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SEIU Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
SEIU – Washington – “SEIU headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo…”

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2.5 66 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Mary Kay Henry

(24 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Great co-workers and good benefits(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • SEIU wears it's reputation for a terrible work/life balance as a badge of honor(in 12 reviews)

  • No work life balance (you are expected to drop your life with little to no notice)(in 6 reviews)

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    Good mission, terrible work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsSEIU is doing great work. Many of the staff are fantastic and you'll have the opportunity to work on some inspiring campaigns. The pay is reasonable and the benefits are the best I've had.

    ConsInternal politics create a toxic work environment. I came to SEIU because I believed in the organization but after several years here I can't take the staff drama. Several individuals take the bulldozer approach to get what they want and senior management rewards that kind of behavior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't jump to conclusions and try to understand things before you issue orders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a great mission and does amazing things for the members but not the staff

    Communications Specialist (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat mission, awesome people to work with. Lot's of fun at the office, a sense of comittment and community among co-workers.

    ConsNo room to move up, they never promote from within, you have to literally fight for a raise. Management gets bonuses but the staff gets stuck with a bad contract. At one point management offered a 1% raise...ridiculous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your staff! They are the army making everything possible. Make them feel appreciated.

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    Mixed Feelings

    Lead Organizer (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsIf want to learn organizing, they will ake you better at it.

    ConsSucking up gets you promoted faster than working hard.
    Mucky Mucks run the union- not the members.
    Rank and file staff could be treated with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of common sense, Looking for trouble

    Organizer In Training (Former Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsPay, chance to help workers. It's also good to learn about organizing and life from the rank-and-file members.

    ConsI get the feeling I was just brought in temporarily to satisfy a budget requirement. During the initial interview I got the feeling that they didn't even bother to read my resume. They started off talking to me like I was stupid. They asked what my experience with unions was, which is the usual SEIU approach to anyone they don't know. They just assume you're ignorant of the labor movement. Had they looked at my resume they wouldn't need to ask that question.

    I was given a one-month Organizer in Training (OIT) position. I was partnered with this guy who did nothing but yell at me and talk to me like I was dumb. He would ask me a bunch of smart-alack questions where I would always be wrong. He kept treating me like I didn't know how to plan ahead or keep my documents in order, as if this isn't something they teach you in middle school. I never received any turf to organize or any important documents to begin with.

    Two weeks into the "training," I was told I wasn't going to pass. I had only been there for two weeks and wasn't given a serious chance to prove myself. On the third week I was fired.

    When I asked the organizing director about it, she said two weeks is enough to tell if someone has what it takes. However, the employee policy said OITs were supposed to be brought on for six months. The SEIU international policy used to be three months. I was only given one month, and unfairly cut loose after three weeks. Where does this woman get off thinking she knows better than the people who wrote the original policies? Why did they violate their own policies?

    The lead organizer told me I wasn't going to pass the training because he is looking for another him. Think about that.

    You can't expect trainees to perform on the level of those who have been there for a long time. If you are unable to handle a trainee, don't bring one on. Common sense 101.

    When I brought up how I was treated unfairly, they took it as a badge of honor. They think it's acceptable to treat younger staff like dirt because it builds character. This is wrong. SEIU used to invest in training the next generation of organizers, now they hold young people at arm's length and treat us like morons. This is one of the reasons union density is declining in the US, they have no respect for the next generation. Something tells me they don't even care.

    Oh, for what it is worth, membership in the local had been on the decline around the time I started. They reported their lowest numbers ever at the one monthly membership meeting I attended. Clearly the organizing "experts" at SEIU aren't as good as they say they are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn some respect for younger folks, unless, of course, you don't care whether or not SEIU will be around 25 years from now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SEIU was a learning experience, but not a long term option

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSEIU had a solid organizing base

    Consthe top-down hierarchical structure is too politicized

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Think you work hard now?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA sense of purpose abounds
    Most staff are supportive and friendly
    Tremendous benefits, decent salary
    you can move up, do lots of different things

    ConsSEIU wears it's reputation for a terrible work/life balance as a badge of honor. Most never work a regular work week and burnout is high.
    Organization tries to do everything, can't focus
    Professional development is a joke.
    Many managers haven't seen a raise in a while

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure senior management really cares so I won't waste your time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty bad overall experience. Good benefits, but leadership was not forward thinking and stuck in their ways.

    Organizer (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsGood benefits, decent mission, and interesting relationships.

    ConsThe office in Salem, Oregon was cold and lacked any sense of growth. The leadership believed what they believed and did not listen to alternative ideas. If you contested held beliefs you would be pushed out. Found there to be prejudice as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your ears or watch the union dwindle.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good transitional experience, but not for the long run

    Organizer (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsDiverse and energetic staff
    Representing low income workers
    Multilingual working environment

    ConsPoorly organized working environment
    Difficult to advance within

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide clear work plan and focus on resources within

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much office politics

    Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThey paid a good salary and benefits were very good.

    ConsOffice politics, upper management favors certain people, force employees they don't think fit in out of the organization, forced to work outside regular work hours with no additional pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, great mission, terrible management

    Field Researcher (Former Employee)

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

    ConsCareer 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 Senior ManagementPromote talented managers rather than politically connected hard workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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