U.S. Senate Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
98 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great for resume, fast paced, tight-knitted community (in 5 reviews)

  • It looks great on a resume but the pay does not support cost of living (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes long hours that depend on Senate procedures and, of course, politics (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay for lots and lots of work, many late nights, not good work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging, educational, and a great opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate as an intern

    Pros

    -Wonderful co-workers
    -Exciting, varied tasks
    -A chance to be at the center of things in legislating
    -Opportunity to make connections
    -You will become a better, quicker writer

    Cons

    -Steep learning curve (but this can also be a plus)
    -Occasionally menial tasks (but you're an intern, what do you expect)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  2.  

    An excellent experience in living and breathing policy

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    Former Employee - Committee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Committee in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Senate as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart and generous people to willing to help out, fun city to live in, amazing experience to the inner workings of government, and incredible day-to-day interactions. Fast paced environment where you are generally always learning something new. Committee internship allowed for greater responsibility and engagement with the policy. Internship definitely got me access to interviews that I wouldn't have normally have had.

    Cons

    Unpaid for a full-time position, as well as sometimes too busy for a lot of flexibility in days off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Legislative Aide, US Senate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    Intellectual growth, leadership experience, serving the public good, taking on the major challenges of our time. Generally don't work weekends.

    Cons

    The salaries are not very good, but that should be a known item going in to government service. The job depends largely on your boss.

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  5.  

    Congressional Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are always impressed to hear you work on the Hill, which is kinda cool. The perks are nice too: lots of office parties with free food, you actually get to make a big difference in your state's well being.

    Cons

    It's unpaid, so some days it'll feel like you're free labor. Plus, not every caller is going to have something nice to say, so its best to build a thick skin or else you're feelings will get hurt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From an interns perspective, it would be nice to intern a field you're interested in, besides manning the front office lines.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Invaluable experience, long hours, high turnover

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    Current Employee - Legislative Aide  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Aide in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you plan on working on, for, with, or on behalf of federal policy initiatives, working on the hill is a critical step to understanding how and why things get done. Intelligent people, incredible access to briefings and thought-leaders, dynamic work environment--no day is the same. Once you work here, the world is open to you--you will forever be a part of the club.

    Cons

    Very high burn out rate--in the first year working for my boss, 6 (out of a team of less than 20) have left. Lots of work--this coming from a former associate at a law firm and graduate student--and very low pay (I make less now than I did when I first graduated from undergrad over 6 years ago...). That being said, you know this coming in--after all, it is public service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Average

    Current Employee - Mail Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Mail Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time

    Pros

    Looks good on a Resume

    Cons

    Not much growth potential and is not a career job

  8.  

    Great internship

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    Former Employee - Summer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Senate as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    DC is a great place to spend the summer and you get to meet a lot of cool people and go to a lot of cool places as an intern

    Cons

    The work itself isn't that demanding and it is hard to get to know your coworkers outside of the office if you are under 21 (the whole city seems to run on halt hours)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for the right person

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Senate is a great place to work if you are the right person for the Hill, and if you are working for the right person.

    It's Hell on earth if either of those things is not right.

    Senate staffers are politically astute (both in a partisan sense and with office politics), and are inquisitive, outgoing, social, and ready to delve deep into issue areas to develop deep subject matter expertise. Successful staffers must be willing to study subject matter in depth, to grow their knowledge base, to network, and to think three steps ahead. People unwilling to do these things irritate others and will not remain on the Hill for long.

    Introverts will not find this a particularly rewarding workplace, as everyone is very outgoing. A moderate introvert will do okay, but a very reserved person will largely be uncomfortable surrounded by such outgoing people.

    Who you work for is everything. Each Senator sets their own office policies, their own pay scale, their own priorities, and each office culture is different. Working for a benevolent Senator can lead to a long and rewarding career, but there are tyrants that are best avoided.

    Cons

    I was lucky to work for a great Senator with a great Chief of Staff and friendly office culture. This is often not the norm. Many Senators are irrational/unstable/difficult to work for. Others have very difficult Chiefs of Staff running the show. Before accepting a position, ask around about the office's reputation. Anyone on the Hill can tell you whether an office is desirable or undesirable to work for.

    Unlike other employers, job applicants should expect to be asked explicitly about your political views, your political party affiliation, and your political activities. It is a political place, and don't expect that it isn't. If you're "middle of the road," look elsewhere.

    Expect long hours at times and short deadlines. Recognize that working for a Senator will immediately broadcast your political affiliations to the rest of the world, and that it will also provide info about your political leanings to future employers as part of your resume. Remember as well that Washington DC is divided into "teams" along party lines -- roughly half of the city will be on your team, and the other half will be against you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone who is a smart politician is a great manager. Know the difference. If your office churns through staff at a rapid pace (staff often leave within a year or two, and sometimes within months of being hired), you have a problem. Look to the offices that keep staff for years and years, and study what they do differently.

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  10.  

    Very satisfying, if this is your intended career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing experience, legislative influence, fantastic opportunity to assist people

    Cons

    Salary and benefits, work-life balance, generally not family friendly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast-paced atmosphere with tons of going on

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    It was a great place to meet a bunch of extremely smart people around the same age. Most still seemed enamored with politics.

    Cons

    You get burnt out pretty quickly because of the stalemate in Washington, DC. The hours can be brutal but August recess is nice.

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