SEIU Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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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
  • You will have no work/life balance here (in 13 reviews)

  • no work life balance and expect your leads to be staying the the same hotel as you which means they are omni present - even when you are not at work (in 7 reviews)

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  1. SEIU dosnt represent its staff as expected for staff to represent it

    Former Employee - Organizer/Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Organizer/Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at SEIU (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The difference made in workers lives, in a right to work state.

    Cons

    Staff treated like crap, its all about the money for the union not the issues


  2. Organizer/Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Organizer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Able to work for the membership.

    Cons

    Internal politics are bad. Run like a corporation.


  3. More Work Life Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at SEIU

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

    Pros

    Great bennifits, can be a fun job.

    Cons

    Do not promote from within, way too many hours. Vision changes so much. Members and locals are not priority

    Advice to Management

    Really look at your vision and mission. Practice what you preach for your own
    Employees.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good for lifers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    top of the line healthcare, incredible time off- sick or maternity/paternity, great compensation, high profile institution with lots of resources, pension,

    Cons

    horrible at professional development, time management, promoting from within, retaining talent. judgement calls are mired in politics to the detriment of all involved

    Advice to Management

    There's reluctance to have difficult conversations organization-wide, including ones about letting people go. Without thoughtful professional development, talent leaves and the dead weight stays for the benefits.


  6. Good for members, terrible for employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working to improve the lives of others
    Empowering people
    Fighting against the tyranny of the rich
    Comeraderie with co-workers who believe in a just cause

    Cons

    Fighting the degradation of your personal life
    Being infantilized and controlled
    Suffering the tyranny of the corrupt
    Co-workers constantly disappearing with no acknowledgement from management

    Advice to Management

    Do some real soul-searching and ask yourselves whether the personal glory you get from the masturbatory presentations you give to an under-engaged membership is worth the destruction of the spirit, energy, and idealism of the people you hire (and the subsequent squandering of their potential to create lasting, positive change in the world through political activism).


  7. Helpful (3)

    Treats Employees worse than the Companies they criticize

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training

    I worked at SEIU full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing Health Coverage.
    People are passionate about the work.
    You will discover quickly if this line of work is for you.

    Cons

    Expect minimum hours of 15 per day and only three days off for every two weeks worked.
    No overtime compensation.
    Everything is scrutinized, right or wrong, to the point of harassment. So many people were reduced to tears by Seniors.
    There is NO work-life balance and little time to de-stress from an extremely stressful line of work.
    Salary compensation is not adequate for the number of hours expected.
    Individuality is not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers better than garbage and maybe people will stay longer than a few months. Allowing your employees the benefits they fight for would also be helpful.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Awful. Run.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - External Organizer
    Former Employee - External Organizer

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The expressed views and mission of SEIU are laudable. The benifits were good.

    Cons

    The expressed views and mission of SEIU are laudable but do not apply to their own employees. There is NO respect for private life or life out side of work. Organizers are expected to work 12-14 hour days, answer their phone and email at all times and often get punished for not immediately responding to emails and phone calls sent and made far far outside of what can be considered work hours. While the benefits are good you can never use them because you are always working. Managers assume staff are trying to get over rather than believing that staff has come to the organization because they believe in the cause, this results in managers always mistrusting staff and trying to "catch" them doing wrong. There is no trust between coworkers and people are regularly thrown under the bus. Organizers are never allowed to say that they don't know how to do something or need help, that is grounds for being fired or blacklisted, and there is little to no training.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  9. Helpful (2)

    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 Management

    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. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OIT
    Current Employee - OIT

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Too much to know where to begin....


  11. Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizer in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Organizer in Fresno, CA

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great shirts. Really make you believe in a cause

    Cons

    Bunch of lists and crooks

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the standards you attempt to hold companies to



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