Fund for the Public Interest

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Pros
  • Lots of responsibility right off the bat (in 8 reviews)

  • Supporting good causes, networking opportunities (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Door-to-door is not for everyone, so you'll see many people leave the office (in 7 reviews)

  • Very long hours make other life difficult or impossible (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Fund for the public interest

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    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are good at what you do, and be very persistent, it is a good summer job. You can earn about 1500 per month after tax

    Cons

    Working hours are really bad, from 12:30 to around 10:00pm at night

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on top of the hiring process to make sure that people who come in are good people. And give some people a chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. For those who want to get corporate with their non-profit

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest

    Pros

    There were some very nice people and generally speaking the causes are good. Also good pay if you can canvas well

    Cons

    Not very good training or support. They expect you to stick to the script. They also push the quota hard. Offices can be disorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make the quote the end all be all. Give newbies good turf. Give some actual sales training instead of just the script.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. These jabronis prey on the naiveté and enthusiasm of young, wide-eyed idealists. They use you until you're used up.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The canvassing world is filled with misfits and weirdos, so chances are good that you'll like some of your coworkers.

    Cons

    Where do I start? These people talk big talk about being progressive, but they're hyper-capitalists and they burn out good folks who might have otherwise been effective activists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Y'all should pay people better, treat people better, and stop approaching every situation with a "what's in it for me?" mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Can be easy, can be impossibly hard, very unstable, thankless management.

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    Former Employee - Political Canvasser in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Political Canvasser in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were great. They hire some very friendly and well intentioned people. If you like talking to people, this is a good job for you. Also a very good job if you're progressive and very attached to the environment. It's definitely an opportunity to be involved at a young age.

    Cons

    Absolutely ruthless. The quotas are rock solid. If you don't fulfill the quotas once, you're gone. Not to mention that your managers choose your areas. The managers will send you to poverty stricken areas sometimes, and expect the same quotas as in high income neighborhoods. Also, you're completely at the mercy of donators. Being assigned low income or politically ignorant neighborhoods and a deserting and anxiety producing feeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up. I saw a lot of great employees cut in a month time span. People who raked in money for this company more often than, only to be let go for a bad 3 day span. I understand that they need to go with their best chance at getting more donations, but the quotas seem more cutthroat for the sake of being cutthroat than trying to maximize donations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Hard but fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest

    Pros

    Great people, great cause, fun activities

    Cons

    Really hard work and if you don't meet quota regularly you lose your job

  7. Amazing leadership experience, not a good long-term career

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing leadership experience directing an office of 10-30 people (depending on location and city)
    Meet amazing, idealistic people
    Feel like you're making a difference in the issues that you care about

    Cons

    70-80 hours of work 6 days a week
    Paid lower than minimum wage because of your salary
    Constantly have to fire people, you feel like you're using human beings as if they were only fundraising robots
    You definitely burn yourself out
    Hard to maintain friendships and relationships outside of the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job trying to treat the human beings that are on your staff in a way that actually adheres to the idealistic vision you have for the world. Don't treat people like disposable trash.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great experience on important progressive issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest

    Pros

    take on a lot of responsibility, manage staff first year out of college, work with amazing people

    Cons

    low pay, it is high turnover: you have to fire a lot of people and a lot of staff quit or get fired,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If we worked less than 60 hours/wk (staff not canvassers) we would be more productive, healthier and happier which would make the organization more sustainable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. GREAT Place!

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    Current Employee - Field Manager in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Field Manager in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great saff to work with.
    -Always having fun.
    -health care
    -mileage is payed for when your working ( As Flied manager)
    -I never have had a problem with my pay check came every 2 weeks like it should.

    Cons

    -yes you may work till 9:30-10pm what job now a days doesn't. You start at 12am every day and leave the office at 3 to canvas
    -yes rain or snow you work still for a good cause !!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    challenging opportunity to learn and have an impact

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is a huge emphasis on continued professional development. They break down all the skills of making a pitch and teach them individually so that those with a solid foundation are able to master them. They also work to create a community in the office so you can create a lot of friends in you office.

    Cons

    It is a commision based sales position. That can be challenging especially when there is a minimum quota. If you don't believe sales is your thing then this will be a challenging position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. This will either be the best job you've ever had, or the worst - depending on how you approach it.

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    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest

    Pros

    Meet amazing people who will become life-long friends, long after you're through working there.
    Gain insight into political issues and campaigns.
    Gain valuable leadership experience, especially if you are young and don't have a lot of work experience.
    You can transfer to just about any place in the country and have a job.
    Show up to work at 2pm (if not a director) wearing the same clothes you wore yesterday and nobody cares.
    Always challenging, never boring.
    Work outdoors and get a lot of exercise.
    I worked at the Fund for 3 years as a door-to-door canvasser and field manager. The best part of the job was the people that I met, who are incredibly passionate and inspiring individuals. Also, talking with members and supporters who are equally as passionate and inspiring. There is a culture of camaraderie and friendship like no other job I've ever had.

    Cons

    This will either be the worst job you've ever had or the best, depending on who you are and how you approach it (and life in general). If you are someone who is cynical, critical, skeptical, and/or pessimistic, or if you are shy, introverted, sensitive or anti-social, this is NOT the job for you. You will be held to a high standard of performance that is unlike any other job. If you are thinking about becoming a Director, you will be paid a ridiculously low salary for the amount of work you will be expected to do and the responsibility that you will have (but it does look great on a resume). You will also have an opportunity to learn what being a leader is really all about. People will look up to you, admire you, and respect you, not because of your title, but because of how you handle the pressure and inspire others. You will be expected to work and perform in all sorts of environments and conditions, including freezing cold, pouring rain, blistering heat, and perfectly lovely days when you'd much rather be at the beach or hiking in the woods. Going door-to-door to raise money means that sometimes people will be mean to you, slam the door in your face, insult you, ignore you, disrespect you, and dismiss you like a walking pop-up ad on their doorstep. The only saving grace is getting to verbally trash them after work with your coworkers at the bar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give new canvassers more training about the issues before sending them out with a clipboard and expecting them to perform as well as vets. Don't capitalize on the fact that most new canvassers are eager, young, and inexperienced in the work force. Pay them a wage that reflects their importance to you and the issues you work for. They deserve it, and it's the right thing to do. Be a little more flexible with quota standards, especially with new people. The best thing management does at the Fund is encourage a strong culture of social bonding (aka Pizza Night). Had it not been for that, I would not have stayed as long as I did. Also, get rid of bad Directors. The Fund will fire a canvasser in a second but will allow an awful director to remain on staff for months or years. Nobody wants to work for a boss that is egotistical and drunk on power and authority, among other things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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