Public Outreach

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Challenging, in the best possible way

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (less than an year)

Pros

- you spend your days outside
- you walk & lead an active lifestyle
- you get to work with incredible people
- it is a challenge - much better than flipping burgers (intellectually stimulating)
- easy to advance
- This job gave me the confidence that I was lacking in myself, it really helped me discover who I am and what I want out of life.

Cons

- Late hours
- fundraising alone in the dark can be dangerous

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    The golden handcuffs

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Public Outreach full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is full of young idealists who are willing to stand for hours on the street and beg for donations for charity. The atmosphere is very young, and it can be fun place to work.

    Cons

    The company may go around saying they are an ethical business working for the none-profit charities, but the reality is they are a full profit third party fundraising company. They make their money from charities and none profits and they leave their staff with really low wages, making the argument that it's a symptom of the industry they have dedicated themselves to,

    The truth is that it's all a lie. PO generate obscene amounts of money from their clients at the expense of the canvassers. Their very high and continuously rising targets are no different from the quotas a used car salesman has to meet. The quotas forces the canvassers to guilt people into committing to monthly donations that most likely they are no able to afford.

    I no longer worker for PO, I moved on to work in fundraising and donor relations for NGOs and charities themselves, and I can tell you, third party fundraisers are the worst thing about this industry. Charity and giving donations should be an act of kindness and empathy not a high pressure sale situation that would leave the person feel like they have just been mugged. In fact, when I was canvassing at PO one of the terms I often use to hear was "Chugging" which stands for "Charity Mugging".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PO needs to rethink it's operation. Insanely high quotas and pressure leads to bad fundraising. The company should move from face to face fundraising to face to face community engagement. Also the canvassers who are the reason the company makes money should be better taken care of. Offering $13 an hour for a full-time employee without benefits in a city like Vancouver is really taking advantage of the youth and naivete of your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    If you can survive the guilt, and targets

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    Former Employee - Professional Fundraiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Fundraiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Public Outreach full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, good if you can get along with the people there, but they are all more or less welcoming. Younger demographic, mostly liberal arts students who don't have many other choices for a decent jobs. Its flipping burgers or this, but only if you can survive and sell.

    Cons

    You are essentially selling child sponsorships.
    Half the things you are taught about the charities aren't necessarily true, and you will have to live with the guilt of guilt tripping honest people into surrendering their credit cards to sponsor a child.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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