SEIU Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
70 Reviews

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SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
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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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  1.  

    Working for economic justice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 for more than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better relations with local staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a progressive organization to work for but mobility is limited.

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Once can learn solid community organizing skills in organizer positions and government affairs.

    Cons

    work and life balance is quite bad unless you work for administrative functions of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, rewarding work, decent pay & benefits

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Big organization with more resources than most progressive institutions
    Diverse workplace
    Less risk-averse than other labor organizations
    Challenging and rewarding assignments

    Cons

    Internal politics can be a huge energy suck
    Long hours during campaigns
    Work/life balance is a constant challenge for senior staff
    Pay is not competitive for certain job categories

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Social Justice Org, Employees Need Flexible Personality

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    Current Employee - Administration  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administration in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits (strong health insurance, pension, many vacation days)
    Overall commitment to social justice values and progressive ideals
    Opportunities to work in event, people, and political organizing

    Cons

    Campaign mentality may be difficulty for some - organization changes its focus of its work and its efforts. Need to be flexible more so than some may be willing.
    Introverted people may have some difficulty finding a good fit.
    Vacation pay is often not used because of high workload/high commitments.
    Staff union has difficulty fighting managers who don't act according to good principles.
    Management and staff pay increases will be very low/nonexistent in near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers need to show more consistency between labor union principles and their own principles and practice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Make life better for workers, but not necessarily for you.

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    Former Employee - Organizer  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Organizer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fighting the boss, solidarity, organizing

    Cons

    No time for anything but work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work life balance and benefits

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEIU

    Pros

    Overall, there are alot of reasons to work at SEIU and few drawbacks. It offers a great work life balance and much better pay than at other places. I found my colleagues to be smart and engaging and also really friendly. Management was a mixed bag though. Work was usually fairly Interesting and pretty good variety for the first few years. I thought that employees were usually treated fairly. You can travel if you want, but don't have to as well. I gained a much better understanding of the political process while I was there. Overall a good experience.

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted and move to a new job internally
    Management needs to work on communications
    Promotions hard to come by
    Employee morale could be higher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve retention of younger staff
    Better evaluation tool

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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