Wesser Employee Reviews about "door to door"

Updated 11 Jul 2019

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3.3
73%
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Martin Wesser
66 Ratings
Pros
  • "Expectations in terms of output for fundraisers is high but the pay/rewards reflect this(in 7 reviews)

  • "It's a really social role and the company organise lots of events outside of work so you're always meeting new people(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Having said that, my team leader was great at offering training and advice when asked or needed which was really helpful(in 7 reviews)

  • "It gets tiring having to walk from door to door at some point(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun summer job"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Charity Fundraiser in Luton, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wesser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good laugh living in team of other fundraisers. Incentives were top notch. Seminar events were good for meeting other teams. Couple of mega team nights out.

    Cons

    Door to door work on occasion got tiring. Tendency to end up working a little more than the advertised 35 hours per week but results were usually worth the effort.

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  2. "Great experience and good benefits if you reach your targets"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Door to Door Fundraiser in Coventry, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wesser full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Rewards if you achieve their goal Get to meet new people Employers are very kind and discreet

    Cons

    It gets tiring having to walk from door to door at some point


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding role"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wesser full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and conditions, the company tries to look after you and actually listens to staff at all levels. Martin Wesser has a good heart and goes out of his way to make newer guys feel part of things right down to cooking meals for teams that do well. Hard work is rewarded both with praise and recognition but also financially.

    Cons

    Long days and dealing with rejection. Lots of travel to start out with. To be honest the cons are the same anywhere in the door to door industry

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Door to Door Fundraiser in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wesser

    Pros

    Met a couple of down to earth people

    Cons

    This was my first job after graduating law school. After the warm interview, I was quite optimistic about the job, even referring it to my friends. I was aware of the inescapable challenges of a door to door fundraising role but after selling me dreams of a comfortable and fun working and living environment, plus the prospect of a good pay, I was willing to try it. The company also tried to create the picture of this being a competitive role and made me believe I was lucky to have gotten it but in actual fact this is the kind of role that hardly anyone wants. The job started with a training at Letchworth in a very dreary looking hotel. It seemed like the standard simply went down the hill from the interview. From the training I got to the house which again was below my standards. I wasn't expecting 5 star quality accommodation but a clean, minimalist environment that didn't feel like someone's grandmas house would have been nice. Everyone in the house smoked despite the supposed no smoking policy and cats occasionally paid us visits in the kitchen despite the no pet policy both of which left me feeling sick and disgusted. The worst part was everyone smoking in the car on the way to work. Furthermore, the fact that they couldn't provide each house with wifi was inexcusable. The job itself is so challenging that you absolutely NEED an extremely comfortable environment to balance it out. The company itself was disgustingly unprofessional. Once you don't hit high numbers which considering the nature of the job is an unrealistic expectation, they begin to put pressure on you to meet their targets at all costs. They use the disguise of 'objective handling' which in reality requires you to forcefully persuade people and play on their vulnerability. I told my team leader I was leaving at the end of my first week which to be honest was a stretch as I was ready to leave from the first day. They then asked me to meet a certain target on my working day in order to stay the full week. This was a clear strategy to get me to leave earlier rather than the full week's work since no one else was given this ultimatum. Lastly, nothing about this company says that they care for the charity. It seems completely profit motivated. There are other ways to raise money for charity better suited for today's society...

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    Wesser Response

    September 5, 2016Marketing

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you have not had a positive experience. We employ over 500 fundraisers every year and feedback of this nature is rare. Our fundraising administration team would welcome the opportunity to discuss the above noted issues to aid us in providing the highest quality of training and support for future fundraisers. The team are available by telephone on: 01462 704 860. Alternatively please feel free to email: enquiries@wesser.co.uk

  5. Helpful (8)

    "There must be a catch... and there is."

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Door to Door Fundraiser in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wesser

    Pros

    The free accommodation. My accommodation was fantastic and I was lucky enough to be in a house with Sky & Broadband. The fund-raising itself is very ethical in the sense that it is not pushy and all of the fundraising costs are covered by gift aid over the course of an average donation. If you are good at door to door fund-raising you can make a lot of money from it! There are also opportunities to go abroad with the company if you rank in their top 10 fund raisers for the month.

    Cons

    Throughout the entire application and interview stage I was thinking that there must be a catch as it all sounded too good to be true.. and yes there are a few things that aren't made clear to you until you actually start the job. Firstly it is advertised as 35 hours a week - 7 hours a day across 5 days right? Nope. Hours are actually worked out based on how many doors you knock on... 30 doors knocked = 1 hours pay. An average day entails meeting downstairs at 10.30 for training before leaving the house at 11.30 and not getting back till 9.00-9.30ish. You can't be paid for more than 35 hours a week either. Secondly I was explicitly told that weekends would be my own to do with as I wish... this is only true if you get 15 sign ups (people to agree to a direct debit donation) by Friday. If you don't get them you have to work Saturday & Sunday as well.. it is not uncommon to work 14+ days in a row. Thirdly there is a lot of job in-security, you are only as good as your last week of work.. You have to get 15 sign ups totalling £1050 in donations every week. If you do not manage to hit this target for 2 consecutive weeks then you will be asked to leave the company. If you do get through the interview stage you will be told to attend a training day and bring £100 to see you through to your first pay day, I would advise bringing more than that as there are expenses.. e.g. you do have to pay for your own petrol which is £10 a week, and the first pay day could potentially be 8 weeks away! Not everyone was as lucky with the accommodation as I was. Some of the other accommodations have shared bedrooms (which would be a definite deal breaker for me) There is no guarantee as to where you will be placed, so it is really pot luck whether you get a nice accommodation or not! Staff turnover in this job is huge. There is the opportunity to be a company driver and you get paid an extra £25 - £50 more each week (depending on how many sign ups you get) - I would strongly advise waiting a week or two before taking this responsibility on. As it does mean you have to run people around and work even longer hours than you already are (particularly if you are in the middle of nowhere and people need picking up/dropping off from train stations or taking to the supermarket). In my opinion it wasn't worth the extra weekly money.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good work experience before going back to Uni."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Charity Fundraiser in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wesser full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Wanted to do something different as summer job. Wesser fitted the bill with free accommodation, plenty of incentives, hourly rate plus commissions etc. Met some great people both in teams and working door to door. Its kind of like living the student lifestyle while doing a job.

    Cons

    A necessity of the job but training was tough. So much information to take in. The company sets mega high standards in terms of customer service/ethics. You do have to be reasonably resilient as the work was 100% door to door.

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