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Updated February 1, 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. "Tons of opportunities to grow and move up. Pros and cons to management. Development can be hit or miss."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizer In Training in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Organizer In Training in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to grow the labor movement. Working with other people who share the same values as you do. Great benefits. Health insurance is a dream. Path for retirement. Members really appreciate the resources we provide.

    Cons

    Management can be one sided. Some managers shouldn't be in charge of anyone. Staff development can sometimes be hit or miss. Middle management has too much control. Lack of respect.

    Advice to Management

    Don't punish people for speaking up.
    Be more flexible folks need a work/life balance.
    Cut back hours so reasonable times unless absolutely needed.
    Give everyone the same opportunity to succeed.


  2. "Great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Organizer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, transparent salary schedule, good management and easy communication. Self-managed schedule.

    Cons

    Lots of hours. Job requires lots of overtime- definitely not a 9 to 5. Also feels a little corporate.

    Advice to Management

    More time off to make up for the long hours and weekends.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intense place to work, really smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    exposure to some of the most strategic people in the progressive movement
    hard, intense work ethic is the norm
    sometimes feels like a family

    Cons

    long hours at times
    always a big campaign or union-wide effort

    Advice to Management

    pay better attention to diversity, particularly of minorities
    more staff activities together


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best Union around"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly fulfilling and important work with mostly smart, motivated and effective people

    Cons

    Few strategies for developing under performing employees. They generally just stick around and become agitated and bitter.


  6. "Excellent employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive environment with respect for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Smaller size makes internal advancement difficult and dependent upon senior staff moving on.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "DESKTOP SUPPORT TECH"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Tech in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Tech in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits And Work Perks

    Cons

    Lowest Salaries In The Industry

    Advice to Management

    Create Bonus Structure For Good Performing Employees


  8. Helpful (2)

    "a position with purpose"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with SEIU allowed me to do work that matters -- building the power of working people, fighting economic inequality, and creating positive social change.

    Cons

    Working as a professional with SEIU is demanding, for sure, but it's worth it to be doing something that matters -- rather than pushing products on consumers or peddling investment schemes or whatever it is that most other "professionals" do.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Life time experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping all the people, and making a difference.

    Cons

    Is hard to get a local job in the state I live in.

    Advice to Management

    To help out people like me that are willing to work hard and help others to organized.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Legal Department Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a collegial, friendly atmosphere where people are happy to offer help and answer questions. The work is fast paced and varied. Even if you are an attorney, you will march and chant with signs while wearing a purple t-shirt at some point. There are not enough attorney positions to routinely offer the large number of law fellows and larger number of law clerks permanent jobs. However, plenty of law fellow positions go to former law clerks, and at least two full-time attorney positions were offered to former law fellows in the last two years. The legal department is racially diverse with people of color in management positions. The women outnumber the men nearly three to one though, so there's not much balance gender-wise. While the work is often demanding with long hours, management is understanding if someone has a family emergency or illness.

    Cons

    There is an expectation that we will check our work email and phone messages regularly during evenings and weekends. This seems to be a union-wide practice. It's not a spoken rule, but because most people do check their messages frequently and respond, you appear undedicated by comparison if you're sticking to M-F business hours.


  11. "SEIU Research: to work or not to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Mission oriented, effects measurable change in organizing and bettering the working conditions for low wage workers, and the people in this department are great.

    Cons

    Sometimes stuck doing the same remedial task for a week straight and there tends to be a general lack of direction - learning as you go type environment.


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