good resume builder, but not worth sticking around for long
Assistant Director (Former Employee) – Madison, WI – April 29, 2015
I'm really glad I worked with the Fund for a year. I worked on issues I cared about and gained valuable leadership experience and skills right out of undergrad which other places couldn't offer. I think this was the key addition my resume needed when I decided I wanted to go to graduate school. I was accepted everywhere I applied, and I think I have the Fund to thank for that.
Having said that, there is a reason they offer so much responsibility to so many young people. They don't pay you much, and you work ridiculously long hours. It's easy to burn out quickly, and so turnover rate is pretty high. When hired as a director or assistant director, you are asked to commit to one year. I stuck it out for the full year, but it was really tough working up to 80 hours a week. Some people stay with this company for longer and advance to higher leadership positions because they are motivated by the campaigns you work on. Good for them- I don't know where they find the energy!
I will also say that the organization doesn't seem to be open to new ideas or suggestions for how things are run. Upper management is always saying, "This is the way we've done it for years and it works."
Additionally, there are office directors who will take credit for the fundraising abilities of their staff without providing deserved recognition. There needs to be more accountability for these people, as it is frustrating to witness managers who consistently shirk responsibilities while getting ahead on the work of the people they are supposed to be leading.
awesome healthcare benefits
poor work/life balance, high turnover