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Grassroots Campaigns Reviews

Updated December 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great non-profit organization clientele; the ability to learn a lot in a short amount of time; meeting diverse groups of people from all walks of life (in 12 reviews)

  • Working for good causes and candidates (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • VERY long hours with no overtime (in 44 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance is non-existent (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Canvasser, Recruiter, Roving Recruiter, Canvass Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grassroots Campaigns full-time

    Pros

    There was a real sense of a team within the office. The diverse backgrounds of everyone in the office lent itself to constantly growing as a person.

    Cons

    The hours as a salaried employee were too long for too little pay. I did the math for a particularly challenging pay period and I was earning about $6.00 an hour.

    Advice to Management

    Find some way to more properly compensate the Assistant and Lead Canvass Directors.

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 20, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    Yes--we also like the real sense of team in our offices! We appreciate your feedback regarding compensation. We've recently boosted director pay and added several benefits to our employee benefits... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "WORST COMPANY EVER"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none for them!

    Cons

    This is the absolute worst company to work at. They make the directors and assistant directors work over 70 hours a week a 7 days a week and will not provide a suitable working environment for the employees to work in or park. This company say they are all about change but the only thing they want to do is use close to free labor to make more money and decrease the health conditions of their employees immune systems by exposing them to all the elements.

    Advice to Management

    Purchase great working spaces for employees and include parking for all the employees so they are not walking miles just to get to work after driving their cars there. Also pay more especially for the directors who have to work there 7 days a week. Provide better benefits and care more for employees. Or you could put in a word to shut the company down completely.

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    I'm sorry to hear that you haven't had a good experience so far! We certainly want everyone to experience a positive work environment. Please reach out to HR at cnkrumah@grassrootscampaigns.com so... More

  3. "Get Paid To Help Change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grassroots Campaigns full-time

    Pros

    You get paid while helping to support positive changes
    Fight for what you believe in
    People you work with are very outgoing

    Cons

    Can be very stressful depending on what you help fund-raise
    You might encounter aggressive people
    Outside for 8 hours a day talking

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 16, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    Isn't is great to work for what you believe in? Encountering people in the field who don't support progressive causes can be difficult, but it sounds as if most of your interactions on the field... More


  4. "Great training"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grassroots Campaigns full-time

    Pros

    Grassroots provides opportunities to learn and grow in the field of social justice. They tackle important social issues and prepare young people for the future.

    Cons

    Getting reimbursed for travel can be a hassle

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're owed at all times.

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 16, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    You seem to have truly appreciated the opportunity to "learn and grow in the field of social justice" with us--that's heartwarming to hear. We are actively working to expedite our... More


  5. "Good work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grassroots Campaigns part-time

    Pros

    It's a Good place to earn some money while working towards causes you believe in.
    Also, a good place to work on your communication skills and learn how to meet new people and interact.

    Cons

    It can be really draining.
    You have to work full days, as opposed to half days for instance, so as a student I have to work weekends both days of the weekend from 10-6.

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 16, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    It's admirable that you're working while going to school. We're lucky to have you! I agree that canvassing work's demanding--but a great way to hone your communication skills, as you say. Thank... More


  6. "Horrible, filled with confidence busting attitudes."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grassroots Campaigns full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Met some nice canvassers, and the hours for office staff was generally ok, pretty much it as far as pros are concerned.

    Cons

    No organization or training and management unwilling to hear the ideas from employees. Upper management never took the time to listen to grievances , they just fired people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with outside work experience, they'll bring a better dynamic.

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    Oh, gosh, I'm really sorry to hear about your experience, but I very much appreciate your feedback. I'm going to speak with those associated with this office to see if they can help ferret out what... More


  7. "Great leadership experience and a fun work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Grassroots Campaigns full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not only a great place for leadership experience but also a good opportunity to be forever associated with the wonderful organizations and candidates you represent. The more roles you have as a leader, the more your resume will look impeccable. You will also meet wonderful people with similar goals and aspirations in the workplace. If you are open to move around the country, they have wonderful opportunities. Never take for granted that you are going to work every day without having to wonder who voted for Trump.

    Cons

    Canvassing multiple days a week can be draining, but there's always training to help you improve

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. Trust you'll continue to pursue additional leadership opportunities within our organization. Your enthusiasm's contagious!

  8. "Field Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    You are just a number and will be fired very quickly without being


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Canvasser"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Grassroots Campaigns full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You meet amazing people and is a good first job, and it will keep you in shape.

    Cons

    The person that interviewed me gave me an uneasy feeling, and made some questionable comments during the interview. I was told that I was hired, and to come back the next day to start my "training". I put training in quotations because it isn't really training. Not the actual training you will need if you're trying to do well at this job. You will also find that directors won't really talk to you if you aren't another director. They all seem to ignore the others, and stick in their little group. I had a question, but because of all their demeanors besides maybe one, I didn't feel comfortable asking it. Then we all circle up, and went around introducing ourselves and answering questions completely unrelated to the job. it's like we are in kindergarten. The entire "Morning Circle" unprofessional.
    Next they had us travel, but did not tell any of the trainees that we are required to pay for our own travel expenses. If I didn't have a unlimited, I would've been in trouble. I didn't mind standing all day, and the girl who was my Field Manager, was kind and extremely helpful. I made quota my first day. When we got back one of the other newbies was let go that day, without finishing the three days of training. I find that extremely unprofessional.
    Beware of upsetting the directors, they will make you life there a living hell, and make you feel so uncomfortable you won't want to return.

    Advice to Management

    Please stick to your word. If you tell people they have three days, honor it.
    Do a better job at informing the trainees they will be spending money on travel.
    The directors should stop treating the office like it's their personal High School, and be more professional.
    It would probably be best to revise the "morning circle" idea to just the people who did well the day before, the news, and office announcements.

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 20, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. We've shared your review with the New York office and are working with them to ensure that the expectations we have for all offices are being fully met in that... More


  10. "Canvasser Factory"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Canvass Director in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grassroots Campaigns (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to raise money for some great organizations.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in employees
    Low pay for long work.
    Disorganized /disconnected relation ship between supervisors and HQ

    Grassroots Campaigns Response

    Oct 25, 2017 – Recruitment Manager

    We appreciate your feedback. Campaign work is indeed difficult, but, as you say, it's an opportunity to raise money for some great organizations. We have recently increased director pay, and we... More


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