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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. "RESEARCH ANALYST"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For people who care about empowering working people and re-structuring our economy to benefit all people, not just the wealthy elite, SEIU is a great place to work.

    Cons

    The management culture at SEIU is such that fealty to leaders is most often valued over competence / fitness for purpose.


  2. 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.

  3. "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!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, great benefits, but work can be unsatisfying at times"

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    Former Employee - Field Researcher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and guaranteed pay increases
    Generous benefit package with 100% employer-paid health benefits
    Pension
    Strong staff union and supportive co-workers
    Working for a progressive organization

    Cons

    Many of my quantitative research skills were not used
    Some of the work is boring/ not challenging
    I'd often work on projects that ended up being scrapped
    Not enough advancement opportunity due to lack of senior researcher positions


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Internal Healthcare Organizer"

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    Current Employee - Internal Healthcare Organizer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Internal Healthcare Organizer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fighting to make real change in workers lives and improve Healthcare in our communities. Supportive and caring executive team. The members are amazing and their stories are inspirational.

    Cons

    At one point I was an OIT for International. That job was pure hell. If you decide to do it know that it is SEIU'S temporary worker program. You will get to see the country which is awesome but you will have no life work balance, you will be treated as dispensabe and ultimately you will be.working at a local, depending on which one is extremely different (depending on which one). The only complaint I would have about my local is workload. 1500 members is toone many.

    Advice to Management

    Look at workload and make somechanges, not only for organizers but also for the sake of members.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "They will chew you up and spit you back out."

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    Former Employee - Field Organizer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Field Organizer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to the lower income and minority communities. Talking to real people with real problems. Having the satisfaction of helping folks register for citizenship

    Cons

    They will let you go without a moments notice. Much internal politics and dissent. If you fall out of line they will discipline harshly. They let some of us go because we applied for union status. Management will not side with the organizer ever. Work is sometimes worthwhile. Mostly doing the bidding of the big Whigs and getting people to vote Hillary, instead of focusing on real issues like $15 an hour, immigration, etc.

    Advice to Management

    It's obvious that everyone in management is only out to gain personal achievement. While it's all good and well that were out here "engaging and sparking" the traditionally marginalized communities, it's not in their best interests. Makes it impossible to do any real groundbreaking work.


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