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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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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 56 reviews)

  • "Low pay, long hours, can feel undervalued at times" (in 40 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. "Give back to a community!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    I loved my year as an AmeriCorps member. I met a lot of people at my organization and in the community that changed my life.

    Cons

    Make sure you have another source of income!

  3. "Service is good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Service in a community that needs it

    Cons

    the pesky hour requirement that seems like a lot


  4. "VISTA"

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    Current Employee - Vista
    Current Employee - Vista
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good of service benefits.
    Great for experience building for recent grads.
    Travel options around US.

    Cons

    Small pay.
    Some compensations aren’t the best.


  5. "Yes very good place to receive training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Meet a lot of good people

    Cons

    Not enough time to fulfill obligations


  6. "Membership Outreach Coordinator"

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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

    Professional Development opportunities. Access to industries other wise would not qualify for.

    Cons

    Bad pay. Annoying trainings. Day to day manager different from funder.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize the flexibility that can be offered though AmeriCorps.


  7. "It's Alright"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your placement, it can be a wonderful and engaging experience

    Cons

    Not much support from AmeriCorps - trainings are not well thought out, the opportunity for professional development seems too often ignored

    Advice to Management

    Better organization overall, better job of creating a sense of community and purpose for members. Respect our time and commitment.

  8. "VISTA"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Coon Rapids, MN
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Coon Rapids, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great way to build experience and professional development, Education Award at end of service.

    Cons

    Living on a low living stipend while working full time.


  9. "VISTA: basically an entry level nonprofit job with terrible pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    There are few true entry-level positions in the nonprofit world, instead there are fellowships like Americorps VISTA. My experience is that it's much easier to get an Americorps position across the country than a job, so it helped me move to a new city after college without being completely broke and get started in the nonprofit world at the same time. After the position ended, I had some contacts and familiarity with the city, plus I already lived there, so it was easier to get a full time nonprofit job there. Also, they don't want you to do this, but it's totally fine to take a real job in the middle of your placement if you're offered one. In that sense, it can be a good thing to do while you're applying to other jobs that might be harder to get.

    Cons

    Especially in VISTA, whether you do anything interesting or worthwhile is highly dependent on where you're placed. You're going to set yourself back financially, so make sure your placement has a lots of opportunities for you learn and grow professionally before you accept. Otherwise, some VISTAs end up miserable and bored.

    Obviously, the pay is awful. You're making below minimum wage. No matter how you feel about food stamps, get them. You'll need them.

    Advice to Management

    Americorps, please stop saying the low stipend exists to ensure that VISTAs learn what it's like to be in poverty. First of all, just being broke for a year doesn't mean you understand poverty. Second of all, this assumes the VISTAs you've recruited don't come from a background that includes poverty and don't need the money, which is super problematic. If you can't afford to pay VISTAs more, just say that. And maybe consider reducing the number of VISTAs and paying them all a living wage.


  10. "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.


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