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Updated June 16, 2018
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  1. "Policy Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AFL-CIO full-time

    Pros

    work environment, work life balance

    Cons

    no cons, great environment great people


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Abysmal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AFL-CIO full-time

    Pros

    Salary is okay, but the benefits are great.

    Cons

    -Leadership often seems more interested in ceremonial wins than real victories.
    -Employees sometimes receive treatment that the organization would shun corporations for engaging in.
    -New employees start with a three-year contract that has a probationary period attached, but don't be surprised if the period gets extended and you somehow never receive notice.
    -Absolutely the worst internal political culture I've ever experienced. Employees are subject to the whims of any national, state, or local union leaders they have contact with, which becomes untenable when those leaders are in conflict with each other.
    -People's economic policies may be uber-progressive, but be prepared to deal with some really retrograde views from some of the old guard on other issues (especially the environment and gay rights).

    Advice to Management

    -Build membership by refocusing on core workplace organizing/training and showing members the value of unions by delivering things members actually care about.
    -Put your money where your mouth is when it comes to workplace culture and stop relying on temporary employment contracts.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Might as well be Amazon."

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AFL-CIO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent health care benefits; generous paid leave (if you are a 'regular' employee; PTO for 'temporary' staff is about on par with low-wage service work); defined-benefit pension; pay is above average for SOME positions (but not if you have an advanced degree)

    Cons

    The 'perks' are far outweighed by the down sides: Inconsistent or non-existent management despite absurd number of "managers"; abusive work culture; rampant misogyny and racism, including quid pro quo and pervasive hostile work environment harassment; poor internal communications; absolutely no opportunities for advancement or career development; internal politics and competition undercut institutional goals; terrible HR practices; senior management and those with power appear to have nothing but contempt for staff; staff have absolutely no power to move program; work hours can be excessive; oppressive and depressing work environment. Recent "restructuring" to manage major budget shortfalls has created more problems than solutions. People are afraid to voice criticisms of management and culture for fear of retaliation. There is also a lot of uncertainty about future job and pay security due to political attacks and mismanagement.

    Advice to Management

    This organization needs a major clean-up at the highest levels of management, and reformation based on MODERN labor movement values.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Good Benefits, Terrible Workplace Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AFL-CIO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits! Healthcare is amazing, and a lot of vacation time. Surprisingly, no unlimited sick. Also, for a union building, work hours are longer than you might expect.

    Cons

    Terrible workplace culture. For example, massive bureaucracy, lazy long-term employees, excessive layers of management, little chance for advancement, horrible handling of HR cases, old-school office layout, and tons of people on power trips to the moon.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the management to employee ratio. Maybe actually fire the sexist, racist, and/or violent people you have somehow managed to keep on staff. Spend money to train your staff to use new technology and keep up with the times. Walk the walk.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "overall good staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits - health care, unlimited sick

    Cons

    massive bureaucracy and things move very slowly.
    too many supervisors.
    poor managers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn, but not to grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Can learn all facets of asset management; opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Little or no opportunity to advance; once you're in a position, you're labeled for as long as you work there. Don't ask "why", just follow orders. Enjoy the generous bonus terms, but don't count on receiving anything close to them, and don't try to figure out how annual bonuses are calculated....it's at the whim of senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better. Stand for something.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organization - Tough Politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The work done is truly valuable. Trying to build power to help common working people is something worth getting up in the morning for.
    - Amazing benefits - not only for the progressive community but for the private sector. Very rarely will you see a place that has a pension plan outside the government. Amazing healthcare too.
    - Good salaries

    Cons

    - The internal politics desperately need to be reigned in. Not everyone is bad, but there are definitely some actors out there that say and do not so nice things.

    Advice to Management

    Try to create a culture where people work together better. There is also a huge field versus HQ divide that needs to be resolved.

  8. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Felt really appreciated and as though my work mattered. Everyone was really friendly and I felt that my work was making a difference.

    Cons

    Other people seemed really unhappy.. Somewhat bad work environment


  9. "Organizing"

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    Current Employee - Organizing in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Organizing in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AFL-CIO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Progressive HR policies, well-formed institution. Heart of the labor movement.

    Cons

    Just had a huge internal restructuring, and the place if rife with internal politics. The bureaucracy lends itself to a lot of greasy flagpole climbing.

    Advice to Management

    Help people get motivated and to do more real work.


  10. "Canvasser Phone Caller"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    People on the phone can be rude


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