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NY State Senate Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
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  1.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Campaign Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Campaign Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at NY State Senate as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got to work with lots of interesting people. Very educational experience as well. Got to learn a lot about state legislature and the political workings of the office.

    Cons

    I really can’t remember any cons about the internship. Maybe there were a few people that were not shut me out when I was canvasing and phone banking but its normal for most jobs that entail that sort of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Your milage may vary...

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    Former Employee - Legislative Analyst in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Legislative Analyst in Albany, NY

    I worked at NY State Senate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the hustle and bustle - the people I worked with put in crazy hours, but we really cared about our work and felt like we were doing something important. I enjoyed being a part of a staff that cared about their constituents and the public so much. If politics is the world for you, then the drama and dysfunction of the NYS Senate is exciting, fun, and a big perk. Being an insider was one of my primary motivators for waking up every day. The medical/dental benefits were affordable. My pay was decent for my experience level, too.

    Cons

    The GOP senator I worked for was an absolute nightmare. Rude, condescending, cruel, easily frustrated, bad temper. Never a kind word to anyone. Had a staff full of very intelligent people who he treated like children. I liked most of the other staffers on both sides of the aisle but many of the senators were truly unpleasant people. Not a ton of room for growth, which is the main reason I moved on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Highly political

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Addictive

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    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)

    Pros

    work with to create positive public policy

    Cons

    they hire idiots to head up the departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Limited

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    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

  10.  

    Albany's Own Pit of Despair

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    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY

    I worked at NY State Senate

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Term limits.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    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)

    Pros

    Lots of support systems in place. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Unpredictable, demanding and time consuming work schedules.

    Neutral Outlook

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