Instructor (part-time) (Former Employee) – College Station, TX – April 28, 2016
A lot of dissention at the top, throwing people under the bus and making borderline illegal requests of employees. Poorly educated staff in positions that they were not qualified for and a total lack of training. I saw people that were made fun of because they did have educational credentials. Example was starting a phlebotomy class and the instructor was not qualified to teach it and did not know how to draw blood. The campus director always dressed out of GQ and stayed in his office-he was totally incompetent and unable to manage but he looked nice.
there was some really good people who cared about the students
the top brass on campus and at corporate did not care and allowed things to fester
IT Manager (Current Employee) – Madison, CT – July 15, 2015
Vista is a non-profit company that trains young adults with developmental issues to lead independent lives. The company does good work and is run very well. Compensation is poor and no room for advancement.
Leader (Former Employee) – Augusta, GA – February 16, 2013
As a United Way-AmeriCorps VISTA Leader (Volunteer-in-Service-to-America) my duties include but are not limited to Mediation and Conflict Resolution-maintain a congenial atmosphere, serve as a third-party arbitrator to resolve subordinates’ work related conflicts. Leaders set an example of leadership for AmeriCorps VISTA members, ensure positive relations, facilitate idea-sharing, and mediate issues with the community, the project, supervisors, and AmeriCorps VISTA members. Most enjoyable part of the job is creating a paperless H.R. management system using Microsoft Access and Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 and applying analytical and strategic problem solving skills.
community outreach, helping others, is very rewarding.
annual contractual position and the compensation package is not competitive.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Birmingham AL – May 31, 2015
Created and conducted employment workshops for people who were unemployed and transitioning to another career. Partnered with other employment services, employers, and businesses to create job paths. Worked with seniors, formerly incarcerated individual, people in recovery to overcome obstacles to employment. this was an Americorp VISTA position and I was required to live on a poverty stipend while on assignment. My site manager was open to anything reasonable I wanted to try. I learned how to partner with community organizations more effectively help more people.
I did creative work, learned a lot, and was appreciated
typical day of work was to do my job and make sure everyone else was doing there job. Managers were usually fairly lazy and didn't do much work. Co-workers most liked to watch one or two people work so they could look at there phones. The hardest part of the job was going to work everyday. The most enjoyable part of the day was getting to work with a few of the productive employees
Slow to get going but with determination we served the children well.
Community Development Specialist, Americorp (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – September 4, 2015
It was the AmeriCorp Vista Program. It is like the Peace Corps for inside the United States. We organized the Rolling Readers program to improve children's reading levels. We also had a book drive and gave away 100 books.
Liked helping children improve their reading skills.
Diesel Locomotive Remanufacturing Team Leader (Current Employee) – Roanoke, VA – March 15, 2014
Rebuilt diesel locomotive train engines--specifically GE and EMD. Within two years, I became the Engine Shop Team Leader. As the Team Leader, I consistently met Vista’s engine quota each month. In order to meet the monthly quota, I managed inventory, set daily goals for employees. Due to increasing demand, I launched first and second shift, planned, coordinated, and managed each shift’s production. Accepted responsibility for overseeing the locomotive testing and results at third party site. Ability to interpret and maintain documents such as procedure manuals, blueprints, maintenance instructions, schematics and drawings. Significant knowledge of mechanical maintenance. I enjoyed working hard and every challenging task. There was ample overtime available.
Unfortunately, the engine contract was not renewed. The engine shop closed. As a result, I was laid off. I miss Vista. Vista was a good company.
Produce Team Member (Former Employee) – Vista Ridge, TX – January 24, 2013
The management at this Target in particular was sub-par. They were not understanding if a person was sick or was injured. My co-workers in other departments were great but in my produce department they were worthless.
Productive and great position for those looking to gain insight on administrative duties and also helping fellow Americans.
Volunteer In Service To America (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – June 21, 2013
Typically a VISTA associate works for an assigned firm and once placed you work with whoever the hiring manager deems needs more outside help. Essentially learned the guidelines to working in a small-medium office as well as learning about community initiatives. The best part of the job was knowing that I was helping further a noble cause and the intangible rewards that came from this.
Flood Relief Worker (Former Employee) – Des Moines, IA – February 28, 2015
VISTA is now known as Americorps. It is a great organization that allows young people the opportunity to serve their country in a different capacity than the military. Community service is just as admirable and important as military service. I am glad to have served as a VISTA.
NP (Former Employee) – Everett WA – March 23, 2015
Great for experience. If traveling is something you are into, then the Navy is the place for you. You will meet lots of great people and learn lots of great thing that will help you though out your life.
Volunteer In Service To America (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – March 19, 2014
a typical day as a VISTA is on the phone and online trying to get donation to start wonderful programs to help resources low income communities on the poverty levels. My site manager Lucas Cabrera was supper nice, knowledgeable, and thought me so much. The co-workers at VISTA were so nice we always help each other out I really enjoyed working with the other employees at VISTA.
free lunches, nice people, helped lots of communities