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Updated May 21, 2018
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Pros
  • Lots of responsibility given right away (in 18 reviews)

  • You're making a difference in this world by educating the public about issues they might not be aware about (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Grit is necessary, must be able to go door to door (in 22 reviews)

  • Long hours but you are working with people who become your close friends so while the hours might be long you're working with a great bunch of people (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Canvass Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great training and staff development. If you want to gain a bunch of skills and move up quickly while also making a big impact on saving the planet, this is a good place to start.

    Cons

    The job is tough and isn't for everyone - long hours, pay is low (good benefits though!)


  2. "Good for Mentally Strong"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Teaches a lot of interpersonal skills and personal management skills, if you're good with reading people, you'll do well.

    Cons

    Grit is necessary, must be able to go door to door.

  3. "Canvasser"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice and enthusiastic co-workers, looks great on resume.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay.
    No transparency with the employees.
    Unrealiable
    Pay you less than advertised


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Easily the worst job I have ever held"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Chicago, IL
    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 (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 of mine withdrawing his account every month. When I was hired I disclosed a few reasonable health restrictions that involved not being able to lift over 50 pounds or walking more than 5 consecutive miles often. I was promised this would be no problem. During my time there I carried at least 75 pounds worth of equipment into the field where I walked somewhere between 8-12 miles 4/5 days a week. My hours were typically 9am-10pm weekdays and 8am-3pm Saturday. You have to spend your own money on office supplies and transportation and are told you will receive a reimbursement later. When I was fired (for being unable to consistently raise quota) I was promised my reimbursement check would be sent to me in a timely manner. It is five months later, I have not received the check, the staff has completely stopped responding to me and when they did they quoted me a check that was $30 short of what it was supposed to be. This organization preys on recent graduates they know are excited about politics and use them until they are physically and emotionally worn down. I am embarrassed to have ever worked here and couldnt be happier to have moved on. If you are interested in politics, trust me, there are few (if any) political events in this company and you are not making the impact the company says you are. Its a job for physically strong, intellectually unimpressive people.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid, overworked"

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

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (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 as though this is a path into activism and advocacy work, but teach low-level , fundraising-only organizing skills without any professional development.

    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.


  6. "Canvasser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    Cool people to work with, commission if you were good at your job, decent training in a pretty useful life skill

    Cons

    Some concerns about safety, having to meet quotas, very strict schedule, long days with some mundane subject matter, largely about numbers

    Advice to Management

    get people to care before getting them to sell, find some incentive outside of meeting numbers goals


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here"

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

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    It's an easy way to make at least some money, as long as you don't mind being manipulated and exploited

    Cons

    First of all, the hiring practices here are extremely suspect. When I was hired, I was lied to about both my title and responsibilities, and it was only when I arrived on my first day that I realized that what I had been hired to do was to essentially go door-to-door begging strangers for my paycheck for eight hours, only to be fired if I didn't reach a certain quota. Also, the first four hours of "training" are unpaid. The company culture is also very cult-like - there's a lot of pressure to come in early to volunteer, despite the fact that the schedule is already very demanding, and to participate in after-work socials that often last very late. I literally don't understand why anyone works here. I promise, even if you are a student and/or don't have much money, you can get a basic retail or receptionist job just as easily with a much healthier work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more up-front about what you are asking of people, and be more sympathetic to the fact that people actually have lives outside of this job.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Field Canvasser - Environment Washington & WashPIRG"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Potential for good pay with commissions
    Really fun and interesting mix of coworkers
    Bosses were cool, approachable, extremely hardworking, and passionate about
    the issues
    Tons of opportunity for advancement, if you are interested in this kind of work

    Cons

    Door-to-door canvassing is a tough job physically and mentally. You have to be able to deal with rejection all day, and pounding the pavement for 7 hours is exhausting. The hardest part for me was the every day stress of making your quota.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep up the good work, these issues are really important.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No better way to improve grassroots organizing and communication skills"

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

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn an immense amount of skills, make friends and connections across the country, make tangible impact on real world issues, build resume with nonprofit experience, canvassers and field managers who canvass well can earn quite good money

    Cons

    Depending on position the hours can be quite intense and being rejected over and over can be disheartening. This job is not for everyone, but if it’s a good fit and you give your all it is definitely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize to directors and other campaign staff that staying healthy and taking care of yourself is more important than hitting goals. People who don’t sleep or eat well don’t make as much social change.


  10. "Hard Job but Super Fulfilling"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Valuable leadership skills, fundraising skills, and wonderful work environment.

    Cons

    Nonprofit work is hard with long hours but they are upfront about this at the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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