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Sweat shop masquerading as a progressive company

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

I have been working at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Full time hours Ability to help out charities and political campaigns

Cons

Extremely low pay. Pay starts at 8 dollars an hour. Even employees who have worked there for decades only make 14 dollars an hour. A truly progressive company, that raises money for the Democratic Party, should pay a living wage. Shameful. Sweat shop-like work environment. The list of rules would fill a phone book. Most are heavy handed while at the same time being nit picky. The most recent: locking the break room so that water is not accessible except during two breaks and lunch. We are people who talk all day for a living. We need unlimited access to water. Ironically, we raise money for the United Farm Workers which is demanding that its workers get access to water at least once an hour. Constantly written up, warned, and reminded of rules. There is little or no positive reinforcement. This is a sign of poor management.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees. Loosen up on your ridiculous rules. PAY A LIVING WAGE!!

Other Employee Reviews for Gordon and Schwenkmeyer

  1. A good position for some types of people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Fundraiser (Glorified Telemarketer) in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Fundraiser (Glorified Telemarketer) in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time

    Pros

    Working with really laid-back people and being able to raise money for multiple democratic organizations and political candidates. Here at the Sacramento office the supervisors are very committed to the causes and will work with you as long as you put in effort. After training period, you receive 12 an hour.

    Cons

    One needs thick skin to be successful at this organization. You are required to ask every potential donor multiple times for a donation- basically hoping they don't hang-up on you as you get through you spiel. Rinse and repeat this dozens of times an hour, 8 hours a day. One must look past all manner of excuses from "Retired/ No income" to "Take me off the list" and still try to get at least one 'Dollar Ask'- some people have worked there for years and are quite adept at powering through. They also have a huge turn-over rate. If you are under-performing, they ask you to leave early- which for someone who needs a full-time position in undesirable. Someone I worked with made about 3-4 hundred by half-day and was still required to leave an hour and a half early.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with potential employees about the nature of the job- primarily the necessity of "3 dollar asks, every call- every time" and the criteria that allows one to be sent home early- it would save time on behalf of both parties.


  2. I like it here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -They raised starting pay to $12 hr and have achievable bonuses. -The people who work here are good people -The causes we raise money for are definitely good causes from progressive non-profits to progressive candidates and Democratic organizations. -Hours are very flexible you can have a 40-43 he work week or a 20 hour work week it's really up to you. -Idk about the past but the current supervisors seem nice. -Union job, with benefits if you work full time

    Cons

    -It's not easy work and can be repetitive -You have to get past people telling you no all day on the phones and some clients can be very mean -Training probably needs to be a bigger focus

    Advice to Management

    -A focus on increasing morale on tough files is definitely preferable to discipline -Make scripts pop more -Build a better community among the workforce. It seems many are divided among when they came on but there are good people there. Having a better camaraderie on the floor would be great that culture has to come from the top.


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