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Updated Feb 27, 2017

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Ed Johnson
10 Ratings
  1. "Work on issues that matter"

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    Current Employee - Citizen Outreach Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work on important social justice and environmental issues Work with hard working, passionate, fun people; you will make best friends for life doing this work You are given a lot of responsibility, especially for an entry-level position The training program is great and there are a lot of regional and national trainings, which allows you to work with a variety of people in the organization The work is very goal oriented...

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    Cons

    Long hours (which is typical of organizing jobs) Stressful, hard work at times

    Fund for the Public Interest2014-01-18
  2. Helpful (2)

    "More of the same"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredible, thoughtful, cause-oriented people who want to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity Poor salary Insane hours Dishonesty Overturn

    Advice to Management

    If you want to fight for progressive causes, progress. You have the chance to be a leader in social change and instead are choosing to treat your employees so badly that your reputation affects your ability to do good work. When people look for the leading environmental groups, public interest groups and lgbt rights groups, it wont be you all and that's your own doing. Ask yourself, if you're alienating right inherently...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2017-02-27
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Don't convince yourself it's fine"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good management experience for directors and lots of travel opportunities/room to grow. You get to check a lot of boxes on your resume.

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours and ridiculous pay/expectations for those hours. You have to condition yourself to be okay with treating employees as expendable because otherwise you can't get through the day under their model. They justify (unbelievably high) turnover by saying "canvassing isn't for everyone" but if your organization retention is THIS low then it's a problem with YOU not everyone else. The upper management jumps...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2016-03-06
  4. "Good experience building opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of training, excellent issues, more responsibility than you'll get any other entry level job, opportunity to work in different cities, coworkers are generally very cool, lots of opportunity to advance quickly if you're competent (I went from entry level manager to running the office in ~6 months)

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side, job security can be shaky if you're a bad fundraiser, hours are not great (and worse for directors), hours and pay in California are better due to directors being paid hourly instead of salary so you get overtime every week without fail.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay for the level of responsibility you're asking out of directors. Running on office (solo at times) with up to 10 or 20 staff and getting minimum wage with few benefits makes this hard to stick with. Other nonprofit jobs overseeing 0-5 staff pay nearly $10,000 more per year in California. I know this is something you've heard a million times before but you've either got to pay directors more or work them...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2015-10-28
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for getting into activist work"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You work with amazing people and have a lot of responsibility which gives you a lot of skills to put on your resume

    Cons

    The hours can be tough 60-80 a week and the pay can be tough to live on

    Fund for the Public Interest2015-08-20
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fun, challenging work that matters!"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -You work with fun, interesting people who care about environmental and social change issues- I've met some of my best friends through this job. -You educate people about issues and give people an opportunity to get involved in our political process-- pretty important for a working democracy. -You learn very valuable interpersonal and leadership skills that help you no matter what you do in the future. I've seen people...

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    Cons

    -Canvassing is challenging, especially at first. You do have to stick with it to get better at the job and enjoy it! I don't think most people like canvassing until they've done it for about 2 weeks. -It is hard work! You're talking to strangers about politics and fundraising. The more you do it, the easier it gets. -The job is outdoors, so the weather plays a factor. You should be sure to dress appropriately and...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2015-06-18
  7. Helpful (8)

    "I value the experience, but at what cost? Long hours, low pay."

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gave plenty of management experience.

    Cons

    Organization is run by people that have no idea what they are doing. Each office does their own payroll in house ON MICROSOFT EXCEL!! Are we in 1997 or 2015? Hence a history of payment issues. All staff hate the job, except the newly recruited (tricked/brainwashed college students). They claim to be working on social change, but the "American Population" in the Fund is predominately white males.. What a sorry excuse for...

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    Advice to Management

    Quit.

    Fund for the Public Interest2015-05-01
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Citizen Outreach Director"

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    Current Employee - Citizen Outreach Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of fun, like minded people who are passionate about their work. Unfortunately, the Fund tends to exploit that fact. I did get a lot of staff management experience and some skills that are great, the fact is you should work there for NO MORE THAN ONE YEAR!

    Cons

    Working 80+ hours per week for barely minimum wage in harsh conditions with minimal resources. I found most of the top management to be arrogant, ineffectual and blinded by some sort of cult-like appreciation for the gift of having a job there.

    Advice to Management

    There is no reason that you have to run the Fund this way. Please someone take an actual management class and stop taking advice from Ed Johnson.

    Fund for the Public Interest2015-05-29
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Do Not Work for the Fund, Work for Progress, Grassroots Campaigns, etc (they change their name a lot)"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience for a first job out of college as a director. There are no other pros with this job.

    Cons

    Work environment violates safety (I had complaints from current employees and nearby workers in the building of filthy conditions) This has a lot to do with neglect as result of directors and management trying to raise money and not caring about safety of employees and others. Long hours (you work 6 days a week) Poor management (high turnover rates shows for it) Poor communication ( ask a question to someone in upper...

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    Advice to Management

    Improve management training and don't run the organization like a sweatshop. Employers should have a voice on the job and should not be made to work 6 days a week for poverty wages. The organizational model is counterproductive of having progressive goals. Because of this, little to no real political progress will made through partner organizations. If you look at the current status now on some of the issues the partner...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2014-12-16
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience, glad I did it, the organization is almost definitely evil"

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    Former Employee - Citizen Outreach Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent way to learn communication skills; fun office atmosphere; quick advancement and possibility of being paid fairly well if you bonus (for door field managers, at least)

    Cons

    Terrible terrible labor practices: ridiculously high turnover (average time on staff has to be ~2 weeks), unreasonable and sometimes arbitrary quota/standards system, long hours for everyone, directors (salaried) work 80 hours/week at a minimum and are essentially brainwashed. Also their idea of "organizing" appears to be "get people to give us money." I got real disenchanted real fast.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending to be "progressive" if you're going to spend so many of your resources union-busting

    Fund for the Public Interest2014-07-10
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