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  1. Highly political

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in Albany, NY

    I have been working at NY State Senate full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy facilitation of favorable working relationships, collaboration

    Cons

    Easily thrown under the bus by ineffectual supervisors who are buddies with the Senator(s)

    Advice to Management

    Hire can-do people, not just Yes man (and women)


  2. Sell your soul to advance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NY State Senate

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with some extremely smart individuals and work on legislation that can really make a difference.

    Cons

    Job security doesn't exist, supervisors are ill equipped to lead and preoccupied with just looking good in the eyes of a Senator, there are too many yes-men and women who can not think for themselves and little room for advancement unless you sell your soul.


  3. Great if you like everything about state politics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NY State Senate full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on important issues.

    Cons

    Long hours and a stressful enviornment.


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  5. Addictive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legislative Analyst in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Legislative Analyst in Albany, NY

    I have been working at NY State Senate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work uses all of your mental and physical capacity. It stretches your ingenuity and pushes you to achieve more than you thought possible. For those bills that become law, you really do make a positive difference for millions of New Yorkers. That ten percent of success makes the other 90 percent of pain completely worth it. It's addictive - even if you leave, you find ways to come back, just to find that next ten percent of achievement.

    Cons

    You will not see your family six months out of the year. If you have a child struggling in school needing your help regularly with homework - do not take this job. You will work 12-24 hour days, several days in a row. And, too often you'll work for months on a really good piece of legislation, only to be told it will be held indefinitely for political reasons.

    Advice to Management

    I had a supervisor once tell me, as an encouragement, that if I finished a particular project really well, I would be a star in the eyes of the Speaker. I wanted to slap him for even suggesting that the only reason I would do my best is so the Speaker would think well of me. The best employees are the ones who compete with themselves, who strive to be better at what they do today than they were yesterday. Reward and encourage that. Don't use power as a carrot - the staff who grab that carrot are the ones you are least likely to trust.


  6. Horribly organized conference with abysmal management skills.

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    Current Employee - Press in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Press in Albany, NY

    I have been working at NY State Senate full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You are around some of the smartest people in politics--and I got lucky with my staffers. You learn all the time and are never bored. There is a on your toes type of mentality in this business that is absolutely addicting and I can't get enough of it. And truly--despite what jaded people may think--most of the people in public service are trying to help our communities and our neighborhoods. It's inspiring.

    Cons

    Its politics. But hey you love it and that's the risk you take.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think upper management will listen to me :)


  7. Okay

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director
    Former Employee - Deputy Director

    I worked at NY State Senate full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    work with to create positive public policy

    Cons

    they hire idiots to head up the departments.


  8. Limited

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at NY State Senate

    Pros

    Government salaries/health care, good people

    Cons

    No job security, tough hours


  9. Albany's Own Pit of Despair

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY

    I worked at NY State Senate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and inexpensive.

    Cons

    Everything from being part of the M/C class, to being surrounded by political patronage hacks. It's a miserable place of last resort.

    Advice to Management

    Term limits.


  10. Legislative Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NY State Senate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of support systems in place. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Unpredictable, demanding and time consuming work schedules.


  11. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NY State Senate

    Pros

    most of the people you work with are very nice. laid back atmosphere for most of the wear. The benefits are amoung the best you will find in any work place.

    Cons

    depending on your position the pay is low. there is a very ridgid structure with promotions and raises. from what I've seen, people who have been there for over 10 years make low salaries

    Advice to Management

    advice to leadership would to be run offices more efficiently. cut down on waste. find better ways to pay people what they are worth



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