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Updated August 10, 2017
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  • There is ZERO work-life balance (in 21 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. Helpful (1)

    "SEIU ULTCW driving down wages and work standards"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Skilled senior colleagues and the organization offered continuous training in-house and with local college.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, work culture bred high turnover and employee burn out; low wages, top management earned at least three times as much as entry level organizers.

    Advice to Management

    Close the wage gap!


  2. "The Wal-Mart of labor unions."

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    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Organizer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They will take anybody. They have an excellent training program. Living in hotels and driving company cars can be a fun life when you're 28. Vested in the pension in only five years!

    Cons

    Living in hotels and driving company cars stops being fun when you're in your 30s. I know far more thrice divorced organizers than happily married organizers. SEIU is a lifestyle, not a career. There is ZERO work-life balance. I had a director scold me once, "We work until the work is done," when I told him I had to leave before the 9pm meeting to care for my 4 year old.

    The compensation is okay when you work for the international, but after a few years they want you to settle into a local where you usually earn less. The international national money is great because you live in company paid housing, but the money is woefully insufficient when you get dumped into a local and suddenly have to afford housing on top of running your own office out of your own car. When I worked for the local at the end of my SEIU time, I was regularly forced to take payday loans so I could put gas in my car and buy a sandwich tray for the next union meeting.

    If you're in this to change the world, you're working for the wrong team. Every workplace malfeasance SEIU claims to stand against they inflict on their own employees. I watched a lot of good organizers get fired because they lost unwinnable elections and I watched a lot of son's of EBoard members win the easy cherry elections. I was routinely instructed to break the law as a course of my work, from trespassing to property destruction. They say you can't become a director until you've been arrested. I have this giant 5 year hole in my resume I have to fill with lies because no one will ever hire a union organizer in the private sector.

    I came into SEIU early in the California Civil War. Over the next five years across half a dozen states I discovered that every accusation NUHW leveled at SEIU was absolutely true. I helped negotiate dozens of contracts. Never once did I see SEIU take seriously the opinions of the membership. Sure, we would send around surveys, but real decisions were always made at the highest level and handed down without input from the people effected by the decisions. SEIU will always have 1 person working grievances and 10 people working dues collections.

    Go to SEIU for the training and get out and go work for someone more worthy of your time.

    Advice to Management

    Every morning before you leave for work you need to look in the mirror and remember why you got into this in the first place.

  3. "Not worth it"

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

    Pros

    The friendships with other OITs (Organizer in training)

    Cons

    Long, crazy hours. Used as a palm. No mentorship or guidance. No sense of appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing mission. Terrible morale. Insufficient supervision."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SEIU works to improve the lives of their members, of low income people, of those who need a voice in this nation. The work they do is important and relevant and necessary. Staff are energetic, creative, smart, and experts in their field. Benefits are incomparable.

    Cons

    This amazing work is done with a great amount of planning and foresight into the plan of the organization, however so much of the work is done in a way that is done in a way that cripples morale. Staff are leaving the organization in droves. Staff only advance if they are friends with leadership. Those who have been promoted to supervisory positions have largely not been trained to supervise staff, and that lack of training makes working for them difficult at best.

    Advice to Management

    Please train managers. Please work on morale. Your staff are valuable -- people, not commodities.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Has potential but needs to fix lots of issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay, generous time off.

    Cons

    Not a good environment to work in. You will be overworked.


  6. "Communications Rep."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for telemarketing gig.

    Cons

    Spotty employment. Not steady at all.

    Advice to Management

    More hours?


  7. "1199SEIU Benefit fund."

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Staten Island, NY

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

    Pros

    The medical benefits can not compare to any other insurance company out there! simply the best!

    Cons

    There needs to be alot of upgrading with staff and HR. Not up to date and a very slow company in doing things.

  8. "Good for people who fit the mold"

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

    Pros

    mary kay henry
    decent hours
    talented colleagues

    Cons

    few people of color at the top


  9. "Viscious Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Cranford, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Cranford, NJ

    I worked at SEIU (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good time off , convenient location - That's it!

    Cons

    Catty, viscous atmosphere. Everyone seemed to think everyone else was an idiot behind their back which meant they were likely saying the same thing about you.
    Very little ever got done.
    No cooperation between departments.
    Medical, etc was free, but only if you remained within their restrictive doctors, dentists, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Too many politics.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OIT program"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and mediocre pay

    Cons

    -12-18 hour workdays
    -hypocritical
    -fighting for things that you as an organizer will never have

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach


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