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Updated June 24, 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. "Wonderful Learning Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff with a up temp and happy work environment. You can get great exposure to many aspects of the union. The work was meaningful and consistent.

    Cons

    You're given quite a bit of inependence. I viewed this as a positive but others expressed wanting more supervision.


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

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    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.

  3. "Tons of opportunities to grow and move up. Pros and cons to management. Development can be hit or miss."

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    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.


  4. "Business Agent"

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    As of January 24th, still have not received my 1099. They are never in any hurry to get it to their former employees. Sent email asking where I could go look at my retirement statistics and they won't answer any of the emails. This is not the first time I have gone through this with these bastards. When I worked for Local 73 it was a knock-down drag-out fight to get them to send my paycheck on time. I worked for three other unions and this one is the second to worst. However, even the worst one paid me.


  5. "SEIU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly innovative and interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment can lead to burnout.


  6. "Great place to work."

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great employer, not always a great culture"

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    Former Employee - Data/Dues Processor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data/Dues Processor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, really great benefits. I never had any complaints about my job or SEIU as an employer. Although my job was pretty basic, I appreciated that my office job played a part in supporting SEIU's members.

    Cons

    The office culture was not great. Working in Operations, our department was often treated like we didn't understand the organization's mission, because we didn't work in the field. My coworkers and I often felt like that was a real morale-buster. There was work to promote department cohesion/teamwork, but not to promote inter-departmental fraternization at our Local. Promotions sometimes seemed based more on commitment to the leaders of the union/local, rather than commitment to the job or work output. Flextime was very difficult to get approved.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people because they work hard and do the best work, not because they've been there the longest or have proven their loyalty.


  9. "Director"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a mission that is worthwhile and aligned with my personal goals. The reach within the industry made it important and provided an opportunity to bring innovation.

    Cons

    The times required for meetings and the varied times throughout the day and night made it challenging at times. The pressures made it stressful

    Advice to Management

    continue with the evolution of the strengths of the endeavor, add more options for the people we serve and never forget why the initiative began and why it grew


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Intense place to work, really smart people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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