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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
80 Reviews
3.0
80 Reviews
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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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.  

    Glad I did it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    NCCC Team Member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

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

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Definitely more compensation!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Account

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Great entry level job to build experience (VISTA)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Great professional development, very challenging at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Bittersweet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Idealist

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

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