AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Rewarding but ALOT of Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time

    Pros

    Got the chance to work with kids and help my community

    Cons

    very unorganized, lack of communication, very time-consuming, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Organize better


  2. Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mentor Service Coordinator in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Mentor Service Coordinator in Miamisburg, OH

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

    Pros

    You get to serve wonderful kids in the community and feel like you are making a difference. You also get trainings and workshops that can help you, but likely only if you have a 4 year degree. There are also networking opportunities that are helpful.

    Cons

    The benefits and pay are very minimal. At times it feels like an advertisement for public assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Pick people who are committed to the cause. Not everyone is cut out to work with such little pay.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Hungry

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great for networking, career transition or recent college graduate

    Cons

    Full time, not enough pay to survive in Boston, end up getting a part-time job and collecting food stamps despite working full time.


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  5. Great Experience, Poor Pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great work experience. Provided excellent opportunities at a local non-profit. Support system in place if issues arise. Lots of opportunities for virtual trainings.

    Cons

    Salary is small. It is definitely survivable, but not on your own. Sometimes communication can be poor. Was not allowed outside work until several months into my term.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure AmeriCorps members know about services available to them. Additional training could be useful, PSO did not adequately prepare.


  6. Messy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money for school and in a larger network of people, or so I hear. Has the potential to look good on your resume.

    Cons

    Really do some research on the area if you move and on the AmeriCorp office that is over your site. They are all not the same, some helpful and others useless.

    Advice to Management

    Learn empathy, waste less resources, be more efficient with following through on promises


  7. Corps member

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great resume builder Doing great work for the community Leadership qualities Increased resources and relationships

    Cons

    Long hours Little pay Management are people your age My management was horrible but everybody's style is different

    Advice to Management

    Great if you love kids


  8. Jumpstart Tutor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time

    Pros

    The training network is extensive and so informative. They provide you with the skills you need to work with the children and offer a strong network of support while you are performing your duties.

    Cons

    The network is quite large, so it's difficult to make any sort of change if you think it's needed. They follow very closely to the way things are and there's a hierarchy that doesn't allow for change at lower levels without approval.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. AmeriCorps

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

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great experience. Make a difference. Great for a gap year. You really expand your horizons.

    Cons

    You are doing community service so it does't pay well but you get an education award and it is rewarding to contribute to a community.

    Advice to Management

    Get a bit more organized and market better.


  10. If you can handle the pay and bureaucracy...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Team Leader
    Former Employee - Assistant Team Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AmeriCorps (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Travel, meet interesting people, and excellent healthcare (in NCCC)

    Cons

    work and live with the same people, pay stinks.


  11. VISTA experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA

    Pros

    I genuinely loved my time as a VISTA and the experience led me to grad school in my organization's field. I was given plenty of latitude and meaningful tasks, and felt that I was surrounded by people who shared my values.

    Cons

    Not all organizations are great VISTA sites, and that can make or break the experience. Obviously the living stipend is tiny, although to a recent college grad who grew up without a ton of money, it felt okay (and was enough to live on). Living in a low-cost area with a network of AmeriCorps people in your city/region helps immensely.



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