Good Work, High Stress, LOTS of Problems
The company is doing good work, but ultimately is just a for-profit corporation that operates solely on fundraising performance. It is run mostly by young people like myself, which is a great thing socially but also frustrating the higher up the the power chain you go; things like benefits and protocol get too complicated for some of the higher-ups. Pay is not great, but the benefits are pretty awesome, especially their student loan forgiveness. I had some wonderful experiences working for this company but, at the end of the day, it would have been so much better if the mission were actually to "talk to people about important issues" rather than to raise lots of money, especially with canvassers who had to follow a pretty tough quota system. The quota system, which every canvassing organization has, forces canvassers into positions of stress over numbers, which tends to impede their fundraising abilities, hence causing more stress. The company has essentially no system in place to deal with that stress, which means that their employee turnover rate is extremely high. I would still recommend anyone with true political motivation, ambition, and the ability to deal with LOTS of stress to work here; it really does provide a lot of useful experience. However, my true recommendation is to either not stick around for long or fundraise directly for a non-profit, if possible.