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Updated September 6, 2018
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  • "Travel, work life balance is awful" (in 25 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. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Account Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were very helpful and nice! Guided and taught me many as I was an intern.

    Cons

    No any cons at SEIU


  2. "SEIU"

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    a lot of travail and good car allowance

    Cons

    Long hours but still a fun company

  3. "OIT- Prepare to be overworked to death"

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    Former Employee - Organizer In Training in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch benefits, good opportunity to learn about labor

    Cons

    Absolutely no respect or regard for work life balance. Salary is not decent compensation for 70-90 hr weeks. This job made me break out in hives constantly because it was so stressful and all-consuming. Plus, my campaign was a total dud and had very little community support or interest.

    Advice to Management

    It is deeply hypocritical to rob your workers of their personal lives while preaching labor rights. Pay your workers hourly and give them the OT they deserve.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "They're ruining the labor movement"

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

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

    Pros

    You'll get to say you helped union members

    Cons

    If you're looking to make a difference and actually help the labor movement avoid this place. Members are treated like dues paying cows that need to be milked and there is very little attempt to actually empower or support them. Furthermore, employees here and treated like trash and despite being a labor union SEIU 721 has little to no regard for the welfare of its employees. Long hours are to be expected in organizing, but this place expects ridiculous hours that wouldn't be necessary if there were actually competent managers. Members and organizers who come through this union feel depressed, depleted, and often have a more negative view of the labor movement. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place like a professional plague!

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves!


  5. "Attorney"

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work. Great team. Great work.

    Cons

    Fast pace. Very demanding.


  6. "organizer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours end meaningful work

    Cons

    lack of support and leadership from management


  7. "NA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    The benefits were substantial and effective.

    Cons

    Management practices perverse leadership styles.

  8. "Good opportunity to learn about law and labor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU part-time

    Pros

    Great learning environment for a law student especially if interested in labor. Flexible schedule. Substantive legal work to do.

    Cons

    Sometimes lengthy assignments were given that realistically required more time than the 20 hrs a week I was given to work. This became frustrating because I wasn’t paid salary, but also couldn’t get paid more than the 20 hrs I had.

    Advice to Management

    Department needs to be more aware of the amount/complexity of work given to the law clerk so that assignments can be better managed.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Run"

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    you get paid while looking for your next job and get trained about toxic work culture and when you get out you'll be so thankful

    Cons

    There are people who worked for SEIU and committed suicide and banned SEIU folks from coming to their funeral.
    SEIU will suck your self-respect, soul, and trust in fellow human beings. There is a reason the office is full of people with low self-esteem, messy personal lives and a row of white female managers who pick on all the other females in the office. If you are a white male that doesn't talk and keeps your head in your computer trying to ignore your life being sucked away from you and avoids the bullets of hate being darted across your cubicle-- you will probably survive. The office is full of people who are the sole providers for their families and can't afford to leave. Once you can: run away.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being anti-union to your fellow employees. Stop with ego and blame games. Cultivate a healthy work culture. Stop tokenizing yourself and going after capable people who "threaten" you. Your job security isn't rooted in taking smarter people down.


  10. "Campaign lead"

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

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Hardworking staff, flexible organization, committed to improving lives for workers, leadership committed to the mission of the union. Strong mentorship.

    Cons

    Significant amount of work, long hours.


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