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Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. overall good

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California State Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a good experience but can be slow at times when bills are not moving from committees

    Cons

    If you have a bad member-- not a good job.

  2. Field Representative

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    Former Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California State Assembly full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and fulfilling work in the community helping constituents.

    Cons

    Long hours and work on weekends. Not the best position if you have a family. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Consideration to work life balance and tuition reimbursement needed

  3. Field Representative

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    Former Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California State Assembly full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work-life balance, fully paid benefits, 5 years full retirement vesting, ability to participate in community service, problem solving, and legislation.

    Cons

    Long hours, at-will employment, politics by nature, low pay, and loss of self in lieu of representation. Attendance at often slow or unimportant events is required.

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  5. A great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California State Assembly

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding. Great work environment. Felt like I was working for causes I believed in.

    Cons

    Pressure and salaries are low except for the top aides. Pressure for re-election inevitable.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider a more tiered system like the Senate has where jobs are slotted based on salary rather than giving one block of cash for your staff and having the top aides gobble all of the money.

  6. Internship

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at California State Assembly as an intern

    Pros

    Helpful and professional staff, learned a lot about legislation, given chance to assist in the office, great environment of capitol

    Cons

    Work may sometimes be monotonous, but any job has that. Requires getting used to the atmosphere and developing communication skills.

  7. The pay is a setback but the workload is exceptionally manageable

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    Current Employee - Legislative Aide in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Legislative Aide in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California State Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working here is great for entry-level graduates and work experience builds considerably overtime

    Cons

    It's difficult to increase pay with salary brackets mandated by the state

  8. A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California State Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Getting to see how laws are passed.

    Cons

    A lot of overtime work that isn't paid for.

  9. Fun place with the right team

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    Former Intern - Assistant Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Assistant Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at California State Assembly as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I interned with Assemblywomen Fiona Ma back in 2011 with her campaign manager team. It was a cooperative environment that really engages youth into the legislative process and challenges them to voice their opinion. Never once I got tired of the energy of the team, especially with Bob Twomey, who was in charge of the whole youth internship. He was the main driver and always had the great energy to influence youths.

    Cons

    The downside is the team's eagerness to accommodate all the students. At one point of the internship, there were possibly around 100 students that came from different level of schools - it was extremely difficult in finding a job for them and most of them would hang around the office

  10. Great experience, terrible salaries, terrible managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California State Assembly

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

    Pros

    This job pays in fancy titles and experience

    Cons

    Most managers get their jobs because they worked on a campaign or "know someone" so they do not have any managerial skills.

  11. Interesting, Challenging, and Unique Experience

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    Former Employee - Legislative Aide in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Legislative Aide in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California State Assembly full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You have a chance to make a real impact in the most influential state legislature in the US. You get to see how policy-making works and participate in the legislative process in a way that very few people do. It's a great place to gain knowledge of important policy issues, and you will gain skills and knowledge that will be useful in any policy work that you will do in the future.

    Cons

    The pace of work can vary drastically - there will be some periods where things are very slow, and some periods where things are extremely busy. Your experience in an office can vary drastically depending on which elected official you work for. You will spend a lot of time with your boss and your co-workers, so you want to be sure that you have a strong relationship along with everyone there.

    Advice to Management

    Help create more avenues for new staff members, and help staffers from members who are terming out manage the transition from the legislature to the private sector.

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