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Fund for the Public Interest Employee Reviews about "good cause"

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Ed Johnson
159 Ratings
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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. "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
  3. 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
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    "Canvasser"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Carrboro, NC
    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

    Working for a good cause, surrounded by others who are passionate about the environment. The team is very supportive of employee growth and development and you work your way up the ranks quickly if you stick with it.

    Cons

    It's a hard job. Walking from door to door for 5 hours into the night is rough on your body and spirit. Raising funds is difficult and it can be disenchanting when you get 2 donations for five hours of hard work.

    Fund for the Public Interest2018-10-26
  5. "Fun summer job"

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      Former Employee - Canvasser, FM, Director 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Fun summer job - learned about organizing and got to work on environmental issues. You talk to interesting people, get to be outside most of the day, and raise money for a good cause. I canvassed and was a Field Manager in college, then directed for a few summers.

      Cons

      You might not like it if you don't want to fundraise or be outside. And while a lot of people say no, you do get really cool people involved. A lot of my friends had higher paying office jobs, but I thought this was a cool alternative.

      Fund for the Public Interest2018-10-04
    • "Company with good goals"

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      Former Employee - Field Manager in College Park, MD
      Recommends

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

      Pros

      - For good causes - Positive atmosphere with nice, supportive, and motivated people - Good for developing diplomatic social skills. Very similar to a sales job.

      Cons

      - Low pay for Canvassers unless you're good at Canvassing - Low pay and lots of hours for higher-up, salaried positions. The low pay is probably partially because they're raising money as a nonprofit - They try to make you continue to canvass in very uncomfortable weather conditions (e.g. below 20 degree weather, but fine for summer jobs) - High turnover rate for people who aren't good at Canvassing

      Advice to Management

      Pay people a little more, especially the salaried workers.

      Fund for the Public Interest2017-12-10
    • Helpful (3)

      "Good for a PT Temp Job"

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      Former Employee - Caller in Sacramento, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Working for good causes with great people - If you're getting back into the workforce, can't stand for long periods or do heavy lifting, and believe in liberal causes, this may be a good Temp or PT job for you. You can learn skills and confidence that may help you get or keep other jobs. Friendly and responsive directors (shift supervisors) show integrity and try their best to help new hires learn the ropes.

      Cons

      Hard to keep as a long-term, full time job. - It's not easy to keep one's performance quota high enough to make this a permanent full time job. You must be serious about your performance, always be on time, and constantly try to increase donations. Parking downtown can be problematic on weekdays. Meters cost money, but a ticket could take your whole paycheck for that shift.

      Advice to Management

      Don't alienate current donors so they want to quit giving. Too many asks can make some want to quit. Look for ways to add new donors. Be responsive to the issues donors care about most.

      Fund for the Public Interest2017-11-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Challenging but Rewarding Work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Fund for the Public Interest full-time

      Pros

      Work on a good cause and gain communication skills

      Cons

      Job security and room for promotion is completely dependent on the employee's fundraising performance

      Fund for the Public Interest2017-08-07
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      "There are much better options out there"

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      Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Denver, CO
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      1) Meeting some of the best people here. Passionate, like-minded, fun individuals. Mostly students or recent college grads. 2) Never know what cool networking could come rom canvassing. 3) You're attempting to work for a good cause. 4) might get to go on a camping-canvass 5) director position has good leadership for resume

      Cons

      1) The biggest. They are deceptive. Left and right, from the start. Everything from salary, to your job description, and for some people, job title. You could be hired for one position (recruitment) and told the week you start that you'll be doing something totally different (canvass office mgmt), and usually you have no say. They may play down how much you'll be canvassing. They may say raises are possible after a few...

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      Advice to Management

      You wouldn't need to invest hundreds of hours on recruitment each year targeting directors, if the directors working there were treated well and could stand to stay for more than a year.

      Fund for the Public Interest2017-06-07
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good work, though hard"

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      Current Employee - Director in Chapel Hill, NC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Working for a good cause, working with cool people, looks good on your resume.

      Cons

      People at the door can be crappy to you sometimes, and walking for that long everyday can get tiring.

      Fund for the Public Interest2017-05-18
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