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SEIU Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
Mary Kay Henry
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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. Organizer

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at SEIU as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to use my experience and skills to organize the Community, SEIU Members, Staff and Allies to build a Social Justice bridge between Organized Labor & Community Organizations.

    Cons

    Its takes a continued and organized effort to build working relationships between Organized labor and Community. My one year contract was cut short after election day, and in eight months I was able start the process and build those long-term relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Building starts with a great foundation and the right TEAM. I believe in your efforts in Union Organizing. Get back to basics and work in the Field. The Members create change.

  2. SEIU

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    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Phila, PA (US)

    I worked at SEIU

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Intern wage, it was interesting work, free stuff, was humbling working for people who needed the help

    Cons

    Not hands on, boss was never in and sometimes I never had any work to do.

  3. More Work Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at SEIU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great bennifits, can be a fun job.

    Cons

    Do not promote from within, way too many hours. Vision changes so much. Members and locals are not priority

    Advice to Management

    Really look at your vision and mission. Practice what you preach for your own
    Employees.

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  5. Crazy schedule, no respect or consideration for staff. Pays well but you will be treated like property.

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    Former Employee - Union Representative/Organizer
    Former Employee - Union Representative/Organizer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent pay (you must negotiate well) excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Aside from the pay, all cons.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and consider the feedback from staff and members.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good for lifers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    top of the line healthcare, incredible time off- sick or maternity/paternity, great compensation, high profile institution with lots of resources, pension,

    Cons

    horrible at professional development, time management, promoting from within, retaining talent. judgement calls are mired in politics to the detriment of all involved

    Advice to Management

    There's reluctance to have difficult conversations organization-wide, including ones about letting people go. Without thoughtful professional development, talent leaves and the dead weight stays for the benefits.

  7. Great organization

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at SEIU

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits and compensation are reasonable

    Cons

    work life balance should be improved

    Advice to Management

    better work-life balance

  8. To leadership and high-level management - staff are workers too!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great members.
    Fantastic health benefits.
    If you get a good manager, hold on!
    Smart staff, very dedicated.
    Good number of vacation, comp days, personal leave, and sick days.
    "Old-timers" usually really good.
    I've had some great, dedicated managers in the past. but culture has changed.
    It's not the SEIU I knew when I started several years ago, but it can be again.

    Cons

    No effective management training.
    High turnover/movement, including good managers who often have little power to create change and have no job protection. I've had roughly eight good managers; all but one are gone.
    Depending on your manager, work/life balance can be bad and it's getting worse for many.
    Living expenses (especially housing) are rising; SEIU staff salaries stagnant for most.
    Often, feel underappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, staff are workers too! Treat us like you want employers to treat our members or your adult children.
    Let us have a life! Great people are leaving or frustrated because of unrealistic and unfair expectations. Times where it is difficult for those of us who are primary caretakers of children/elderly parents when at home (usually women/single parents).
    Use consultants less - it will save you money.
    Fill open staff jobs! It will also help with work/life balance if we aren't understaffed.
    Less about politics (both external and internal), and more about members.
    Be fair and timely about salary increases, including for "low-level" managers.
    Uneven advancement opportunities lead to frustration; hire more from within HQ staff.
    Model real respect for staff from the top (leadership and senior staff especially) and work with difficult managers to follow.
    Locals notice - I've had a couple of complaints from leaders about changes and newer managers who perhaps don't realize members and our locals are a priority.
    It can be a great place to work again for everyone, which will benefit our fantastic members too! I am writing because I care!

  9. Great benefits

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. international staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    need more clarity and consistency on personnel issues.

  11. Good for members, terrible for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working to improve the lives of others
    Empowering people
    Fighting against the tyranny of the rich
    Comeraderie with co-workers who believe in a just cause

    Cons

    Fighting the degradation of your personal life
    Being infantilized and controlled
    Suffering the tyranny of the corrupt
    Co-workers constantly disappearing with no acknowledgement from management

    Advice to Management

    Do some real soul-searching and ask yourselves whether the personal glory you get from the masturbatory presentations you give to an under-engaged membership is worth the destruction of the spirit, energy, and idealism of the people you hire (and the subsequent squandering of their potential to create lasting, positive change in the world through political activism).

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