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Americans for Prosperity Reviews

Updated January 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Field Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Field Director in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Americans for Prosperity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People! I love that they are passionate about getting good economic policies passed. The benefits are good as well.

    Cons

    The over promise and under deliver on career development and upward mobility. They talk a lot about MBM but very few especially at HQ put it in to practice. Another thing you hear a lot is that it is a challenge culture but in truth if you challenge anything you are shut down quickly and label as having a bad attitude or not being a team player.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the bonus system so that those who are doing the work can actually earn a bonus. Quit talking about challenge and MBM culture until you are willing to actually live by it. HQ needs to be more aware of how their decisions affect the field staff. Also need to improve the spot bonus system.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AFP does good work, but the management seems overwhelmed."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Americans for Prosperity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AFP has the edge in grassroots organizing for now, which makes it a fast-paced, exciting place to work. If you're in the right department or chapter, work can be fun. Lots of new younger staff makes for a very casual workplace.

    Cons

    As is common in DC, entry level staff overworked and underpaid for as long as they can stand it-promotions aren't common and turnover is high. Disconnect is natural between state and national staff, but could stand to be improved. Some favoritism with senior staff means that most will never be promoted- most junior level staff leave rather than see their careers stagnate.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to give more responsibility to talented younger staff, especially in Events and Communications-they're in the trenches and have great ideas for growth. Don't silo knowledge. Put more people on the ground in the states!


  3. "Mid Level Management Needs Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Americans for Prosperity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great mission--although it was scattered at times, good pay for a nonprofit, some travel, executive team is fantastic.

    Cons

    Instead of looking at how to improve themselves and their management styles, the mid level management blames high turnover on employees not being cut out for the job. 50% turnover on our team in a year.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate, clear expectations and projects would have been appreciated. The "challenge" culture doesn't actually exist. Everyone was always afraid of losing their jobs.


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  5. "Work on a real campaign"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Director
    Former Employee - Field Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Americans for Prosperity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is alright. Tech is top-notch

    Cons

    Let's see: The hours are brutal. There aren't any victory bonuses. (I walked doors 6 days a week for 4 months and we secured victories on every single position and I was congratulated with a severance package) They don't train their staff well. If you already have a campaign background, find another campaign. At least it's exciting, and you don't have to deal with corporate bureaucratic nightmares every week. They do NOT care about field staff. They just fired all part-time field workers. Also i360 is an Orwellian nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Or at least start communicating with your staff. Train them. I spent half of my time helping my colleagues.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't stay for too long"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Director
    Former Employee - Field Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Americans for Prosperity full-time

    Pros

    Most of the staff is young, making training and events fun. Field apps are pretty advanced. Company card and tech are nice perks. Pay and benefits are OK. Good place to start in politics but do not be a company slave.

    Cons

    A typical week is 50-60 hours or more for field staff. Culture is lots of buzzwords thrown about but not much substance. Mid-management is totally without passion and very disorganized. HR department is very clique-ish and untrustworthy. You will not get a raise outside a field bonus. This job is data mining and everything else is window dressing. They will burn you out and throw you away.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking at lower-level staff. Train field staff better on volunteer recruitment. Be more honest about the hours worked. Be more grateful and show it!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It sounded like a good idea at the time...then the claws came out."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Americans for Prosperity full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on issues that matter and meet opinion leaders.

    Cons

    Constantly spinning plates to keep secret funders happy, rather than work issues effectively. Catty female directors play political favorites and draw blood. Assistants and interns are shared only with those in the inner circle of political favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to prospective employees regarding organization's non-partisan claim. Don't squash the new people under an avalanche of office politics.



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