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"Over-regulated labor market results in crippling youth unemployment"

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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 (More than a year)

Pros

If you studied hard, graduated from college, and have a pretty good resume, you can work here for significantly less than the minimum wage for a year, if you're lucky, before being cast back into the "job" market.

Cons

No actual responsibility or institutional support, with rare exceptions. They tax your end-of-serivce stipend.

Advice to Management

Put your bodies upon the gears...

Other Employee Reviews for AmeriCorps

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Do not join Americorps"

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

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

    Pros

    -Career opportunities by gaining references at the work site
    -Education stipend (thats IF you complete the program)

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy
    -Disorganization
    -Mental stress caused by fellow core members and staff on purpose
    -Health insurance doesn't cover your bills you have to pay
    -Lack of respect for daring to disagree with a leader, staff or a unit leader
    -Selective enforcement and malicious prosecution in who gets punished
    -Monotonous meetings for half of the day during CTI and transition weeks
    -Staff can be extremely rude in addressing a so-called problem by yelling and using insults
    -Deceptive advertising in how the program is ran
    -Micro management
    -Feedback is often dismissed and joked about behind core members backs.
    -Core members are treated like slaves.
    -Wages are far below minimum wage
    -SPIKE teams often run into conflict to the point of core members bullying one another and team leaders being very selective in who they handle.
    -Complaints are barely if ever addressed and instead leave one unfairly punished for the errors of others.
    -Poor nutrition
    -Vacations are not payed for. We have to pay for them ourselves.
    -Cultural diversity is not valued
    -Extremely inflexible and rigid procedures
    -Uniforms can be very uncomfortable and pointless
    -PT isn't taken seriously
    -CTI is basically a 30 month trial where we're deindividuated and treated as fodder for the program to use.
    -CTI has hardly anything to do with actually working on SPIKE.
    -Huge core member cutback
    -Team leaders and unit leaders can get away with abusing us underneath the radar.

    Advice to Management

    You need to listen to what others have to say who have left americorps. At minimum, you'd have to take into account the mental stress and activities that staff and leaders do under the radar that go undisclosed and leave others victimized. This program has so very questionable practices in how it conducts itself.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It was a challenging but rewarding experience."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps as a contractor

    Pros

    Character/team building, budgeting, community building; gives workers a sense of what their careers may be like, depending on host site; reputation, depending on industry

    Cons

    Micromanagement depending on supervisor's style; work may not follow career path, depending on the needs of the host site; lots of work for very low pay; lots of paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Understand that AmeriCorps workers are paid a lot less than they're worth; empathy goes a long way.

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