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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. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, lots of opportunity for development if they like you and if you're a go-getter who won't take no for an answer. If that's the case, you can basically try out any type of work in the union and see what you like/what you're good at. If they like you, you get recognized among your peers, the leadership, etc. Lots of opportunity for travel. Great colleagues who believe in the cause and are committed.

    Cons

    Upper management has their head in the sand and thinks the management problems are negligible. They refuse to prioritize manager-accountability and skill. As a result, you have great staff who leave (very high turnover - in political department alone 52 people left over the course of a few years, and that's a department that only has about 20 staff slots total) and not so great staff who are marginalized and never given a chance, who then are just getting a salary for producing very low work product. This all could be improved if they invested in their HR department and took managing their organization seriously. There are managers who need to be fired for incredibly abhorrent behavior - but they are not fired for internal political reasons or pure laziness. There are other managers who should be promoted and they are overlooked b/c they aren't brown-nosing like the others, they just want to do a good job. There are a good number of folks in management who are career oriented - in it for themselves and aren't team-players. The culture also helps create this.

    It's really unfortunate, could be a dynamite place and they could be twice as effective if they wanted to. I left because I just couldn't take the negligent management anymore, it was infuriating and demoralizing. I needed to work in an environment where I felt respected and my work was valued.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You are losing really committed, solid, super stars. You've got to take your responsibility to manage the organization seriously.


  2. "corp office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    working for SEIU was a good environment

    Cons

    Pay was not as well


  3. Helpful (1)

    "OIT program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and mediocre pay

    Cons

    -12-18 hour workdays
    -hypocritical
    -fighting for things that you as an organizer will never have

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You think are working for the cause.
    Benefits.

    Cons

    Too many cons. No promotion. Racist. Sexist. Ablest. All the people of color get fired or look for other places. Office politics. Horrible people in management. The toxicity is promoted and encouraged from above. You have to brown nose. Black union headed by a white male staff that's turned it into a money making machine.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "DESKTOP SUPPORT TECH"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nightmare"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizer
    Former Employee - Organizer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent money and benefits, although it sure doesn't feel like it with so little time to make use of them

    Cons

    Insane hours, vicious manipulative and petty lead organizers, rampant nepotism that makes it impossible to get ahead unless you're somebodies sister or sleeping with the boss, no acknowledgement of good work only criticism


  8. "Not worth the pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary, diversity in staff.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance that is not worth the pay.


  9. "Great Benefits"

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, flexible, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    No much room for salary growth.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Media Relations Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Relations in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Media Relations in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For anyone just starting out their career, this is a great place because you get paid a living wage. While my friends were making 35,000 starting salary, I was making 56. The mission is also admirable.

    Cons

    Depends on your manager. My first manager was phenomenal, but I knew a lot of people who suffered under terrible management.

    Too much politicking and infighting.

    gossipy, you have to "play the game"

    Advice to Management

    Diversity. A union of mostly black and brown women is headed by mostly white men. Yea, that needs to stop.

    Promote on merit not on who plays the political game


  11. "Field Organizer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    The work you do is fun & meaningful. The day-to-day changes, so I never got bored. And the schedule is pretty flexible so you can do things, like appointments & gym time, during the day around your work. I had the opportunity to travel to several states & meet really great people.

    Cons

    The leadership is racist & negligent under the pretense of "fighting for the cause". They help each other advance in ranks by stepping on the work of others. There's SUPER HIGH turnover. A bunch of us were fired with no type of warning or history of poor performance while the leadership, who's mostly behind the scenes, were promoted--off the work we did.

    Advice to Management

    Find better management.



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