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Fun place with fun people but not good management
Recruitment Specialist / Canvasser (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJune 26, 2014
Pros: good people, good location, and environment
Cons: bad management
I enjoyed workking for grassroots i just wish the managers were better at their jobs. Nothing was ever organized in the office and the blame was always on the employees. The managers were nice and all but they were just too inexperienced.
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circle time is the best time
Canvasser (Current Employee), San Diego, CAJune 12, 2014
Pros: the best people
Cons: too much week left at the end of the money ;)
This is a great organization. Idealistic, energetic, with some really talented caring people working here. I always learn something and go home feeling good about the day's work.
This is, however, progressive political and humanitarian fundraising. If your main reason for working is financial success (or even stability) you will not be "a good fit" – more... here. – less
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Great organization to be a part of a social justice movement
Field Manager for Save the Children Poverty Relief (Former Employee), Sacramento, CAMay 24, 2014
Pros: rewarding job contributing to communities
Cons: bi-monthly fund raising quota
This non-profit organization does not only focus on one social justice grassroots movement, but has different seasons allocated to many different non-profit fundraising.
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Not a good Job for all
Canvasser (Former Employee), New York, NyFebruary 7, 2014
Pros: friendly staff members
Cons: not a good job
all the staff are very nicee but is not right for them to leave us stranded in a neighborhood where we dont know on the first day of training they want us to waste money to get to the neighborhood I wanted to worked to get money not to waste money. Not a good place to work on really cold weather walking for five hours straight trying to get people to – more... donate not a great job didnt like it at all it wasnt fun cause it was only two people on my team i was left all alone after i wouldnt recommend this to anyone – less
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not a great work environment.
campaigner (Former Employee), Portland, ORJanuary 8, 2014
i did not like working for this company because it didnt feel like a very safe work environment. the girl who worked here when i did wore very skimpy clothing and we were out side in the middle of downtown Portland for 8 hours, that was a bad idea. the higher up managers were not friendly, they had a 'do it my way if its safe or not' attitude
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Young, fun, progressive working environment
Lead Campaign Director (Former Employee), Chicago, ILOctober 6, 2013
Learned about issues related to international development, the environment, human rights, etc. Managed and executed fundraising campaigns and an office of 30 people, including three Assistant Directors. Focused on leadership development and team building.
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Great job environment. Make new friends while you work.
Field Manager (Former Employee), New York, NYSeptember 10, 2013
Pros: travel reimbursement
Cons: long hours
Great place to work if you like the potential of making your own paycheck. Comes with a base pay plus commission. Plenty of room for advancement as well. Come in around 12 to the office, prepare for the day and then head out to work site at around 2. Stay at site until 6 before returning to office. Debrief with director after every shift. This is the – more... best part of the day because the discuss your strengths and areas that can be improved. The hardest part of the day is the actual canvassing as you will be standing for long hours in different weather conditions. However, if you like making a difference in the world then this is the job for you. – less
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Fun workplace environment, tough job.
Field Manager (Former Employee), Washington, DCAugust 31, 2013
Pros: great co-workers
Cons: disorganized office
Most days I really enjoyed working at Grassroots, but when I failed to make quota I felt like there wasn't much of a support structure. A very sink-or-swim environment.
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Amazing environment with some of the best people you will ever meet!
Field Manager (Former Employee), Santa Monica, CAAugust 27, 2013
Your day starts by walking in and greeting everyone then starting to practice your pitch for the cause you are working for. Then as Field manager, You form a group and brief them on the location youll be headed to. After arriving at the location you place your team in proper positions around the location, give them goals and proceed to canvassing. After – more... canvassing for about 6 hours you proceed back to headquarters then gather and count the money received, De-brief the people in your group and ensure they've made quota then clock out. – less
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Good People, cool experiences
Recruitment Specialist (Former Employee), New York, NYJuly 27, 2013
Pros: traveling and friends
Cons: lots of walking, horrible pay, rejection
It's a great place to work if you're a student looking for extra cash.

The staff is great, a lot of friendly people.

The pay is really only good if you're in the office.

I learned how to deal with rejection, which is the hardest part of the job.

The best part though is seeing people smile and willing to help the causes you fight for.
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Fun and an energetic environment
Fund raiser (Former Employee), San Francisco, CAJune 13, 2013
It was a job that required a good personality, a fund raiser should have the ability to understand and work with different types of people. A fund raiser should be able to explain and convince what their offering. The message should be delivered carefully and precisely in order to reach the goal.
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The cause will have to pull you through
Assistant Director (Former Employee), Raleigh, NCMay 28, 2013
Pros: advocate for some truly great causes, met some great people
Cons: long hours, few breaks, low pay, management.
I made the mistake of working here during the 2012 campaign season, so I'm not sure if my situation was typical, but I did not enjoy working for this company. Extremely long hours, During my month and a half there I wound up averaging 12-15 hours a day with few if any scheduled lunch or dinner breaks. That combined with the salary meant I was working – more... for about half of minimum wage per hour. I had to relocate that the company said they'd take care of, in the 5 days I spent at my new location before I ended up quitting I spent in 4 different hotels, most times getting off of work after midnight and waiting around the office for an hour before they'd inform me where I was staying that night. – less
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Training / Management
Field Manager (Former Employee), Denver, COMay 18, 2013
i would train and watch the team canvass the hardest part was the focus of the employ's but i loved what i did.
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Give a lot to get a little.
Field Manager (Former Employee), Saint Louis, MissouriApril 29, 2013
Pros: freedom, good cause
Cons: pay, weather conditions, people
This had to be a job that you do because you care, not because you need the money. While I was very good at this fundraising job, I watched others get fired all of the time for not meeting quota once or twice.
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Difficult at first, but worth it in the end.
Canvasser (Former Employee), Las Vegas, NVFebruary 17, 2013
Pros: lots of communication, you learn to deal with just about anyone, and you work by yourself, so no one will be bugging you while you go door to door.
Cons: lots of walking, you have to get used to it.
My typical day consisted of lots of walking, about 5 to 6 hours worth. I didn't quite get a handle of this until the next week when my feet got really used to it. With that said, it's quite a workout, as you walk door to door and meeting with dozens of people in a single day; hundreds in a week. I really enjoyed this job, as it became simple, and easy – more... to do. – less
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Fun place to work
Part Time Canvasser (Current Employee), Boston, MAJanuary 10, 2013
I learned a lot about communication and sales. All of my co-workers were extremely nice, friendly and supportive.
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Long, but rewarding
Assistant Canvass Director (Current Employee), Boston, MANovember 26, 2012
Pros: people working for the same issues
Cons: no hr division and not medically accomodating. that needs to be changed.
The hours are very long as a director, but it doesn't really feel like it because you're doing so many tasks. Its the kind of job where you will ALWAYS be busy and I like that.

I learned how to train people, learn how to supervise people, make tough decisions when nessecary, and really learn how important motivation is to team building.

The hardest – more... part of the job is that it is campaign work.... its a competitive job where you have to work 110% everyday. Even though this is the hardest part, its my favorite part, too. – less
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Working hard for a good cause
Full-Time Canvasser (Former Employee), Washington, DCOctober 22, 2012
Pros: amazing coworkers, very strong work ethic and environment
Cons: little job security, summer heat
Work as a canvasser at Grassroots Campaigns was much performance focused. If a canvasser did not meet his quota for that day or week, they were calmly let go. Despite this, I managed to thrive and learn quite a bit collecting donations on the street level. Management was very well-trained, with a knack for getting people motivated and boosting morale. – more... Likewise, I picked up some management skills of my own while at Grassroots, as I soon started leading teams of 4-5 canvassers myself. The most enjoyable part of the job was the beginning and the end of each day, where we all huddled in the cramped and un-air conditioned office and reflected on a job well done, or considered what challenges awaited us in the future. – less
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Canvassing is Hard Work
Field Manager (Former Employee), New York, NYAugust 28, 2012
If you're not someone who can deal with rejection or someone who is not good at closing sales, then street canvassing won't be a fit for you.
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Meh
Volunteer (Former Employee), Boston,MAAugust 24, 2012
LONG HOURS IN RAIN,SNOW,HEAT,WHATEVER! You name it, you're out there for hours! standing! it was 100 degrees and i had to stand outside for 10 hours! only two 15 minute breaks! if you start in the middle of a pay cycle, you're gonna have to wait 3 weeks to get your check.