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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
297 Reviews
3.6
297 Reviews
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Pros
  • Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community (in 25 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 18 reviews)

  • I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    VISTA with regrets

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in New York, NY

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Partnered with great non-proft organizations

    Cons

    No CNCS, state office, or alumni support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check in on your sites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not for me

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Denver, CO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    See ins and outs of FEMA

    Cons

    Weak leadership and organization, Should be more unbiased,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It has been a humbling experience

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

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    The good, bad, and ugly of Americorps

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Madison, WI

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fema Corps CM in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Fema Corps CM in Denver, CO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (less than an 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
  8. 2 people 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    The AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region Falls Short

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (less than an 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
  10.  

    Trying, should be viewed as a jumping-off point

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Varies widely - research thoroughly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (more than an 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

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