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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. "Summer Vista"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps part-time

    Pros

    They were easy to reach when I had issues and wonderful people to just wok for in general.

    Cons

    I really had no issues with the program I volunteered for.


  2. "valuable the experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Blind to see everything."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Debatable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Resource Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Community Resource Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience, connections, easy to be accepted

    Cons

    Living stipend, lack of supervision, training workshops, support

    Advice to Management

    The living stipend is honhestly a joke. You're supposed to live below the poverty range so you can "relate" to the people you are working for, hoewever, this technique is NOT going to teach anyone about living in poverty. The stipend is poverty tourism. Despite being paid below minimum wage, you're not actually "experiencing" what it's like to be in poverty if you already have the advantages of graduating from college, having previous internships, not having a family, owning a car, not having dependents, and getting the full amount of local SNAP eligibility.
    The stipend is just a way to underpay and overwork volunteers to the government.


  6. "Nutrition Education Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    prepares you for any future job, Segal Education award

    Cons

    low paying, year commitment, low recognition


  7. "Great Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides great foundation for career in whatever field you want to go in

    Cons

    The pay stipend is really low


  8. "VISTA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great helping others, nice to have the education award at the end of it.

    Cons

    It is hard living on a stipend.


  9. "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great way to serve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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