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Gordon and Schwenkmeyer Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "A good position for some types of people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Fundraiser (Glorified Telemarketer) in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Fundraiser (Glorified Telemarketer) in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time

    Pros

    Working with really laid-back people and being able to raise money for multiple democratic organizations and political candidates. Here at the Sacramento office the supervisors are very committed to the causes and will work with you as long as you put in effort. After training period, you receive 12 an hour.

    Cons

    One needs thick skin to be successful at this organization. You are required to ask every potential donor multiple times for a donation- basically hoping they don't hang-up on you as you get through you spiel. Rinse and repeat this dozens of times an hour, 8 hours a day. One must look past all manner of excuses from "Retired/ No income" to "Take me off the list" and still try to get at least one 'Dollar Ask'- some people have worked there for years and are quite adept at powering through. They also have a huge turn-over rate.
    If you are under-performing, they ask you to leave early- which for someone who needs a full-time position in undesirable.
    Someone I worked with made about 3-4 hundred by half-day and was still required to leave an hour and a half early.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with potential employees about the nature of the job- primarily the necessity of "3 dollar asks, every call- every time" and the criteria that allows one to be sent home early- it would save time on behalf of both parties.


  2. "Agent"

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    Current Employee - Agent in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Agent in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of fake people, cronyism & haters!

    Cons

    taking thousands of dollars a week in pledges from confused americans

    Advice to Management

    get a clue

  3. "I like it here"

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -They raised starting pay to $12 hr and have achievable bonuses.
    -The people who work here are good people
    -The causes we raise money for are definitely good causes from progressive non-profits to progressive candidates and Democratic organizations.
    -Hours are very flexible you can have a 40-43 he work week or a 20 hour work week it's really up to you.
    -Idk about the past but the current supervisors seem nice.
    -Union job, with benefits if you work full time

    Cons

    -It's not easy work and can be repetitive
    -You have to get past people telling you no all day on the phones and some clients can be very mean
    -Training probably needs to be a bigger focus

    Advice to Management

    -A focus on increasing morale on tough files is definitely preferable to discipline
    -Make scripts pop more
    -Build a better community among the workforce. It seems many are divided among when they came on but there are good people there. Having a better camaraderie on the floor would be great that culture has to come from the top.


  4. "Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Fundraiser/Telemarketer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Fundraiser/Telemarketer in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time

    Pros

    Half of the time the job is 40hrs a week, while most telemarketing jobs are only 20-30hrs per wk. The presentations used on the phone vary throughout the day and month to month, while most other telemarketing jobs use the same presentation all day long, month after month.

    Cons

    This co. does not value their employees. The management bullies them in various ways, from almost daily verbal abuse, disciplinary actions taken against employees-(they have tons of contradictory rules to make sure they can)-to requiring the telemarketers to break the laws. They require the fundraisers to continue asking for a contribution even if the donors have no food money. Very uncomfortable place to wrk. The mgmt does not know how to run a telemarketing dept and will not listen to advice frm the front line wrkrs. During part time periods employees are told the night before what their start times will be-(not end times), day at a time-no info about how long part time will last-(mgmt knows). This co. wrks at odds with itself.

    Advice to Management

    They need to change mgmt to people who understand how successful telemarketing depts work.


  5. Helpful (3)

    Pros

    Very good! Excellent training and direct contact with their clients.

    Cons

    There work rules are heavy-handed. I was fortunate that I was also a p/t professor at a local community college.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to recruit those at risk or new to the work force, you need to extend your probation period.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sweat shop masquerading as a progressive company"

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gordon and Schwenkmeyer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Full time hours
    Ability to help out charities and political campaigns

    Cons

    Extremely low pay. Pay starts at 8 dollars an hour. Even employees who have worked there for decades only make 14 dollars an hour. A truly progressive company, that raises money for the Democratic Party, should pay a living wage. Shameful.
    Sweat shop-like work environment. The list of rules would fill a phone book. Most are heavy handed while at the same time being nit picky. The most recent: locking the break room so that water is not accessible except during two breaks and lunch. We are people who talk all day for a living. We need unlimited access to water. Ironically, we raise money for the United Farm Workers which is demanding that its workers get access to water at least once an hour.
    Constantly written up, warned, and reminded of rules. There is little or no positive reinforcement. This is a sign of poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Loosen up on your ridiculous rules. PAY A LIVING WAGE!!