SEIU Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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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
  • You will have no work/life balance here (in 13 reviews)

  • no work life balance and expect your leads to be staying the the same hotel as you which means they are omni present - even when you are not at work (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits and compensation are reasonable

    Cons

    work life balance should be improved

    Advice to Management

    better work-life balance


  2. Applicants Beware

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, rewarding progressive work, great union members

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance, subpar managers, lack of transparency, disorganized internal structure, does not retain talent, takes advantage of their employees, tends to work you to death and then spit you out.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing your talent. Lots of good, hardworking people have left or been laid off due to poor managers and no attempt by HR to retain employees. This organization tends to use people and then spit them out, without a second thought. You should really take a moment to look at why you are losing so many good people.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good for lifers

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

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    top of the line healthcare, incredible time off- sick or maternity/paternity, great compensation, high profile institution with lots of resources, pension,

    Cons

    horrible at professional development, time management, promoting from within, retaining talent. judgement calls are mired in politics to the detriment of all involved

    Advice to Management

    There's reluctance to have difficult conversations organization-wide, including ones about letting people go. Without thoughtful professional development, talent leaves and the dead weight stays for the benefits.


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  5. To leadership and high-level management - staff are workers too!

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

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

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

    Pros

    Great members.
    Fantastic health benefits.
    If you get a good manager, hold on!
    Smart staff, very dedicated.
    Good number of vacation, comp days, personal leave, and sick days.
    "Old-timers" usually really good.
    I've had some great, dedicated managers in the past. but culture has changed.
    It's not the SEIU I knew when I started several years ago, but it can be again.

    Cons

    No effective management training.
    High turnover/movement, including good managers who often have little power to create change and have no job protection. I've had roughly eight good managers; all but one are gone.
    Depending on your manager, work/life balance can be bad and it's getting worse for many.
    Living expenses (especially housing) are rising; SEIU staff salaries stagnant for most.
    Often, feel underappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, staff are workers too! Treat us like you want employers to treat our members or your adult children.
    Let us have a life! Great people are leaving or frustrated because of unrealistic and unfair expectations. Times where it is difficult for those of us who are primary caretakers of children/elderly parents when at home (usually women/single parents).
    Use consultants less - it will save you money.
    Fill open staff jobs! It will also help with work/life balance if we aren't understaffed.
    Less about politics (both external and internal), and more about members.
    Be fair and timely about salary increases, including for "low-level" managers.
    Uneven advancement opportunities lead to frustration; hire more from within HQ staff.
    Model real respect for staff from the top (leadership and senior staff especially) and work with difficult managers to follow.
    Locals notice - I've had a couple of complaints from leaders about changes and newer managers who perhaps don't realize members and our locals are a priority.
    It can be a great place to work again for everyone, which will benefit our fantastic members too! I am writing because I care!


  6. A friendly work environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEIU as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Legal Department Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Everyone should spend some time working for a labor union.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  9. SEIU Research: to work or not to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  10. Great place to make a difference

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. HORRIBLE

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

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

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

    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 Management

    Management needs sensitivity training.



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