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Reported our boss to HR, Corporate shut us down
Canvasser / Field Manager (Former Employee) –  Austin, TX 78705April 20, 2018
If your director is incompetent or unprofessional complaining about them to their boss could get your office closed down. Also, the health insurance benefits comes out of your check. For several months I was receiving benefits but the payroll department wasn't taking out the payments. When they realized their error they started deducting twice as much without notifying me they screwed up. The upper echelons are full of corporate types who couldn't who don't care what happens to the canvassers on the ground.
Pros
Cool co-workers, standard hours, health care (you do pay for it but it's good if you need it to be)
Cons
Pay scale forces you to compete with co-workers for wages, reporting your boss to HR for incompetence or unprofessionalism doesn't do anything
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Worst Organization Ever. Full Stop.
Assistant Director (Former Employee) –  Denver, COApril 12, 2018
This place is a sweatshop. They have a higher turnover rate than a washing machine. They prey on young, idealistic progressives who do not know the value of their own labor. Management will not listen to a word you say. You have been warned.
Pros
good co-workers to commiserate with
Cons
literally everything else
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Lies, misrepresentations and cut throat atmosphere
Canvasser (Former Employee) –  Asheville, NCApril 6, 2018
Managers continually coach employees on how to run down their opponents by telling lies, misrepresentations and omitting key information to potential voters. Atmosphere is cut throat and questions/challenges are met with ridicule. They support underhanded tactics to further their agenda. This is not a civic minded organization and should not be confused with honest voter registration organizations.
Pros
none
Cons
lies and dishonest rhetoric
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Warhorses and Drafthorses only; strong personalities only need apply
Assistant Director (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILApril 1, 2018
It not a position like any other position I could ever again have, and after leaving it behind one does feel they could accomplish anything due to the difficulty of position. I'll likely never again have the opportunity or ability to make an impact like I did.
Pros
Potential advancement within the campaign industry
Cons
We're not all Obama, and there's too much competition between campaigns and internal staff
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Very fast paced, but for little gain.
Canvasser (Former Employee) –  Denver, COMarch 28, 2018
The people at Grassroots mean well, but their leadership is very focused on money and that leads them to take on tasks that require them to work long hours and for very little gain.

They bring in management from various parts of the country and it causes them to lose touch with the area of the country they are in. Their canvassing maps commonly included having to cross highways or major streets often and they had canvassers out till 8pm or 9pm which is just unsafe and certainly inconsiderate to voters.

They also expect you to ignore basic courtesy, I had a supervisor train me and they continuously knocked on the door of a house even though they saw a woman with a toddler under one arm and groceries in the other go into the house not a full minute before he knocked.

Overall their people are nice, but they are rough around the edges and it shows in a lot of ways.
Pros
Lots of bonus opportunities
Cons
late hours, canvassing in bad parts of town late at night.
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Terrible Job Preying on Progressive Passion
Field manager (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAMarch 17, 2018
Avoid Grassroots Campaigns at all costs. Grassroots creates profit for its CEO by taking college-aged progressives, people who see problems with society and want to affect real change, telling these progressives that they can affect real change through Grassroots, and then working them to the bone by making pay-scale a competition between workers, and by always blaming the canvasser for not being able to solicit donations from random people on the street. It is the worst kind of company, one which claims to have a humanitarian goal but which actually just wants to wring people dry for profit. Avoid Grassroots Campaigns at all costs.
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Great causes but not so great company model
Canvass Director (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 15, 2018
While it offers great opportunities and they work for great causes the actual work environment is still very capitalistic and not as progressive as it should be considering the work they do. Staff will also be unappreciated while directors will be overworked and underpaid.
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Fun
Canvasser, Field Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 23, 2018
Grassroots campaigns is a great canvassing organization with tons of young people ready to help you achieve success by getting donations from a multitude of pedestrians.
Pros
Working on the streets/ground level
Cons
A lot of conversations
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Good Causes, Low Pay
Canvasser (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAFebruary 21, 2018
You are working to fundraise for great nonprofits, however you are working for a for profit company that does not pay it's employees well. We worked for 5-6 hours, standing in the sun for minimum wage. We were also expected to have good communications skills and remember a 2-4 page script within a few days. They also did not clean the gear we had to wear (imagine wearing a t-shirt covered in someone else's sweat and dirt.
Pros
parties, nonprofit support
Cons
low wages, short breaks, little to no lunch break
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Poor Treatment and Management
Assistant Canvass Director (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCFebruary 14, 2018
This company treats its employees as disposable. They use the new employees as scape goats for any issues that upper management created. During my time there I worked over 50+ hours a week and was only compensated for 40. I was expected to work 6 days a week with no options for a full weekend.
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Was for a great cause
Canvasser (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CAFebruary 12, 2018
This job was sometimes stressful because of all the people that you met while canvassing, but it was always done for a good cause, and I felt like I was helping out others.
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Long hours, low pay
Assistant Campaign Director (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAJanuary 31, 2018
Worst job i ever had. I worked 80 hours a week for $24,000 and had only one day off a week. Was expected to stand on the street and ask people for money. Worst Job Ever!
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cool coworkers, Great campaigns, Low incentives
Site Captain (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 25, 2018
Grassroots is a great experience in the aspect that you get to campaign for great non profit organizations in cool parts of downtown with some solid people but The incentives of the pay is really low, Its based off an office average and you have the potential to make up to 18-22 an hour but by doing that , someone is making min wage.

If they could just give a base hourly this company would be so much better and would give people incentives to stay for the long run.
Pros
working downtown, working on great campaigns
Cons
working outside, having to ride the bus, broken pay system, no upward mobility.
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Poor benefits
Field Manager (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOJanuary 17, 2018
Expect poor benefits from the management team. No PTO is given and no Health Insurance is provided.


The environment is extremely competitive and cutthroat. Advancement is provided to those employees who stay long enough to be advanced to director positions.
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Great people, meaningful work
Canvass Director (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAJanuary 11, 2018
This was such a great place to start my career. You get to work with really awesome people in no-BS, no office-politics kinds of environments. Since everyone's focused on achieving big goals, there's a lot more focus on fixing problems vs placing blame. It's also pretty awesome to work in a place where you never have to wonder which of your coworkers secretly voted for Trump. There's big opportunity for advancement if you're talented and ambitious (especially if you're willing to move around), and you get see tangible results every day.
Pros
Great campaigns, awesome coworkers, room for growth
Cons
Long hours, high-pressure work
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Keep up and find yourself in rewards in the best ways
Canvasser (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAJanuary 9, 2018
This job environment was welcoming and friendly. There was so much encourage to do the best job of fundraising for a charity and/or organization that could help many people that need it. It was fun when it got down to the wire and if you can match the quota then you can really feel the rewards that come up with each achievement.
Pros
Flexible, communication with supervisors friendly, and wonderful collegues
Cons
Deadlines that can end a job quickly
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Good.
Field Manager (Former Employee) –  Denver, COJanuary 3, 2018
Good place to grow and meet idealistic people who want to work for causes that matter. Inclusive workplace. Be prepared to work in all weather conditions and to leave your comfort zone.
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great place of work
Canvasser (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CADecember 26, 2017
Morning meetings then we went out in the field for about seven hours then returned to the office to calculate numbers. There were opportunities for bonuses and prizes depending on how much money you collected that day.
Pros
I was stationed somewhere different every time
Cons
I had to commute 3 hours for work
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The type of job that you use as a last resort or quick temp job.
Field Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 22, 2017
Really only for a certain type of person. Not anybody can do this work, however if you have good social and communication skills and are in need of immediate employment they give anyone a chance at a job in a prompt manner. That is the only upside to the company despite being able to talk to a lot of different people, if you like that sort of thing. Everything else: the management, culture, people, was more or less undesirable. Not a place I would recommend unless one is desperate.
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Flexible scheduling and working for a good cause
Canvasser for Planned Parenthood (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WADecember 15, 2017
You make your own schedule which is great for certain people but can be stressful as you have to make a certain average donation amount every week or they will let you go. However you are working for a great cause and while fundraising can run into some very nice (or horrible) people.
Pros
scheduling, hours, positive work culture
Cons
can be stressful, a little unprofessional
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