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Clean Water Action Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The work environment is certainly fun if you're into drum circles (in 11 reviews)

  • While canvassing is not an easy job by any means, it helps build strong communication skills and ability to overcome any obstacle (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The 'internship' is simply the door to door knocking (in 12 reviews)

  • 950 then you get 52% of what you collected or minimum wage, whichever is higher (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Fun work culture"

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    Current Employee - Field Canvasser in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Field Canvasser in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Water Action (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment, was quickly accepted as a team member. Everyone had similar views and it truly felt like we were all united in fighting the good fight.

    Cons

    It was winter so it was freezing - the long hours in the cold and dark sucked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good stuff and take out inefficient management as soon as it's recognized by someone higher up.


  2. "Field Manager"

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Belmar, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Belmar, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Water Action full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone gets benefits. This was before the ACA, so I don't know how this may have changed. The work environment is certainly fun if you're into drum circles. Pay is decent considering they'll hire 90% of people who walk through the door - IF you meet fundraising quotas.

    Cons

    Like any sales job, there is a quota. This is strictly enforced, but that it all laid out for you ahead of time. If you can walk door to door and get people to give you money on a regular basis, you'll be fine. There is also a very political tint to everything you'll do. It's a progressive company, so politics and policies are as well. If it comes up, and you end up saying something conservative, you will get funny looks and probably pushed out the door through passive aggression or subtle hints.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. This place is what it is, and it serves that purose. If you dropped out of Uni for poli-sci, if your mom is on your case to get out of the smokey basement and do something with your life, if you're a college kid who needs a summer job, if you feel passionately about the issues they campaign for, or if you can sell your butt off, this place might work for you. I know I had a lot of fun in spite of myself.

  3. "Meaningful and memorable employment"

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    Former Employee - Canvass Director in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Canvass Director in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Water Action full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My job at Clean Water Action taught me so many valuable skills that I apply to my current role as an entrepreneur. I have extremely fond memories from working in the canvass.

    Cons

    The schedule and pay are not great when you have small children.


  4. "Good cause, but not long lasting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clean Water Action part-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and very welcoming to all new recruits.

    Cons

    High turnover rate and very demanding standards set for donations received. Doing the job for too long can be very exhausting, both mentally and physically.


  5. "clean water action"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    short work hours and good pay

    Cons

    environment, i just dont like


  6. "Great part time job for College Kids"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Water Action part-time

    Pros

    Great management, nice work environment, flexible

    Cons

    You only stay and make money if you are good at talking on the phone.

    Advice to Management

    Make breaks optional and if people choose not to take them they can leave early.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Phone Fundraiser in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Phone Fundraiser in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great projects. Relaxed and fun atmosphere. I love working here. I used to be field canvass but switched to phone canvass.

    Cons

    Have to call a lot of people who sometime don't want to talk to you. I wish I could work more hours.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more hours

  8. "Great place to start in non profit work."

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    Current Employee - Canvasser in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Water Action full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers. No mornings. You get to talk to tons of people. Great exercise. You learn about environmental issues.

    Cons

    It is a little stressful if you are not good at asking people for money. If you canvas it is a skill you must learn quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more time to acquire skills.


  9. "Great Work Environment for Progressives"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Water Action full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Motivational work environment, great place to learn communication and managerial skills, opportunities for advancement, great people

    Cons

    You can not mail it in. Effort is required to be successful.


  10. "Great experience, skills and training"

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    Former Employee - Canvass Director
    Former Employee - Canvass Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Water Action full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The experience and training you gain at Clean Water Action are highly transferable. The skills you learn here are the basic skills we use to be successful in almost any career. This is an excellent early step in any career.

    Cons

    Canvassing hours can be hard on your social life, and the pay can make it difficult to save especially if you're located in a city with a high cost of living, the stress and demands of the job can begin to outweigh the benefits as you progress into leadership roles.

    Advice to Management

    More training and support for middle management would be helpful, make sure people aren't isolated and overwhelmed.


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