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Volunteer opportunity of a lifetime.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Americorps-Vista in Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - Americorps-Vista in Baltimore, MD
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Really great organization to be a VISTA for. Opportunities to network with other young professionals who want to create positive change in the USA.

Cons

The living stipend can be a pretty big hurdle along with some of the rules that come with being a government employee.

Other Employee Reviews for AmeriCorps

  1. Is AmeriCorps for You?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - AmeriCorps Coordinator in Pensacola, FL
    Former Contractor - AmeriCorps Coordinator in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at AmeriCorps as a contractor (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


  2. Rewarding, but that wont pay the rent. Extremely frustrating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Literacy/Employment Specialist At Transition Plus Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Technology Literacy/Employment Specialist At Transition Plus Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -- Education award (although its taxed, so this is less of a pro than I'd hoped) -- The students I work with are sweet and genuinely grateful for the help I provide them -- I enjoy some (but not all) of what I do -- A lot (maybe to much) freedom in your position

    Cons

    --The pay is a bad joke --Program management is well intentioned, but useless and unresponsive --1700 hours yearly requirement provides no incentive at all to work hard --mandatory trainings/retreats/long Member Development Days every second week that generally ignore issues members have (by way of example, my program is chartered to provide basic computer skills training, resume writing training, and job search help to low income, high need individuals and very rarely do we get technology instruction yourself, and never have we got any instruction on resume writing or job search) --disorganized, poor communication between program staff and site supervisors --everybody just seems generally unprepared to handle issues -- if you aren't at a site that has a well institutionalized, well laid out americorps position with well defined duties, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble (or not, I guess, depending on who you are) --Nobody even knows what Americorps is, including employers --You're told it looks better on a resume than it actually does --If you don't have a job after your service year ends, you don't qualify for unemployment benefits (which, by the way, would give you more money than Americorps does)

    Advice to Management

    To be fair, I did sign up for it, and I do enjoy the "hands on" helping people very much. However, I don't like how Americorps has become this job where its like "here, help the underprivileged! but by the way we're not going to give you any resources, training, or money" There's no incentive to put effort into anything because of the way Americorps pays its members. Its downright degrading that I get paid way less than the students I teach do off their part time jobs at Wendy's. I helped a student find a job this past week and now he's looking for one for me. Its absolutely ludicrous. I'm in a place where I love the organization where I serve and I love most of what I'm doing, but the communication issues and the ungratefulness of program staff make me want to leave, and the pay issue is just the icing on the cake. I consider loyalty one of my strongsuits, and I'm seriously considering leaving midyear


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