SEIU Reviews

Updated 23 August, 2014
Updated 23 August, 2014
70 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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

  • Great co-workers and good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • SEIU wears it's reputation for a terrible work/life balance as a badge of honor (in 12 reviews)

  • No work life balance (you are expected to drop your life with little to no notice) (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Experience right out of college, long hours and a lot of travel

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great introduction to the labor movement, I worked as an External Organizer which means that they will send you where ever they need help cleaning up issues or places that need more attention. I worked with this company for 2 years and was away from home and in hotels 100% of the time. The starting pay wasn't great but if you work hard and get promoted quickly then you will make a lot more and have great benefits.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance, only consider working here if you are ready to make work your main priority, there were a lot of campaigns that mandated 14+ hour work days for long periods of time as well as travel to places 3 or more hours away from home.
    Everything is based on numbers, if you don't meet goals it will be used against you. Stressful place to work and would only recommend working here if you are right out of college and have no kids or relationship at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees more like people instead of numbers! Provide more training so that employees dont feel lost in the field and fully understand their assignments!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Call Center of New York City

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU

    Pros

    get to learn the ins and outs of political campaigns

    Cons

    Management plays a very immature game of favoritism and nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of upper management

  3.  

    It's too late for reform. Tear it down and start again.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEIU

    Pros

    The political work matches my own beliefs. It's hard to come up addwith more than that. The benefits (not the pay and working conditions, those are terrible) aren't bad.

    Cons

    They are disenfranchising their own membership offering minimal protection, guidance, and support to people paying for them to exist. The depth of the lies they've told is unbelievable to anyone who understands unionism. Everyone, member and employee, sees the heart-breaking truth the closer they get to those in power. They've become so corrupt that thousands of pro-union advocates believe they should be torn down and re-built, with none of the current leadership left in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. If you've made it to management you've already harmed too many people. You wouldn't be allowed to advance if you hadn't. Judging by past and present performance, relinquishing power is impossible for your fee -no matter how accurate the reasons are. So, you could try remembering why you got invloved in unionism and re-build this through those beliefs. You are now in charge of a club. Make it a union.

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  5.  

    Great work and a good cause, but hard to take.

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

    I have been working at SEIU full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Helping workers find a voice in their workplace is very rewarding. Meeting people, hearing their stories and building relationships makes organizing a worthwhile career, in spite of the demanding work schedule. Co-workers make the job bearable.

    Cons

    Impossible hours--the average is 11-12, and sometimes you are required to work 14 hours. Unrealistic expectations. Little respect for individual opinions. Lots of reprimands and negative reinforcement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to know where to begin....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working for economic justice

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, supportive work environment, budget for professional development, mentorship program, vested in the pension after five years, excellent health care benefits and a decent amount of paid time off. There is also an overall commitment inside the union to do big, bold things.

    Cons

    The internal politics can be extremely challenging, especially as you move up the ladder inside the organization. Too much decision-making by committee. There is also an overall lack of accountability at the highest levels of the organization, where relationships and favor-trading matter more than results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect your staff from internal politics. Hold all staff accountable to transparent, measurable performance metrics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good mission, terrible work environment

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

    I have been working at SEIU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    SEIU is doing great work. Many of the staff are fantastic and you'll have the opportunity to work on some inspiring campaigns. The pay is reasonable and the benefits are the best I've had.

    Cons

    Internal politics create a toxic work environment. I came to SEIU because I believed in the organization but after several years here I can't take the staff drama. Several individuals take the bulldozer approach to get what they want and senior management rewards that kind of behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't jump to conclusions and try to understand things before you issue orders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for Benefits (1199)

    • 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

    Beneifts, If you have a family, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opps. Too Laid back culture. Favoritism. You will get a job here if your mother or father works here too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement. Throw out oudated time clock systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Organizer  in  Fresno, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Organizer in Fresno, CA (US)

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great shirts. Really make you believe in a cause

    Cons

    Bunch of lists and crooks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to the standards you attempt to hold companies to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    SEIU Research: to work or not to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at SEIU full-time

    Pros

    Mission oriented, effects measurable change in organizing and bettering the working conditions for low wage workers, and the people in this department are great.

    Cons

    Sometimes stuck doing the same remedial task for a week straight and there tends to be a general lack of direction - learning as you go type environment.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Everyone should spend some time working for a labor union.

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

    I worked at SEIU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great introduction to the labor movement. Some very smart and dedicated people. Lots of opportunity to step out into the field and work on short term campaigns. Movement potential through networking and relationship building.

    Cons

    Internal politics continue to drive good people away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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