Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2020

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Fund for the Public Interest Citizen Outreach Director  Ed Johnson (no image)
Ed Johnson
165 Ratings
Pros
  • "You get to work with like minded people who really care about the issues you're canvassing for(in 70 reviews)

  • "Working for a good cause, surrounded by others who are passionate about the environment(in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • "Canvassing is perhaps the worst job you can do(in 132 reviews)

  • "Nonprofit work is hard with long hours but they are upfront about this at the beginning(in 54 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work but worth it if you have the guts for it"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Field Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great collaborative and supportive atmosphere but always pushes you to do your best - learn essential skills - very fulfilling - useful for career advancement in this field - it’s very very tedious and stressful work but if you are passionate enough about the cause, it will pay off

    Cons

    - hard labor - long days -

  2. "Positive Team"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of camaraderie among canvassers; positive and empathetic leaders; opportunity to take on more responsibility and train others and lead canvassing teams.

    Cons

    No cons for the canvasser position, but my supervisor seemed to be working very hard (although he seemed to enjoy it).


  3. "Canvasser"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Field Canvasser in Isla Vista, CA
    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

    Pays minimum plus commission Work by yourself most of the day

    Cons

    Management will not advise you that you have breaks. Canvassing in residential neighborhoods, there aren't any bathrooms you can use generally. Management pushes donations like sales, many of the employees will push donations hard just to get commission. DON'T VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE. They will under compensate you for using your personal vehicle.

  4. "Expect Favoritism"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    Make commission if you go above your quota

    Cons

    -Some areas are better than others for getting donations and the same people usually got those places - Also, base pay is assigned based on the minimum wage of the area you're assigned to so if your director signs you to VA all the time you'll make way less than team members assigned to DC frequently

  5. "Not a good experience at all"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    freedom and independence when working. good hours and they hire pretty much anyone. There are some cool people working too

    Cons

    you have to memorize a long script that you practice every morning with your team. Canvassing is perhaps the worst job you can do. People hate you coming to your door and you're not even selling anything. You just want their money for a charity. You also need to meet a minimum weekly amount or you get fired. Most of the money you raise just goes to your own salary or your boss's salary. The people who donate think you are volunteering and don't realize they are just paying your wage

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  6. "Satisfying Work, Low Pay"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    great coworkers, important campaigns, valuable experience for any work in community organizing

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, frustrating management structure

  7. "Aight"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Young field staff with diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    Training is not culturally competent and does not benefit diverse backgrounds or POC

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  8. "Fulfilling, hard work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great people and community, with good pay

    Cons

    Long hours with lots of rejection.

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  9. "Chicago FPI Office"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, communal office, enjoyable work atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor retention rate. Office could have focused more on training people.

  10. "A lot of work but very rewarding if you are passionate and have strong communication skills"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Commission after you meet fundraising quota, development of communication skills, knocking on doors so you're outside, learning to stay positive through lots of rejection

    Cons

    Very difficult to get time off, work 55 hours a week (overtime is expected), high turn-over due to difficulty of fundraising door-to-door

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