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  1. The best job I've had.

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO

    I worked at RAAP full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic people working together for a great cause.

    Cons

    I like being outside, so there were no cons for me.


  2. Helpful (1)

    RAAP is now The Blue Bench, different name, same problems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The cause is an excellent one. There are a few of who believe this passionately.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, high burnout, lack of employee support, generally disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Get organized! You could be so much more effective if you had an executive management team with more organizational skills. Value the employees you have. Eventually, you won't be able to hire quality people because of your awful reputation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Use and throw-out canvassers

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    Current Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Able to choose your own days.
    Ability to call out same day if needed.
    Outside most of the day and plenty of exercise.
    Self-paced.
    Occasional meetings with other non-profits to build more of a community and learn about other causes.
    OK money if you can handle it.

    Cons

    Management doesn't utilize great employees. Despite what they tell you to begin with, there is not much room to move up or even do internships/volunteering with other aspects of the organization. They basically use up employees until they burn out, and then fire them or say it was "their choice to leave", instead of promoting or hiring from within.
    Not a lot of appreciation. Canvassers would get pulled in for "talks" every time one night was below the goal, even though the goals were averaged over the week and these canvassers would still reach weekly goals. They put too much pressure on the employees to always always always raise more, even though there are many factors outside of a canvasser's control, and didn't give much in recognition for hard work or raising lots of money. Some canvassers that were held up for raising extremely high amounts of money were later found out to be defrauding the organization.
    "Keep it positive" mantra. Obviously, there are encounters with many cruel people whilst doing door-to-door fundraising, but canvassers were not allowed to talk about anything bad that happened on their nights. We had to just pretend that everything was positive, leading to many burnouts from not being able to vent or get support from each other.
    Some backstabbing coworkers who were more concerned about their image rather than making RAAP a more effective and hospitable place to work.
    Canvassers are sent out in unsafe conditions.
    Management was not open to suggestions on how to make the organization better.

    Advice to Management

    Don't burn out employees that really care about the cause and do well in their job. Show them appreciation, give them a place to express their concerns and stress, and allow them to become more involved with the organization (even just via unpaid internships) so they can gain good work experience and see first-hand where the hard-won funds they're raising are going. Treating your employees the way they were when I was employed ended up making the organization lose a lot of very valuable people. (Unfortunately this was all brought up to the organization before but was ignored).


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  5. Don't believe the hype, the numbers matter the most

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Excellent cause, supportive staff members, attempts to be emotionally supportive of canvassers, clear explanation of hours required, interesting co-workers, but

    Cons

    despite what encouraging, heartening stuff your co-workers and instructors tell you during training, the bottom line IS the most important. DON'T expect to be cut slack if your numbers aren't up to standard.
    Also a poor place to work if you're sensitive to cigarette smoke, as almost everyone there does smoke.

    Advice to Management

    Give honest feedback all along, instead of a 180 late in training. Get an organization chart so people know who is likeliest to have the correct information. Get your story straight on who does what.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Mixed, some very talented staff, incompetent executive management, important advocacy work

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    Former Employee - Community Outreach in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Community Outreach in Denver, CO

    I worked at RAAP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    An importantand vital cause
    Colleagues passionate about the work
    Grassroots feel
    Excellent canvassing director

    Cons

    High turnover
    Unstable top tier management
    Low pay for canvassers

    Advice to Management

    Be passionate about the cause and value and invest in your staff, they have a lot of talent and insight


  7. Helpful (1)

    Staff was committed and great, unfortunately upper management was not intelligent, strategic, or thoughtful.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at RAAP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The clients and the mission are the reasons to work here. It has the potential to be a very powerful agency.

    Cons

    The management ran completely against the mission. Bullying, arrogance, ineptitude were all the norm from the Executive Directors and some program directors.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to value your employees, admit when you are wrong, and please, take time to understand the mission and how that impacts the people who work for you.



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