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SEIU Reviews

Updated 19 January 2015
Updated 19 January 2015
82 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work with some very interesting people (in 6 reviews)

  • If you're lucky you'll get one of the good managers who respects your work life balance and helps you grow (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • SEIU wears it's reputation for a terrible work/life balance as a badge of honor (in 13 reviews)

  • No work life balance (you are expected to drop your life with little to no notice) (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I felt the benefits were great, I agree with the union values as well

    Cons

    Pay is low in this field, but work life balance was terrific so worthwhile to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to treat people more consistently. Elected officials means senior management can change every few years, a little scary for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    international staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    important work that makes a difference in people's lives . very ambitious

    Cons

    always changing organization -- very chaotic and very murky why and who is in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more clarity and consistency on personnel issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Long hours but good pay. Stressful environment but rewarding results.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEIU

    Pros

    Good pay, good coworkers, lots of independence and individual responsibility. Also, plenty of opportunities for upward mobility and promotions.

    Cons

    Deadlines are crunch time. You will not sleep or have a social life. Oftentimes stress from above feels unnecessary and quantitative results from your work are a necessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Treats Employees worse than the Companies they criticize

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training
    Former Employee - Organizer In Training

    I worked at SEIU full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing Health Coverage.
    People are passionate about the work.
    You will discover quickly if this line of work is for you.

    Cons

    Expect minimum hours of 15 per day and only three days off for every two weeks worked.
    No overtime compensation.
    Everything is scrutinized, right or wrong, to the point of harassment. So many people were reduced to tears by Seniors.
    There is NO work-life balance and little time to de-stress from an extremely stressful line of work.
    Salary compensation is not adequate for the number of hours expected.
    Individuality is not appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers better than garbage and maybe people will stay longer than a few months. Allowing your employees the benefits they fight for would also be helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Life time experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Organizer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helping all the people, and making a difference.

    Cons

    Is hard to get a local job in the state I live in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To help out people like me that are willing to work hard and help others to organized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A friendly work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at SEIU as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture of the employees at SEIU is great, coworkers help create a positive environment as well as the management being extremely respectful.

    Cons

    Certain higher-level employees have little to no consideration for lower tier employees effort and will treat them as if they have no value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Legal Department Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at SEIU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a collegial, friendly atmosphere where people are happy to offer help and answer questions. The work is fast paced and varied. Even if you are an attorney, you will march and chant with signs while wearing a purple t-shirt at some point. There are not enough attorney positions to routinely offer the large number of law fellows and larger number of law clerks permanent jobs. However, plenty of law fellow positions go to former law clerks, and at least two full-time attorney positions were offered to former law fellows in the last two years. The legal department is racially diverse with people of color in management positions. The women outnumber the men nearly three to one though, so there's not much balance gender-wise. While the work is often demanding with long hours, management is understanding if someone has a family emergency or illness.

    Cons

    There is an expectation that we will check our work email and phone messages regularly during evenings and weekends. This seems to be a union-wide practice. It's not a spoken rule, but because most people do check their messages frequently and respond, you appear undedicated by comparison if you're sticking to M-F business hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, great members, limited growth opportunities and demanding work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    You really can't beat the benefits. Fully paid healthcare for you and your family. You'll learn a lot and take on big responsibilities which is good for your résumé. The members are awesome and you're working for a great cause. If you're lucky you'll get one of the good managers who respects your work life balance and helps you grow. There are some great genuine people that work here.

    Cons

    It's almost impossible to get a substantial raise and promotion opportunities are limited. Especially if you're not in the inner circle. Much of the management is out of touch with employees and expects us to drop everything to work a weekend last minute. There's a very high turnover of field staff, and even if you're not field you will have to door knock and participate in all the campaigns. It's a good place to work for a couple years because you'll gain a lot of experience but don't get sucked into staying too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that staff have lives outside of the union. Create more growth opportunities. Stop spending money on unnecessary things like the holiday party.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful. Run.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - External Organizer
    Former Employee - External Organizer

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

    Pros

    The expressed views and mission of SEIU are laudable. The benifits were good.

    Cons

    The expressed views and mission of SEIU are laudable but do not apply to their own employees. There is NO respect for private life or life out side of work. Organizers are expected to work 12-14 hour days, answer their phone and email at all times and often get punished for not immediately responding to emails and phone calls sent and made far far outside of what can be considered work hours. While the benefits are good you can never use them because you are always working. Managers assume staff are trying to get over rather than believing that staff has come to the organization because they believe in the cause, this results in managers always mistrusting staff and trying to "catch" them doing wrong. There is no trust between coworkers and people are regularly thrown under the bus. Organizers are never allowed to say that they don't know how to do something or need help, that is grounds for being fired or blacklisted, and there is little to no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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