AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Great Opportunity to Gain Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain experience, network with big players and discover possible career paths. A great place to invest time right after college.

    Cons

    Cons is very low pay. Work experience really depends on how supportive the individual agencies are. This position is an investment in skills rather than pay.

    Advice to Management

    Impossible to give advice to individual service sites. Advice for management at AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service is to completely remodel the my.americorps.gov site to make it user friendly.


  2. Team leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing support system, it really is an amazing program to help children succedd!

    Cons

    It is volunteer based.. So you don't make a lot of money


  3. Personnel Security / HR Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personnel Security Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Personnel Security Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great mission, wonderful people in Human Capital

    Cons

    Federal Government is under constant attack, has a hard time keeping talent, and GSA/OPM/DHS-FEMA are incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Needs much much much better leadership.


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  5. AmeriCorps VISTA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    National service is a great experience, both with learning new skills and meeting new people. Depending on what project you work your cohort will become like a second family. Depending on site you can learn a great deal from your supervisors and other staff. No matter where you end up, national service will make you look at poverty and the world in a new light.

    Cons

    You will not get paid very well and the benefits do not count as health insurance. You could also have a bad time if the site you go to doesn't know how to train or support a VISTA. Research the site thoroughly and really consider if you're financially secure enough to take on a year of service.

    Advice to Management

    Hire former national service members to State Office positions. When you hire someone that has no experience with national service, they tend to try to push their weight around when they don't need to and make changes that make it harder for sites to actually help people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Dont do it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vista in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Vista in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, really nice management

    Cons

    disorganized, benefits arent even that good no healthcare and taxable educational award work on weekends

    Advice to Management

    improve communication


  7. K-focus Literacy Tutor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - K-focus Literacy Tutor in North Branch, MN
    Current Employee - K-focus Literacy Tutor in North Branch, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to grow professionally and give back to our communities. Thorough training and support for the work that is expected.

    Cons

    Working for AmeriCorps is not a career but service.

    Advice to Management

    Be very specific in hiring practices especially when the employees are working with children who need stable and reliable adults in their lives.


  8. Watershed Ambassador

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lenient work schedule, numerous networking opportunities, enjoyable experience

    Cons

    10 month long program, poor wages as you only receive a living stipend and an education award upon completion, a lot of travel


  9. Great opportunity to gain professional experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator, Non-Profit in Moab, UT
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator, Non-Profit in Moab, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Working as an AmeriCorps VISTA I was able to gain invaluable professional experience in the field of health care for the underserved. The education award of $5,550 was very useful to help pay off some of my student loans. Interest accrued on loans is paid off by the government at the end of service.

    Cons

    While you receive a monthly stipend, it is enough to live off of but not enough to save much money.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if there was more career guidance and networking opportunities for AmeriCorps members finishing their year or years of service.


  10. Bad Mangement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good interview questions and respectful to the candidate.

    Cons

    Management seemed organized, but communication was horrible. No one is trained to work with VISTA members. Screening of people of VISTA members needs to be better. HR support was super poor when it came to harassment.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better communication as to what VISTA job roles are. Screening of VISTA candidates needs to be better.


  11. It was cool

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get lots of experience and can engage with various communities, it's a great way to get your foot in the door with a potential employer.

    Cons

    Your experience really depends on where your site is. Some supervisors are better than others. The pay is awful.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay!! The education award shouldn't count as an income!!



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