SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West

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SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits, good pension. Room for growth and promotion if you're willing to suck up, put up with a tremendous amount of bs, and if you're willing to make your job the number one priority in your life. Your hard work will be recognized, but they will continue to pile it on.

    Cons

    Lousy working conditions; lousy location; building is dark, dank and gross; upper management really, really doesn't care about the staff; not sure how some members of the senior management got into the positions they're in; vacations cancelled; last minute assignments with zero regard for your personal or family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like you genuinely care about your staff. You're a workers organization, treat your own staff the way you expect other employers to treat our members. I personally never felt the need to be in a union, until I started working for one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible. Fear-mongering management organizes against its own members and politics

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    Former Employee - Union Organizer
    Former Employee - Union Organizer

    I worked at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fairly okay pay for very little responsibilities (because management doesn't trust its own staff). But for the pay, you sell your soul and have to deal with the mess of an organization.

    Cons

    9 month probation period which is a constant reminder over your head that management doesn't care about you. Zero training and support for coordinators. Manipulative politics internally and externally. For some reason staff can be members too - which they "push" you into doing to pay a couple hundred dollars back into the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop exploiting and disrespecting your staff. Dave Regan needs to leave and stop organizing against his own members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hypocritical corporate culture at this labor union

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West full-time

    Pros

    Very committed staff members and office personnel
    Healthcare benefits are currently some of the best in the business
    Pay for field staff is competitive with other locals and similar duties

    Cons

    The very top level management don't care about their workers at all.

    Mid-management level employees basically mirror they attitude and style of top level management by being as contentious and forceful to staff whenever possible. It's as if mid-management is trying to impress top level management by showing that they are 'productive' whenever possible but at the cost of stable and consistent workers.

    Turnover at this local is terrible and it seems as if new job openings and new employees come in and out of this place more than at other, failing and dysfunctional organizations. This constant turnover is what a lot of people think is one of the reasons why this union is universally hated by all other locals. In the past, the UHW was a good union but was difficult because they too overworked the staff. However, over the last few years, it seemed as if the overwork got worse and top level management flat out stopped caring about the staff all together.

    Complaints fall on deaf ears and mid-management just enforce the apathy and keep putting the boots to people every single day.

    No one is trained to do anything there and it's clear that mid-management really is pretty useless in inspiring and motivating their workers to do the work. I think this is because mid-managers aren't trained to manage workers. Staff workers just get promoted to that position. I think It's similar to the way you pick puppies out of a litter -- those who get picked stop getting beaten and neglected and given more food and better shelter -- but are still mean. The typical mid-manager is surly, dismissive, reactive in making leadership decisions and freaks out often, and because top-level management don't care about its workers, throw their workers under the bus for minor things.

    The management pits workers against each other by choosing exactly who will get good assignments, promotions, raises, sometimes even cube spaces. It's extremely petty there and once again, you can blame top management for allowing this to happen. They know it's happening -- they just won't act to stop it preferring only to heap more work on it's workers just to make their dreams of a more perfect union come true. It is pure ego from the top down and workers are getting ground under this and the members that the staff serve should deserve better.

    A lot of people get fired for stupid things (despite the collective bargaining agreement) but I think a lot of people also just outright quit. The typical reason is they can't take working at an organization that is hypocritical to it's core values of protecting workers from management. I think that a lot of union members know this and some of them think it's sad that this is happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have really nothing to say to management. As a staff worker, I feel that we complain about this and they don't do anything. They are selfish and cruel and someday I will leave this place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disrespect for Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work can be rewarding when you see the results of your efforts. Getting healthcare workers raises feels great and protecting workers' jobs against unfair practices is a reward in itself.

    Pay and benefits are competitive compared with other non-profits

    Cons

    The leadership is disconnected. They are openly hostile towards staff. The president has openly said that he does not respect most staff. Management will capriciously discipline and fire staff they do not like.

    Management is hypocritical and will fail to follow the labor laws.

    The hours can be long and inefficient. Pointless tasks cannot be questioned under the "stay in your lane" philosophy. Management will cancel vacations which have already been approved without hesitation. Comp-days, or other forms of reimbursement for working 80-100 hours a week do not exist.

    There is little space for career advancement without significant ass-kissing. Promotions are not based on merit and are highly politicized. There is no effort expended to help develop individuals professionally.

    Supervisors can be abusive towards staff, both in work assignments and through verbal abuse. The HR department does nothing to rectify abusive situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice the principles that you preach within the shops you represent. Respect your staff and care about turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    not easy to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West full-time

    Pros

    If you are a liberal and support progressive ideas and are willing to do what it takes to fight for the labor movement, then this place might be for you. The benefits are very good and the pay is about right as compared to other non-profits. The people here are nice, generally.

    Cons

    After reading some of the other reviews here, I agree that this is a bad place to work because management pushes you to work at an unreasonable rate. There is an unwritten rule that everyone should work many hours above a regular work week in order to be consistent with this company's core values. In other corporate environments, at least they tell you this if you are a salaried employee. Here, the culture seems to push the employees very hard and is unapologetic and it is all done through the chain of command. It is hard to tell who has separated from the company or are on PTO. It is not quite a revolving door but very close. A change in leadership happened a few years ago and some things have changed but the pressure on employees to work long hours has not and in some cases it has gotten worse especially in areas where managers rise to positions of power but lack the proper people skills to do that job.

    The probation period here for some employees is very long and a lot of people don't make it through that . A lot of people quit because of the pressure to work long and hard hours. I would not recommend to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am convinced they don't care but here goes: If you are trying to lead a union organization, why is it that the people who run that organization are treated badly? You must know that people are quitting and the reasons why. Don't you know that every time someone leaves, a big hole needs to be filled in that position and time is wasted trying to fill that hole? How do you expect to be strong if the people who you are supposed to be counting on to run this company leave?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management/Bad Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West full-time

    Pros

    The work can be very rewarding by giving you the opportunity to help workers have a voice on their job. The pay is good and the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    There is very little opportunity for advancement. Management would rather recruit new people to burn through than provide training and work on retention. Work hours are long and workloads are often unreasonable.

    Vacations are canceled after being approved with little or no recourse. There is an overall cultural expectation that management can make employees work any weekend without any compensation or recognition. There is an overall cultural inflexibility which does not account for the realities of a healthy work/life balance. I would recommend that anybody with children not accept employment here, as management is unwilling to work with the requirements of working parents.

    Management acts in the exact way that the employers they fight do and take on the worst attributes of bosses.

    It may be difficult to transfer to other positions within the labor movement because management may attempt to prevent you from leaving through back-channel communications to other labor organizations, especially other SEIU locals. Working for a labor union will close off other jobs due to employers fear of salts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Currently, managers are not given the training required to successfully manage and as a result make many mistakes which lead to low moral and high turnover.

    Upper management is more interested in maintaining power through fear than it is with maintaining moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West

    Pros

    Membership is what keep me working here

    Cons

    Management does not care much for the way they treat staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respecfull to Staff

  9.  

    Interesting History, but a lot of office politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West

    Pros

    Medical Benefits are great, especially if you go with Kaiser.
    Child-friendly workplace.
    Close to public transportation.
    After working for a few years - get vested in pension.

    Cons

    A lot of internal politics.
    Location isn't the safest.
    A lot of turnover.
    Labor movement is in trouble.
    Long hours for exempt staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with staff.
    Some departments have complained of micromanagement.
    Clearly implement policies and follow through on them.
    Disconnect between divisions and departments.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The most anti-union work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West

    Pros

    They pay is nice and the connections you make with the members

    Cons

    Horrible working environment. DONT EVER WORK HERE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY MAY TRY TO PERSUADE YOU!
    You are constantly on edge about losing your job. If you are young, management uses that against you negatively. Be prepared for your fellow coworkers to be nice to you one moment and then stab you in the back the next in order to get ahead.

    The most anti-union environment I have ever worked in. they treat their employees like crap!

    Keep to yourself, Everyone snitches on each other. It's quite sad actually

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    nice

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    Current Employee - Career Counselor
    Current Employee - Career Counselor

    I have been working at SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West

    Pros

    good benefits and communication at this place

    Cons

    listen more to ideas and work collaborativvely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to ideas

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