New York Public Interest Research Group

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Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Canvasser

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Smithtown, NY
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Smithtown, NY
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great if you are self motivated and okay with talking to random people at their doors. Oppurtunity to make alot more than at other jobs since pay is based fully off of commission. The people you work with are alot of fun.

    Cons

    Long Hours Inconsistant pay Upper management is not great


  2. Great place to make a difference!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, strong work ethic, really making a difference

    Cons

    Too much last-minute planning. Poor salary.

    Advice to Management

    Plan better. Stick to deadlines.


  3. Canvass Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They must have a good social media person to write all of these fake reviews out of the same office on the same day.

    Cons

    As a director you work 12- 14 hours a day, with the evenings only being what you can bring in on the field. You are forced to host alcohol-laden "Party Nights" to help make your canvassers forget that they make far below minimum wage by being paid on when they can get a donation. And good luck getting all of the money that you are owed.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to make fake postings to hide how awful this job is.


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  5. It is good for college internship. If you can work on what you are passionated, it will be great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can attend seminar and events where you have an opportunity to meet other students and professionals.

    Cons

    They do not have many budget and cannot do any money donation at school for any projects (We were planning to have 5 cents donation for school meal program). So, some there are limited options.

    Advice to Management

    It is also depends on your project coordinator. My coordinator was not well organized and all interns had a difficult time. So, make sure he/she is organized and you can work on for your projects.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Summer Door to Door Campaigner

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really fun work environment with friendly staff and cool coworkers. Staff really cares about the issues, they do their best to inspire and motivate their teams.

    Cons

    Very long hours, days can go on until 10pm. Pay is based completely off of commission so if you have a bad day tough luck. High turnover among employees due to this.

    Advice to Management

    Have employees attend mandatory training/practice, reduce turnover of employees. Also come late August end the day earlier because people don't like being bothered at home when it is pitch black out and getting the cops called on you is no fun.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Interest Group to Intern For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Project Coordinators were fantastic leaders

    Cons

    None-it was a phenomenal internship


  8. Grassroots is activism, but rewarding

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    Former Employee - Summer Canvasser in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Canvasser in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growth in interpersonal skills, research into various environmental and political issues, they do excellent policy work

    Cons

    Pay is commission. Need to hustle to get earn your keep.

    Advice to Management

    Base pay!


  9. not the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working for NYPIRG is the experience you gain. Few other orgs will give recent grads so much autonomy and responsibility.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible and the hours can be very long. The leadership is borderline criminal.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Best training, people of any canvassing org - made more $ too.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've done canvassing for many years now, and last summer I worked for NYPIRG to ban fracking in NY state. I feel like other fundraising environmental groups are either "middle-men" for political parties and out-of-state groups or just don't have the track record and experience of NYPIRG. They've been doing this in NY for 40 years - and the info they share with canvassers is so much better than any other group I've seen. Also - the field managers and canvass directors are totally reasonable - willing to work with you one-on-one, give really useful advice. I'm definitely coming back next summer - good people and the money is solid.

    Cons

    Office is a bit scruffy - but it's a non-profit with a lot of younger, fun people around - so not too much of a big deal.


  11. Helpful (5)

    A really great place to get paid to learn the basics of activism and empowerment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is an organization that works in training the next generation of student leaders. NYPIRG is a good organization to learn about student activism as they have a long standing history of fighting for student, consumer, and environmental rights and winning. They are a dedicated group who fight tirelessly to effect change with real, boots on the ground campaigns. It is hard work, but anyone who considers themselves an activist should be prepared to work hard for what they believe in.

    Cons

    Transparency and feedback could be more highly valued in the organization. Having worked there for more than a year, I sometimes felt that I didn't know what was going on or why decisions that were coming from the top were being made. This can be frustrating at times, but everyone is a good person and so I always trusted in their leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Consider soliciting feedback from your employees and adapting to it. Not only do you have a group of intelligent and dedicated people working for you who have great ideas to improve NYPIRG, but they are closer to the day-to-day operations and can feedback important ideas you may not be as aware of.



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