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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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AmeriCorps Director Rosie K. Mauk
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Pros
  • It's also a really nice way to explore the world of non-profit work (in 60 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The living stipend is pretty dismal (in 45 reviews)

  • You are paid below the minimum wage (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps"

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    Current Contractor - Corps Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Current Contractor - Corps Member in Vicksburg, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Living with fun people, constant community

    Cons

    non-existent pay, dipped into my own savings a few times.


  2. "Paid Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Making impact and fostering change in communities

    Cons

    hard work, no guarantee to gain permanent employment

    Advice to Management

    Do not let this become a paid internship that leads to nothing kinda thing.

  3. "Get experience"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor

    Pros

    You get experience, but probably not doing what you want to do.

    Cons

    You don't make enough to live and most non-profits don't value you because of how little you cost them.


  4. "COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS COORIINATOR"

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    Current Employee - Community Partnerships Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Community Partnerships Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Get to work with children and work with a group diverse people.

    Cons

    Low low low pay and not enough to live.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about you VISTAS and pay them more ... you make 2.50 an hour for a 40 hour week


  5. "AmeriCorps Member"

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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

    Working with volunteers and having an impact on community.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Corps Member"

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

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Travel
    Meet new people
    Give back to community

    Cons

    Very small stipen
    Education grant is taxed heavily (25%)
    Lots of younger kids

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your members. If someone is having a problem don't dismis it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Blind to see everything."

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    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. 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Wouldn't recommend unless you are really desperate or have others to support you financially."

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

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

    Pros

    Good for students or recent grads who can't find a job.

    Cons

    Poor pay, Non-profits and gov't agencies use you as free labor. Education Stipend not worth it. Depending on what organization you are with, there is no guarantee of job placement or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more or don't expect much. Poor pay just to have people 'experience poverty' is dumb. If workers can barely keep themselves afloat then they won't have the means to help others. It also doesn't make sense to put workers in a position where they need to use food stamps or other forms of welfare just to make them experience poverty. Save those benefits for those who really need it.


  10. "Community Trainer"

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

    Pros

    You get to work with a variety of people and learn a lot about different issues.

    Cons

    A lot of inefficiency...I would be asked to travel 3 hours each to attend a 1 hour meeting that could have been done over email or by phone. There is also a lack of oversight for supervisors. The project I worked with had a toxic supervisor who made the job much less enjoyable... many people quit because of her.

    Advice to Management

    Carefully select partner projects where you send volunteers.


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