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Updated September 2, 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. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive and highly motivated by their mission with complete devotion and innovative approaches

    Cons

    Hours can be long - you work until the job is done by your choice and because everyone else does also


  2. "not bad"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    i dont know what to say. its fine if you work for less than an year

    Cons

    no cons so far, lets see further

    Advice to Management

    please be good and help us grow

  3. 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!


  4. "Great place to work for social justice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Really mission driven culture and great colleagues

    Cons

    Not enough room for discussion and new ideas


  5. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Benefits Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great support, staff worked collectively together and effortless always busy, fun respected and work ethics were remarkable.

    Cons

    During election times we were under staffed

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people well before phone banking election time


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Some Good, Some Bad- Local 2015"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, important and meaningful work, dedicated staff.

    Cons

    Executives can be clueless and don't seem to care much about lower level staff. Experience working here varies widely from position to position. Not much room for raises unless you're in the "inner circle."

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with the same values that the organization pushes for in our members' workplace.


  7. "Organizer"

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    Former Employee - Organizer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Organizer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making a difference in workers lives. Fighting for inequality in the work place. Building stronger relationships in your community.

    Cons

    Upper management not supportive or appreciative of the work that staff and members do. Too much politics played against staff. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Break the cliques that develop within the union staff and management. Listen to the needs of your staff to sharpen their skill for development. Hold management accountable for their lack of leadership

  8. "Great training but tough in the middle years"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart driven colleagues who are dedicated to the cause of social justice and rights at work. Learn a lot right away as a researcher.

    Cons

    Barbell effect where there's a lot of management and a lot of junior staff. It's difficult to be in the middle so a lot of people leave after a few years.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to keep staff 5-7 years in so there needs to be more opportunities for advancement or for tenured staff to develop their own ideas.


  9. "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.


  10. "Mixed feelings"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits.
    Opportunity to have a positive impact.

    Cons

    Working for a union can be very stressful, especially when the union engages in many of the same practices that we are trying to fight.


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