruption. I was required to take on responsibilities that were not mentioned in the job description / interview (including driving for personal errands of the organization's staff), and our situation changed erratically due to lack of management's preparation. Our organization (ACE in Austin, Texas) did not have the funding necessary to run smoothly. As a volunteer, I sometimes felt like a overworked slave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    what a joke this is. I want out.

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    Current Employee - Elementary School Reading Intervention Specialist  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Elementary School Reading Intervention Specialist in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    --eligibility for social services SNAP benefits
    --5500 Education Award? (maaaaaayybe)) there's a catch.
    --1 year commitment

    Cons

    they design this program in a way that you become A SLAVE to that education award
    --no time off. if you are SICK (near death) you have to make up those hours
    --1700 hours minimum requirement for successful completion
    --having an impact on poverty?? it's a joke..
    --government subsidized/taxpayer subsidized
    --I AM MAKING $2.50 / hour in my AmeriCorps state/national program
    --program management are idiots.
    --mandatory trainings/retreats/long Member Development Days each month
    --mandatory group service project work
    --obnoxious AmeriCorps members (all comes from Middle class families. These members all have BA/BS degrees, hipster elitists, most think food stamps are "cool" to use for a year. Most think it's cool to feel the wrath of poverty for a year. They want to "feel" the effects of poverty. Weird.
    --working for non-profits companies is lame. you form your own opinion
    -disorganized.
    --poor communication
    --virtually NO benefits.
    --Nobody even knows what "AmeriCorps" is, including future employers.
    --Blatant and Subtle attempts are transforming people's political, social, and religious beliefs.
    -if you DO NOT LOVe our President Obama...DO NOT JOIN!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be lazy. If you see a policy or rule that needs to be reformed, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! Stop complaining that you have kids/family/and a masters program to do. You should have found another degree or found another job if this AmeriCorps management position isn't quite cutting it financially. Don't say that you genuinely care about your members, when you actually don't...there is a reason why three out of 40 kids have already left the program. There is a reason why you were not able to recruit enough members. Nobody wants to make $2.50/hour during these tough ecnomic times. Do more for your MEMBERS! You have a moral obligation and professional obligation. The team leader does more than the two program managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hard for people to take seriously.

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Columbus, OH

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I had a good experience with my actual site and I enjoyed working for people who truly benefited from my work.

    Cons

    I feel that future employers don't take this job as true experience. They tend to think of it as an internship, which can make finding jobs after challenging in some fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the reputation of the organization. Also, health benefits should be improved since people are already living on so little.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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