SEIU Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. SEIU

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    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA

    I worked at SEIU

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Intern wage, it was interesting work, free stuff, was humbling working for people who needed the help

    Cons

    Not hands on, boss was never in and sometimes I never had any work to do.

  2. Long hours but good pay. Stressful environment but rewarding results.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good coworkers, lots of independence and individual responsibility. Also, plenty of opportunities for upward mobility and promotions.

    Cons

    Deadlines are crunch time. You will not sleep or have a social life. Oftentimes stress from above feels unnecessary and quantitative results from your work are a necessary.

  3. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Okay pay, terrific benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

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

    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 Management

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

  6. Great place for Benefits (1199)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU

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

    Pros

    Beneifts, If you have a family, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opps. Too Laid back culture. Favoritism. You will get a job here if your mother or father works here too.

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement. Throw out oudated time clock systems.

  7. Training and job responsibilities are decently structured.

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    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Satisfaction comes from mostly working with members and the communities. It felt like a great accomplishment to motivate working families to stand up for themselves.

    Cons

    Work and life balance is poor. Office culture varies depending on who your management is.

    Advice to Management

    Continue sharing the great vision but don't forget that salary and other benefits are equally important to retain good employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    A social movement corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Work with and get to know interesting people. Connected to different industries such as building service, health care, or janitors. Excellent benefits and health insurance.

    Cons

    Very little collaborative attitude, ironically. Expectation of 50-60 hours of work per week. Corporate attitude where the old timers know better.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box and aim for a healthier staff that can achieve work-life balance.

  9. Senior IT Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Fairfield, CA

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Conveniently located, good co-workers, some flexibility

    Cons

    Long hours, some traveling, changing work schedule.

    Advice to Management

    There is a disconnect between management and staff. Management needs better communication.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Rewarding job but terrible work life balance

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Potential to make an impact
    Opportunity to learn many new skills
    Opportunity to advance
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Insanely inconsistant management
    Training is hit or miss.
    60 - 70 hr work weeks. Burnout is easy.
    The benefits are good but most people who work here gain at least 50 pounds due to stress and bad diet.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on streamlining workload and dividing tasks. Too much falls on too few shoulders.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Be Careful Who You Work With!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay at SEIU can be fantastic as well as their benefits package. Working for union members can also be rewarding. The same can be for building a bond with your team - depending on who you work with!

    Cons

    You need to be super careful of what department you will be working in....it makes a huge difference! Crazy hours and deadlines in some departments make it seem odd you are fighting for worker's rights. Management can also get over the top in certain departments and people get super comfortable and lazy while getting a great salary.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what you are fighting for and appreciate the hard work of your employees.

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