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Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2019

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  1. "You're working for a good cause but the downsides to this job are many."

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Chapel Hill, NC
    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

    The best reasons to work here are the people you meet and the cause. There's also the chance to making high commissions if you're a good canvasser.

    Cons

    There is no job security - if you don't make quota 2 weeks in a row or 3 times non-consecutively, you are fired, no matter how long you've worked here. The pay system is shady from the beginning and local office management has their hands tied by higher-ups. Basically, they treat their canvassers as disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your canvassers better.

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-08-11
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid this place"

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

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    the people you meet (for the most part) are incredible, responsibility, ability to manage people from a young age. You also really develop some valuable life skills that you can apply to anything later on in life. Despite what they tell you, canvassing employs the same skillset as really talented salespeople. If you can learn how to canvass, you can learn to do anything.

    Cons

    What they require young people to do is truly mind-boggling. I got a job full-time right outside of college and I was asked to relocate, thrown in the thick of running a canvass office with little/no training on recruitment, staff management, or fundraising. I was told I needed to canvass 4-5 days/week, 4:00pm- 9:00pm at night in a foreign city by myself.. in the winter. All the while, I needed to work a typical 8:00am-4:00pm...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2019-08-06
  3. "Great experience too many hours"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly who else is going to let 20 year olds take on so much responsibility? I’ve learned, grown, and done so much I never thought was possible. The people working here are amazing!

    Cons

    The hours are crazy like 70-80 a week in the summer. We are constantly understaffed as a director team and it shows.

    Advice to Management

    We’ve been able accomplish so much this summer but could do even more with a few more hands. We’ve all had to step up in major ways to manage it all but I’m worried about the longevity of my team and our ability to keep doing great work as crazy hours are still the not .

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-07-21
  4. "Great Experience, Physically Demanding"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser 

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot during my time there. I gained people skills, learned how a campaign is run, and was kept up to date about current politics.

    Cons

    I worked in the summer, and so the days were long and physically demanding. We would be out canvassing door to door from 3:30pm-8:30pm every night.

    Advice to Management

    Care a little more about the canvassers and less about the numbers.

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-07-18
  5. "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
  6. "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
  7. "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
  8. Helpful (2)

    "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
  9. "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
  10. 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
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