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Fund for the Public Interest Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were passionate and from reputable schools

    Cons

    The summer work times were the most difficult

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-07
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Overrated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    Meet really awesome people, good campaign experience, very challenging, allows you to take leadership role with little experience

    Cons

    Very little guidance or help, disorganized, very low pay, condescending management

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage. Don't condescend people. Raise the salary to retain staff. Give a better work/life balance. Working 70+ hours is B.S. They also only pay you for Monday-Friday even though you work Saturdays.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-19
  3. "Good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest part-time

    Pros

    They will train you, but you are also just thrown to the wolves -- it's a quick learning process.

    Cons

    The organization feels kind of like a paper mill at times, with all the materials and forms.

    Advice to Management

    Connect field office staff more to their campaigns outside of the fundraising materials.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-05
  4. "Hard work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest part-time

    Pros

    Great non-profit experience for non-profit newcomers.

    Cons

    A lot of work put in and not a lot of reward or consideration given back.

    Advice to Management

    Work on organisation and structure of your teams.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-08-20
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Absolutely Awful - Predatory Hiring Practices"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get lots of exercise walking for 8 hours a day.

    Cons

    I'm not even really sure where to start. They basically give you a script to memorize and regurgitate door-to-door to solicit donations. It's essentially legalized begging, except your money goes up the chain to pay for salaries of full-time employees. They don't want you to engage people on the issues - stick to the script is what they say. It's a very numbers-driven environment. They want you to 1) Make as much money...

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    Advice to Management

    Take a pay cut so the boots on the ground can get a decent wage. Be transparent with expenses and how and where money is allocated. Stop taking advantage of young, naive college kids.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-11
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Be careful!!!"

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

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

    Pros

    -Make new friends -Free pizza Wednesday -Support great causes

    Cons

    -Constant rejection sometimes receiving no money at all in the 5 hours of canvassing -Long work schedule, expect to have no life outside the office. You will work 11am-10:45pm most days. -You will not feel respected as an individual doing such a demanding job. -No job security

    Advice to Management

    Get organized. Stop treating canvassers like they are disposable. Listen and be open to feedback from those who work for you.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-09-10
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Really tough job with cool people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    You get the chance to meet a lot of people, but the turnover is so high that they often don't stick around. You could potentially make a lot in commission.

    Cons

    The hours are long and there's a lot of physical demand. Sometimes the directors are not mindful of these physical demands and they don't exactly encourage you to take breaks even though its illegal to work more than a certain amount of time without a break.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-08-18
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Brief employment experience (3 days)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    *co-workers are super nice, positive, and friendly *meeting new people *little bit of cash handling experience *working for a good cause (raising environmental awareness, gaining support for helping the planet, etc)

    Cons

    *job involves 5 hours on your feet, going door to door with a memorized speech and no scheduled breaks or access to a bathroom (unless you're lucky and in a neighborhood that has a nearby restaurant/cafe) *expectation that you put in extra time to helping out the cause outside of scheduled hours *if you miss a day of work, it's expected that you make it up by working a weekend day *pay is minimum wage

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-07-19
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Field Manager"

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are amazing people.

    Cons

    Everything besides your coworkers is the worst. At the DC location, none of the Directors were professional, materials for canvassers were never properly put together, and the office was never kept clean/looking professional. There is an obscene amount of harassment that happens to canvassers on the street, and the Directors are literally trained not to care/pretend to care. To them and to the Fund as a whole you are...

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    Advice to Management

    The management needs to become more organized, more professional, and actually care about their employees.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-08-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fine for the Summer"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I worked at the Fund for Equality, a part of Fund for the Public Interest dedicated to the Human Rights Campaign. The people I worked with were incredible, we were a close-knit group who were dedicated and excited about the cause we were supporting. It really felt like we were working to make a better future for the lgbt community, and in a supportive environment. There was daily training to learn and polish our skills,...

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    Cons

    When I started at Fund for Equality, there were maybe 50 people in our office. By the time I left, there were 3. Some of those people left because this was their college summer job, but for the rest of us it steadily became more and more difficult to stay. The office closed down with no notice for weeks due to an investigation, and we all lost wages as a result. Sometimes canvassing left us vulnerable to safety hazards,...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2018-07-12
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