AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
264 Reviews
3.6
264 Reviews
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It has been a humbling experience

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA  in  Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Top access to experience in non profits

    Cons

    the pay is very low and one is barely able to live

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your service workers more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Once in a lifetime chance to change NCCC

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Perry Point, MD
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Perry Point, MD

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Gained lots of experience and leadership skills, room for personal growth, unlimited opportunity, satisfying work

    Cons

    No personal space, hard to get any time off (only a ten month program so not a huge deal), training doesn't prepare you for the work you actually do, pay could be a little better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    NJ

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Great people great mission great environment

    Cons

    Compensation is not enough to live on

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  5.  

    My Time as an AmeriCorps Member

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Serving your community
    - Doing necessary but hard work
    - Working with others who also wanted to make the community a better place
    - Education award

    Cons

    - The stipend is extremely small, so if you're working in a metro city like NYC, it may be difficult to find affordable housing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My time at AmeriCorps was really fulfilling, but if someone is solely doing the work for the education award, then you might not take as much from the experience because it is lots of work with little pay. I would suggest to management to increase the stipend for individuals living in cities with a higher cost of living.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Youth Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Loved the team and interaction

    Cons

    Wish it was longer internship

  7.  

    Served for a year with Habitat for Humanity

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was thrown in with everyone else to provide affordable housing for families in need. It was truly fulfilling.
    Educational Award at the end of the year of service.
    Met amazing people who just wanted to make a difference in the community.

    Cons

    Payment at poverty level, only to know what it's like to live in poverty to help those in poverty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had some issues, but at the end of the year I felt like they were resolved and my concerns addressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great for recent college graduates!

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    Former Employee - Service-Learning Coordinator  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Service-Learning Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked in public schools for two terms. My first year, with City of Lakes AmeriCorps, was outstanding! The professional opportunities were limitless and I gained a lot from the Friday trainings. My second year, with Federal Way Public Schools AmerICorps, provided less opportunities for professional growth. Most programs provide you with an amazing network that is tailored to your professional interests. It's a great way to introduce yourself to the working world.

    Cons

    In some cities, the work stipend is a little difficult to live on. And each program is different, so those thinking of applying to AmeriCorps should be thoughtful about what type of supervision and environment they prefer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow time to hear feedback during the year from your members - don't wait until the end of the term!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding and Character Building

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Lyons, NY
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Lyons, NY

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Varied experiences, exposure to non-linear career paths, and insight into the world of non-profits.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cash to be made here, so the $$ for college has to be part of your motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Volunteer Cooridnator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps

    Pros

    Valuable experience and enjoyed helping others.

    Cons

    Minimum Pay and pay doesn't match efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase educational award

  11.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA  in  Montpelier, VT
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Montpelier, VT

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Community oriented and giving back to the community

    Cons

    Not much growth possible in this company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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