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Updated Oct 28, 2018

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  1. "Nice but not for the long-term"

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    Former Employee - Phone Canvasser in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hours are nice, can do other things while you are calling, very relaxed, easy

    Cons

    People will be rude to you over the phone, not much room to be promoted

    Advice to Management

    Do things to make the job more interesting

    Fund for the Public Interest2016-01-28
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Disgraceful organization with disgraceful, unfair policies"

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    Former Employee - Phone Canvasser in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Who said there's any pros?

    Cons

    Quotas are absolutely ridiculous. You're expected to raise about $200-$350 or so per night, and that number goes up higher with each person you talk to. You can be fired in 1 week if you don't fundraise enough but then they will hire someone to replace you who likely wont last as long as you. Stuck in the basement of an old building with no windows and out-of-date computers. Job is based on luck.

    Advice to Management

    Shut this crap hole down.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-10-28
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great co-workers... terrible, union-busting non-profit"

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    Former Employee - Phone Canvasser in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were great, shared many of my values. I worked at the call center, so I was able to read during slow times. When I started, the directors were great too. Staff pizza parties on Wednesday nights were fun.

    Cons

    Pay fluctuated based on amount of money raised- could drop by as much as $5/hour if you had a bad week (evals were every 80 hours)... There's also job insecurity. Even successful, long-term employees can be put on "ultimatum" if they don't raise a percentage of what's expected over an 80-hour period of time. There is no transparency as to where those percentages come from. There were opportunities for me to advance, but...

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    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk and stop firing union organizers. If you can't genuinely promote social justice within the workplace, word will spread and you will continue to lose credibility as a progressive organization.

    Fund for the Public Interest2014-01-13
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Money > The Cause"

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    Former Employee - Phone Canvasser in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    It's great that the Fund works with non-profit groups to raise money. They also help to employ many people who might not have too many work related skills.

    Cons

    The Fund has extremely strict standards for raising money from its phone canvassers. An employee can be penalized for not having enough calls per hour (which is entirely randomized due to the computer system generating calls) and penalized for not asking someone for money 4+ in a conversation. Canvassers are barely familiar with the issues that they're raising money for, and therefore lose potential donors and supporters...

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    Advice to Management

    Take more time to train people in their Training week period, and have a beginning scale of standards for the first month of work. Also, take more time to inform employees about the causes they're raising money for. Remember, cash isn't the first goal, supporters are.

    Fund for the Public Interest2012-10-11
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