AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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Pros
  • Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community (in 25 reviews)

  • You get money towards student loans/school (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 18 reviews)

  • It depends on the non-profit that hires you (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Saving the world!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    With AmeriCorps VISTA, I was able to really move forward with some big goals. I created a sustainable fundraising strategy, cultivated donors, built a vital social media presence and made a difference in the lives of the clients.

    Cons

    Very minimal pay. Not much support for experienced mid-career professionals. Better for young, fresh from college individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that even though VISTAs are stipended volunteers, they have experiences which are valuable. Don't underestimate.


  2. YouthBuild Assistant Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    we do great work for and with the community. Rewarding beyond money, wonderful to see the clients and their families become successful and happy!

    Cons

    Want to get done more for the community than available $$ to do it gets frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Keep open mind to all incoming diverse people


  3. AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    AmeriCorps can be great, or it can be terrible. I had a great placement when I was a VISTA, so I had a great experience. You receive an Education Award for your loans after you finish your placement.

    Cons

    Although I had a great placement, that is not always the case. Do your research before you accept a position. Very low pay. At the time, you couldn't hold an outside job (now you can). Education Award is nice but is counted as income and is taxed.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to vet your organizations before giving them VISTAs! We had friends whose organizations disappeared before they even started.


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  5. Cool position for brief periods

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cool co-workers
    Opportunity to move to different parts of the country
    Access to Segal Education Award

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Inconsistencies at non-profit management level


  6. Great Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    It all depends on your placement. I got placed with a great nonprofit with a solid supervisor and learned a lot.

    Cons

    I knew some other members who did not have a great placement and had issues with supervisors.


  7. excellent gap-year position

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is an excellent position for a gap year between college and graduate school or a full-time job. Some host sites offer a housing a meal plan stipend to account for living stipend amount.

    Cons

    You really have to manage your finances with this position. The webinars offered by the national office are not always relevant to your work.


  8. NCCC Member

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    AmeriCorps In general is committed to serving nonprofits and providing great opportunities to people that want to serve others. NCCC specifically is fantastic for 18-24year olds (the age range of this program) to gain new experiences and make a difference. I love my job!
    Also, the southwest region is a nice area with understanding and passionate staff.

    Cons

    Government processes are generally slow. If you need to purchase something unusual, getting approval is a slow process.
    Tools aren't always high quality.
    This branch is low on funding, so tools, uniforms, etc are cheap and sometimes inadequate.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of the situations of the corps members. For example, if people are trail building in 23 degree weather with a wind chill factor of 9 degrees, give them adequate clothing and gloves.


  9. JustLead Staff

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Knoxville, TN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    It gives great career experience & creates networks. Great for college students.

    Cons

    Even with government assistance, like food stamps; it's not livable income.

    Advice to Management

    Have someone more invested in each AmeriCorps team


  10. Americoprs Member

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - AmeriCorps Member in Apopka, FL
    Current Contractor - AmeriCorps Member in Apopka, FL

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learned so many valuable professional skills as well as life skills. If you're passionate about service, societal change and social activism you should definitely consider dedicating a year of your life to service.

    Cons

    Very demanding with a 1700 hour minimum to be completed by the end of your contract year. Very low pay.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if higher-ups from AmeriCorps came to the various sites and reviewed members as well as supervisors.


  11. Great if you have nothing else to do

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Portland, OR
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I had a year to live a state before heading to grad school in order to qualify for in-state tuition. Most of the jobs in my area were either part time or not qualified enough for even though I already had a college degree. The place I served were really desperate even though computers are not my main area of study.

    -Very low key environment.
    -Not many expectations
    -Pay is not bad if you budget well. Some hints for folks who area afraid of the low pay: Yes, it's low. If you have alot of bills, it may not work. See if you can live in an area where you can sell your car, get a job on the weekends, etc. I made it work where I did not go into debt and in fact saved money, and yes I had bills like rent.
    - Friendly staff
    - Lots of food at meetings
    - Free health insurance

    Cons

    - Management changed at the place I served three times during my contract
    - Some of the staff I worked with didn't understand my job which led to some passive/aggressive misunderstandings
    - Low expectations
    - An unpredictable AmeriCorps coworker quits halfway through with no replacement
    - Not really a resume booster, no matter how many times they say it. Unless you're under 20 years old.
    - I noticed towards the end that AmeriCorps is just a marketing scheme to keep the program going. There is no "make a difference", it's just a way to spread the word around. Oh well.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time marketing. If the projects really make a difference, they will speak for themselves. Also, living on a wage only slightly above poverty doesn't do anything to learn about poverty.



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