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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated January 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "Valuable non profit work experience" (in 70 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 58 reviews)

  • "Low pay, long hours, can feel undervalued at times" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Elementary Curriculum Development Member
    Current Employee - Elementary Curriculum Development Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of skills that took with me to other jobs

    Cons

    Pay is not great for the amount of work these organizations ask from you


  2. "AmeriCorp Member Life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team based Work
    Trainings offered
    Fire Fighting Training
    Non Profits

    Cons

    Communication
    Lack of staff leadership
    Lack of diverse trainings

  3. "Literacy Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    I’m able to help students enhance their reading abilities.

    Cons

    It’s not all year round.


  4. "Your experience will be based on chance"

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    Former Employee - Communications Coordinator
    Former Employee - Communications Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a Vista:
    -You’ll be forced to learn a lot and be adaptable
    -Exposure to social justice community and other great organizations
    -Networking
    -Interacting with the communities your organization is meant to serve is super rewarding

    Cons

    -The idea that the “stipend” amount is so low to show people what it’s like to be in poverty while basically being overworked by their sites needs to be revisited. AmeriCorps’ programs are set up so that mostly non-poc’s with socio-economic privilege can comfortably gain experience in these roles while “giving back” to underserved communities, which basically perpetuates savior complexes and also makes it really difficult for folks who are not financially stable to make it through the year.
    -Your experience will depend largely on your site. Some sites will value you as an actual member of the team and treat you no different. Others will not and you may not do actual work. OR your site will over-value your position and make you commit to responsibilities completely out of your job description despite not being compensated for doing 3+ positions for virtually no income.

    All that said...do not accept mistreatment, mismanagement, or toxic work environments because your site is not paying you, your sponsoring organization is. So they do not have the right to overwork you or disrespect you. That’s a given with any organization, but because of the power dynamic and sever lack of compensation that comes with AmeriCorps, it needs to be restated. Utilize your Vista Leaders as much as possible. Keep them in the loop at all times. Take care of yourself if you decide your site and their mission and your position will be fulfilling. Finishing the year does feel like a huge accomplishment though, because it’s an emotional rollercoaster.


  5. "A great job for a great cause"

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    Current Employee - Outreach and Engagement Fellow in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Outreach and Engagement Fellow in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities
    Opportunities to attend conferences
    Professional development

    Cons

    Low pay
    Chaos at the head office
    Difficulty with benefits


  6. "Volunteer"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Life changing opportunity
    * Build your skills on all levels, communication skills, problem solving

    Cons

    Its a lot of problem-solving and thinking on your toes. So if that isnt something you are interested then I wouldn't apply.


  7. "Good Opportunity, But Needs Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Site placement was great, gained transferable skills

    Cons

    Low pay, unresponsive to feedback, inefficient and ineffective system of communicating with members, no professional development outside of individual site

  8. "It was a good experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The experience.
    There is plenty of opportunity to Network.
    Working with children.
    Gain new friends.

    Cons

    The pay.
    The long hours.
    Some of the martial they want to complete doesn't make sense.


  9. "Don't do AmeriCorps if you're disabled"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were no pros of this program.

    Cons

    I was a "volunteer" yet I was paid a paltry stipend which meant I was really an indentured servant. Swinging tools in the jungle for 10.5 hours a day and spending the rest of my waking hours helping out with camp hours was not good for anxiety. I was fired for not disclosing that I'm Autistic which made it it difficult for me to complete the program. In doing so, my supervisor blatantly violated the ADA. If I disclosed my Autism earlier, I wouldn't have been hired to begin with. I would've sued for wrongful termination but I hated this program so much that I was honestly relieved to get fired.

    Advice to Management

    Pay "volunteers" at least minimum wage


  10. "Great way to gain experience and make a difference"

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

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    There are so many opportunities to improve your resume and make a social impact.

    Cons

    The pay is intentionally very low. It is doable and helps you understand the people you work to help and makes you very resourceful.