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Former Employee - AmeriCorps Coordinator  in  Pensacola, FL
Former Employee - AmeriCorps Coordinator in Pensacola, FL

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

Pros

gain experience, satisfaction of giving back, team esprit

Cons

very low compensation but this is seen as a "volunteer" position

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    what a joke this is. I want out.

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    Current Employee - Elementary School Reading Intervention Specialist  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Elementary School Reading Intervention Specialist in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    --eligibility for social services SNAP benefits
    --5500 Education Award? (maaaaaayybe)) there's a catch.
    --1 year commitment

    Cons

    they design this program in a way that you become A SLAVE to that education award
    --no time off. if you are SICK (near death) you have to make up those hours
    --1700 hours minimum requirement for successful completion
    --having an impact on poverty?? it's a joke..
    --government subsidized/taxpayer subsidized
    --I AM MAKING $2.50 / hour in my AmeriCorps state/national program
    --program management are idiots.
    --mandatory trainings/retreats/long Member Development Days each month
    --mandatory group service project work
    --obnoxious AmeriCorps members (all comes from Middle class families. These members all have BA/BS degrees, hipster elitists, most think food stamps are "cool" to use for a year. Most think it's cool to feel the wrath of poverty for a year. They want to "feel" the effects of poverty. Weird.
    --working for non-profits companies is lame. you form your own opinion
    -disorganized.
    --poor communication
    --virtually NO benefits.
    --Nobody even knows what "AmeriCorps" is, including future employers.
    --Blatant and Subtle attempts are transforming people's political, social, and religious beliefs.
    -if you DO NOT LOVe our President Obama...DO NOT JOIN!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be lazy. If you see a policy or rule that needs to be reformed, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!! Stop complaining that you have kids/family/and a masters program to do. You should have found another degree or found another job if this AmeriCorps management position isn't quite cutting it financially. Don't say that you genuinely care about your members, when you actually don't...there is a reason why three out of 40 kids have already left the program. There is a reason why you were not able to recruit enough members. Nobody wants to make $2.50/hour during these tough ecnomic times. Do more for your MEMBERS! You have a moral obligation and professional obligation. The team leader does more than the two program managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Hard for people to take seriously.

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    I had a good experience with my actual site and I enjoyed working for people who truly benefited from my work.

    Cons

    I feel that future employers don't take this job as true experience. They tend to think of it as an internship, which can make finding jobs after challenging in some fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the reputation of the organization. Also, health benefits should be improved since people are already living on so little.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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