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AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated November 13, 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)

  • Some long hours, "modest" living allowance that can be difficult to live off of if living on your own (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "What they don’t tell you"

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    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Working with the kids and some of the teachers

    Cons

    Your education awards is taxed.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a living wage


  2. "Colorado Reading Corps Literacy Tutor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Literacy Coach in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Literacy Coach in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to build relationships with children and be a good role model. Sometimes, I believe, I was the first positive role model these kids had interacted with.

    Cons

    The politics. You're in an elementary school, usually title I. Get ready to brown nose and try your best to fly under the radar always.

  3. "Great experience, although little money"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Great experience, decent benefits, a variety of assignments to choose from

    Cons

    Low pay for a full-time position

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice


  4. "americorps"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Engagement Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Community Engagement Coordinator in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good flexibility depending on work site

    Cons

    Poor pay rate work overload


  5. "Volunteerism Pros & Cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Member in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. To work with diverse populations in the area. 2. Add to resume. 3. Help others around me by being positive role model.

    Cons

    1. Poor communication or no communication from main office staff 2. In a pilot program one need to entertain self as hours drag by each day. 3. Lack of direction from site-main office personal-site.

    Advice to Management

    Be there for the member especially during pilot progression. Attend all meetings via phone conference if necessary. Promote the individual strengths and help them meet goals.


  6. "VISTA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    The Education Award and network are its best qualities.

    Cons

    The stipend is very difficult to live on in Los Angeles.


  7. "VISTA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VISTA ­ Volunteer Coordinator in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - VISTA ­ Volunteer Coordinator in Bloomington, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experience living at poverty level; opportunity to serve local community; education award at end of service.

    Cons

    Experience living at poverty level; working in rural areas can make it difficult to contact state office, at times.

  8. "Amazing"

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

    Pros

    Leadership advanced opportunities and calm settings

    Cons

    None of that I can think


  9. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Hands-on experience with in a variety of skille

    Cons

    I have nothing to complain about


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Housing Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Pros

    Just a fantastic organization that believes in supporting its staff with ongoing trainings!

    Cons

    need better healthcare coverage.
    need to adjust monthly stipend/pay to make it easier for VISTAs to survive while serving their communities.
    Should offer additional years educational award beyond the 2 years cap.


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