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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • I worked at a non profit clinic helping with health resources (in 63 reviews)

  • Working with an organization that strives to make a difference in communities (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • The living stipend is pretty dismal (in 47 reviews)

  • Long hours (very long) and the pay (stipend) was really bad (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Little pay-bug experience"

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    Current Employee - Americorps VISTA Member in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Americorps VISTA Member in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're making a difference, you're getting experience working in outreach and still getting paid, you get 10 paid vacation days per year. It looks great for continuing education and you get an education stipend at the end

    Cons

    It is below the poverty line as far as pay. It was more than I was already making so I was very happy. It can be hard to find direction so you have to be very motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Make some livable wages.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Do well by doing good"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Feels good to help others and give back. The education award at the end of the term of service is a nice bonus. Gain valuable skills, travel the country, and meet new people.

    Cons

    Very low pay and very long hours, minimal free time, work/life balance is nonexistent, being away from home for extended periods.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Corps Members. Seeking help from staff is sometimes useless. If a Corps Member needs help, help them instead of relying on a Team Leader who may or may not have the team's best interests at first.

  3. "Direct Experience - Incredible !"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Incredible professional experience in teamwork, delegation, service, community outreach, budgeting, staffing, logistics, communication and interpersonal skills. You learn the inside and outs how to manage people.

    Cons

    24/7 all day everyday job for 11 months. No personal space or much personal life. Your job is to take care of your team and serve the organizations and communities you are selected to serve. You are the supervisor but live, sleep, and eat with your team. There is no separation of your work life. It sometimes makes disciplinary and team dynamic issues very tricky.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know corps members not just when they are in trouble but when excelling. It will encourage them to become team leaders and heighten their investment in the longevity of the program.


  4. "WCC"

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

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great for serving the country

    Cons

    No after Service job help


  5. "Americorps"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly co-workers, good experience, benefits

    Cons

    long hours, very very low pay, not enough permanent staff to manage the educational facility

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  6. "AmeriCorps Member"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate about service, they have been very helpful to the community.

    Cons

    There's a lot of paperwork, so make sure you keep track of everything you need to do!

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the support with the community!


  7. "Experiences may vary"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -I got to attend a lot of trainings and conferences that helped me better serve our community
    -Resume builders (see above)
    -Good networking
    -Rewarding
    -Fun
    -Flexible

    Cons

    -THE MONEY
    -I enjoy my site but some of my coworkers don't (I've gotten a TON of trainings to use on my resume, improved public speaking skills, gotten teaching experience, learned life lessons, etc, but i have some americorps peers who just sit in an office or only sell things. They aren't getting as many skills/experiences as me, and their bosses aren't as chill as mine. It really varies site by site.)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more. It's hard/impossible to live on the amount, unless you are on food stamps and medicaid and/or stay with a family member for the duration of the term

  8. Helpful (1)

    "AmeriCorps VISTA"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Rock Hill, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional development, support systems, thorough training, a strong sense of pride and accomplishment, Segal Education Award, networking opportunities

    Cons

    Humble living allowance, living at the poverty line

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for CNCS In-Service Trainings


  9. "AMeriCorps"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to do higher level work

    Cons

    Lack of clear objectives for VISTAS

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Planning Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Planning Specialist in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - Planning Specialist in Vicksburg, MS

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Experience working with multiple FEMA sectors, traveling, and free job training.

    Cons

    A lot of downtime and awkward logistics.

    Advice to Management

    More engaging with volunteers


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