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Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated 20 Jul 2019

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Ed Johnson
159 Ratings
  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. "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
  3. "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
  4. "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
  5. "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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "crazy work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    friendly co-workers and good friends

    Cons

    lack of training poorly managed too scripted lack of creativity pushy management

    Advice to Management

    need to make training period longer than 1 hour to memorize the script and everything that is required and to prepare new employees, too many younger people who lack imagination and insist on old fashion methods of collecting donations instead of social media and other hi-tech methods the standard script is too plain and monotonous and boring, lacks imagination and is a little better when someone can get a little more...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2019-04-30
  7. "Great first fit!"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the cause and a resume builder!

    Cons

    Hours. Long, exhausting hours. It also is unreasonable quotas sometimes.

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-03-25
  8. "Good Experience for a Summer Job"

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      Former Employee - Field Manager 

      I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

      Pros

      Good experience if you want a sales/recruiting job after you graduate college

      Cons

      Could be very stressful hitting quotas

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-03-18
    • Helpful (1)

      "This job is totally what you make it and what you're into"

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      Current Employee - Field Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Very fun, open social environment, working for a good cause, good money, and excercise/outdoors talking to people

      Cons

      Again, depending on what you're into: You have to ask people for money, and as such meet quota, you have to talk to people, lots of physicality in the job, lots of hours ...about 55 a week (hence the good money in overtime)

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-03-04
    • Helpful (1)

      "Minimum Wage Work"

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      Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend

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

      Pros

      You get to work with like minded people who really care about the issues you're canvassing for. Your communication and ability to handle all types of people is really improved in the field.

      Cons

      The work is grueling and thankless. If you don't hit a minimum of campaign contributions your job is at risk. Oftentimes we would have to travel outside of the city to north Jersey or Westchester and pay for transit ourselves which would then be reimbursed later.

      Fund for the Public Interest2019-03-17
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