SEIU Reviews

Updated March 25, 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
  • SEIU wears it's reputation for a terrible work/life balance as a badge of honor (in 13 reviews)

  • No work life balance (you are expected to drop your life with little to no notice) (in 7 reviews)

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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

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. To leadership and high-level management - staff are workers too!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Great members.
    Fantastic health benefits.
    If you get a good manager, hold on!
    Smart staff, very dedicated.
    Good number of vacation, comp days, personal leave, and sick days.
    "Old-timers" usually really good.
    I've had some great, dedicated managers in the past. but culture has changed.
    It's not the SEIU I knew when I started several years ago, but it can be again.

    Cons

    No effective management training.
    High turnover/movement, including good managers who often have little power to create change and have no job protection. I've had roughly eight good managers; all but one are gone.
    Depending on your manager, work/life balance can be bad and it's getting worse for many.
    Living expenses (especially housing) are rising; SEIU staff salaries stagnant for most.
    Often, feel underappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember, staff are workers too! Treat us like you want employers to treat our members or your adult children.
    Let us have a life! Great people are leaving or frustrated because of unrealistic and unfair expectations. Times where it is difficult for those of us who are primary caretakers of children/elderly parents when at home (usually women/single parents).
    Use consultants less - it will save you money.
    Fill open staff jobs! It will also help with work/life balance if we aren't understaffed.
    Less about politics (both external and internal), and more about members.
    Be fair and timely about salary increases, including for "low-level" managers.
    Uneven advancement opportunities lead to frustration; hire more from within HQ staff.
    Model real respect for staff from the top (leadership and senior staff especially) and work with difficult managers to follow.
    Locals notice - I've had a couple of complaints from leaders about changes and newer managers who perhaps don't realize members and our locals are a priority.
    It can be a great place to work again for everyone, which will benefit our fantastic members too! I am writing because I care!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great organization

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

    I have been working at SEIU

    Pros

    benefits and compensation are reasonable

    Cons

    work life balance should be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Good for members, terrible for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working to improve the lives of others
    Empowering people
    Fighting against the tyranny of the rich
    Comeraderie with co-workers who believe in a just cause

    Cons

    Fighting the degradation of your personal life
    Being infantilized and controlled
    Suffering the tyranny of the corrupt
    Co-workers constantly disappearing with no acknowledgement from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some real soul-searching and ask yourselves whether the personal glory you get from the masturbatory presentations you give to an under-engaged membership is worth the destruction of the spirit, energy, and idealism of the people you hire (and the subsequent squandering of their potential to create lasting, positive change in the world through political activism).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Treats Employees worse than the Companies they criticize

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing Health Coverage.
    People are passionate about the work.
    You will discover quickly if this line of work is for you.

    Cons

    Expect minimum hours of 15 per day and only three days off for every two weeks worked.
    No overtime compensation.
    Everything is scrutinized, right or wrong, to the point of harassment. So many people were reduced to tears by Seniors.
    There is NO work-life balance and little time to de-stress from an extremely stressful line of work.
    Salary compensation is not adequate for the number of hours expected.
    Individuality is not appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers better than garbage and maybe people will stay longer than a few months. Allowing your employees the benefits they fight for would also be helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. international staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    need more clarity and consistency on personnel issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Life time experience

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    Current Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Helping all the people, and making a difference.

    Cons

    Is hard to get a local job in the state I live in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To help out people like me that are willing to work hard and help others to organized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Awful. Run.

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    Former Employee - External Organizer
    Former Employee - External Organizer

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

    Pros

    The expressed views and mission of SEIU are laudable. The benifits were good.

    Cons

    The expressed views and mission of SEIU are laudable but do not apply to their own employees. There is NO respect for private life or life out side of work. Organizers are expected to work 12-14 hour days, answer their phone and email at all times and often get punished for not immediately responding to emails and phone calls sent and made far far outside of what can be considered work hours. While the benefits are good you can never use them because you are always working. Managers assume staff are trying to get over rather than believing that staff has come to the organization because they believe in the cause, this results in managers always mistrusting staff and trying to "catch" them doing wrong. There is no trust between coworkers and people are regularly thrown under the bus. Organizers are never allowed to say that they don't know how to do something or need help, that is grounds for being fired or blacklisted, and there is little to no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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