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Found 96 reviews

3.1
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45%
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68%
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Ed Johnson
50 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard and it will be totally worth it."

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    Current Employee - Canvass Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility and great people working together for an array of good reasons.

    Cons

    You have to deal with short employees that just don’t get it sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff.

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-02-05
  2. "Poor Organization & Communication"

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      Current Employee - Canvass Director 

      I have been working at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

      Pros

      Does not reply to emails or reply to emails late.

      Cons

      Very easy to get accepted. Got hired without an interview.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-07-12
    • Helpful (1)

      "Will suck your will to do good"

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      Former Employee - Canvass Director in Chapel Hill, NC
      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

      Experience hiring and interviewing/ managerial experience without having any previous experience...

      Cons

      65-70 hour weeks (worse in the summer). Mandatory “social” events that you pay for out of pocket. Very little support from regional office. Too many hats to be effective at any of them. Lots of canvassing, basically have to put in a full day of work before heading out to canvass for 5 hours.

      Advice to Management

      Give managers a break when it comes to canvassing quotas. It would help them be able to manage the office without worrying about falling 1000s of dollars in the red just to support the staff in the field.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Cause, But Demanding Hours with Little Pay"

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      Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Minneapolis, MN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      -great work experience -good job training

      Cons

      -long hours that aren't always advertised -job insecurity if not meeting fundraising goals -pay that is below a livable wage

      Advice to Management

      Make your hours less demanding and pay your workers a livable wage

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-03-14
    • Helpful (1)

      "Complicated components"

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      Former Employee - Canvass Director in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      When you have campaign victories, you really feel like you've made a difference and all your hard work and extremely long hours have paid off. Ability to manage a team of staff at a young age is great experience and they have a great training program.

      Cons

      The Fund prides itself into putting most of its funds towards its causes but that also means a very small paycheck for Canvass Directors, especially after taxes. It is not an affordable salary, especially in a city like Washington D.C. The job and the passion of leadership dictates how the office runs, and when you don't have good leadership it becomes unenjoyable to make the difference you're trying to make even if you...

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      Advice to Management

      Pay Canvass Directors more or their passion will die from exhaustion.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-02-19
    • Helpful (2)

      "Campaign Director ..dont do it!"

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      Former Employee - Campaign Director 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

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

      Pros

      not much, some leadership and low level door-to-door fundraising experience, I guess.

      Cons

      pay is below minimum wage for 60 hour work weeks 6 days a week, mostly canvassing neighborhoods and desperately texting/calling/emailing to try and recruit new hires that quit after a week or so. They are sketchy about job details/benefits, don't tell if you don't raise enough for your weekly quota canvassing that you could potentially lose your job. very repetitive dull grunt work, weird cultish vibes to keep up morale....

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      Fund for the Public Interest2018-11-04
    • Helpful (4)

      "Canvass Director"

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      Former Employee - Canvass Director in Chapel Hill, NC
      Doesn't Recommend

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

      Pros

      - Good co-workers - Working on important issues (ostensibly) - Lots of responsibility (easy to sell the experience to your next employer) - Helps you get very comfortable with rejection

      Cons

      I'm a very hard worker (graduated from a top 10 university with a good GPA while working 20 hours/wk), and thought that the glassdoor reviews were an overstatement of the job. They really were not an overstatement - I made it through 6 months as a canvas director, and I would never do it again. I may have found it worth it if the fundraising wasn't all so suspect. We would change focus issues for canvassing at the drop...

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      Advice to Management

      Transparency to your full-time, salaried staff (at the least). I gave virtually all of my time to this job (including Saturday's), which was positive in a sense because the salary is so low that I had little money to spend, but felt like I had no idea what my efforts were truly yielding. They totally abuse recent grads' desire to do something positive after graduation, and I wish they would treat their employees like...

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      Fund for the Public Interest2018-11-02
    • Helpful (1)

      "Assistant Director"

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      Former Employee - Assistant Director in Tampa, FL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Coworkers were passionate and from reputable schools

      Cons

      The summer work times were the most difficult

      Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-07
    • Helpful (8)

      "Easily the worst job I have ever held"

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      Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Dont care about substance use on job

      Cons

      Just about everything including the pro

      Advice to Management

      Hiring staff is incredibly deceiving. They promise hands on "political" work when in reality regardless of your title you spend 5 hours a day outside in extreme weather interrupting people's dinner begging for money that rarely goes to where they think it will. Upper management is incredibly disorganized, passive aggressive, and seemingly unqualified to manage anything. The pay still left me on food stamps and a co worker...

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      Fund for the Public Interest2018-05-14
    • Helpful (2)

      "Underpaid, overworked"

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

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

      Pros

      you get to work on important issues, but to be clear you can do this elsewhere without working for unfair pay.

      Cons

      TPIN & the Fund take advantage of recent grads and young people who have a passion for advocacy. Expect unfair pay, no overtime, low salaries, revolving door, little HR process or accessibility, shared beds and rooms at company trainings, sexual harassment issues, hostile work environment, lack of diversity, lgbt staffers are mistreated despite the fact that they raise money for lgbt causes. They will make it seem...

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      Advice to Management

      Pay overtime, raise salaries, do diversity training, give staff access to RDs or HR to report things if directors allow hostile work environments.

      Fund for the Public Interest2018-05-11
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