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Texas Campaign for the Environment Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "A Real Environmental Warrior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Organizer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Community Organizer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Texas Campaign for the Environment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Texas Campaign gets stuff done. The work environment is great! Everyone is super nice, and they make sure you are trained well before embarking on the day. If you love working outside thats a plus, and you spend you're day making a change and its tangible. There's lots of room for advancement if you work hard, and theres room for travel. Some the events they hold can be really fun. Definitely a unique atmosphere.

    Cons

    It's Texas so sometimes it can get really hot walking around for 5 hours. Great exercise though?
    Sometimes non-support gets to you but you just got to learn that there's always a supporter just around the bend.
    It can sometimes feel a little exhausting, but I expect that with any job you're dedicated to.


  2. "Hard Work Worth Doing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff at TCE is genuinely welcoming and invested in your success while at the organization. The training process is in depth while being digestible for a person brand new at community organizing. You're never fully alone when out organizing a neighborhood because the field managers are always available to help. The causes the organization campaigns for are noble and will affect real change for the environment in Texas. They are not easy to accomplish, but TCE has strategic plans involving the grassroots organizing I did while working there. Raising nightly standard may seem unrealistic on your first day but it is absolutely achievable every night. The staff will teach you all the skills necessary, including the positive attitude it takes to get through the non-supporters.

    Cons

    It's a non-profit that pays their employees. Meaning that they cannot hold onto those who are consistently not meaning the weekly standard for organizing. The hours are for flexible people, who don't have other priorities in the afternoon/evening.


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    "Warriors of Justice :I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employees generally make you feel welcome, however, after a few days, you will realize it is obviously contrived. Every once in a while, you will meet someone at the door who can carry on a nice conversation, which makes the otherwise miserable day slightly better.

    Cons

    They will literally hire anyone because they are aware of the immense turnover. The management is positive to a fault and unrealistic. Some areas where we would work were obviously not areas that have a significant population of environmentalists, so that makes your nightly goal nearly impossible to make. They say not to word about non-support, but chastise you if you say there was a surplus of non-support. God forbid you say anything negative about your "turf" because the field managers will give you a rehearsed speech about not letting the negativity get to you. Managers will ask you "what you did wrong" when asking you why you didn't make your night when the majority of making your night is obviously luck. Their excuse for one not making the night is "well, you must've gotten frustrated".. when, in reality, the post-canvass conversation is the most frustrating portion of the evening.

    Management is not transparent when discussing what your pay will be, how you get your pay, and what will actually make you successful. The longer you are with the organization, the more you realize just how full of it everyone is.

    There is almost no chance of ACTUAL advancement. It literally takes years in the organization to be in a place where one might actually be able to support themselves.

    Online donations are another issue entirely.. Several times I had confirmation of online donations, and I had to present that in order to get credit. I believe many of them "fall through the cracks" and management will never make an effort to figure out exactly where they should be going.. Who knows where that money ended up

    Knocking on people's doors after 8pm is completely rude.. no other explanation needed.

    The hours say 2-10, but in actuality, it's much closer to 1-11.. you will NOT be paid for the extra time.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic. Be honest. Don't treat employees with a lack of respect or fill them with false information regarding exactly what it is you do in these communities.


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  5. "Small organization that does great work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Texas Campaign for the Environment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -passionate and dedicate staff
    -casual work environment
    -not sitting at a desk all day
    -never bored at work
    -good experience for someone wanting to create change and get involved in the environmental movement

    Cons

    -low pay, (didn't expect more, it's a non-profit)
    -schedule makes it hard to have a life outside of work

    Advice to Management

    none really, keep up the good work


  6. "Political Organizer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Political Organizer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Political Organizer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employer is very friendly, and canvassing can feel like you're making a real difference in the community. It's really more like a sales position (just with donations instead of sales), but they're not going to mention it until after your first day "observation day".

    Cons

    The job is essentially to get people to donate money to TCE, which about half is used to pay you. Theres a set standard and if you don't make that standard they'll pay you half of what you made, or they'll pay you hourly (depending which is higher). The success can often depend on luck, which means how many people you meet who are supporters of the cause. If you want to make standard you're going to have to pressure people who don't really care about the cause or people who are unsure about the cause to donate.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front about how you plan on paying potential employees, instead of waiting until after they waste an entire day during "observation day". I understand that it may be an attempt to get people to try the job first, but it's misleading and kind of scummy. It's also pretty scummy to call "observation day" an interview instead of training (it's really part of training) so that you don't have to pay for an entire day of training when the individual didn't get you a lot of donations.


  7. "Field Organizer/Canvasser"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Campaign for the Environment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The cause is great and the people are invested in training the next generation of progressive leaders in Texas.

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking, even when promoted to senior manager. Health insurance benefits take too long to earn, and even once you get them they are abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better health benefits and compensation.


  8. "Great place to work to enact real change!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Campaign for the Environment part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to meet some great people who are all passionate about the work that they do. There is also a good training process in place, so they will help you as much as possible to become the best employee that you can be. You get to learn about the many environmental issues and movements occurring, both locally and nationwide. If you want to feel as though you're making a difference in the environmental movement, this is a great place to do it.

    Cons

    The working hours are inflexible, but they can be a pro/con depending on the type of person you are (2-10pm).


  9. "Hard Work Making Real Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Field Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Texas Campaign for the Environment part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    TCE is an effective organization the works for real change on environmental issues. It's a great opportunity if you want get involved with environmental activism. The work is hard, but rewarding. There are opportunities for advancement and if you stick around they will invest in you by sending you to conferences and to crosstrain at other offices across the country. They will hire almost anyone, but you have to prove yourself if you want to stick around. This job helped me gain experience to do other work in the environmental nonprofit field.

    Cons

    This job takes a lot of effort and energy and there is a lot of pressure to perform. You need to meet fundraising standards and if you miss repeatedly you will be fired. And in order to succeed you really need to throw your whole self into the job. The fact that the work really is meaningful makes this easier, but it can be extremely draining. For most people this is not going to be a forever job. With that being said, I did enjoy my time there and am glad I did it. I came out of the job with a lot of useful skills that helped me in future jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding when people are ready to leave and move onto another job. Quitting was very difficult because I felt like I was letting you down by leaving.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I would not recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Texas Campaign for the Environment part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great for the most part. They definitely characterize the "Keep Austin Weird" Vibe.

    Cons

    They say they're nonpartisan, but in reality, they swing sooo far left that it is crazy.
    They advertise $10 an hour, but it is all sales. If you don't meet that quota a few nights in a row ($160, I think), you risk losing your job.
    There is very little concern for the actual employees.
    The final, and for me, the most disconcerting aspect of the job was the fact that you had to tell people who were donating money that something like %60+ went to "education, outreach, and activism." By that, they mean paying your salary.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to constituents and don't misrepresent what you're about. Maybe the turn over won't be so high.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Best job ever!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over the years that I was with TCE, I learned valuable leadership skills, got to travel a lot, and was rewarded for my work with good pay and benefits. Most importantly, I had a hand is making positive, progressive change for Texas (and for the world)!

    Cons

    Working hard for what you believe in is just that: hard work. This isn't really a 'con,' just a fact of life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on!!


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