AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2014
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3.8 240 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

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a lot of training that will prepare you for another non-profit or government job(in 22 reviews)

  • Do not pay student loans while working(in 16 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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    Making a difference

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDefinitely depends on the site and your fit with the site. If it's a good fit you will be making a meaningful difference in someone's life

    ConsWorking with americorps state office is awful, very disconnected from your work at the site

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice working with kids, colleagues were awesome

    ConsLimited professional development, limited time to complete assignments and check-ins

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork more closely with the interns to see where the program can improve

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A disappointing experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Current Employee)

    ProsExperience and resume building. Chance to travel within the U.S. territories. You're able to make a difference in your community.

    The relocation money is great! Not a lot, but helpful in the long run. They also help pay for your move back home after your time of service.

    It's only a year commitment, which is shorter than the Peace Corps and better for those who aren't ready to take on a 2 year commitment. You can also bring pets (if it's okay with your roommate and it's in your own apartment, house, etc. ) unlike the Peace Corps

    My experience was very stressful, but I would do it again. ONLY as a summer or part-time volunteer so I could get an extra job while serving.

    ConsI don't want to bash AmeriCorps completely. I was just very disappointed by my experience as a VISTA. It's difficult to make an impact in your community when you're constantly stressed and living from paycheck to paycheck.

    There's a lack of communication and organization within AmeriCorps itself. examples: late monthly payments. Serving during the government shut down meant not knowing if you'd be able to pay your rent in time, but still expected to work until the shutdown ended. Also, somebody broke into the system and stole a few bank numbers. So you know, that happened...

    It's health COVERAGE, not insurance, and it isn't up to government standards which many AmeriCorps workers didn't know until well after March 31st and now are being fined for being uninsured. There's very little the health coverage actually covers. Pregnancy bills, doctors visits, and medications are a few that aren't covered. It's more like a joke.

    The low pay makes it impossible to live by yourself, but that's expected living under the poverty line. So you really do NEED a roommate. They really should emphasis that more.

    I joined AmeriCorps hoping I could grow, make change, and perhaps get a $5550 education stipend. Left feeling stressed, like I had wasted a year, and $1000 in debt.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Your AmeriCorps experience depends on the non-profit where you serve

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI definitely enjoyed the opportunity to work on a range of projects that I may not have otherwise have had as an entry-level marketing and communications professional. Despite staff transitions and having a difficult supervisor, I enjoyed working with my team and learning how to work with a very diverse range of people. I was able to network with professionals and also work closely with the executive director, making crucial connections invaluable for my career development. I am also grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the community and become exposed to the challenges that many face daily. Although this program is not designed to provide direct service, there may be opportunities to work with the community in certain capacities. My most cherished experience was collecting client photos and interviews, allowing me to get a better sense of the individuals we work with and to educate the greater public on the the institutional issues that the organization and community face as a whole.

    ConsThe purpose of the program is to provide capacity-building support to non-profits that would take your work and sustain itself beyond your service. But often as these well-intentioned organizations are understaffed and overworked, you may find yourself spending most of your time going your beyond capacity-building role and performing various tasks typical of non-AmeriCorp staff. In my case, rather than focusing on implementing marketing and development strategies throughout the year, I churned out marketing materials right after the other as would an in-house designer. For that reason, I also did not enjoy many professional development opportunities. While you may frame it as me providing much-needed materials to promote funds and visibility of the organization, I personally don't think I contributed to the improvement of long-term processes to the organization and honestly feel like I merely provided cheap labor for a year. However, as in the title of this review, your experience definitely depends on the individual non-profit you work for. I recommend doing research and asking questions during interviews to see what their stance is on capacity-building and professional development opportunities.

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    I was placed at the police department and served as a victim advocate.

    Victim Assistance Counselor (Former Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsIt was really good work experience the first year out of college.

    ConsYou only get a stipend to live off of. It was really difficult to make it work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy site supervisor worked for the police department and was awesome. My AmeriCorps supervisors were good too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good job, good pay, great benefits!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are amazing, and the work environment is very professional.

    ConsThe politics are hard to get used to, and its hard to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better with the the lower level employees. We are on the bottom of the totem pole, and we feel it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Served as a VISTA for a year.

    Vista (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsService with a stipend, education stipend at the end of the year of service.

    ConsNot much direction from superiors (must be very self-directed), very small stipend without the opportunity to work other jobs makes it difficult to pay the bills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChoose mentors / bosses that have more direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Bad

    Executive Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsIt compensates pretty well, and the benefits are nice.

    ConsVery stressful, fast-paced and high energy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore incentives to alleviate stress.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proslearning experience, networking opportunities, education award, free health care

    Conslow pay, little to no support,

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvocate for more in service benefits(housing assistance, transition benefits)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed working with the children

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Former Employee) Martinsburg, WV

    Proswas able to see change and growth in the majority of the children

    Consthe pay wasnt sufficient to really live off

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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