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Updated January 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great mission, really great benefits (in 14 reviews)

  • You also get to be in with a major player in the labor movement (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be rough sometimes (in 19 reviews)

  • heavy workload, long hours, stressful (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Tough job, but I learned a lot."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Learned the ropes of the union organizing model. Worked on three different campaigns within a year, so I gained a lot of experience in a short period of time.

    Cons

    Very easy to burn out. Long and irregular hours, very little input into campaign decisions or campaign assignment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining talented employees by improving the work culture.


  2. "Organizer in Training Program"

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    Former Employee - Labor Organizer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Labor Organizer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +You do get to build workers rights
    +you will meet amazing people
    + feels meaningful and productive
    +excellent benefits package
    +get to be around lots of radical politics and be on the front lines of the labor movement

    Cons

    - You will be exploited for your work, which if you shed light on, you will be painted as someone who is not a team player
    - Long hours that are fluid and unclear
    - Certain locals have a culture of bullying OITs especially
    - They have all but done away with the Organizer 1 position which means to advance your career you MUST find outside work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Organizers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good work if you have no life"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEIU as a contractor

    Pros

    Doing some amazing cutting edge organizing. Good training. Friendly staff. Ability to jump into serious work right away.

    Cons

    The culture of how much you work and how much you need to be available is insane. They are all about getting numbers, and sometimes if feels like numbers trump quality relationships with workers. I have not been able to see my family for too long. Supervision is often based on shaming or patronizing, rather than encouragement.

    Advice to Management

    I was hired on as a temp organizer in training, to see how I did and possible get hired on permanent. You expect too much out of people in too little time, and there is a bit of sink or swim mentality. There should be alternative higher ups you can go to if the person above you doesn't vibe with you or you don't feel like you're getting what you need form your direct team leader/supervisor.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stronger Together!"

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

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

    Pros

    It's great working for a labor union that is dedicated to organizing workers and fighting income inequality. Pay is decent and benefits are well above par.

    Cons

    The hours are long and irregular. SEIU loves to speak up for workers in places represented by the union to get family friendly practices and hours, but as for the organizers working for SEIU, there's another standard. Always working more than 40 hours a week with no comp time.
    While I support the Democratic Party, SEIU is far too dependent on the Democratic Party.

    Advice to Management

    Go easier on organizers. Management by churn will burn all of your employees out.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good place for a job but not a career"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SEIU has an amazing mission to help working people get a fair shot in our economy that's rigged for the wealthy and top 1%. The benefits are top notch - it's very difficult to find the pay, healthcare benefits, time off, and pension at other social justice or nonprofit organizations. The people who work at SEIU are amazing and some of the best, talented people in the labor movement. It's truly a privilege to have worked there.

    Cons

    There is a serious retention issue at SEIU. Really good people are leaving the Union who have a lot of talent and dedication to SEIU but just can't handle the day-to-day stuff. If you're not working on a priority campaign or have a manager that will look out for you and provide opportunities, it can be extremely difficult to build a career that is meaningful and fulfilling at SEIU. A lot of the managers have no business being managers and actively refuse to put the time and effort into being good managers. Nothing is worse than having a terrible manager that everyone knows is a terrible manager but is still there for no reason at all.

    Advice to Management

    Make good management a priority. If someone has been there for many years and isn't moving up and forward with their career or getting opportunities in other departments/campaigns, then you should really ask what's going on. Those are the types of people that leave and go on to do great things at other organizations. And, they don't necessarily have great things to say about SEIU after they've left.


  7. "Great Benefits... Horrible Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are GREAT!
    Work is easy
    Pay is good
    Friendship created can be everlasting

    Cons

    Room for Growth does not exists
    Management is not open to new ideas
    If management does not like you, they will make up ways to get rid of you
    The only ones being promoted are best friends to managers
    Management NEVER takes ownership for their wrong doings... they always pass the buck or create excuses
    Morale does NOT exist
    Majority of management is not educated

    Advice to Management

    Increase office morale
    Give employees opportunity to learn more and provide growth opportunities
    Be open to new ideas, something may work for the better
    Hold managers accountable!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "SEIU is what it is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catonsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catonsville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    SEIU has amazing benefits that I have never seen before and probably never will again. You also get to be in with a major player in the labor movement

    Cons

    SEIU lives up to it's reputation of working it's staff beyond exhaustion and quite often you are away from home for extended periods of time


  9. "External Organizer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Lot's of independence. Cross training in interesting skills like contract negotiations, budgets, and public policy.

    Cons

    They'll work you to death if you let them.

    Advice to Management

    work-life balance is a thing now.


  10. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Almost 9 to 5 every day

    Cons

    Promotion is zero. Work is not interesting. Pace is very slow.


  11. "Okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. It's a good entry-level job.

    Cons

    Over worked. Way too many hours a week.



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