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- "A lot of other reviews go into accurate detail about the low pay, turnover, lack of work/life balance, and the cultish nature of The Public Interest Network (which Impact is under the umbrella of)." (in 4 reviews)
- "Long hours are apart of making social change." (in 4 reviews)
- "Salary: In theory the salary is do able if you're placed in a city with a responsible cost of living but that is not that case in most cities Impact staffs." (in 3 reviews)
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- 5.0Feb 9, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 3 years
We have the opportunity to work on important issues one at a time and really sink our teeth into them. You really get to run your own campaign in your state from recruiting volunteers/interns to work with you to building relationships with local organizations and VIPs.
There are a lot of problems in the world and it can be hard to work on just one at a time. There are also a lot of factors outside of our control - elected officials schedule votes, funders decide which states they want to fund - so we have to be ready to roll with the punches.2
- 5.0Feb 11, 2016Campaign OrganizerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearWashington, DC
- amazing co-workers- like-minded individuals who provide an incredible support network which is necessary when you're working on such big issues that are seemingly difficult to tackle like climate change and getting big money out of politics. - meaningful work- you're able to take on a lot of responsibility in areas of campaign and non-profit management working around environmental and public interested issues - geographic flexibility- we are based in 25 different states across the country and place new employees based on their preferences - awesome opportunities for advancement. Impact is part of a broader network of non-profits (the Public Interest Network) which has a ton of opportunities for vertical and horizontal advancement after the 2-year training program.
- can have long hours working on campaigns. need to be prepared to work hard and do what it takes to get the work done on your campaigns. for much of the year, you will work closer to 40 hours, but going in, you need to have the expectation that at some parts of the year, you might be working closer to 80 hours. - compensation is relatively low but it is absolutely possible to live comfortably in high cost of living areas such as DC or NY given that you make lifestyle choices such has having roommates or using alternative modes of transportation (pub trans, cycling)2
- 5.0Mar 3, 2016OrganizerCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Impact provides a great training program where you can learn all of the basics on how to run an advocacy campaign- from building coalitions to working with media, to training and managing interns, but also more advanced skills like fundraising, campaign planning, and strategy. I feel very suported by my staff director and know that they want me to become the best organizer possible and appreciate the amount of feedback given. Really strong culture of creating incremental, lasting social change.
Long hours, need to be comfortable with failure, can be hard to see immediate impact of your work, comfortable living on a tight budget.
- 5.0Apr 5, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Impact provides training on how to effectively organize on political and environmental campaigns. I have gained many valuable skills within my first year at Impact. I had the opportunity to work on solar power and I have had stories published in many newspapers locally, have been on the news for some of our report releases, and have had the chance to sit down one on one with elected officials to talk with them about our campaigns. I work with an excellent team that is encouraging and helpful in providing advice on the work I am doing. Overall great experience.
The hours can be somewhat long. You have to be prepared to work long hours in order to make meaningful change on these issues.
- 5.0Feb 28, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
-Excellent classroom and hands-on training -You're surrounded by people who are ready to work hard in a strategic and meaningful way to make a difference on some of the biggest issues facing our country -The staff are fun and care deeply about making the world a better place -You get handed responsibility quickly and early in your career which is unlike most non-profit jobs after college -Great benefits and opportunities for advancement
-The hours are long, and sometimes it can get exhausting, mostly because learning new skills after college takes both extra time and energy. The work became easier, and I became more efficient in my second year of the program.
- 4.0Oct 7, 2015Campaign OrganizerCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Entry-level positions are given a lot of responsibility right away. I was running a press conference within 3 weeks of starting on the job. Relationship building is imperative to success in this field, and makes the job fun.
With a lot of responsibility, it is impossible to get to everything that needs to be done each day. But this is less a problem with the organizational structure, and more a fact of the nature of the job and the political issues Impact takes on. This can be really stressful.3
- 5.0Apr 25, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
There are a few things I absolutely LOVE about working with Impact: 1. Amazing people. Every day I go to work, I get to work with other people who are smart, talented, and passionate. 2. Great training program. I started with Impact right after I graduated from college. I was looking for a job where I could get real hands on experience in addition to the training that I would need to eventually become a leader in political/environmental organizing. I absolutely found that. In addition to excellent structured training in the classroom, I was mentored and supported by a staff director who worked closely with me one on one to develop my own skills. I've since had the opportunity to take on more leadership and responsibility with the organization. The opportunity to build a career here and take on a lot of responsibility quickly is another big reason why I am excited to work here. 3. Make real change on critical issues. With Impact, I've built support to tackle global warming, fought corporate agribusiness, and worked to get big money out of politics. We've won some campaigns and lost some campaigns since I started here, but one of the things I like best about Impact is that we are strategic and smart about the work that we do, which means that we use our limited resources to make as big a difference as we can. And big picture, I know that the work that I am doing is helping to make the world a better place.
I know that I could make more money and work fewer hours in the corporate world, but I don't want a job that I am not passionate about. I want to work on campaigns I love and work with people who share my values.
- 4.0Mar 3, 2016Campaign OrganizerFormer EmployeeHartford, CT
1. Training: this was my first job out of college and while I'd done some advocacy and organizing work as a student, I had zero formal training. Impact gave me a lot of training on how to be an effective advocate and organizer and is one of the only opportunities I know of for recent grads to get the kind of training and experience it takes to do this kind of work. 2. Issues: we work on some pretty important issues - getting big money out of politics, stopping the overuse of antibiotics, fighting for clean energy, protecting clean water, etc. If you care about these issues, I can't think of a better way to actually make a difference on them. Working really hard and then winning a campaign is the best feeling in the world. 3. Responsibility: you get a lot of it. From day one, you hit the ground running and while you'll be working with a team of organizers from around the country, you'll be held accountable for building support for the issue you're working on in the city and state where you're based. You'll also run a citizen outreach office in the summer where you'll be responsible for recruiting and hiring (and sometimes firing) staff, training and motivating them, and making sure they all get paid - where else can you find that kind of responsibility a year out of college? 4. Coworkers: easily one of the best parts of the job. You get to work with amazing people. Both your fellow organizers, but also senior staff. My first staff director was amazing and when you have to work side by side with people, you better hope you like them...
1. The pay: it's not much and the hours are long. That being said, I lived comfortable on the salary and you don't do this kind of work because you want a big paycheck. 2. This depends, but location: I worked in Hartford, CT for two years, which is a fine town but definitely not my cup of tea. The city itself was an obstacle, but the office was tiny staff wise too which was not a work environment that I particularly enjoyed. This certainly isn't the case everywhere, but something to consider.
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Impact has an overall rating of 3.2 out of 5, based on over 27 reviews left anonymously by employees. 60% of employees would recommend working at Impact to a friend and 67% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.
60% of Impact employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Impact 2.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.3 for culture and values and 3.5 for career opportunities.