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Fund for the Public Interest Door to Door Canvasser Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2016

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  1. "Lots of hours, but can bevery fun"

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    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are passionate about the issue you are pushing, this can be very rewarding work. The office environment is also very cool, but as a canvasser you don't spend much time there. Everyone I met is great. There's a concerted effort by the bosses to bring the team together through lunches together and post-work socials. There's ample opportunity to advance in the work place. When you're on a roll/ get good at canvassing...

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    Cons

    At least 50 hour workweeks, so you'll be expected to work a lot. You'll work late too. Until 10pm at the least, so the hours can it difficult to have a social life. Door-to-door is not for everyone, so you'll see many people leave the office. You can have bad days and those can crush you during your 5-hour shift. I feel the commission-based, money-incentivized fund-raising cheats the non-profit spirit a little. It makes...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2014-08-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unsustainable"

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    Current Employee - Door to Door Canvasser 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people truly believe in what they are doing, which can be refreshing or painfully exasperating depending on your perspective.

    Cons

    Very demanding quotas which most employees don't meet so they get fired, ridiculous turnover rate (because of all the people they are firing), minimum wage to walk around canvassing for 5 hours at a time (which is very demanding, people can be very rude), ridiculous goals, and due to the fact that so many people are fired quickly, managers don't always have the most experience (my field manager my first week had worked...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop with the fake positiveness and face the reality of your business model. Preaching about unsustainable practices when you literally have a new employee everyday because someone else got fired or quit is insane. Union busting isn't cool either. In my time here, there have been at least one observer everyday. Employees last an average of two weeks. Some really good canvassers stay on for what seems to be forever, which...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2016-07-02
  3. Helpful (4)

    "One of the worst jobs"

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    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experience with strangers The cause is good- to protect rivers from getting polluted.

    Cons

    The working conditions are horrible. You go out in heat and deliver a political speech to people. Sometimes no one is at home and if they are 95% of the time they will refuse to donate. There is a quota you have to complete every night and the hours are long from 1 to 10 pm at night. They will also leave you alone in a community. I do not how this works for other people but I quit after my observation day. First, you...

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    Advice to Management

    Make it better

    Fund for the Public Interest2015-06-18
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    "Worst Experience Ever!"

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    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None you just waste a whole day of your life and can't even use it as volunteering on your resume even though that's exactly what it is I don't understand why they don't just call it that and be straight forward about it.

    Cons

    How about everything ! they make you feel like a piece of trash when they let you go lie about how you're helping the environment and it's going to be such a great job but as soon as you don't meet the goal you're let go which is why they keep hiring all through out the summer for one they shouldn't even hire anybody and ask for their info tax forms and social it's a scam I am all for protecting the environment but this...

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    Advice to Management

    Let the canvassers know before you leave the office exactly what's going to go down and to use the restroom before leaving as there's likely not going to be any bathroom stops once you're canvassing also notify them to bring a reusable water bottle you'll be dying of thirst from walking none stop also if you're not going to keep people let them leave earlier you jerks what's the point of keeping them around if you're...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2015-05-30
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Working for the Fund is essentially working on your own with minimal practical support."

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    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser 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

    The Fund is for you if... you are naturally gregarious and have a serious passion for liberal politics. you are willing to work and communicate with people that come from different backgrounds and educational experiences. you have a VERY positive and optimistic personality. you are willing to step WAY outside of your comfort zone. you like going to socials after work.

    Cons

    The Fund might not be for you if... you want a little bit more transparency and want to know exactly what the money is used for that is raised. you want the company to lead you by the hand for any amount of time...They don't do that especially with respect to the canvassers. They basically just throw you out there. you want to have control over which projects you work on. The company does not ask the canvassers...

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    Advice to Management

    Consider offering further resources to inform canvassers and employees in general about the causes being championed for. Personally, even if I am considered lower on the totem pole than upper management, I would like to be in the loop of what is happening other than simply how much money needs to be raised and how much was raised. I also understand that there is a high turnover rate, but you can reduce that turnover...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2013-10-26
  6. Helpful (2)

    "As an employer, the Fund for the Public Interest lacks integrity."

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    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I actually enjoyed canvassing; I liked walking around outside, meeting people, talking to people, and (occasionally) connecting with them on a more-than-superficial level. Most of my coworkers were cool enough, and the hours (roughly 2-10 PM) suited me well, as I am not a morning person.

    Cons

    The Fund does not treat its canvassers--nor its regional directors, I suspect--like human beings worthy of respect. Everything runs on scripts, including the conversations that directors have with individual canvassers. On multiple occasions, I was either lied to directly or given information that I later discovered was entirely untrue. Canvassers in my office were encouraged to lie to people about how much money they...

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    Advice to Management

    The Fund for the Pubic Interest seriously needs to rethink the way they treat their employees and the effect that that has on the people who support them financially as well as the organizational culture. For all of their talk about fighting big corporations, the internal workings of the fund are unethical, hierarchical and manipulative--in this regard, they are no better than the for-profit corporations they claim to...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2013-10-13
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