CALPIRG Reviews

Updated Oct 3, 2020

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CALPIRG State Director Emily Rusch (no image)
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7 Ratings
  1. "A great place to make a difference"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CALPIRG part-time

    Pros

    Builds a variety of skills; flexible with class schedules

    Cons

    Unpaid internship (but can get course credit if sponsored by a professor)

  2. "Don’t work here"

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Canvasser 

    I have been working at CALPIRG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay is decent, 17.25

    Cons

    Terrible work culture, incredibly high turnover rate, anti union


  3. "shady organization style"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CALPIRG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly coworkers who are enthusiastic about the environment

    Cons

    the organization style is not transparent

  4. "Definitely a learning experience esp. for college students"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Canvasser 

    I worked at CALPIRG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great opportunity to learn people/speaking skills - Fairly easy to advance from canvasser to field manager or director - Teaches you how to be persistent after so many rejections

    Cons

    - Low pay, no benefits - Some people are extremely rude to canvassers - Emotionally exhausting to seem cheerful to strangers all the time - Having to work outside in the heat/cold/rain/dark often alone

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  5. "Exploitative but good in a pinch"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CALPIRG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, rarely boring

    Cons

    Hard to make the quota, life depends on manager

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  6. "Student Canvasser working full time"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CALPIRG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot about face to face and communication skills because the job forces you to go to strangers homes and talk to them. Met a lot of different people and puts you out of your comfort zone by dealing with some hostile people and negative responses.

    Cons

    Quota system, you get let go if you fail to meet 2 weeks in a row. Definitely tough for people who are a bit more introverted.

  7. "UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG Intern Review"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    AVID Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CALPIRG for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with CALPIRG provides plenty of hands on communication experience, as well as many chances to improve organization and teamwork skills. The staff is also very friendly and energetic which make them great to work with. Finally, many of the campaigns that CALPIRG organizes are very successful, which provides comfort knowing that the work you put in is actually making a difference.

    Cons

    While working on many of the different campaigns, you will encounter a fair amount of rejection, whether it be from people who do not want to sign your petition or people who will completely ignore you etc. This part of the work can be quite daunting, however, if you can find a way to get past that, your work can still be rewarding. Also, this is an unpaid internship.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Gained amazing experience, organizers were over zealous (2010)"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Pledge Captain in Fullerton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CALPIRG for less than a year

    Pros

    I got great experiences to put on my resume. As soon as I showed my competency I was put in charge of everything and anything needed. I went from being recruited to recruiting, training and supervising new interns in a matter of weeks, planning and organizing events, being the spokesperson for our campaign to newspapers, radio, and television, and generally being the organizers right hand (wo)man. These are experiences that just don't happen in a paid position without months or years of work leading up to it.

    Cons

    The organizers were over zealous and at the end of the campaign I felt taken advantage of. We were running a campaign on a college campus and they would obviously judge volunteers and interns who chose not to volunteer every waking second of their lives. I literally heard a volunteer say they had to cancel their shift because they had a big paper they had to write for class and the organizer responded with the words, "Well, if that's where your priorities are." Those words on their own are benign enough, yet they were said in a way that obviously judged the student for not choosing to volunteer. At the time I devoted myself completely because I thought the cause was just that important, that we were helping to save the world. Afterwords I wondered why I had let my life get so consumed.

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  9. "Broke and disappointed"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CALPIRG full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning and travel opportunity. You will learn public speaking, writing, storytelling, people skills, outreach and canvassing skills, and become a better activist.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. They systematically lie to employees saying salary is ~33k (that is with your "bonus" that none of us ever received ). Salary is actually 22k, which is unlivable on in California. Expect to work 60 hours minimum per week, and only get Sundays off. In the summer they will force you to manage a canvass office working even more hours with more stress, away from home. They would be sued except they coerce employees into signing an arbitration agreement upon employment (you don't actually legally have to sign it, they just make you think you do.) Expect 30% or more of the job to be fundraising students for the campus PIRG.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Campus Organizer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CALPIRG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great, temporary, launching pad if you want to get into grassroots organizing.

    Cons

    Poor labor practices and terrible pay.

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