SEIU Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Good for members, terrible for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Treats Employees worse than the Companies they criticize

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    Former Employee - Organizer In Training
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Awful. Run.

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    Former Employee - External Organizer
    Former Employee - External Organizer

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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 (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
  7. Terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Organizer in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Organizer in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Great shirts. Really make you believe in a cause

    Cons

    Bunch of lists and crooks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to the standards you attempt to hold companies to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. HORRIBLE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good Cause. Nice, smart workers.I came to this organization thinking I could make a difference. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Many!!!They lie to you to get you to start working, then they take back what they offered. My manager took credit for my work and felt threatened when I accomplished something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs sensitivity training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Worst union staff job ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, hardworking members, convenient location, excellent work life balance. I am stretching to write anything else positive because the leadership of this union is an absolute joke.

    Cons

    Totally devoid of credible leadership, both senior staff and elected. These folks in leadership do the absolute least required by law for their members. They hire atrocious people to management positions while stifling the growth of internal staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire senior staff that will implement a program your members deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Hypocrits!!

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    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Most of the rank & file employees are great to work with

    Cons

    Management is a labor union who projects the image to protect members from a hostile work environment, then uses employees and then burns them for no reason. They do exactly what they are supposed to protect their members from, to their own employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new Management!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Intervention Required

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    Former Employee - Organizer
    Former Employee - Organizer

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

    Pros

    On job training, good co workers, devoted members.

    Cons

    Long irregular hours. No family life. Married to the job. No life balance. Too much politics and corruption!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you say you are fighting for social justice, proof it.

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