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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated April 30, 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
  • You get a living stipend which differs depending on which section of AmeriCorps you serve in (in 42 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. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Enabled me to develop a variety skills. There are positions something suitable for all majors.

    Cons

    The pay was not great. It was tough living on a stipend.


  2. "Amazing Experience--Difficult to live"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The amazing work experience and training

    Cons

    the stipend is nowhere near livable for anyone not living at home or without financial support from families


  3. "They Rock!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    This job is very fulfilling its really great to know that I am making a difference and it helped me find out what my purpose is in life.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, they say that in order to assist people in poverty you need to be able to live in poverty. It was pretty tough to move and get things settled on that paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    I love management, they are very open to ideas, I am able to grow and they are extremely supportive.


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  5. "An upbeat non profit experience"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member - Jumpstart in Pittsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Corps Member - Jumpstart in Pittsburg, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive team environment
    Ongoing training opportunities
    Group bounding was a priority

    Cons

    Lack of materials / funding on passion
    Short staffed teams in large classrooms

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on, the mission is flawless. Fund will always be in issue with reliance on donations and government budgeting.


  6. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    If you get placed at the right organization, you can get a lot of career experience and a sense of having actually helped out.

    Cons

    If you get placed at the wrong place, you get nothing but debt and poverty.


  7. "Part-time Service Member"

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    Former Employee - Service in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Service in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AmeriCorps members receive the benefit of joining a nation-wide community, with access to resources through AmeriCorps alum, community events, etc. My site also did a fantastic job advocating for my well-being while serving with my host organization.

    Cons

    I was placed with an organization that should not have qualified for an AmeriCorps service member and was often asked to do work that was beyond the designated work for service members. AmeriCorps was not aware of this until halfway through my term and by then there was nothing to change.

    Advice to Management

    Please create a safer venue through which AmeriCorps members may contact their AmeriCorps supervisor. I often found that I had to do things through my host organization supervisor, and she was a big part of the issues that were coming up so it put me in a situation where it was uncomfortable to report what was happening.


  8. "Team-Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    opportunity for growth, travel, leadership experience, in-depth training

    Cons

    high stress, relocation, time commitment


  9. "Americorps Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good connections made, wonderful managers and co-workers

    Cons

    Pay stipend is difficult to live off, but the Ed. Award is a nice bonus.


  10. "Hardest Year of your Life but Rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Travel
    Meet new people
    Challenges you to become a stronger leader

    Cons

    Poor management at time
    Lack of support on project

    Advice to Management

    Keep the program from dying


  11. "Vista"

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    Current Employee - Vista in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Vista in Rockford, IL

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

    Pros

    The AmeriCorps "pedigree" goes far in getting employment/furthering your education after your year of service

    Cons

    Not a progressive work culture, so even though they barely pay you there are limited option to flex hours, work from home, etc.


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