AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
315 Reviews
3.6
315 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Experience in AmeriCorps

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Rewarding work, interesting people, and you learn a lot.

    Cons

    Very low pay and health insurance doesn't qualify under the Affordable Care Act.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all did a great job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Account

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    Former Employee - Associate in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Associate in Detroit, MI

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great working culture for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    Needs more interaction between staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great entry level job to build experience (VISTA)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    --Work is meaningful and benefits your community
    --The people you work with are awesome! So much optimism about improving our society
    --Project descriptions are somewhat flexible, and you can self-direct most of your activities

    Cons

    --Pay is under minimum wage level (appx. $5/hr)
    --Depending on your organization, it can be very unstructured, leaving you wondering what to work on at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great professional development, very challenging at times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great professional development in the VISTA program. Good experience if you are passionate about the non profit world, want to move to a different part of the country, or just gain some experience after college.

    Cons

    The individual sites can be very disorganized. There were problems with my SNAP benefits and nobody helped me out. Very low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bittersweet

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in East Orange, NJ
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in East Orange, NJ

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    It's a great chance to get your feet wet, so to speak, in the world of employment. Great for recent grads. Opportunity to gain professional skills. Hands on community work.

    Cons

    Disorganized, Terrible Communication. Stipend. Treated like children. Often unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on professionalism, attitude management, proper training, planning ahead of schedule, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Billings, MT

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

    Pros

    Work with passionate, service oriented people
    Learn a lot on the job
    Professional development opportunities
    Non-competitive eligibility and scholarship/cash stipend upon completion of service

    Cons

    Experience heavily dependent on host site competency—experiences can widely differ
    Sometimes lack of communication between VISTA and host site
    Lack of accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better health insurance, more professional development opportunities, more oversight by VISTA offices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Idealist

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience if you want a career in direct service. Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community.

    Cons

    Direct service can eventually lead to burn out. Once you decide that you'd like to explore other options one may find that their experience can be hard to taylor to other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more wide ranging professional development opportunities so members aren't pigeon holed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    'Improving' volunteer organizations seeking temporary skilled labor.

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    Former Employee - VISTA Summer Education Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - VISTA Summer Education Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AmeriCorps as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    AmeriCorps works to improve other volunteer and charity organizations, so there are a wide varieties of opportunities to impact good causes through Americorp. For subsidized volunteering, the living allowance is good, and there is an additional education award for students or those with student loans.

    Cons

    There may be significant differences in the position as described by recruiters, in training, and in reality. An indirect capacity planning position for the Boys and Girls Club, became direct implementation of an undeveloped education program and contributing to general operations duties, with nominal attention to reporting on metrics which were irrelevant to this particular program. The allowance is less than a wage, and overtime and occasional private vehicle use are expected and uncompensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accurate descriptions in recruiting will improve the qualifications of employees for positions. While job descriptions need not be comprehensive, they should not be coordinated with the organizations involved so as not to be misleading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Americorps Jumpstart Corps Member

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Jumpstart Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Jumpstart Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were fun, friendly, and diverse.
    Offered training sessions and allowed us to formulate lesson plans per students' needs

    Cons

    Hard to coordinate with supervisor, as I worked part-time while in college.
    Class visit times were limited.
    Strict rules about how to interact with our students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding but extremely trying experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor

    Pros

    You will help a lot of people. The program I did was in Raleigh, NC with Workforce Development. Mainly assisting people with computer use. A lot of grateful customers that really appreciate your time. Service projects are fun and allow you to really get involved with the community you're in.

    Cons

    Specific to the "Access JobLink" Program: Little guidance and supervision (Depending on specific worksite), Considered an "Employment Advisor" but training included half day on Resume writing and interviewing which was not enough. Requires more patience than you might have. Working with a State Gov. entity and Private Company where money seems to be the main motive, rather than actually helping people find work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time training members on skills required to be an Employment Advisor. There needs to be better communication between Program Manager and Site Supervisors and defined responsibilities for members so everyone knows their role.

    No opinion of CEO

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