Should I take this job from the Fund for the Public Interest?
February 11, 2010 9:04 AM Subscribe
I was just offered a job with the Fund for the Public Interest, but my online research makes the Fund seem a little sketchy. Has anyone had experience working with the Fund? Is it worth it?
posted by DeusExMegana to Work & Money (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I first looked into the job because the organization's causes (environmentalism and human rights issues) are very hot button issues to me. I first came across the recruiter at a job fair at my university. He explained to me that the Fund works as a fundraising arm for other non-profits like Sierra Club and the Human Rights Campaign. I had two interviews, and then was offered the job.
At first, I was really excited, but then started finding online testimonials saying that the Fund just uses idealistic recent college grads to raise money and then just flings them aside. Sometimes canvassers are fired after a couple of days or a week without being paid any wages. And directors (the job offered to me) are paid far less than claimed, are trained to lie to the canvassers they hire, and are themselves are often terminated without warning or reason. Also, some web-sites claim that the Fund doesn't even use most of its canvassed money for the causes it claims to. There's even a class action lawsuit brought by former employees who were not allowed to unionize.
I'm not sure how accurate these testimonials are. Plus a lot of the information I've found is four or more years old, and I came across claims elsewhere that the Fund has changed its policies. Does anyone have any more recent experience with the Fund, and what was it like? Is it really as scammy as is claimed? Jobs in this economy are hard to come by (in my city, unemployment in my age group is 10%), and I don't want to be too hasty in dismissing this offer.