AmeriCorps Reviews

Updated 17 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Your are connected with a lot of like minded people and can build relationships within the non-profit community (in 25 reviews)

  • toward student loans, and meet others with similar interests (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • living within the budget set by the living stipend (in 18 reviews)

  • I was a member of AmeriCorps state through a very disorganized non-profit (in 12 reviews)

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  1. VISTA Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I served with AmeriCorps VISTA from 2012-2013. I had a fantastic experience that I will always remember. People join AmeriCorps despite the cons because they want to help people and make a difference in their community. You can also get the Segal Education Award at the end of your term of service.

    Cons

    Hard work, long days, low salary.

  2. Loved being an Americorps member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member in Sacramento, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great teammates and team leaders
    -Learn lots of new skills
    -Explore different parts of the country

    Cons

    -lots of silly rules and regulations
    -low pay (obviously you are doing community service work)

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the silly rules and regulations.

  3. AmeriCorps had a lot of ups and downs-worth it for me, though

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keene, NH (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Great experience in learning about Non-profits 2) chance to try out future job and know whether you want to pursue this field of practice 3) responsibilities given were awesome for first year member 4) supportive host site--very nice people and I learned a lot from them. A bit disappointed they didn't want to help fund second year.

    Cons

    1) The hours are insane for the stipend we are paid, which goes by the area you live in. 2) Unfair pay for capital city of North East state--found AmeriCorps members fifty miles away that were paid 1.5 times more than me. Could hardly afford the stipend. 3) We were virtually guaranteed another year of service when we received notice that we were not going to get renewed due to last minute budget negotiations--thanks AmeriCorps National HQ and politicians for making our lives the equivalent of pawns on a chessboard. You showed your true manner in which you value your volunteers--you don't!

    Advice to Management

    Try living on LESS than the minimum wage and going to work with interns and new employees who are considered "over you" because you are a volunteer. I had my B.S. Degree and volunteers are treated pretty low. I did not have a place to sit for a year--how awkward! Part of the reason our continuation was not funded was also the inattention to detail and time constraints in getting the proposal in by the people in DC--they were essentially AmeriCorps members would had applied post service and gotten some great jobs. Unfortunately, they were HORRIBLE at efficiency and doing the most simple of tasks. My swearing in was delayed several months because they could not do a simple thing like registering me (NorthEast). I applied for a job that was supposed to start in June and it started in September. This totally screwed up my plans for post-graduate work so I scrapped them, only to find out at the 11th hour we were not being renewed. So DC, your people who make reservations for new members and help them are asleep at the wheel (in some jurisdictions) as are the people who apply for program funding and/or process the applications. I can't believe I had to ask numerous times for insurance cards, airline tickets, WHEN I would be sworn in---these people obviously are never evaluated and think they have a permanent deal there. They are the least helpful people, whose year in community service taught them nothing about people skills. Arrogant, spoiled, and in short, my proof is that it took FOUR MONTHS to process my selection and get my tickets out for a swearing in. NEVER reached out to me--made me really, really resent program's uncaring attitude in DC.

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    AmeriCorps VISTA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The amount of experience that you can gain is amazing. You get to really get involved in your community and make a serious impact in just one year. This program also offers an opportunity to network with so many individuals and businesses in the the non-profit sector, political field, etc. for you to advance your career and opportunities following your service term. The education award is a great benefit as well if you are looking to pay off loans or advance your degree!

    Cons

    There are A LOT of politics, as this is a federally funded program. It can sometimes be very frustrating, but you just have to look past the negative. The pay is very low and is not updated to the actual cost of living across the country, however, you can make it work and really it provides a great budgeting and learning experience if you are looking to get involved with poverty in your career.

  6. Michigan Foreclosure Task Force

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmeriCorps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Learning experience, Great connections, Felt like I actually helped and made a difference in peoples lives. Nice dividends for school after the fact for my masters degree

    Cons

    The stipend is very low 12100 per year when I was in hard to live with and it is taxed which reduces the amount you take home. They say you can get state benefits while on it but that is conditional and if you are on any kind of social security program it impacts that. . The award for school is great but it is taxed which means that you end up only really getting about 3/4 of what they promised by the time you are done paying taxes on it.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the way the stipend impacts the government programs and if it is going to be so low make it tax exempt. The same goes for the education award.

  7. Opportunity Corps Member

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Financial Literacy Specialist in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Contractor - Financial Literacy Specialist in Buffalo, NY (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    State and National programs have higher stipends than Vista and allow for high levels of one-on-one client interaction

    Cons

    Do the math- working full-time means you are making about half of minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    AmeriCorps stipends and education awards should be tax-exempt.

  8. Very worth while if you're OK with making no money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps* Vista in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps* Vista in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great connections and Professional Development

    Cons

    You get paid about $1200 annually

  9. Housing Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Housing Counselor in Greensboro, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Housing Counselor in Greensboro, NC (US)

    I have been working at AmeriCorps part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great volunteer experience and connections to agencies. Great for someone looking for a permanent position in the non-profit sector.

    Cons

    Too demanding for too little pay!

    Advice to Management

    Make the requirements less demanding. Especially for student workers.

  10. Great Experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Madison, WI (US)
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Madison, WI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Eye-opening opportunities, great way to get involved in the community

    Cons

    Low living stipend, can be tough emotionally

  11. Wages

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, I feel like I am really helping my community and am learning a lot to be able to later pursue a career in the nonprofit sector

    Cons

    The wages are not based on income or the minimum wage set by each state, therefore I am currently working for below minimum wage in my state struggling to make ends meet. In addition, I do not think it is fair after receiving so little to then have to be taxed on our education award

    Advice to Management

    Change the wage based on state and cost of living, and do not tax the education award.

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