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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
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3.8 241 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

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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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    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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    Not for most

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide sufficient healthcare.

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

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    The good, bad, and ugly of Americorps

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsI 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementObviously, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Fema Corps CM (Former Employee) Denver, CO

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat corps members like they are adults not children.

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

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    Over-regulated labor market results in crippling youth unemployment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf 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.

    ConsNo actual responsibility or institutional support, with rare exceptions. They tax your end-of-serivce stipend.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut your bodies upon the gears...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region Falls Short

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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

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

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    Trying, should be viewed as a jumping-off point

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGuidance and feedback to ground-level employees needs to be reworked and strengthened.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Varies widely - research thoroughly

    Tutor (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsMeet 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

    Consreceive 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 Senior Managementaudit 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.

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

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    what a joke this is. I want out.

    Elementary School Reading Intervention Specialist (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

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

    Consthey 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard for people to take seriously.

    AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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