AmeriCorps
3.8 of 5 235 reviews
www.nationalservice.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.8 235 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk

Rosie K. Mauk

(69 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Non-profit based projects in numerous different states"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Great experience for giving back to the community and be compensated"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not paid a wage, but a living stipend which doesn't cover much"
    in 11 reviews
  • "I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit"
    in 10 reviews
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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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    Life changing

    Child Mentor (Former Employee)
    Knoxville, TN

    ProsVolunteering your time occasionally will make you feel good - immersing yourself as an Americorps volunteer will change your life. If you would like to challenge yourself to see the world from a new perspective and develop strengths you didn't know you had, then Americorps is for you.

    ConsI would like to say none because the cons are obvious: little financial gain and short term of service. You must derive satisfaction from the intrinsic value of service rather than financial motivation. Also, your term of service is just that - a term. Service may not lead to a professional position, and again you must be strictly motivated by the intrinsic value of the experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThank you for your work. Keep it up! Get things done!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stepping stone and and an opportunity to give back

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmeriCorps offers a fantastic way to connect with local communities, help worthy nonprofits and promote education. Volunteers get as much benefit as they are willing to put in themselves.

    ConsThere's not much support from the Corps. For me, the moment I finished my term I heard practically nothing from the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake more of a personal outreach to alumni volunteers - they're a fantastic asset and many would likely be interested in further opportunities and even careers in Corps.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An eye-opening introduction to government and non-profit worlds.

    AmeriCorps* Vista (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsPersonal fulfillment, community impact, ownership of work, independence

    ConsPay/stipend, no health insurance, bureaucracy, decentralized organization, ambiguity with guidelines, restrictions and requirements

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline and centralize

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing experience if you can afford to live on a meager wage

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Former Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    ProsAmazing experience! I met so many great people and learned a lot of valuable skills that can be used in any position.

    ConsLiving stipend is very meager so you will need to apply for food stamps and possibly have financial support from family (unless your living arrangements are provided).

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

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    It was a great experience getting to mentor kids on their academics.

    Student Mentor (Former Employee)
    Auburn, WA

    ProsFlexible hours with school and being able to freely work like a teacher with groups of students without restrictions.

    ConsPay was subpar and we could sometimes be called into action unexpectedly for overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrategically place your mentors and participants in areas of the U.S. that are more in need.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Government bureaucracy at it's worst

    AmeriCorps VISTA (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGood cause, but horrible execution

    ConsI was chosen to be an AmeriCorps Vista member by an org. However, AmeriCorps would not let me work for them because at the time I lived 40 minutes away from where I worked. I was the best member for this assignment by far, but they were interested in immersion: aka my experience rather than what is best for the people I would have been serving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst of all, get better at communicating. No where was I told about the distance requirement. Second of all, realize that this program should be about helping real people in need, not teaching rich kids what it is like to be poor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSubstantial work building efforts to shift structures of cyclical poverty. Great experience working with impressive non-profits.

    ConsFighting poverty by placing employees in poverty. Inconsideration of time, cost of living, employee benefits. Basically forces you into welfare.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide sufficient healthcare.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Programs Coordinator

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAbility to gain work experience

    ConsI have no cons to list

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