SEIU Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Awful. Run.

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

    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 Management

    Resign.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Experience right out of college, long hours and a lot of travel

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

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

    Pros

    Great introduction to the labor movement, I worked as an External Organizer which means that they will send you where ever they need help cleaning up issues or places that need more attention. I worked with this company for 2 years and was away from home and in hotels 100% of the time. The starting pay wasn't great but if you work hard and get promoted quickly then you will make a lot more and have great benefits.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance, only consider working here if you are ready to make work your main priority, there were a lot of campaigns that mandated 14+ hour work days for long periods of time as well as travel to places 3 or more hours away from home. Everything is based on numbers, if you don't meet goals it will be used against you. Stressful place to work and would only recommend working here if you are right out of college and have no kids or relationship at home.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees more like people instead of numbers! Provide more training so that employees dont feel lost in the field and fully understand their assignments!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Call Center of New York City

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    get to learn the ins and outs of political campaigns

    Cons

    Management plays a very immature game of favoritism and nepotism

    Advice to Management

    get rid of upper management


  6. Overall a good one.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits available are excellent (health insurance, holidays, etc.)

    Cons

    the Long work hours take a toll on your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Create a work life balance for employees


  7. Excellent mission, great members; horrible leadership

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

    Pros

    One is right in the heart of things helping to change the world. Standing up for health care workers and others is awesome. And they are on the forefront of pushing for policy that helps all low wage workers.

    Cons

    The Peter Principle rules here: the best people leave and mediocrity rises to the top. Leadership is loath to practice what they preach. One can be hired for a multi-year position, but be considered a "temp" and therefore get no sick days, no pay raises, and no paid time off.

    Advice to Management

    One should reward excellence rather than sycophants.


  8. Helpful (3)

    It's too late for reform. Tear it down and start again.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The political work matches my own beliefs. It's hard to come up addwith more than that. The benefits (not the pay and working conditions, those are terrible) aren't bad.

    Cons

    They are disenfranchising their own membership offering minimal protection, guidance, and support to people paying for them to exist. The depth of the lies they've told is unbelievable to anyone who understands unionism. Everyone, member and employee, sees the heart-breaking truth the closer they get to those in power. They've become so corrupt that thousands of pro-union advocates believe they should be torn down and re-built, with none of the current leadership left in place.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. If you've made it to management you've already harmed too many people. You wouldn't be allowed to advance if you hadn't. Judging by past and present performance, relinquishing power is impossible for your fee -no matter how accurate the reasons are. So, you could try remembering why you got invloved in unionism and re-build this through those beliefs. You are now in charge of a club. Make it a union.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great work and a good cause, but hard to take.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OIT
    Current Employee - OIT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping workers find a voice in their workplace is very rewarding. Meeting people, hearing their stories and building relationships makes organizing a worthwhile career, in spite of the demanding work schedule. Co-workers make the job bearable.

    Cons

    Impossible hours--the average is 11-12, and sometimes you are required to work 14 hours. Unrealistic expectations. Little respect for individual opinions. Lots of reprimands and negative reinforcement.

    Advice to Management

    Too much to know where to begin....


  10. Helpful (1)

    Working for economic justice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, supportive work environment, budget for professional development, mentorship program, vested in the pension after five years, excellent health care benefits and a decent amount of paid time off. There is also an overall commitment inside the union to do big, bold things.

    Cons

    The internal politics can be extremely challenging, especially as you move up the ladder inside the organization. Too much decision-making by committee. There is also an overall lack of accountability at the highest levels of the organization, where relationships and favor-trading matter more than results.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your staff from internal politics. Hold all staff accountable to transparent, measurable performance metrics.


  11. Good mission, terrible work environment

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

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

    Pros

    SEIU is doing great work. Many of the staff are fantastic and you'll have the opportunity to work on some inspiring campaigns. The pay is reasonable and the benefits are the best I've had.

    Cons

    Internal politics create a toxic work environment. I came to SEIU because I believed in the organization but after several years here I can't take the staff drama. Several individuals take the bulldozer approach to get what they want and senior management rewards that kind of behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Don't jump to conclusions and try to understand things before you issue orders.



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