SEIU Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
72 Reviews
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72 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.  

    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
  2.  

    good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at SEIU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good people to work with, great benefits. $0 copay for both medical and dental

    Cons

    because it's a union, pays are not great, but the benefits more than makes up for it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    OIT program- A little good and the rest awful

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    Current Employee - Organizer In Training
    Current Employee - Organizer In Training

    I have been working at SEIU full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience for new organizers
    Conceptually sound campaigns

    Cons

    Culture of fear and manipulation
    Management frequently lies
    Work for a union but workers are treated with disrespect and indifference
    Members are treated like numbers, all the emphasis is on getting more dues cards-- not leadership development or movement building in the grassroots
    Organizers are taught to compete with each other, winning and loosing feel equally bad
    OITs are on probation for a year and can be fired at any time-- no sense of job stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sensitivity training. Treat your workers and members with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lack of common sense, Looking for trouble

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    Former Employee - Organizer In Training  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at SEIU as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay, chance to help workers. It's also good to learn about organizing and life from the rank-and-file members.

    Cons

    I get the feeling I was just brought in temporarily to satisfy a budget requirement. During the initial interview I got the feeling that they didn't even bother to read my resume. They started off talking to me like I was stupid. They asked what my experience with unions was, which is the usual SEIU approach to anyone they don't know. They just assume you're ignorant of the labor movement. Had they looked at my resume they wouldn't need to ask that question.

    I was given a one-month Organizer in Training (OIT) position. I was partnered with this guy who did nothing but yell at me and talk to me like I was dumb. He would ask me a bunch of smart-alack questions where I would always be wrong. He kept treating me like I didn't know how to plan ahead or keep my documents in order, as if this isn't something they teach you in middle school. I never received any turf to organize or any important documents to begin with.

    Two weeks into the "training," I was told I wasn't going to pass. I had only been there for two weeks and wasn't given a serious chance to prove myself. On the third week I was fired.

    When I asked the organizing director about it, she said two weeks is enough to tell if someone has what it takes. However, the employee policy said OITs were supposed to be brought on for six months. The SEIU international policy used to be three months. I was only given one month, and unfairly cut loose after three weeks. Where does this woman get off thinking she knows better than the people who wrote the original policies? Why did they violate their own policies?

    The lead organizer told me I wasn't going to pass the training because he is looking for another him. Think about that.

    You can't expect trainees to perform on the level of those who have been there for a long time. If you are unable to handle a trainee, don't bring one on. Common sense 101.

    When I brought up how I was treated unfairly, they took it as a badge of honor. They think it's acceptable to treat younger staff like dirt because it builds character. This is wrong. SEIU used to invest in training the next generation of organizers, now they hold young people at arm's length and treat us like morons. This is one of the reasons union density is declining in the US, they have no respect for the next generation. Something tells me they don't even care.

    Oh, for what it is worth, membership in the local had been on the decline around the time I started. They reported their lowest numbers ever at the one monthly membership meeting I attended. Clearly the organizing "experts" at SEIU aren't as good as they say they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some respect for younger folks, unless, of course, you don't care whether or not SEIU will be around 25 years from now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    If want to learn organizing, they will ake you better at it.

    Cons

    Sucking up gets you promoted faster than working hard.
    Mucky Mucks run the union- not the members.
    Rank and file staff could be treated with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    SEIU

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Money was ok
    I got to see the country
    met long lasting friends
    Help underprivileged workers
    Actually learned alot about myself and others

    Cons

    They don't practice what they preach
    I was belittled as an employee
    I was also over worked with little time off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low work challenge, toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst I  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Research Analyst I in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    The benefits to working here are the work hours ( strict 7 hours per day and flexible scheduling), and the benefits ( prescriptions are $1!).

    Cons

    This is a data analyst job. Apart from their being no real work challenge, the management is incredibly immature. It's a very toxic work environment. Getting feedback on work, and respect only comes if the upper-management happens to like you - so if you belong to an evangelical neo-Christian community.

    Also, you get an insider view into how unions operate; the amount of waste is so disheartening. They are taking money from low income workers and spending it needlessly on trips, supplies, food, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to apply business practices as opposed to management by personality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A social movement corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work with and get to know interesting people. Connected to different industries such as building service, health care, or janitors. Excellent benefits and health insurance.

    Cons

    Very little collaborative attitude, ironically. Expectation of 50-60 hours of work per week. Corporate attitude where the old timers know better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box and aim for a healthier staff that can achieve work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chew you up and spit you out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet and speak with tons of members. Not a long hiring process, because they're looking for a lot of bodies to throw at problems.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything wrong you can imagine senior management of an organization could do, they did. Good employees would be punished for making bad, but protected employees look bad. If you have a Rabbi, you're protected, otherwise only a matter of time till you're fired. But once you reach a certain level, you're certain to fail up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See new employees as a resource worth investing in. Hold senior/middle management accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    SEIU was a learning experience, but not a long term option

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    SEIU had a solid organizing base

    Cons

    the top-down hierarchical structure is too politicized

    Doesn't Recommend

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