AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Wages

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    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Great company, I feel like I am really helping my community and am learning a lot to be able to later pursue a career in the nonprofit sector

    Cons

    The wages are not based on income or the minimum wage set by each state, therefore I am currently working for below minimum wage in my state struggling to make ends meet. In addition, I do not think it is fair after receiving so little to then have to be taxed on our education award

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the wage based on state and cost of living, and do not tax the education award.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Served as a City Year Corps Member in San Antonio. Ran tutoring and after school programs. Community service projects.

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    City Year really focuses on professional development. Working with students can be fun. You really learn to be part of a team. A great stepping stone if you're thinking of becoming a teacher. Access to partner organizations. Access to food stamps. The City of San Antonio gave each corps member a free bus pass. You can get a $5,500 education award to be used towards student loans and interest on your government loans is paused while you serve.

    Cons

    Really long hours sometimes working around 55 hours per week. You only receive a monthly living stipend. You have to find your own housing and the livings stipend doesn't change based on where you serve; serving in a location where the cost of living is lower helps with this. It's hard work and some people quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful about your choice of future Corps Members and Managers. I've seen some people in leadership positions who really didn't do their job properly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Americoprs Jumpstart Corps Member

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Kingston, RI

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

    Pros

    The training for this position in working at a preschool was very intensive and informative. It was a great choice for a year of service while in college. I loved working with my team and the site director at URI was extremely friendly and helpful. Overall a very positive experience that gave me insight into a career in preschool education. This position made me want to consider getting certified as a preschool teacher in the future.

    Cons

    The trainings might be more helpful with hands on experience in the classroom instead of watching a lot of powerpoints. Many of the corps members had little experience with children so it would have been an easier transition if we got to sit in on a regular class. It's somewhat of an intense experience because you see your team everyday for several hours and are expected to put in extra time at the preschool outside of trainings, meetings and regular sessions along with a full day of classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of my team members were using their phones during sessions and it made more work for the rest of us in the classroom. A rule about leaving them in the car would be helpful!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Great experience for little money. Perfect for a recent graduate who needs experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Service and Home Repair Development Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Service and Home Repair Development Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great experience, great resume builder. Get to serve others and looks really good on a resume if you have little experience.

    Cons

    Low paying. You get a stipend not a salary. The health benefits are also not good. If financial stability is your gial, may not be the place for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Change Agent: VISTA

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I was able to gain a large amount of professional and work experience in such a short amount of time.

    Cons

    The communication between my site supervisor and HR was terrible. It was difficult to satisfy both parties because they had conflicting tasks for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build relationship with the sites that you send VISTA's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    VISTA Year

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    It's a great way to learn a lot of new skills and get experiences to move forward in your career. Particularly useful for those with student loans. You can put them into forbearance while you're serving.

    Cons

    It's difficult to manage on the living stipend. It is very difficult to get an end-of-service relocation stipend if you moved across the country for your position. Can also be stressful to know it's only a year position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Worked as a Corps Member and then a Team Leader for Americorps Jumpstart

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get paid decently for a work study job. It's very hands on and you have lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Your educational grant award varies each year, according to federal funds. Also, if you are a college student, it can be difficult to complete 300 hours within the fiscal year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. First-hand non-profit experience!

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    My AmeriCorps year gave me first-hand experience working in a non-profit. Having volunteered my time and effort numerous times in different non-profits both as a volunteer and intern, I always found myself disappointed in the menial and insignificant tasks I would be given. As an AmeriCorps member, even though I wasn't paid a full salary, I was taken seriously and given tasks and responsibilities that were important to the functioning of my site. I was extremely pleased to finally be treated like a full staff member. Of course, this can largely be attributed to the excellent site I had, but AmeriCorps gave me this incredible opportunity.

    Cons

    Obviously, the stipend is low. However, our program manager was resourceful in connecting us with financial aid letters for gym membership, applying for food stamps, etc. Also, my program (adult education) was cut after the first year, even though I was hoping to work at my site for another year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be beneficial to give more trainings about career goals and planning! Obviously, the stipend is very low but I assume this decision isn't up to management, but to the government.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, positive and idealistic culture, and good connections to area organizations

    Cons

    Low compensation, experiences vary greatly among members

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Placement Specific

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at AmeriCorps (more than a year)

    Pros

    Potential to be placed in interesting organization that is in pursuit of alleviating poverty and make contributions that assist the organization in being successful. Potential to gain valuable skills, connections, and knowledge.

    Cons

    The success of the commitment is largely dependent upon the organization which you select or are placed. If they value having you and are willing to make an investment in teaching you then it is possible to gain much out of the year. If uninvested it is possible to spend a year doing tasks that don't foster learning or growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A greater check grantee organizations to ensure that they are benefitting the development of their year-long AmeriCorps members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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