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New York Public Interest Research Group Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2019

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3.3
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Blair Horner
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "Opportunity to make a lot of money fundraising for summer canvass(in 10 reviews)

  • "Learning better communication skills(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Canvassing can be very taxing, physically and emotionally, and it's simply not for everyone(in 16 reviews)

  • "Commission based pay with no case pay(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get good hands-on experience engaging student activism and engaging campaigns

    Cons

    Pay is barely enough to survive in NYC

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-05-09
  2. "Great organization, no growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Canvass Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, great causes, great skill set learned

    Cons

    Too many hours, no growth potential, not open to new ideas or issues to explore, toe the line on key issues

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-06-11
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Master the Art of Rhetoric, Get Paid Well"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -ability to earn a lot -get comfortable with being rejected

    Cons

    -Long/weird hours (2pm-10pm) -hardest job you will ever do -shady management (the goal is to raise as much as possible); they save the high donors for the field managers and get really mad at you if you accidentally go to the door of a high donor which they restrict you from approaching

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-05-30
  4. "Great cause, mission, and opportunity for experience. Horrible organization."

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Lots of responsibility and autonomy. -Great relationship building with the students.

    Cons

    -Poor pay -Misleading contract -Zero growth -Poor management at the top ripples throughout the org -People treated as they are disposable

    Advice to Management

    Hire an actual HR professional. If treating your employees fairly isn't enough justification, maybe setting and enforcing better policies that prevent mistreatment will protect the organization one day.

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-06-24
  5. Helpful (2)

    "False Advertising"

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    Former Employee - Field Canvasser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are passionate about the environment and have an extremely flexible schedule with financial security than this is perfect.

    Cons

    Working a 2-10 pm shift, no guaranteed pay - all pay is based on commission, no actual work doing things to help the environment as advertised. The job is basically getting to the office at Murray street before 2, getting placed in your group for the day and being shuttled off to that day's turf this could be in any borough, Westchester or New Jersey. There you may waste upwards of 2 hours sitting in your designated lunch...

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    Advice to Management

    This "job" should be a volunteer position and not advertised as a paid employment opportunity. You will probably get much more committed volunteers who expect to get paid nothing rather than a bunch of college-aged kids who are sold on the idea of making upwards of $700 a week, when in reality over 40 hours a week of hard work can easily go unpaid.

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-06-21
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Volunteer work"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Syracuse, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Gaining confidence, gaining public speech experience, spending time outside.

    Cons

    Long hours, hassling people, misleadingly advertised

    Advice to Management

    Do less canvassing and more community fundraisers, use the buddy system for canvassers, don’t advertise that “you can make $500-$700 dollars” because that doesn’t happen often. Shorten canvassing hours.

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-05-06
  7. Helpful (1)

    "unprofessional work environment"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Ithaca, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    work with young people, refine public speaking, practice campaign strategies, meet cool and passionate people, if you surpass the minimum amount of money collected you earn more yourself. learned more about environmental research and organizing.

    Cons

    unsafe transport arrangements: would be wandering around rural areas at 9pm alone without phone service waiting to be found by supervisors each night to carpool us to the office to count up our collections from the daily rounds. i left due to experiencing unprofessional treatment from staff.

    New York Public Interest Research Group2019-05-01
  8. "Fun meaningful job"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time

      Pros

      Helped NY Environmental causes Got to understand many points of view

      Cons

      Work can slow down depending on the time in the season and how well you canvass.

      New York Public Interest Research Group2018-12-29
    • "Field Manager"

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      Former Employee - Field Manager in Albany, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      +Life long skill +Polishes public speaking +Promotes positive change +Understanding of politics +Great for college students

      Cons

      -Hard work (nature of the beast) -Odd hours (not a 9-5, but 5-9)

      Advice to Management

      N/A

      New York Public Interest Research Group2018-11-13
    • Helpful (2)

      "transparency"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at New York Public Interest Research Group full-time

        Pros

        educating individuals, not that many pros

        Cons

        stressful, physically exhausting, not enough training

        New York Public Interest Research Group2018-10-27
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