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Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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  1. "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
  2. "Unfulfilling and monotonous work, safety issues"

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Job attracts young, liberal minded people so non-work convos were stimulating and educated. -Very open-minded and politically correct, first interview in which I have been asked my pronouns -Compensation is lacking, so the people who generally work there are passionate about the mission of the campaigns. -Great for harboring public presentation skills through at least 5 hours a week of role-play practice with "directors"....

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    Cons

    -Low pay rate of minimum wage with a focus on "incentive pay" aka commission- but this is capped at $100 for the week (which they absolutely don't advertise) -50 hour work week expectation with NO overtime pay -Glorified canvassing position, regardless of job title -"Directors" are overworked and under-informed and were generally 22-23 with 1 year of organizing experience and no real decision making or campaign planning...

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    Advice to Management

    -Work to diversify daily duties to fight rampant boredom -Explore other organizing tactics than home canvassing! Community centers, farmers markets/food truck events, city halls, libraries or even Meet-Ups would offer excellent resources and groups of people who could be talked to so much more efficiently than spending hours walking from door-to-door

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-07-15
  3. "Poor Organization & Communication"

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      Current Employee - Canvass Director 

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

      Pros

      Does not reply to emails or reply to emails late.

      Cons

      Very easy to get accepted. Got hired without an interview.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-07-12
    • 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
    • "Just don’t!"

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      Former Employee - Principal Engineer in College Park, MD
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      I can’t think of any!

      Cons

      There are so many, I wouldn’t have been enough room to make a list!

      Advice to Management

      They should find better jobs too!

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-06-24
    • "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
    • "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
      • Helpful (1)

        "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
      • "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
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