SEIU Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
22 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
3.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
Mary Kay Henry
11 Ratings

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
  • You will have no work/life balance here (in 13 reviews)

  • no work life balance and expect your leads to be staying the the same hotel as you which means they are omni present - even when you are not at work (in 7 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

22 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Same nonprofit shortcomings as usual

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Love the mission, love many of the people, the organization is doing great work! Lots of opportunities to get out into the community and there are sporadic internal opportunities to grow skills.

    Cons

    Management often doesn't practice what the organization preaches. Lots of politics get in the way of good progress. As with many nonprofits, hard to get support for professional development at times - no budget and people often spread too thin to be allowed the time.

    Advice to Management

    Hold management to the same standards as the bosses of the union members you represent. If someone deserves a promotion out of the bargaining unit, that doesn't mean they're cut out to manage people.


  2. Making change, if you can make it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizer
    Current Employee - Organizer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, changing national debates

    Cons

    Not much work life balance, hypercritical hiring practices

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat talent like they're disposable, don't micromanage


  3. Organizer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - External Organizer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - External Organizer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very forward thinking, inclusive, major player when it comes to moving the democratic and often progressive agenda. The most innovative union alive.

    Cons

    It can be a very political place to work. There is a level of deceitfulness when hiring organizers, many hopefuls just out of college are made to believe this is a certain kind of job and many many many quickly learn this is churn and burn atmosphere, there is not a commitment for professional development of employees. Many organizers will work a minimum of 50 hours a week sometimes up to 80 during campaigns. work/life balance is non-existent so forget about this job if you have a family or young children.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff, bring them to the table if you are looking for meaningful innovation, respect their personal life, embrace work/life balance that ironically many of the super evil private sector industries bestow upon their non-union employees.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Great work, but ask questions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    SEIU does great work and I've very proud of the work I did while working with them. They are at the forefront of the labor movement, and they are leading the way to raise the minimum wage. I had the opportunity to work independently in the field most days, while feeling supported by my supervisors and coworkers. It can be a pretty relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Ask a lot of questions before you take a job with SEIU. Every local differs a lot. Some of the higher ups at the International are evil. They see organizers as disposable, and they are union-busting their own staff union. There can be a lot of turnover and great people get let go. There can also be an unprofessional work culture (inappropriate office romances, people talking about drugs and possibly doing drugs while on the clock), but again this depends on the local.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff. Young organizers are not disposable. Be honest and upfront about the contract you are offering new hires. Don't bust your own staff union-- it's hypocritical and disgusting.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Doesn't walk the talk.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the people (both staff and members) are incredibly passionate and dedicated to truly helping to make a better society. The job had regular obligations, but the day-to-day would often vary.

    Cons

    There are the basics: long hours, low pay. The worst was the lack of innovation. Communication between non-management staff and management is difficult and bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Cross department communication is lacking. Channels for ideas to be heard by those making decisions and fostering areas for experimentation would behoove the organization.


  7. SEIU

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Okay pay, terrific benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    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.


  11. Great place for Benefits (1199)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



Showing 22 of 108 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.