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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. 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.


  2. "Okay"

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. It's a good entry-level job.

    Cons

    Over worked. Way too many hours a week.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging But Also Rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    The union members are amazing and you have the benefit of knowing your work is meaningful and making the country a better place.

    Cons

    SEIU overworks the field organizers
    Many of the managers use negative reinforcement instead of constructive criticism
    Incredibly bureaucratic and hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    Trust your base, listen to your members and respect your field organizers.


  4. "Solid Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn about labor and work with various departments. Ability to take ownership over workload and projects. Many opportunities to travel to union facilities and network with other union employees.

    Cons

    Full time employees complained of being over worked. This seemed counterproductive because union representatives are supposed to ensure living wages and good benefits for the people they represent. For union employees to not receive the same benefits they fight for was enlightening.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and trust that they are experts in their field. I worked with union representatives from all different backgrounds but each of them (at least in my department) cared about their work. If they were struggling it was because they did not have the resources to do their jobs effectively (taking on too many cases, the process for pushing through grievances took too long, etc.) When you create an environment of mistrust you should not be surprised by the high rate of turnover.


  5. "Communications Rep."

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

    Pros

    Good pay for telemarketing gig.

    Cons

    Spotty employment. Not steady at all.

    Advice to Management

    More hours?


  6. "1199SEIU Benefit fund."

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Staten Island, NY

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

    Pros

    The medical benefits can not compare to any other insurance company out there! simply the best!

    Cons

    There needs to be alot of upgrading with staff and HR. Not up to date and a very slow company in doing things.


  7. "Excellent employer"

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    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.

  8. "Good for people who fit the mold"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    mary kay henry
    decent hours
    talented colleagues

    Cons

    few people of color at the top


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate environment in a union space"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SEIU (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are the best thing they have going at the moment.

    Cons

    Poor morale, overworked employees, violate worker rights of their own staff - mocking the renegotiation of staff contract, managers disregard the legal binding contract anyway, and employees are forced to file grievances all the time. Pushing the best talent out the door and they treat employees like things and not people. The worker rights they stand for do not apply to their own staff.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  10. "Viscious Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Cranford, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Cranford, NJ

    I worked at SEIU (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good time off , convenient location - That's it!

    Cons

    Catty, viscous atmosphere. Everyone seemed to think everyone else was an idiot behind their back which meant they were likely saying the same thing about you.
    Very little ever got done.
    No cooperation between departments.
    Medical, etc was free, but only if you remained within their restrictive doctors, dentists, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Too many politics.


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