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SEIU Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
79 Reviews
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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
  • 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.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2. 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

  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Good mission, terrible work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SEIU 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.

    Cons

    Internal 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't jump to conclusions and try to understand things before you issue orders.

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

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

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your staff! They are the army making everything possible. Make them feel appreciated.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lack of common sense, Looking for trouble

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    Former Employee - Organizer In Training in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at SEIU as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Mixed Feelings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sucking 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    SEIU had a solid organizing base

    Cons

    the top-down hierarchical structure is too politicized

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think you work hard now?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    SEIU 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not sure senior management really cares so I won't waste your time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Organizer in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Organizer in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent mission, and interesting relationships.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Open your ears or watch the union dwindle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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