Public Outreach Reviews

Updated September 3, 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. Not the same as it used to be...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of Autonomy - Rapid Advancement Opportunities - Robust Social Network - Working Outdoors in the Summer - Positive Team Culture

    Cons

    - Tyrannical Upper Management - Unethical Business Practices - Misleading Pay Structure - Inconsistent Management of Staff - Cultish


  2. Great Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Public Outreach part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -The Supervisors are very supportive -Friendly wok environment (not competitive) -Gain many useful skills -Not commission based

    Cons

    -The job can be difficult -There will be personal pressure to meet the quota - depends on potential donors response to you - If you aren't good at sales, or passionate about charities this isnt the job for you

    Advice to Management

    Keep being supportive to your employees


  3. challenging but not equally rewarding

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    Former Employee - Fundraising Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Fundraising Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Outreach (Less than a year)

    Pros

    improve your sales skills in a short period time.

    Cons

    majority of people don't last through training week, fundraising on the street is hard work.

    Advice to Management

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  5. Coach

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    Former Employee - Coach in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Coach in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work life balance more than any other job I've had -Managers take the time to do weekly or bi-weekly meetings with individuals to see what they think about the company, the job, or personal life -Pay is the best for entry level work

    Cons

    -Will eventually get burned out from talking such important world issues with strangers

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, don't change!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company, great causes

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    Former Employee - Ethical Fundraiser in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Ethical Fundraiser in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Outreach full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome work atmosphere, supportive managers, hourly rate (not commission) which takes stress off of fluctuating weekly paychecks

    Cons

    You must hit targets consistently to keep your job. It can be draining by the end of the week, both physically and emotionally, but just have fun and life will be good!

    Advice to Management

    Be more liberal with performance bonuses. Hardly any were given out during my time at PO.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Enjoy working with cult style management while being verbally abused by strangers, then this is the place for you!

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    Former Employee - Fundraiser
    Former Employee - Fundraiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Public Outreach full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kind of flexible, they will give you days off when you need them but they expect sacrifices in return, like working two weeks in a row with no days off You talk to some interesting people while you are working You aren't sitting behind a desk all day

    Cons

    You will hate all charities after working here Leadership is cult like, they really emphasize that Public Outreach is a CAUSE, and you are making the world a better place, and this is the BEST job you will have because of how flexible they are , and that they CARE about you (even when they threaten to let you go because your fundraising goals are not being met, even though the company is not a charity and is run FOR PROFIT You will get definitely get verbally assaulted and likely physically assaulted while doing this job It is shift work and locations change all the time, some days will you work 20 minutes away from your house and be off at 5, other days you will work 90 minutes away from your house and be done at 9pm Shifts are not regular or guaranteed, supposed to be full time but ended up only working 2 shifts a week fairly often which makes it hard to pay rent, especially when you are only earning 14$ an hour Management is disorganized an apathetic, voiced concerns often shifts, content of pitches and safety, they were all brushed away Because of fundraising targets saw coworkers sign up mentally handicapped people and homeless people more than once You are encouraged to always push people to donate more, even if it seems like more than they can afford because "they will find a way in their budget to make it work"

    Advice to Management

    Stop signing up people that can't afford it Stop pushing people to donate more than they can Listen to your employees when they voice a concern


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic no strings attached summer job. Terrible place for a career.

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    Former Employee - Team Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Team Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, they hire people from many backgrounds, benefits and flexibility. If you there for a summer job and need some cash, this job is perfect but if you have come to PO for a career, enter at your own risk.

    Cons

    The company mission statement is Honest, Effective and Respectful and sadly that is not the case. The company is poorly run and morally bankrupt. Complete lack of transparency in management decisions, little follow through on promises, spying, manipulations, bullying and discrimination by middle management on a frequent basis.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your values.


  9. Flexible, Challenging, Fun and stressful

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great for improving communication skills Awesome co-workers/job culture Pays better than most entry level jobs Opportunities for promotion and travel relatively soon

    Cons

    Very emotionally draining The pressure to consistently meet quotas provides a lot of stress Can feel manipulative

    Advice to Management

    Be as transparent as possible during evaluation Let people opt out of pump up, or briefing exercises


  10. Great culture and fun environment.

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

    Pros

    Working for great cause and charities Friendly staff and fun culture Room for advancement Lots of opportunities to learn Great benifits

    Cons

    Under supported managers Performance based Working outdoors in all weather


  11. Helpful (1)

    Essentially a sales job. Not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Canvasser
    Current Employee - Canvasser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Likeable office culture Pretty good pay for entry level job with no experience

    Cons

    Misleading. Basically your job here is doing sales job. This is one of the most cut-throat industry in terms of turnovers and saying that this job is not for everyone is really putting it mildly. Basically you need to sign up one donor per day (and keep in mind that the donor have to sign MONTHLY and give out their credit card information) whether you're assigned to door-to-door or street team. You get one week of evaluation period in which you get paid minimum wage and then if you reach your quota everyday you'll get promoted to whatever the hourly wage they advertised. I did the job while i was looking for other jobs, managed to meet the quota but it is really hard and it took a lot out of me, and i had previous sales experience too. Really test out your character and i have to give credit to those who can stay long in this business (this is a business alright dont fool yourself by thinking that they focus on making the world a better place: that's just a front).



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