AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    I am currently serving- one year total.

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps* Vista in Kalispell, MT
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps* Vista in Kalispell, MT

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

    Pros

    Everyone will have a different experience, but mine has been amazing. My supervisor is fantastic and flexible with my schedule. I love serving my community. It's great for your resume and the education award is nice if you plan on continuing your education (or pay some existing loans).

    Cons

    The only downfall I have experienced is the living allowance. My loan company isn't helping in any way so that's been difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. AmeriCorps VISTA

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Billings, MT

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

    Pros

    Work with passionate, service oriented people
    Learn a lot on the job
    Professional development opportunities
    Non-competitive eligibility and scholarship/cash stipend upon completion of service

    Cons

    Experience heavily dependent on host site competency—experiences can widely differ
    Sometimes lack of communication between VISTA and host site
    Lack of accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better health insurance, more professional development opportunities, more oversight by VISTA offices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. The most stressful yet rewarding experience of my life. It was my privilege to serve with excellent and admirable people

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    Former Contractor - AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Former Contractor - AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and compensation. Provides so many opportunities to experience America in such a unique way.

    Cons

    Challenging to lead, live, and work with the same team of people for 10 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. A fantastic opportunity for young, service-oriented leaders

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    Former Employee - NCCC Team Leader in Vinton, IA
    Former Employee - NCCC Team Leader in Vinton, IA

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

    Pros

    As a team leader I had the opportunity to lead a group of young people in disaster response operations. We were literally one of the first teams on the ground for the response to Hurricane Sandy. We collaborated with many state and federal agencies and I can honestly say that while many while have different experiences, no other year of my life has yielded such tremendous growth.

    Cons

    You will be living on a minuscule budget, making a small living stipend, gain access to an unremarkable scholarship, live life cramped with the same team of people nearly 24/7 if you choose to join the NCCC program. I miss it regularly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow room for your team leaders to resolve problems outside of the tried approaches. While a relationship with the unit leader is important, it is the relationship with the team of corps members that says the most.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Idealist

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member

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

    Pros

    Great experience if you want a career in direct service. Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community.

    Cons

    Direct service can eventually lead to burn out. Once you decide that you'd like to explore other options one may find that their experience can be hard to taylor to other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more wide ranging professional development opportunities so members aren't pigeon holed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    'Improving' volunteer organizations seeking temporary skilled labor.

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    Former Intern - VISTA Summer Education Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - VISTA Summer Education Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at AmeriCorps as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    AmeriCorps works to improve other volunteer and charity organizations, so there are a wide varieties of opportunities to impact good causes through Americorp. For subsidized volunteering, the living allowance is good, and there is an additional education award for students or those with student loans.

    Cons

    There may be significant differences in the position as described by recruiters, in training, and in reality. An indirect capacity planning position for the Boys and Girls Club, became direct implementation of an undeveloped education program and contributing to general operations duties, with nominal attention to reporting on metrics which were irrelevant to this particular program. The allowance is less than a wage, and overtime and occasional private vehicle use are expected and uncompensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accurate descriptions in recruiting will improve the qualifications of employees for positions. While job descriptions need not be comprehensive, they should not be coordinated with the organizations involved so as not to be misleading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. I had a valuable experience working with AmeriCorps that was a great way to prepare myself for applying to graduate school.

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    Former Employee - Blue Mountain Action Council in Walla Walla, WA
    Former Employee - Blue Mountain Action Council in Walla Walla, WA

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Education award
    Team building
    Experience in a field that interested me
    Volunteer service

    Cons

    Living stipend was difficult to live on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. AmeriCorps: Target Tigua

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    Former Contractor - CERT Outreach & Training Specialist in El Paso, TX
    Former Contractor - CERT Outreach & Training Specialist in El Paso, TX

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunities, excellent work environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons regarding this experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Not a bad way to spend a year or two

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    Former Employee - Education Team Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Education Team Member in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, meaningful work

    This position included full medical insurance (I can't remember if dental and eye was included). I was placed in an elementary school where I worked as a teaching assistant during the school day and then administered the after-school enrichment program, which consisted of 1 hour of homework followed by activities and athletics.

    Cons

    Stipend, no room for growth, long hours (8-6)

    The stipend given bi-weekly was $1600/month. Post-tax I took home about $680 every 2 weeks. It's not much money, but I knew that going in. This is a 1 or 2-year gig where you'll need to find something else afterward. You don't need a college degree to be considered, so it's something you can do part-time while in school if that's what you're looking for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Perfect Resume Builder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    I had an awesome experience and gained some great contacts working with Americorps in Los Angeles. You truly feel like you're making an impact in the community.

    Cons

    The stipend is absolutely horrible so if you need help paying the bills this is not a good option. Additionally, the hour expectations balanced with a school schedule make it difficult to maintain another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize this is a government entity so it is impossible to gain too much more money, but if possible a stipend increase or additional benefits is needed to allow the students to survive.

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