SEIU Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
77 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    A friendly work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEIU as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture of the employees at SEIU is great, coworkers help create a positive environment as well as the management being extremely respectful.

    Cons

    Certain higher-level employees have little to no consideration for lower tier employees effort and will treat them as if they have no value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Legal Department Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There is a collegial, friendly atmosphere where people are happy to offer help and answer questions. The work is fast paced and varied. Even if you are an attorney, you will march and chant with signs while wearing a purple t-shirt at some point. There are not enough attorney positions to routinely offer the large number of law fellows and larger number of law clerks permanent jobs. However, plenty of law fellow positions go to former law clerks, and at least two full-time attorney positions were offered to former law fellows in the last two years. The legal department is racially diverse with people of color in management positions. The women outnumber the men nearly three to one though, so there's not much balance gender-wise. While the work is often demanding with long hours, management is understanding if someone has a family emergency or illness.

    Cons

    There is an expectation that we will check our work email and phone messages regularly during evenings and weekends. This seems to be a union-wide practice. It's not a spoken rule, but because most people do check their messages frequently and respond, you appear undedicated by comparison if you're sticking to M-F business hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    SEIU Research: to work or not to work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Mission oriented, effects measurable change in organizing and bettering the working conditions for low wage workers, and the people in this department are great.

    Cons

    Sometimes stuck doing the same remedial task for a week straight and there tends to be a general lack of direction - learning as you go type environment.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Everyone should spend some time working for a labor union.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great introduction to the labor movement. Some very smart and dedicated people. Lots of opportunity to step out into the field and work on short term campaigns. Movement potential through networking and relationship building.

    Cons

    Internal politics continue to drive good people away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to make a difference

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting people, chance to work on innovative projects within the labor movement, opportunities to really grow and explore new things (but sometimes you have to look for them.).

    Cons

    Long hours, and there can be lots of travel. You have to make a conscious effort to balance work and life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff development is an area that can always use more work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    HORRIBLE

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good Cause. Nice, smart workers.I came to this organization thinking I could make a difference. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Many!!!They lie to you to get you to start working, then they take back what they offered. My manager took credit for my work and felt threatened when I accomplished something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs sensitivity training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be careful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good compensation working for a good cause.

    Cons

    Frustratingly bad internal communication and a broken culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supportive, helping, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by great people and great pay and benefits for helping people

    Cons

    Your experience depends a lot on who hires you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, rewarding work, decent pay & benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Big organization with more resources than most progressive institutions
    Diverse workplace
    Less risk-averse than other labor organizations
    Challenging and rewarding assignments

    Cons

    Internal politics can be a huge energy suck
    Long hours during campaigns
    Work/life balance is a constant challenge for senior staff
    Pay is not competitive for certain job categories

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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