The Fund for the Public Interest

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The Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
101 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Overly Demanding but Educational

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    - Your fellow colleagues are very friendly, and you can make some life-long friends.
    - You are working on important political/environmental issues.
    - For a younger person (under 30) the pay and benefits are excellent.
    - You can meet some fascinating people while working (this can also go the opposite).
    - As a Field Manager, you gain a lot of supervising skills, and responsibility that will be useful in any future position.

    Cons

    - Consistently late paychecks.
    - Consistently late reimbursements.
    - Consistent pay-errors.
    - Inexperienced college graduates placed in management positions when it should be senior staff getting promoted.
    - Overly demanding work-hours (some staff at 60+ hours, others at 80+)
    - Due to overly demanding schedule/hours, staff can become stressed and this can demoralize the office.
    - Demoralizing turnover rate.
    - The idea that you must not care about the issues if you don't 'drink the cool-aid' or sacrifice your personal life to the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Lessen the work-load on your Canvass Directors, so they are not as stressed.
    - Give more power to senior staff who have worked in an office for sometimes as long as 3+ years.
    - Start hiring more creative people, and not just people who you are pushovers.
    - Start focusing on social media and the internet more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience for some

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Field Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Fund for the Public Interest part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to be passionate about the work you are doing

    Cons

    People were regularly let go for not making quota

  3.  

    Do Not Work for the Fund, Work for Progress, Grassroots Campaigns, etc (they change their name a lot)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director
    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience for a first job out of college as a director. There are no other pros with this job.

    Cons

    Work environment violates safety (I had complaints from current employees and nearby workers in the building of filthy conditions) This has a lot to do with neglect as result of directors and management trying to raise money and not caring about safety of employees and others.
    Long hours (you work 6 days a week)
    Poor management (high turnover rates shows for it)
    Poor communication ( ask a question to someone in upper mgmt, expect a response in about 2 weeks)
    Very little pay ( not a living wage for this amount of work and it should be illegal for a salaried director to paid so little)
    Management is not upfront about the expectations for the position in fact they purposely deceive you when you ask questions on what expectations are so you can stay and they can make whatever little money you raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management training and don't run the organization like a sweatshop. Employers should have a voice on the job and should not be made to work 6 days a week for poverty wages.
    The organizational model is counterproductive of having progressive goals. Because of this, little to no real political progress will made through partner organizations. If you look at the current status now on some of the issues the partner orgs work on, nothing has changed. It's time for this organization to start thinking critically about the complaints it has been receiving. Also it would be wise to for management to ask: Am I truly fixing any problems? Or am I contributing to our current problems?
    Expect lawsuits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great cause, hypocritical ethics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director

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

    Pros

    Great for students and anyone who enjoys getting out and talking to people about political issues that matter to them.

    Cons

    After taking a director role, the hours change, immensely. You are asked to work 6 days a week, 12-14hrs a day and only get 1 Saturday off/month. You'll take a pay cut to do this because they'll put you on salary and it's a 1 year commitment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough pay at the Director level considering they're the "backbone" of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tough Job, Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    The Fund gives you a ton of responsibility right away. I use the skills I developed here in every cover letter, interview, etc. And the time and stress management practice was great prep for graduate school. And you get to say at the end of the day that you're working on an issue you care about with a passionate team of people. Also, they had the best healthcare insurance package I've seen yet. I didn't have to pay anything extra, and all of my medical visit copay's were $10, including psychotherapy.

    Cons

    Long work hours in a high-stress environment for very little pay. Some people also get pretty frustrated with management because there is little opportunity for sharing feedback and ideas with the higher-up's. You don't get any paid vacation aside from a few holidays until you've been there for a year, but many people don't stay long enough to reap those benefits. It's nearly impossible to have a personal life or family with this job, because the work commitment is so intense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Meager pay, unprofessionalism and harsh working conditions are not enough to have me believe in the cause

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Fund for the Public Interest

    Pros

    Supporting good causes, networking opportunities. Not enough pros to write 20 word minimum

    Cons

    Federal minimum wage
    Will make you canvass in a snowstorm
    Will make you canvass 30 degrees below freezing
    You are sent to towns over an hour away
    Lack of communication and professionalism
    Insane commission requirements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more across the board. Do not send canvassers out in -5 degree weather. Dont blow off your interviews. Provide feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Beware of Fund for the Public Interest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Fund for the Public Interest part-time

    Pros

    They raise money for progressive environmental causes.

    Cons

    The Fund is a high turnover operation that exploits people who need work, and who want to make a difference. The pay is low, the hours are long, there is no management support whatsoever. People are fired the minute they don't make quota, and it can take months before you receive a your check from them. This organization also goes by the name Work for Progress. This organization is hired by some progressive groups to raise money for good causes, but the Fund/Work for Progress is not a progressive organization. Its a place that rips off people who want and need to work. You may need a job, but you don't need this one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ripping off working people. Your group should be a model of what a progressive organization can do, instead of feeding off the ideals of others and leaving them with nothing to show for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Misleading, would not work here again.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Duluth, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Duluth, MN

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

    Pros

    Leadership responsibilities early if star canvasser

    Cons

    I asked during the interview what fundraising expectations were there, employer said it "depends" and gave no further answers. During the job, over 90% of people were let go after week 1 after they missed fundraising targets by a small margin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more upfront about expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Cool people, long hours and only doable if you enjoy canvassing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    You have lots of responsibility
    The Organization is filled with Great People
    Work with a lot of Good Causes
    Colorado is a fun time

    Cons

    60 Hour weeks minimum and up to 80 Hours a week during the summer
    Only a good job if you enjoy canvassing
    You fire a lot of people
    It is easy to burn out with the amount of work you are doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lessen the Hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, little pay, soul-crushing work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    Other employees are friendly. Might be satisfying if you are really really into the cause. Opportunity to interact with lots of people every day.

    Cons

    Brutal hours for low pay means your hourly wage is laughable. Very high turnover is depressing. Canvassing is really emotionally challenging in general. because you get rejected over and over again. With Fund for the Public Interest, it's even worse. Canvassing endlessly for almost no money means that you will not enjoy this job unless you are absolutely fanatical about the cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more guidance to new employees to try to improve employee retention so that employees are not worked as hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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