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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
249 Reviews

3.6
249 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 17 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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  1.  

    An amazing experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Vicksburg, MS

    Pros

    You get to see areas you normally would not get to go too. You get to see different landmarks and get to know local people. I had never been in the south before Americorps and now I want to move down there, everyone was so hospitable.

    Cons

    While most members of Americorps are outstanding, there are those select few who you would not expect to see in an organization meant to help others. In my year there were individuals who would steal anything they could get too, they would also take the TV cards out of any public TV so they would have free rain to watch what they wanted when they wanted. Stole food out of every teams fridge, and just left trash and debree wherever they went. Just vile people who cared only about themselves, and I have no idea why they joined Americorps with attitudes like that. Also when caught with stolen items the individuals were given 3 warning before termination. Americorps was way too lenient on them. Keep in mind though these were only 10 or 12 out of 200+ so did not ruin the amazing experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    AmeriCorps, and experience of a lifetime.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    Pros

    You get to do so many different things, from tutoring to building houses with Habitat for Humanity; the opportunities are endless in this position. Traveling with your team is also a major plus.

    Cons

    You a paid with a small living stipend, and receive a scholarship upon completion of your 900 hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good learning experience but lacks practical training.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good volunteer/ job experience.

    Cons

    Isolated at point of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better initial training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    exceptional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Experience and the ability to give back to the community

    Cons

    living within the budget set by the living stipend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, good intentions, mixed results.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator, Non-Profit  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator, Non-Profit in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    I have met some amazing people through Americorps: career mentors, lifelong friends, drinking buddies, etc. Most people affiliated with Americorps have high ideals and a passion to do good in the world. Many Americorps positions allow you to make what you want out of your role. You can have the freedom to try new things and fail without getting fired. It is a learning opportunity for people right out of school or for workers looking at a career change.

    Cons

    Though intentions are good, there is often disorganization in Americorps programs and sponsoring agencies. There is bureaucracy and red tape galore and it is hard to get things from CNCS without an advocate. I also question the efficacy of having one year terms of service. Often times the programs Americorps members are supporting require more of a commitment and already have issues with high turnover with staff. There can be questions of how Americorps members differ from paid staff at non-profits and I have witnessed some partnering organizations use Americorps members as cheap staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Your experience is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    Pros

    Making a difference in the Community you serve

    Cons

    Dealing with poor site supervisors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    not willing to be flexiable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    Pros

    Great organization that did great work for the community that the organiztion was in.
    Like being able to volunteer.

    Cons

    Americorp management was not willing to really listen to concerns and would not be flexiable just kept shoving policy in my face. Would not take into account my life situation when considering education award. Did not feel like my true talents were ever utilized or even really discovered. I was unable to even begin to reach my full potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, great experience, horrible pay/benefits

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    Pros

    You do really important work that looks great on resumes and will probably teach valuable life and professional skills.

    Cons

    Salary is very low, like under minimum wage low and you are not allowed to have another job or any other paying gig. It was next to impossible to live on the given salary and I knew other vista that actually lost/had to dip into savings just to pay monthly expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and realize vistas put a lot of time, energy, and heart into what they do. Either give a pay increase or allow vistas to get other jobs!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved traveling around Montana to all the different workshops, meeting people, and the community outreach.

    Cons

    Low pay. But that wasn't even all that bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good experience as a post-college first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Spartanburg, SC

    Pros

    Great opportunity out of college for those interested in nonprofit organizations, and/or moving to a different area. Job satisfaction is completely dependent on the organization, so make sure you do your homework before applying and accepting a position. Great way to serve a community, get $$ toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests.

    Cons

    Overall structure is complicated, and the staff, grant requirements and organization are constantly changing. Makes for a lot of red tape. Good pay cannot be your goal when looking to serve with Americorps. Yearly salary is equal to the poverty line in your community- ranging from 10K-15K usually. Good way to learn to live on a budget!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like to have seen State/Regional Directors at least once or twice during my service.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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