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Gerald W. McEntee
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  1. "Great Place To Work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

      Pros

      Great team to work with and great benefits.

      Cons

      Campaign hours can always be tough on a work life balance.

      AFL-CIO2019-03-07
    • "pros and cons"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at AFL-CIO full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        important work for good people

        Cons

        bad management and bad employer

        AFL-CIO2019-02-07
      • Helpful (3)

        "Abysmal"

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        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...

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        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.

        AFL-CIO2018-06-16
      • Helpful (4)

        "Might as well be Amazon."

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

        I have been working at AFL-CIO full-time for 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...

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        Advice to Management

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

        AFL-CIO2018-02-14
      • Helpful (5)

        "Good Benefits, Terrible Workplace Culture"

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

        I worked at AFL-CIO full-time for 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.

        AFL-CIO2017-10-22
      • Helpful (1)

        "overall good staff"

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

        I have been working at AFL-CIO full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        good benefits - health care, unlimited sick

        Cons

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

        AFL-CIO2017-08-24
      • Helpful (2)

        "Great place to learn, but not to grow"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at AFL-CIO

        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.

        AFL-CIO2017-07-21
      • "Policy Analyst"

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        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

        AFL-CIO2017-06-28
      • Helpful (1)

        "Great Organization - Tough Politics"

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

        I worked at AFL-CIO full-time for 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.

        AFL-CIO2017-07-06
      • "Summer Intern"

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          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

          AFL-CIO2017-06-21
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