Public Outreach Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Friendly work environment, an opportunity to work for some amazing causes and organizations, flexible schedule, strong workplace culture, fun times (in 4 reviews)

  • Casual work environment, good if you can get along with the people there, but they are all more or less welcoming (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • After a long presentation about the charity's background, they put a lot of pressure and emphasis on quotas and meeting number requirements (in 3 reviews)

  • Keep in mind that these individuals who were fired had essentially zero training, so their failure was almost inevitable (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Your able to reach out to those who were looking for a way to help.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Canvasser
    Current Employee - Canvasser
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you apply yourself, they recognize your hard work. They keep you informed and educated. The employee meetings and socials are fun. They give incentives and buy you coffee every morning. Insurance. Team/Family working together. For every ten angry people wishing you were not on the street, there is one person who says, "I am so happy your out here. I was looking for a way to help." That one in ten makes the job worth it.

    Cons

    I would prefer not to have to work in the rain. I love my job until it rains. Job advancements for a canvasser do not get much further than supervisor and it easy to feel burnt out from canvassing. Some days I wish for a job with a seat but public outreach pays decent for not using a seat.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice for some of the street canvasser to be able to switch to phone follow ups once in a while.


  2. Great!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, an opportunity to work for some amazing causes and organizations, flexible schedule, strong workplace culture, fun times

    Cons

    not as much skill sharing between departments as could be useful for many employees, more competitive wages for similar work

    Advice to Management

    strong leaders are created here but they also need training, more opportunities for managers to access training programs that would suit their departments


  3. Excellent Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    travel opportunities. I have traveled with Public Outreach and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. growth opportunities. I have grown from being a fundraiser, to running a national program. Flexibility. My managers have been great with my schedule as I work part time and go to school part time. It is a great work environment fill of character and most coworkers and managers become friends. It is meaningful work and not only your manager reminds you that your making an impact but the charities do too. One hospital we fundraised with gave me a tour and I got to meet a kid that had just had a heart transplant in the new ward we helped fund.

    Cons

    dealing with changing weather conditions can be tough a lot of people ignore you or say no to making a difference, this can get discouraging so you need to find ways of staying motivated


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  5. Helpful (1)

    I love this job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader - National Recruitment in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Team Leader - National Recruitment in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Challenging job that leaves you feeling great at the end of the day Amazing people to work with and work for Really encouraging team environment Fantastic Growth Opportunities - I'm now managing a national recruitment department at 27 years old, I would not have this chance anywhere else Really competitive pay and lots of opportunities for raises based on performance/tenure Lots of emphasis on work-life balance, very understanding regrading time off, etc...

    Cons

    Can be a little bit taxing dealing with rude people who don't care about charity Working in the cold gets a bit dreary after a while Pay is good, but it would be tough to raise a family on it

    Advice to Management

    Set up more skill sharing between departments. We need a way for all this fantastic knowledge to be continuously disseminated to all interested staff. Pay a little bit more so people will stick around longer. Many view this job as a stepping stone to other work because of the rate of pay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work if you Love Charity!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -room to grow with the company (I was moved into a new role within 3 months of employment) -great culture (very friendly and supportive staff in all departments and offices) -representing influential charities and learning more about them -meeting new people while fundraising -working outside, especially in the summer -fun activities for staff (sports, movies, etc)

    Cons

    -working in the heat sometimes


  7. Helpful (1)

    Public Outreach has a collegial culture, flexible working hours, good staff development processes. Like a university!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ~~~ in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - ~~~ in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Outreach full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Astonishingly supportive company with a great culture of allowing innovation by employees. Many leadership opportunities. Benefits plan after relatively short wait. Travel opportunities. Bursaries.

    Cons

    Public Outreach does not pay high salaries, and their termination process needs fixing. Can be hard for some to maintain the required level of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  8. Challenging, in the best possible way

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (Less than a 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic work culture

    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    open minded people casual environment young coworkers flexible hours lots of room for promotion

    Cons

    performance-based pressure to hit goals need thick skin


  10. Helpful (1)

    Best, most rewarding job I've ever had!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coach/Supervisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Coach/Supervisor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Ethically responsible on all levels - GREAT team culture - Great appreciation of employees - Great benefits package (after 6 mos) - Thorough training and ongoing support - Hourly wage with rapid increase

    Cons

    Performance-based job (however, I believe commission is unethical for charity fundraising)


  11. Great Job Opportunity!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraising Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Fundraising Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Public Outreach full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at Public Outreach has been a great experience for me. It challenges you to grow and develop skills that are highly valuable for future workplaces. I've learned a lot about talking with people confidently, sharing my passions, and developing the skills of people the work alongside me. Public Outreach is an energetic working environment that gives you a platform on which to be a part of much needed change both locally and globally.

    Cons

    Because Public Outreach focuses on raising funds for charities, its important that we keep our response high. This means that there is pressure on canvassers to turn their conversations into charitable contributions. For me, this is fun and rewarding, however it's understandable that this is not a job that suits everyone's personalities.

    Advice to Management

    I've seen a lot of positive changes being made by upper management that gives more opportunities and better benefits for staff, in the past few years. My advice would be keep that up!



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