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  1.  

    It's a great mission and does amazing things for the members but not the staff

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great mission, awesome people to work with. Lot's of fun at the office, a sense of comittment and community among co-workers.

    Cons

    No room to move up, they never promote from within, you have to literally fight for a raise. Management gets bonuses but the staff gets stuck with a bad contract. At one point management offered a 1% raise...ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your staff! They are the army making everything possible. Make them feel appreciated.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    Intervention Required

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    Former Employee - Organizer
    Former Employee - Organizer

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

    Pros

    On job training, good co workers, devoted members.

    Cons

    Long irregular hours. No family life. Married to the job. No life balance. Too much politics and corruption!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you say you are fighting for social justice, proof it.

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  5.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (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.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings

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    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at SEIU full-time (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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lack of common sense, Looking for trouble

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

    I worked at SEIU as a contractor (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
  10. 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
  11. 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 (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

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