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Working America Reviews

Updated May 18, 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 5 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. "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

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good People, Bad Job"

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    Former Employee - Canvass Organizer
    Former Employee - Canvass Organizer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The organization did fight for some noble causes
    The people were all very nice and friendly

    Cons

    Constant rejection
    You have to walk around neighborhoods (sometimes by yourself) in all weather for 5 hours per day
    High quotas with strict punishments (i.e. being fired)
    Terrible hours (1:30 pm to 10 pm)

    Advice to Management

    I would amend the quotas. In my opinion, they are very high and add lots of stress to (especially new) employees.


  9. "Great Org"

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

    Pros

    Do good work. Connect with people.

    Cons

    Sometimes awful. Really sometimes it is awful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Take pride in your job"

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    Current Employee - Canvasser in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Working America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great staff, you get to be outside all day. It's one of the few jobs where you feel like you are making a difference with what you do.

    Cons

    You are outside for 5 hours a shift whether it's 90 and sunny, or it's raining all day long. You also walk a lot like 5 to 10 miles a night. So if that sounds like something you can't handle this job isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what you doing, you are the most down to earth caring people I have ever met. It's rare to work a job where your managers actually care about their employees, this is one of them.


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