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Updated July 29, 2015
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SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
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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
  • 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)

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  1. Be Aware. Keep looking.

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    Current Employee - External Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - External Organizer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The workers that we represent are very hard workers deserving of good contracts and representation. Local 99 represents classified workers mostly in the LAUSD school district as well as some community colleges and education centers. The workers are amazing. They are what has kept many an organizer going when the times have gotten tough. The organizers and field reps truly care about the workers.

    Cons

    They expect external organizers to be available by phone 24/7. Long and unusual hours. Management forgets that we are workers just like the workers we represent. Local 99 is the 2nd lowest paid SEIU local in Los Angeles. The Executive Director was hand-picked appointed by the President of the International and this, as in the history of many other hand-picked directors, isn't the best for the workers or the employees of the local. There is favortism and if you're not in the inside clique you don't stand a snowball's chance in hell to let your skills shine.

    Advice to Management

    You don't know it all. You can learn something new every day. Respect and dignity are not just words to fling around casually.


  2. Helpful (1)

    RUN AWAY!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It was interesting to campaign for this particular cause.

    Cons

    I worked for the world's largest health care union for three months and never received my health insurance card. On top of that, they asked me to work a 96-hour workweek.

    Advice to Management

    Way too much to list here.


  3. Helpful (3)

    great place to work if you want to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days/year....80 hours a week is not a joke.

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    Current Employee - Organizer in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Organizer in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    medical benefits are great... who has fully paid family medical..pension is great if you manage to vest.. paid time off is acceptable... to bad you can never actually take the time off you desperately need...

    Cons

    there is no work life balance, they expect you to drop your family and committments at a moments notice... oh that's right... your coworkers are your family... you don't need a partner, children or anyone else... they forgot where they came from or what job they are here to do.. they collect "dues" from members and forget about enforcing their contract, they are more worried about acquiring new members or politics.... they enforce rules on their own staff they would "flip" if an employer where they represent workers tried it.... you know, denying vacations, time with the family, mandating overtime, working 24/7.... they believe everyone needs/deserves a fair representation except.. their own staff.... they demand a dictatorship in their own organization... they don't need a "third party" making decisions... after all they can do so themselves.

    Advice to Management

    remember where you came from... stop "sleeping with the enemy," treat your staff how you expect other employers to treat their staff. Lose the "staff developer" he wouldn't know where to begin if he had to work in the field... he is completely clueless...


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Union that treats employees the opposite of how they say employees should be treated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Little Experience Required Good Health Insurance Weekly paychecks

    Cons

    No work life balance (you are expected to drop your life with little to no notice). 60+ hour work week. You are judged based on how well you are liked, not how well you perform. Upper Management is incompetent and lacks even the smallest degree of foresight. Does not believe in Union principles (i.e. seniority, overtime, 40 hour work week, weekends off). Poor pay and extensive travel required.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what the labor movement is all about. Work on maintaining good staff instead of seeing people as numbers. Try practicing what you preach. Don't terminate people for staff union involvement. If you constantly do what you ask employers not to do, how can you have any credibility at the bargaining table?


  6. Helpful (2)

    Stifiling, stifiling, stifiling.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people I work with are awsome.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for growth, all of your advancement is based on the personal mood of management or the director. There is only one manager in the office who is truly respected by all.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps you should not treat your employees as if they are morons, it is insulting and condesending, it breeds contempt and a lack of commitment to the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    House of cards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefit package for all employees

    Cons

    No work life balance. entire staff are over worked, never recognized for a job well done. Lacks compensation for management.

    Advice to Management

    break down the walls that have been built. Communication is a valuable tool, use it. tell staff when they do a good job, it goes far.


  8. Helpful (8)

    You work 24/7 for a pittance & they treat their workers worst than the companies they are going after.

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    Former Employee - Organizer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Organizer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at SEIU full-time

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

    Pros

    - You don't always have to dress formally. - Casual workplace. - A lot of idle time that can be used to socialize. - Some of the union members are great people to meet. - Some of the co-workers are wonderful people who really want to help change working conditions.

    Cons

    -Long unnecessary hours ...seriously you stay there for about 10 hours and probably only work for half-the time because a few of your hours are wasted doing nothing because everything is on a need to know basis...but then before you leave they find something for you to do and then make you stay the extra hours. -They make you harass the union members like there is no tomorrow. If they have a campaign going on they will make you call them at least 20 times each, to the point where you're wondering if they can sue you for harassment. -Management has a way of not caring for its own workers or compensating them fairly for their time and work - which is a shame because how can you trust a union to represent you if they can't even pay fair wages and give fair working hours to their own employees. -SALARY - you make a certain amount a week on a salary, but there are weeks where you work 6 to 7 days a week for months at a time depending on what they have you working on. So the job is not very cost effective. If you think about the amount you get paid a week, minus taxes, minus the gas you use, the time you spend driving, the 20+ extra hours a week you are working and the low mileage reimbursement, then you are making close to minimum wage, plus not having set working hours. You pretty much work a full-time plus a part-time job, but make a pittance compared to actually working those two jobs elsewhere. -You are hired on temporary positions, which it seems to me that they do that so you work 6-7 days a week 60+ hours for low pay, only to think that all of this hard work will pay off later with a permanent position and higher pay, when in reality you might be told 6 months in that they might not have a position for you later on, or find an excuse as to why you won't be placed into another project. -If one of your supervisors has been there for years and they treat you poorly, regardless of who you complain to and them appearing to take what you say into consideration, nothing changes. They just want to give you the false impression that something is being done. Your supervisor will not be removed and they will more than likely not change their ways. The only option you have left is to quit and find a new job. It is a bit sad because lots of great workers that can further workers rights and SEIU's mission are lost for the sake of keeping one bad seed around.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers with the same respect that you treat your members and best of all give them the same rights - fair pay and fair hours. There are many Organizers that had so much potential to do great things for SEIU, but it seems that the quality of workers is lost for the sake of a false ideal and poor working conditions. Seriously, this place makes a person question unions, because how can a union treat its employees so poorly still be able to be a champion for its members workers-rights.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Unambitious need only apply

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    Former Employee - Field Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Field Researcher in Columbus, OH

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

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

    Pros

    The pros boil down to the terms of the job 1. Good pay 2. Short work week ( 7 hr days) 3. Great benefits

    Cons

    I worked in the Health Care Research Team as a Field Researcher on the Data Team. This branch analyzes state and federal claims data for quality and cost performance problems in hospital systems. Organizers use the findings for campaign fodder. This is an incredibly slow job with little challenge and contrary to what you will hear in your interview, hard work is not rewarded. There is a stereotypical union culture where advancement is based on tenure not merit, and cronyism and laziness prevail. Important details about the models used and the management style. There is only one model used: weighted averages are calculated and deviation scores compared. Inefficient and impractical especially for big data. Regarding management style, the supervisor is extremely unprofessional and immature, uses an unbelievable amount of profanity, and just doesn't do his job. Worse, your projects depend on how much your supervisor like you, which further stunts your professional growth if you aren't willing to stoop to that level. Needless to say, it's a very uncomfortable and intellectually ungratifying place to work. What I'm thankful for is that I got experience using this data, because it's enabled me to get a great job in data analysis. If you live in Columbus and are more concerned about flexible work hours, pay and benefits, this works. If you are concerned about work content and experience, I would look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    No hope.


  10. Miserable management and politics

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    Former Employee - Union Representative in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Union Representative in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The staff (non-management) is generally friendly. That's about it....

    Cons

    Will low ball you when you accept your offer, management is rude and inconsiderate, no work/life balance, no member accountability, management violates HIPAA a lot. They rarely promote from within leaving you stagnant in your position

    Advice to Management

    Fire your directors, and start over. Cultivate a good relationship with employees and pay fairly.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Use you and spit you out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizer
    Current Employee - Organizer

    I have been working 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

    Meeting dedicated/amazing workers. Working with a dedicated team of people. Creating social change.

    Cons

    Long irregular hours means 12-24 hour days, seven days a week. Management does not care about you as a worker; which is a sad irony at a union who claims to fight for worker rights. You will have no work/life balance here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting rid of good organizers and invest in your employees.



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