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Updated October 22, 2017
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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)

    "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "Very conflicted about this review."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly committed and talented field staff. Excellent pay and benefits. I learned to work with so many types of people all across the country and had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of political and issue campaigns.

    Cons

    Complete disregard for work-life balance. Unfair labor practices. During my time there decision-making transitioned to a top-down model, stifling staff creativity and hurting effectiveness. Upper management could be verbally abusive. Last I'd heard, they'd announced lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    "The people who brought you the weekend" shouldn't be perpetuating the very problems we're trying to address in other organizations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakton, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakton, VA

    I have been working at AFL-CIO (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing.
    Work hours based on 6.5 hr work day.
    Overtime

    Cons

    Company is management heavy and not flexible on compressed work week or working from home
    Colleagues will throw other colleagues under the bus to get ahead
    Archaic process with paperwork
    No upward mobility


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