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Updated December 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits for entry-level (in 5 reviews)

  • Good organization with good values, fun team, good pay with bonus (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Additionally, door-to-door fundraising is not sustainable long term (in 6 reviews)

  • No job security it's almost like contract work (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Community organization"

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    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Community Organizer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at Working America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome friendly environment
    I learned alot from this organization

    Cons

    I wish there was year around work available


  2. "Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Working America full-time

    Pros

    They pay good and the people are kool. Everyone tries to act professional but then get high at work and half the time people sit at parks all day and don't due their jobs

    Cons

    They require you to get food to door donations, or your fired. Managers tell you if you want to keep your job donate your own money and say you got it from people at there door. It's all b.s

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect people to get $15 donations a day then not be able to get it yourself. Don't pull the people you like aside and tell them the secret to keeping your job is donating your own money and lying about where it came from

  3. "Really great pay but temporary position."

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Working America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The exercise and the people you work with are friendly and passionate. Also they pay a great hourly wage of $15.

    Cons

    When I had my observation the terrain was very difficult. Some people didn't want us there after dark and called the police on a few canvassers.

    Advice to Management

    I had the observation and would've been hired on but a hiring freeze had been put in place. I wish I knew that beforehand.


  4. "Straightforward work, good training"

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    Former Employee - Field Canvasser in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Field Canvasser in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at Working America full-time

    Pros

    Good cause, the field managers are knowledgeable, training is a bit light at the very start but builds quickly. If you don't have a ton of work experience and like being on your feet outdoors, then this offers solid pay working with good people. If you like this kind of work and do well at it, there seems to be room to grow within the organization, and it's well respected in that field. Seems like a good fit for young people who want to get into political organizing/fundraising.

    Cons

    Most people don't hit the 90 days. The schedule is inflexible (usually 1:30-10 p.m. M-F). If you can't get comfortable asking for money door to door and using sales tactics, you're not going to hit your quotas, and no matter your skill level, you're going to deal with a lot of rejection every day.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a good job. You were absolutely honest about the kinds of challenges canvassers face and offered insightful, practical advice. Keep it up!


  5. "Good canvassing experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Working America full-time

    Pros

    Good organization with good values, fun team, good pay with bonus

    Cons

    Exhausting, unsustainable, fruitless work, stressful

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize


  6. "Great organization, best canvassing experience"

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    Former Employee - Field Organizer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Field Organizer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Working America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Like-minded coworkers
    great conversations
    fair pay
    benefits
    keep up-to-date on political issues

    Cons

    hard work
    very physical
    requires huge endurance
    a lot of rejection at doors
    Some projects require fundraising

    Advice to Management

    structure the trainings - they run together after a while, it may be beneficial to have separate trainings for people who have been there 2+ months.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Field Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Working America full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, and great team of people.

    Cons

    No job security it's almost like contract work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best training in the field"

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Working America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The training provided by Working America's national staff is unrivaled and the skills I developed during my time with Working American have contributed to the advancement of my career.

    Cons

    When working on a strict fundraising quota the rate of attrition is high, and the work can become quite stressful.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Field Director"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Field Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Field Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Working America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very cool people. Work outdoors. Work on issues that matter to working families, especially public education, access to healthcare and raising minimum wage. Great pay and benefits for a canvassing job.

    Cons

    Treatment of entry level and management employees differs from state to state. Massive post-election seasonal layoffs. Lack of job security at all times. White/male dominated corporate structure at higher levels reflects downwards in policies.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of focusing on racial and gender equity through PR you should analyze specific policies that support oppressed communities of workers. Also, treat Field Directors uniformly or at least put checks and balances on regional directors putative abilities, such as a feedback system for regional directors/the deputy canvass president.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Loving group of hard workers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Working America full-time

    Pros

    You get to explore across Philadelphia.

    Cons

    Weather is hectic some days.

    Advice to Management

    Allow groups to be formed by canvassers.


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