NY State Senate
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    Great experience

    Campaign Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGot 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.

    ConsI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly political

    Art Director (Current Employee)
    Albany, NY

    ProsEasy facilitation of favorable working relationships, collaboration

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire can-do people, not just Yes man (and women)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you like everything about state politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to work on important issues.

    ConsLong hours and a stressful enviornment.

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    Addictive

    Legislative Analyst (Current Employee)
    Albany, NY

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horribly organized conference with abysmal management skills.

    Press (Current Employee)
    Albany, NY

    ProsYou 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think upper management will listen to me :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay

    Deputy Director (Former Employee)

    Proswork with to create positive public policy

    Consthey hire idiots to head up the departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Limited

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGovernment salaries/health care, good people

    ConsNo job security, tough hours

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    Albany's Own Pit of Despair

    Director (Former Employee)
    Albany, NY

    ProsBenefits are decent and inexpensive.

    ConsEverything 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 Senior ManagementTerm limits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of support systems in place. Good benefits.

    ConsUnpredictable, demanding and time consuming work schedules.

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosmost 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.

    Consdepending 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 Senior Managementadvice 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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