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Fund for the Public Interest Employee Reviews about "canvassing"

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Ed Johnson
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  • "You get to work with like minded people who really care about the issues you're canvassing for(in 66 reviews)

  • "Working for a good cause, surrounded by others who are passionate about the environment(in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Dealing with a lot of rejection while canvassing - will need thick skin for(in 123 reviews)

  • "long hours that aren't always advertised(in 51 reviews)

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  1. "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
  2. 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
  3. "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
  4. "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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    "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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    "Complicated components"

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    Former Employee - Canvass Director in Washington, DC
    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

    When you have campaign victories, you really feel like you've made a difference and all your hard work and extremely long hours have paid off. Ability to manage a team of staff at a young age is great experience and they have a great training program.

    Cons

    The Fund prides itself into putting most of its funds towards its causes but that also means a very small paycheck for Canvass Directors, especially after taxes. It is not an affordable salary, especially in a city like Washington D.C. The job and the passion of leadership dictates how the office runs, and when you don't have good leadership it becomes unenjoyable to make the difference you're trying to make even if you...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay Canvass Directors more or their passion will die from exhaustion.

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-02-19
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    "An absolute scam"

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    Former Employee - ASSISTANT CANVASSING DIRECTOR 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary position easy job to get

    Cons

    when you crunch the numbers you're making less than minimum wage if you work a 65 hour week like they expect you to. this org takes advantage of recent college graduates who don't expect any type of work/life balance because they're fresh out of academia suspicious organizational structure and impact. you're gonna be switching campaigns almost monthly and while national claims they're doing altruistic work you don't...

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    Advice to Management

    it is not in the public's interest to exploit the labor of college kids and recent grads. I honestly don't know how you can sleep at night.

    Fund for the Public Interest2019-01-21
  8. Helpful (3)

    "really good money, but at a cost"

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    Former Employee - Full Time Canvasser in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a college student doing this for the summer it is a perfect job. If you remember the rap and do what they tell you to do you can make serious money. Potentially one of the best paying jobs for low skill workers. You see a difference in the community and the people you talk to after a while. Calpirg and envi california have made monumental changes to our societal climate, and have been significant influencers...

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    Cons

    everything is corporate. you walk 5-7 miles a day. Hours for full time canvassers are 2pm to 10pm, but sometimes i didnt get out until midnight. some days you get dont get a single donation. you never have job security, I was one of the biggest earners my summer yet i was let go for not meeting quota 2 weeks in a row. I had only missed the quota by less than $100 both weeks, yet I was still let go. They rush you in the...

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    Advice to Management

    Make employment and payment information clearer before the interview process. have more options for people who don't meet quota. maybe let overflow happen from week to week. I was fired for not meeting quota, but if you added up all the money I had made in my three months against the amount of money i was expected to make I was above quota.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-11-09
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    "Canvasser"

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

    I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

    Pros

    I can honestly say nothing good about working at this organization. The only good part were the friends I made due to the mutual dislike of the work.

    Cons

    Too many to count. Don't work here. The leadership team is disorganized. Canvassers must memorize a script to pitch at the door to raise money for the "campaign," so we can extract money from naive people and often from those who need it the most. This money then goes directly back to management and running the organization - so we have no idea how much actually goes to the cause we are working for. The hours are long...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay better. Be more transparent about where exactly the money is going. Let canvassers take breaks for food, bathroom, and water. Forget the quotas or at least lower them. Be more flexible about days off. Honestly this whole organization is a scam, there isn't too much advice I can even give.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-11-18
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Campaign Director ..dont do it!"

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    Former Employee - Campaign Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    not much, some leadership and low level door-to-door fundraising experience, I guess.

    Cons

    pay is below minimum wage for 60 hour work weeks 6 days a week, mostly canvassing neighborhoods and desperately texting/calling/emailing to try and recruit new hires that quit after a week or so. They are sketchy about job details/benefits, don't tell if you don't raise enough for your weekly quota canvassing that you could potentially...

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    Fund for the Public Interest2018-11-04
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