SEIU Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
75 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work with some very interesting people (in 6 reviews)

  • If you're lucky you'll get one of the good managers who respects your work life balance and helps you grow (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • SEIU wears it's reputation for a terrible work/life balance as a badge of honor (in 13 reviews)

  • No work life balance (you are expected to drop your life with little to no notice) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, great mission, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Field Researcher
    Former Employee - Field Researcher

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Organizers, researchers, communicators and admin staff are some of the most dedicated to the cause, hard-working people you'll meet.

    Cons

    Career advancement is rare and highly politicized, internal deliberations are opaque, senior management has no respect for staff. The management-staff culture in the field and at headquarters is dysfunctional. Work is siloed and closely directed, with little done to harness the passion and creativity of people who work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote talented managers rather than politically connected hard workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A friendly work environment.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at SEIU as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The culture of the employees at SEIU is great, coworkers help create a positive environment as well as the management being extremely respectful.

    Cons

    Certain higher-level employees have little to no consideration for lower tier employees effort and will treat them as if they have no value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Legal Department Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Attorney  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    There is a collegial, friendly atmosphere where people are happy to offer help and answer questions. The work is fast paced and varied. Even if you are an attorney, you will march and chant with signs while wearing a purple t-shirt at some point. There are not enough attorney positions to routinely offer the large number of law fellows and larger number of law clerks permanent jobs. However, plenty of law fellow positions go to former law clerks, and at least two full-time attorney positions were offered to former law fellows in the last two years. The legal department is racially diverse with people of color in management positions. The women outnumber the men nearly three to one though, so there's not much balance gender-wise. While the work is often demanding with long hours, management is understanding if someone has a family emergency or illness.

    Cons

    There is an expectation that we will check our work email and phone messages regularly during evenings and weekends. This seems to be a union-wide practice. It's not a spoken rule, but because most people do check their messages frequently and respond, you appear undedicated by comparison if you're sticking to M-F business hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits, great members, limited growth opportunities and demanding work.

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    Current Employee - Office Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    You really can't beat the benefits. Fully paid healthcare for you and your family. You'll learn a lot and take on big responsibilities which is good for your résumé. The members are awesome and you're working for a great cause. If you're lucky you'll get one of the good managers who respects your work life balance and helps you grow. There are some great genuine people that work here.

    Cons

    It's almost impossible to get a substantial raise and promotion opportunities are limited. Especially if you're not in the inner circle. Much of the management is out of touch with employees and expects us to drop everything to work a weekend last minute. There's a very high turnover of field staff, and even if you're not field you will have to door knock and participate in all the campaigns. It's a good place to work for a couple years because you'll gain a lot of experience but don't get sucked into staying too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that staff have lives outside of the union. Create more growth opportunities. Stop spending money on unnecessary things like the holiday party.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Okay pay, terrific benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing. I wouldn't have lasted more than 2 years in this company if it wasn't for the benefits. They offer medical, dental, and vision with no paycheck deductions. The starting salaries are also decent, but it's becoming harder and harder to get a raise. Organizers and other positions also receive an auto allowance

    Cons

    Very hard to navigate through the office politics. It appears that only management friends receive the promotions. People appear to be paranoid of everything and everyone. There is no trust, no team players -- everyone is out for themselves. Management cares little about employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on putting more emphasis on team building. Stop playing mind tricks to try to put employees against one another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good Experience right out of college, long hours and a lot of travel

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    Former Employee - External Organizer
    Former Employee - External Organizer

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great introduction to the labor movement, I worked as an External Organizer which means that they will send you where ever they need help cleaning up issues or places that need more attention. I worked with this company for 2 years and was away from home and in hotels 100% of the time. The starting pay wasn't great but if you work hard and get promoted quickly then you will make a lot more and have great benefits.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance, only consider working here if you are ready to make work your main priority, there were a lot of campaigns that mandated 14+ hour work days for long periods of time as well as travel to places 3 or more hours away from home.
    Everything is based on numbers, if you don't meet goals it will be used against you. Stressful place to work and would only recommend working here if you are right out of college and have no kids or relationship at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees more like people instead of numbers! Provide more training so that employees dont feel lost in the field and fully understand their assignments!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Call Center of New York City

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU

    Pros

    get to learn the ins and outs of political campaigns

    Cons

    Management plays a very immature game of favoritism and nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of upper management

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's too late for reform. Tear it down and start again.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU

    Pros

    The political work matches my own beliefs. It's hard to come up addwith more than that. The benefits (not the pay and working conditions, those are terrible) aren't bad.

    Cons

    They are disenfranchising their own membership offering minimal protection, guidance, and support to people paying for them to exist. The depth of the lies they've told is unbelievable to anyone who understands unionism. Everyone, member and employee, sees the heart-breaking truth the closer they get to those in power. They've become so corrupt that thousands of pro-union advocates believe they should be torn down and re-built, with none of the current leadership left in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. If you've made it to management you've already harmed too many people. You wouldn't be allowed to advance if you hadn't. Judging by past and present performance, relinquishing power is impossible for your fee -no matter how accurate the reasons are. So, you could try remembering why you got invloved in unionism and re-build this through those beliefs. You are now in charge of a club. Make it a union.

  10.  

    Great work and a good cause, but hard to take.

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    Current Employee - OIT
    Current Employee - OIT

    I have been working at SEIU full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Helping workers find a voice in their workplace is very rewarding. Meeting people, hearing their stories and building relationships makes organizing a worthwhile career, in spite of the demanding work schedule. Co-workers make the job bearable.

    Cons

    Impossible hours--the average is 11-12, and sometimes you are required to work 14 hours. Unrealistic expectations. Little respect for individual opinions. Lots of reprimands and negative reinforcement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to know where to begin....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent mission, great members; horrible leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU

    Pros

    One is right in the heart of things helping to change the world. Standing up for health care workers and others is awesome. And they are on the forefront of pushing for policy that helps all low wage workers.

    Cons

    The Peter Principle rules here: the best people leave and mediocrity rises to the top. Leadership is loath to practice what they preach. One can be hired for a multi-year position, but be considered a "temp" and therefore get no sick days, no pay raises, and no paid time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One should reward excellence rather than sycophants.

    Doesn't Recommend

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