AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. LOTS of red tape

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    Current Employee - ReadyWisconsin Member
    Current Employee - ReadyWisconsin Member

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Opportunities to go to trainings and meet a lot of diverse people from different backgrounds.

    Cons

    It is a service position and mine is part time, which means I have to work another job full time just to make ends meet financially. It's also frustrating answering to three different agencies because that means there is a lot of red tape and tons of paperwork that seems to be unnecessary.

  2. Glad I did it

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great program for our of college (or before) if you don't know what you want to do next with your life. Gives good experience and good for resume building.

    Cons

    At times not effective and wish you could be doing more. It depends entirely if you like your team or not. Although there are a lot of group exercises.

    Advice to Management

    Such a big agency so difficult to make changes. The new partnership with FEMA needs to be more effective and the two agencies need to develop better communication and make things more straight forward.

  3. NCCC Team Member

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Team Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Team Member in Vicksburg, MS

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of employees who were willing to help you grow personally and professionally. They helped you get involved in the community and covered all living expenses in my program.

    Cons

    Lack of communication throughout the entire organization. They were terrible at keeping you up to date with projects or sticking to a specific timeline. They had a lot of double standards and were incredibly inefficient.

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  5. I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from June 2012 to June 2013.

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was very mission driven, and it was nice to meet like minded people. It was a great way to get my foot in the door in the non-profit world.

    Cons

    Compensation is low! Also, sometimes management doesn't know how to treat someone who isn't really staff, but who has staff responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely more compensation!

  6. Experience in AmeriCorps

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    You all did a great job!

  7. Account

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

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working culture for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    Needs more interaction between staff.

    Advice to Management

    -

  8. Great entry level job to build experience (VISTA)

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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

  9. Great professional development, very challenging at times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    More benefits.

  10. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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