SEIU Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Organizer

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at SEIU as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to use my experience and skills to organize the Community, SEIU Members, Staff and Allies to build a Social Justice bridge between Organized Labor & Community Organizations.

    Cons

    Its takes a continued and organized effort to build working relationships between Organized labor and Community. My one year contract was cut short after election day, and in eight months I was able start the process and build those long-term relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Building starts with a great foundation and the right TEAM. I believe in your efforts in Union Organizing. Get back to basics and work in the Field. The Members create change.

  2. Great organization

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU

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

    Pros

    benefits and compensation are reasonable

    Cons

    work life balance should be improved

    Advice to Management

    better work-life balance

  3. Great benefits

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I felt the benefits were great, I agree with the union values as well

    Cons

    Pay is low in this field, but work life balance was terrific so worthwhile to me.

    Advice to Management

    Try to treat people more consistently. Elected officials means senior management can change every few years, a little scary for employees.

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  5. international staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    important work that makes a difference in people's lives . very ambitious

    Cons

    always changing organization -- very chaotic and very murky why and who is in charge.

    Advice to Management

    need more clarity and consistency on personnel issues.

  6. A friendly work environment.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEIU as an intern (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The culture of the employees at SEIU is great, coworkers help create a positive environment as well as the management being extremely respectful.

    Cons

    Certain higher-level employees have little to no consideration for lower tier employees effort and will treat them as if they have no value.

  7. Overall a good one.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits available are excellent (health insurance, holidays, etc.)

    Cons

    the Long work hours take a toll on your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Create a work life balance for employees

  8. Working for economic justice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, supportive work environment, budget for professional development, mentorship program, vested in the pension after five years, excellent health care benefits and a decent amount of paid time off. There is also an overall commitment inside the union to do big, bold things.

    Cons

    The internal politics can be extremely challenging, especially as you move up the ladder inside the organization. Too much decision-making by committee. There is also an overall lack of accountability at the highest levels of the organization, where relationships and favor-trading matter more than results.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your staff from internal politics. Hold all staff accountable to transparent, measurable performance metrics.

  9. Everyone should spend some time working for a labor union.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great introduction to the labor movement. Some very smart and dedicated people. Lots of opportunity to step out into the field and work on short term campaigns. Movement potential through networking and relationship building.

    Cons

    Internal politics continue to drive good people away.

  10. A supportive, forward-thinking institution committed to social & economic justice.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, effective coworkers. The organization works on wide range of issues and fights, and most staff have an opportunity to occasionally change roles and work on different teams. Beautiful office space in a great location. They also offer excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Internal politics are driving excellent, talented staff out of the organization. There is not a culture of transparency and trust. Simply doing a great job is not enough to thrive in this organization, especially at the most senior levels. You must be willing to play politics to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how much staff turnover is costing the union (and its members) and do something about it.

  11. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Better relations with local staff

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