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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great program to kick start a career in volunteer or non profit areas (in 57 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Not paid nearly enough, due to living stipend (in 41 reviews)

  • As a part of their mission, the VISTAs are only paid as much as the people they are helping ie minimum wage (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "To help people in the community not to get paid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You will get to bring happiness and something valuable to people in a community.

    Cons

    You won't make enough to survive on...It's best that you are in school or have another job somewhere else as well.


  2. "Americorp"

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    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member
    Current Employee - City Year Corps Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low Paying position in my area

    Cons

    Very great impact in my area

    Advice to Management

    Be very flexible when dealing with corps members


  3. Helpful (1)

    "FEMA Corps"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The experience, and networking opportunities are outstanding.

    Cons

    The work and work environment is very stressful.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Love this organization!"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When done well, VISTA work has the ability to effect real change within communities.

    Cons

    It's easy for a project or site to be mismanaged, basically wasting a year of resources and personnel time.


  6. "valuable the experience"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, passionate people that want to do good in the world.

    Cons

    Stipend salary, communal living conditions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Blind to see everything."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - College and Career Coach
    Current Employee - College and Career Coach
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Segal Educational Award. Freedom to pick which state we would like to be placed in.

    Cons

    Lack of training offers. Does not mind the well being of AmeriCorps members which explains the drop outs.

    Advice to Management

    Send surveys to all members about themselves and the non-profits in contract with AmeriCorps.


  8. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get more experience in whatever position you apply for. More than you thought you would.

    Cons

    Not paid nearly enough, due to living stipend.

    Advice to Management

    increase pay.


  9. "Great way to serve"

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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

    Working as an AmeriCorps you are guaranteed to be making a difference in your community. Your work will be meaningful and hopefully lasting. This is also a great opportunity to gain experience at a higher level than you might get with older non-profits if you are right out of college.

    Cons

    The organizations who apply for VISTAs and get them are often those desperately in need of help. Great chance for you to have a lot of responsibility. Real chance you might end up with way more responsibility than you ever wanted.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "(VISTA)I don't have much nice to say."

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    It's pretty easy to get accepted, and the bar is set pretty low as far a performance. It's also pretty hard to get fired.

    Cons

    I support the organization's mission to eradicate poverty and build capacity for non-profits and governments but the model is seriously flawed. Providing a living stipend that is drastically below minimum wage (and therefore INSANELY below living wages) means that it's nearly impossible to survive the year unless 1. your family is wealthy and willing to support you, 2. your spouse or partner is able and willing to support you, or 3. you sacrifice your personal well-being due to stress and taking on several additional part-time jobs. This means that the people that choose to apply are generally young recent grads with upper middle-class families that will support them (if you don't believe me just swing by any PSO). With this in mind, you're not exactly getting the most qualified candidates to work to eradicate poverty. Instead, tax dollars are being used to teach these young people some valuable lessons about reality. This is a good thing - buuuuuuutt not exactly what the organization touts as it's mission. If you want to be a "service-learning" experience for young professionals -just call yourself that. If not, change the model.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - 4-H CAPITAL Afterschool Instructor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - 4-H CAPITAL Afterschool Instructor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    It is a very supportive environment - this is coming from somebody with no real experience in a teaching environment. This position benefits from being in education without the pressure of having tests, worksheets, state standard requirements. We are encouraged to be innovative and creative in lesson planning and that in turns allows the kids we teach to be innovative and creative in their learning

    Cons

    Living on a stipend is certainly a challenge and does not allow for much flexibility for emergency, travel, or exploration of the city



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