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CALPIRG Reviews

Updated May 31, 2019

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Emily Rusch
6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Make a real impact on real issues!"

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    Former Employee - CALPIRG Campus Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - make a real, immediate difference on a variety of important issues (environmental, consumer protection, etc.) - empower students on a regular basis: you get to work with people who care about these issues and give them the skills to be effective and make a real difference - learn a ton of skills quickly - opportunity for advancement - work with a GREAT team (seriously, the people I started working with right...

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    Cons

    - you don't make a million dollars, but you shouldn't go into the non-profit world expecting that from anywhere - the hours can be tough to get used to, so just prepare yourself

    Advice to Management

    - a bit more time in the city/on campus before the quarter starts would to help adjust - more info about how to manage one's benefits-- how to request vacation days, how reimbursement works, etc.

    CALPIRG2014-07-23
  2. "Definitely a learning experience esp. for college students"

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      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

      Advice to Management

      - Allow people who've graduated to work part-time - Pay your canvassers and directors more!! - Adjust canvassing hours to correlate with the daylight -- as a young woman canvassing alone in unfamiliar neighborhoods I felt uncomfortable so many times just doing my job.

      CALPIRG2019-06-01
    • "Exploitative but good in a pinch"

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      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

      Advice to Management

      Not sure how to fix it. Why send out canvassers at all? Hire more carefully to reduce turnover.

      CALPIRG2019-04-30
    • "Student Canvasser working full time"

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      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.

      CALPIRG2019-01-23
    • "UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG Intern Review"

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      Former Employee - 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.

      Advice to Management

      It would be nice if some of the volunteer senior officers were paid for all of their efforts, because they put in a very large amount of work and devote much of their free time while still in school.

      CALPIRG2016-08-23
    • Helpful (1)

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

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      Former Employee - 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...

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      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,...

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      Advice to Management

      Realize that the volunteers and unpaid interns are just that, unpaid. Any work they do is a gift to be grateful for. I am so grateful for the trainings and experiences I got from this process but it always felt like I gave an inch and they expected a mile.

      CALPIRG2016-06-16
    • "Broke and disappointed"

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      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...

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      Advice to Management

      Don't lie about employee salaries or about what the job entails.

      CALPIRG2016-03-31
    • Helpful (1)

      "Campus Organizer"

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      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.

      CALPIRG2015-06-25
    • "Positive Impact"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at CALPIRG full-time

      Pros

      You are working to make a difference in your local community and there is no feeling more rewarding than that.

      Cons

      You spend long hours on your feet, going door to door, walking in the sun.

      Advice to Management

      Aside from having people memorize their scripting, you should have a set training session that teaches each employee the ins and outs of what they are working towards.

      CALPIRG2014-09-23
    • "Excellent training on how to make a real impact for those who aren't afraid of hard work."

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      Former Employee - Campus Organizer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at CALPIRG full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      I worked with CALPIRG Students for 3 years as a student intern at UC Davis and 4 years as a full time staffer after college. - Great work atmosphere: People who work with CALPIRG care about making a difference, care about the communities their organizing, and care about their own professional development. I met some of my best friends working with PIRG. Staff directors care about you as a person and an organizer -...

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      Cons

      These jobs are not for those that want a cushy 40 hour week job where they pretend to make a difference, They're for people who want to get down on the ground, working to organize real people with real problems, against real special interests who can drop $10 million to kill an unfavorable bill without a bat of an eye. Like any election campaign, issue campaigns coupled with actually funding a non-profit, takes 60-80...

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      CALPIRG2014-06-30
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