The Blue Bench Reviews

Updated Jan 7, 2021

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3.6
64%
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69%
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The Blue Bench Executive Director Karmen Carter
Karmen Carter
4 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Experience"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Previous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at The Blue Bench part-time

    Pros

    -Thorough training -Supportive management -Friendly staff -Encourages diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for growth or raises. Compensation is just above minimum wage.

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  2. "Great team but typical nonprofit problems"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist 

    I have been working at The Blue Bench part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great team to work with, lots of flexibility and opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Constant budget cuts, job insecurity and high turn over rates

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  3. "I really enjoyed it, great training!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Door to Door Canvasser 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Blue Bench full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, continuous, trainings No micromanaging Presentations from other local nonprofits Decent money Get to explore the metro area Enjoyed the people (coworkers and supporters)

    Cons

    A lot of downtime before going out- meet at office then eat lunch before going into the field Have to carry food/ water and canvass for bathrooms This org comes around yearly, some people REALLY dislike the group Sometimes get out as late as 11pm

  4. "A hard job but with some pros"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Denver, CO

    I worked at The Blue Bench part-time

    Pros

    Can make decent money if you're charismatic. Money goes to a good cause. Your work helps people

    Cons

    Long afternoon, angry people, go door to door in the dark after sunset.

  5. "Fulfilling work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Canvasser 

    I worked at The Blue Bench part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Co workers, exercise, meaningful work

    Cons

    Exhausting, not paid enough, emotional

  6. "Great Mission but Steer Clear"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Blue Bench full-time

    Pros

    Mission is very important, atmosphere is casual

    Cons

    The exec director is a bully and horrible leader. She doesn’t like new ideas/ways of doing things. I was hired for my expertise but when I tried to do my job there was constant pushback. She would talk horribly about former employees. There is actually a support group of former employees who worked for her. The ED would raise her salary every year but paid the therapists below market.

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  7. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Blue Bench full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Kind and supportive group, great mission, fantastic atmosphere. Leadership is great and everybody is super friendly.

    Cons

    Work later in the day because that’s when people are home. That’s the only negative!! Love this place.

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  8. "Fun people, tiring but rewarding work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Blue Bench part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, fun at-the-door interactions with community members, making a difference for survivors of sexual assault and being able to exercise outdoors

    Cons

    Late/hard hours, small compensation if you don't get bonus', not much room for growth, work rain/shine/snow/heat, lots of rejection

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Employees are treated well...until they have the audacity to expect proper wage"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Blue Bench full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to sleep in, work outside, and work for a good cause. Hours are consistent. If brought on full time you will have 40 hours per week. Scheduling is generally flexible.

    Cons

    Their pay structure is very poorly explained, making above minimum wage is exceedingly difficult and dependent almost entirely on season and luck. Voicing dissatisfaction with this pay structure even in a calm, professional, and one-on-one setting with management will be met with swift defensiveness and management will begin to act as though you are hostile and aggressive. Record all one-on-one meetings with management as they came across as untrustworthy and uncooperative. They do not have your best interests at heart, due in part to exceptionally high employee turnover (average employment is 6 weeks). The job is exceptionally emotionally taxing and rather physically taxing. Expect to be belittled, ignored, disrespected and emotionally exhausted every day. Be prepared to walk between 3 and 5 miles each shift - make sure your body and shoes are in proper condition for this task. Management makes no attempts to deny this aspect of the job, but also does not go great lengths to prepare employees for it either. Attempts to personalize or improve the fundraising speech outside a very narrow set of pre-made scripts are discouraged. Keep in mind this script has almost nothing to do with success rate at acquiring donations - most collected donations are from repeat donors who will tell you they would prefer to mail in. The script is also pushy and inflexible to potential donor response. In my experience, I was often very uncomfortable with the amount of pressure I was putting on strangers around a very sensitive topic at their own doorstep. You will be instructed to ignore 'no solicitation' signs as you will be told you are 'technically not a solicitor'. This instruction resulted in me being threatened with arrest and a firearm. I had multiple interaction with law enforcement as a result of following management's instruction. When those interactions significantly cut into my potential fundraising time, and therefor my potential earnings, my metrics / quotas and compensation were not adjusted in any way. You are not provided any consistent means of restroom usage. You are expected to ask potential donors to enter their private residence (exceedingly dangerous) and use their personal restrooms (exceedingly invasive). The work is hard and you are generally disliked by most people you interact with. The pay is bad, management has no motivation to help you develop your career within the organization or in general, and sees you as a temporary, disposable resource.

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  10. "Community Organizer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at The Blue Bench part-time

    Pros

    Get to be a part of preventing sexual violence. Work to educate members about the great resources The Blue Bench provides to sexual assault survivors, the prevention education done in schools, and getting the hotline number out there.

    Cons

    Difficult to go door-to-door asking for money. Have to have a thick skin (worth it for the cause). Swing shift hours.

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