Fund for the Public Interest FAQ

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February 19, 2019

What is health insurance like at Fund for the Public Interest?

Pros

I loved the people I worked with in the office! I actually met my best friend here. Lots of room to grow in the office and there IS an effort to be encouraging. Role-plays are definitely worth doing. They do give health insurance to SOME full time employees but you have to ask for it repeatedly.

Cons

Oh where to start: The money doesn't go to where you think it does. Mostly to salaries but not yours. You work long hours for very little compensation (the high hourly rates they advertise are because they factor in your supposed commission pay). You are required to work full time in the summer. Limited breaks and required to stand in inclement weather under the guise of "Justice Never Sleeps". Spit on and called slurs by the public. Quotas leading to high turnover (I rarely saw people last a few months). In my last week I suffered several breakdowns due to the lack of responsible management and unreasonable working conditions and was eventually hospitalized; I received a message some time later that my "mental state" was concerning people at the office and that they no longer wanted me in there.

They do give health insurance to SOME full time employees but you have to ask for it repeatedly.

February 19, 2019

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August 6, 2020

Does Fund for the Public Interest give time off to volunteer?

Pros

Pays minimum plus commission Work by yourself most of the day

Cons

Management will not advise you that you have breaks. Canvassing in residential neighborhoods, there aren't any bathrooms you can use generally. Management pushes donations like sales, many of the employees will push donations hard just to get commission. DON'T VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE. They will under compensate you for using your personal vehicle.

DON'T VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE.

August 6, 2020

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November 4, 2018

Does Fund for the Public Interest offer housing assistance?

Pros

not much, some leadership and low level door-to-door fundraising experience, I guess.

Cons

pay is below minimum wage for 60 hour work weeks 6 days a week, mostly canvassing neighborhoods and desperately texting/calling/emailing to try and recruit new hires that quit after a week or so. They are sketchy about job details/benefits, don't tell if you don't raise enough for your weekly quota canvassing that you could potentially lose your job. very repetitive dull grunt work, weird cultish vibes to keep up morale. Not a lot of communication with higher-ups, no one to give future references. Relocated to CA, upon arrival was told my office was actually in Denver for training, delayed start date by almost 2 weeks, showed up my first day and no one in the office knew I was coming or had been hired. Directors would sometimes sleep in the office because they were always in-between housing or couldn't afford accommodations. Make you do roleplays everyday saying the same 5 lines over and over again.

Directors would sometimes sleep in the office because they were always in-between housing or couldn't afford accommodations.

November 4, 2018

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September 21, 2018

How are career development opportunities at Fund for the Public Interest?

Pros

The Fund is a great place for young people or people with little work experience to build a ton of professional skills, like public speaking, fundraising, managerial experience (if you're a field manager), and community organizing. If you view the job as volunteer experience or an internship sort-of-thing, it can be very rewarding. Plus, the office culture is super friendly and inclusive. If you're a great canvasser, like I was, your commission is your best source of income, but its a rarity to find people who are consistently making more than their quotas.

Cons

I would not recommend the position to anyone looking for a long-term career. The pay for salaried employees is absolutely abysmal, not a living wage whatsoever. I briefly worked as a recruiter for the Fund and people laughed in my face when I told them the salary ranges, especially considering that campaign work is 80 hour weeks most of the time. You are essentially not allowed to take vacation and the benefits are pretty pathetic. Very quick burnout rates.

I would not recommend the position to anyone looking for a long-term career.

September 21, 2018

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November 15, 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Fund for the Public Interest?

Pros

- Leadership Opportunity - Political Activism - Commission - Team Collaboration - Goal Setting - Sales Experience - Public Speaking Experience

Cons

- The performance quotas are rigorous and may result in termination. However, if you perform consistently or excel, there is ample room for advancement

However, if you perform consistently or excel, there is ample room for advancement

November 15, 2019

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