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Updated April 25, 2018
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  • Travel, work life balance is awful (in 24 reviews)

  • There is NO work-life balance and little time to de-stress from an extremely stressful line of work (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Organizer"

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    Current Employee - Field Organizer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Field Organizer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best company for its diversity

    Cons

    No downside for this compnay. Its good as its

    Advice to Management

    Managment is the best of all


  2. "Receptionist"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Easy work, great way to start.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow. Too political, always felt like only could trust myself. Management only saw numbers. Not much support.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Agents of their own demise"

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great potential if the workers were empowered to run their own union.
    Used to be an organizing machine but peaked around 2008.
    Amazing worker leaders available among the members.

    Cons

    Unwieldy bureaucracy with absolutely no accountability to the members who pay the freight. Absolute power concentrated at the top with an aversion to democracy like the Kremlin.
    Staffed up with college kids and flunkies as opposed to a worker led movement where the staffing and leadership rise up from the rank and file workers.

    Advice to Management

    Start with advocating and training workers, developing democracy and leadership from within at the ground level and upward.
    Clean house of all the cronyism and bureaucrats.
    Get back to militant progressive unionism.
    Start with internal union ethics... NO Contracting out/subcontractors/temp workers. Be a UNION and respect your Unions. Divide and conquer tactics are so transparent and evil.
    Practice what you preach and stop the hypocrisy!


  4. "Caregiver"

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    Current Employee - Caregiver in Bay Point, CA
    Current Employee - Caregiver in Bay Point, CA

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to take take care of people.

    Cons

    I have no cons at the moment


  5. "This job has it gratifying rewards"

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    Former Employee - Representative in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Representative in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great Members, Great experience and travel experiences.

    Cons

    Travel, work life balance is awful.

    Advice to Management

    value your staff


  6. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work for a cause you believe in and get paid a living wage

    Cons

    Cut throat environment. Struggles with equity and inclusion across the board


  7. "Communications"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Solid team, interesting work. Good culture. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is not amazing and bureaucracy can be frustrating.

  8. "Organizing Director"

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    Former Employee - Organizing Coordinator in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Organizing Coordinator in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to help others while developing your skills.

    Cons

    Legal concerns ruling these organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going for the right things.


  9. "SEIU 721"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its a dynamic and challenging workplace

    Cons

    There are a lot of bad managers

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of bad managers and their patronage circles and replace them with competent staffers more dedicated to the goals of SEIU 721


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Rewarding and Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to hear some compelling stories and meet a wide variety of fascinating and amazing individuals (membership and staff). Build relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. The work can be intensely rewarding and lead to real positive societal change. Take part in actions and campaigns that can play a roll in history.

    Cons

    General lack of clarity around the long-term goals of the organization, which are so broad they border on unrealistic. Little to no management accountability. Inner office politics can be frustrating and exhausting. Workplaces can be incredibly toxic. Work/life balance is nonexistent. Taking time for self care is encouraged verbally, but frowned upon in practice. High burnout rate.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourselves accountable, practice what you preach, don't treat members and staff as chess pieces.


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