Grassroots Campaigns

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Helpful (1)

A worthwhile experience.

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Former Employee - Assistant Director in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Assistant Director in Boston, MA

I worked at Grassroots Campaigns

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

GCI really helped me gain the experience needed to progress as an organizer, activist, and young adult. As an Assitant Director at GCI I was able to learn (in-depth) how to run an office, manage a large group of staff, and organize in a realistic way to make an impact on the issues I care about.

Cons

The salary can prove to be challenging at first. Because of the compensation, there are things that one has to give up in order to remain in the green with day-to day expenses. However, the student loan assistance and healthcare coverage that GCI offers makes up for the below-national-average salary.

Advice to Management

The central staff at GCI are very competent individuals that were all at the director level at come point int he organizing career, so they really know how to run a canvass are are open to feedback and new ideas as long as they are well thought out and presented properly.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    They energize you, use you and throw you away.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Grassroots Campaigns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, the staff is friendly and the causes you canvass for some of the best, most efficient non-profits in the country.

    Cons

    Well, as an assistant director a lot is demanded from you. You are expected to meet high quotas for new staff, high fundraising amounts, all while micromanaging your own office, making sure your office is in accordance with state laws, making sure your staff is paid, making sure your deposits are accurate......It is expected that you work 80-100 hours a week, they encourage you to work 7 days a week, forgo the benefits (oh its simply too expensive, plus, you're covered by your dad, right?) There are no perks. They expect you to hire dozens of people every day, knowing that the average staff member sticks around for 1 week. You aren't encouraged to keep your staff, rather train new members, use what you can out of them, and fire them.
    If you, as an assistant director don't meet YOUR fundraising quota, you will also be fired.
    You're expected to stand out in front of shopping centers and ask for money/memberships.
    If management/the police come to ask you to move/leave you are expected to state "it is my right to be here, it is free speech" when actually it's not, there is nothing in the first amendment that protects the act of asking for money, outside of a safeway.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize completely, work on staff retention, work on keeping middle management, run more like a corporation....you might actually make more money.

  2. Fast Paced, Good on resume, get to see politics in action

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    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Grassroots Campaigns

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for the company lets you see the ins and outs of American politics, both the positive and negative aspects of it all. Also it is fast paced and it looks nice on your resume.

    Cons

    the whole experience ironically made me sick of American politics. The employees there will do "what it takes" to get the candidate into office, even if that means "bending the rules". There is also lots of bureaucracy and little room for people who wish for a career in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers, even if they are volunteers who you hired just for cheap labour. Also streamline the inner workings so it is more efficient, with clear transparency instead of "smoke and mirrors", fooling the people.

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