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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated September 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Valuable non profit work experience" (in 69 reviews)

  • "Great experience, people appreciate the year-of-service in poverty" (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "The cons to AmeriCorps might be the low living stipend" (in 55 reviews)

  • "Low pay, long hours, can feel undervalued at times" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "NCCC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Awesome personal development experience. No complaints!

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes difficult living situation


  2. "AmeriCorps helps the community but is a last employment resort."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    The health insurance was really good.

    Cons

    I was treated like a child and not allowed to do anything without approval.

  3. "Americorps VISTA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Volunteering opportunities, community involvement, institutional support.

    Cons

    Unnecessary meetings and the volunteering sites were sometimes unprepared for the volume of people we brought.


  4. "Program Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Open environment, friendly, motivated employees

    Cons

    Management inexperienced, anyone can get promoted


  5. "AmeriCorps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time

    Pros

    Most fulfilling job I’ve ever had to be able to help others.

    Cons

    Often times management will be younger or same age. Stipend varied amongst all members.


  6. "AmeriCorps VISTA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great work experience, but varies depending on the site that you are placed.

    Cons

    Experience really varies where you are placed. Some organizations will offer a lot of support, others not so much. There is no incentive to serve past a second year because you will not qualify for the Segal Award or end of service stipend. There is also no guarantee that you will get hired to work following your year of service.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Serving others and developing sustainable programs which better the lives of those in our community is so gratifying."

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    Former Employee - VISTA Leader/Volunteer Coordinator/Literacy in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - VISTA Leader/Volunteer Coordinator/Literacy in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have completed 3 Terms of service. Every project is different. Gain excellent, highly employable and valuable skills. Nothing compares to the gratification gained from serving others .

    Cons

    Can be challenging working with professionals that may not be fully aware of the programs and needs of the volunteers. Many of the volunteers struggle with the stipend limitations. Some do not fully grasp the concept of the limited monetary compensation put in place so that we as volunteers are able to relate to those we serve. There is strength found when one endures hardships. A level of compassion and understanding one can not fully understand when they have not experienced similar life experiences as those we work with.

    Advice to Management

    My best advice to any one serving, do not be afraid to ask questions. Each project/program is developed completely different. Keep the communication between the volunteers and project managers open and productive. Managers may not understand the level of supervision/guidance they may need to provide. The program are meant to be developed with specific outcomes to be addressed and the process will look very differently from one project from another. Development of time management is necessary. Learn to be flexible!

  8. "Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Civic duty, can see results of work within the same year, great career development and networking opportunities, strong support from administration on LACY

    Cons

    Long hours, variable workload depending on location, occasionally difficult to get small-scale problems solved with administration


  9. "Great Place, Lots to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional Development, Rewarding, Education grant given at the end

    Cons

    Temporary, Not counted as employed during service


  10. "Low Pay, Not the reality of poverty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Community engagement, professional development skills, wonderful people on teams.

    Cons

    The pay is so low that it's almost impossible to live without family help. This is not the reality of poverty as those who are poor work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet instead of having a temporary salary that makes it seem like you are poor. Frankly, most AmeriCorps programs enhance the idea of poverty tourism while keeping those who are already poor (usually students) in poverty while those who can afford to "live like their community" for a year don't feel it as much because as soon as their service year ends, they easily have income to fall back on.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers a living wage.


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