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Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2019

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2.5
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Ed Johnson
158 Ratings
Pros
  • "The people were great and the training taught me skills that transcend canvassing(in 66 reviews)

  • "Working for a good cause, surrounded by others who are passionate about the environment(in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Dealing with a lot of rejection while canvassing - will need thick skin for(in 120 reviews)

  • "long hours with not much return(in 50 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Field Manager"

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    Current Employee - Field Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, wonderful work environment. Fighting for a worthy cause.

    Cons

    Sometimes the public can be mean, also the weather can make things difficult.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-10-30
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Boy what a mistake I made"

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    Former Employee - Caller 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're a caller, you have a lot of free time that you can use however you want, as long as you're still on the phones. Flexible schedule (I think). Very nice and passionate people. Some opportunities for bonuses.

    Cons

    The company has a remarkably absurd quota that they keep very vague. You only get your percentage above or below. If you don't meet the quota for a week, you're placed on ultimatum and your pay is cut. Another week and you're fired. This system seems entirely based on luck. My best day was my first, which was a hybrid training day/second interview before I was even hired. My worst day was my last when I decided I wasn't...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen, everyone I worked with wass remarkably nice. It's the only thing that made me feel bad about leaving the company. I can't even imagine what it's like for the directors and the door to door canvassers. Your workers are passionate and motivated. I have no doubt that everyone would have tried just as hard to raise money without the quota, because we all believe in the cause. All the quota does is cause stress, hostility...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2019-06-10
  3. "Everyone should have this experience, takes a certain kind of person to make it for more than 3 months"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser/Field Manager 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning, interesting people to work with - after work hangouts, team atmosphere, good causes, personal growth opportunity and opportunity for advancement, lots of exercise, etc

    Cons

    Difficult emotionally (at least for me), exhausting. As long as you don't negatively spiral, you can do this and make good money forever. I met some life-long canvassers, so it's possible. This is flawed but important work. Give it your best shot!

    Advice to Management

    Remember to care about the health of your employee's as much as the cause. Maybe you can squeeze two more days of fundraising out of them, or maybe you should just wish them well. I know it's hard for you to manage all the people you do. Best of luck!

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-14
  4. "Good people, terrible pay"

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      Former Employee - Direct Mail Assistant in Denver, CO

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

      Pros

      The company does good work and is comprised of wonderful, genuine people.

      Cons

      You can't live on the pay.

      Advice to Management

      Find room in the budget to pay your employees a livable salary!

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-14
    • "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
    • "Part of a movement"

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      Former Employee - Field Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Working here was fulfilling, fun, and energizing. You see quickly how everything you do fits into the long term goals of the entire organization. Great commissions on top of base salary made for a relatively well-paying job.

      Cons

      Late start to day and shifted hours sacrificed nights. Moderately high pressure environment.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-08
    • "Hard work but worth it if you have the guts for it"

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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 -

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-08
    • "Different for each office"

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      Former Employee - Field Manager in Washington, DC
      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

      -cool coworkers -cool people on the streets

      Cons

      -horrible upper management -you’re extremely expendable -it’s a luck based but they don’t care -I could go on but I don’t care enough because this job was the worst

      Advice to Management

      Literally treat your workers like human being. It isn’t that hard

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-06-08
    • "If you have a college degree you don’t have to do this.. don’t feel like you have to."

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      Former Employee - Field Manager in Jersey City, NJ
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Nice office, everyone seems really nice in the office.

      Cons

      Don’t be fooled by the quick talking during the interview. They are only obligated to pay you 8.00 an hour and will do so if you do not hit above quota. They say in their adds that they want recent college grads because they know that they are the most vulnerable and will do anything for a job that will help them pay off their debt. They will also make you feel like you have a higher position but EVERYONE must go out...

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      Advice to Management

      Pay your workers a better wage that is not based on impossible quotas.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-25
    • "Shady practices to underpay workers."

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      Former Employee - Canvasser in Washington, DC
      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

      The campaigns and goals of the organization are admirable, and as a result it feels like you are working for a good cause.

      Cons

      The company practices some very questionable methods when it comes to their employees, and as a result it can be an exceptionally demanding and risky position with little payoff. -Will avoid paying for time when you start, claiming it is "unpaid interview" instead of training. -In the DC office, you will be required to commute to the main office and then go to Maryland or Virginia to canvass. This allows the company...

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      Advice to Management

      Pay your workers better, and don't hide behind shady excuses like "unpaid interviews" to avoid paying for training.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-05-17
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