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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
135 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It was incredibly exciting to work in such a fast paced environment with other highly educated and motivated people (in 10 reviews)

  • It was a great place to meet a bunch of extremely smart people around the same age (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours dependent on the floor schedule, not a lot of mentoring or career advancement opportunities (in 19 reviews)

  • Low pay for lots and lots of work, many late nights, not good work/life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great career, hard on the family.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nexus of American politics. So many talented, idealistic, and ambitious people in one place. Sense of purpose and public service.

    Cons

    Partisanship, prevalence of concern for image over substance, the declining level of critical thinking and constructive leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management (Citizens of the United States) stop send messages to Congress, start sending leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's amazing just to be near it all

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Press Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Press Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Senate part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Proximity to lawmakers
    Learn about government
    Get a feel for if government/political work is for you
    Networking

    Cons

    No/Low pay
    Work can be mundane

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the best interns with more responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great people and experience, not a lot of responsibility and no pay

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Networking with very accomplished staffers and even senators
    Working on a Committee gave a more personalized feel and more responsibilities
    Lots of opportunities to go to hearings/events
    Great letter of recommendation

    Cons

    Not a lot of responsibilities
    Lots of down time
    Not challenging or engaging enough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Working for the greatest deliberative body in the world during it's worst moments provides lessons not opportunities

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

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    --Quality drastically depends on your member.
    --High turnover can provide quick career advancement once you get inside.
    --Networks carry a lot of weight, but you will greatly expand yours from working here.

    Cons

    --People are fiercely protective of their own, so you can struggle to gain responsibility.
    --Compensation is horrible and continues to erode; brain drain also is hurting mentoring opportunities.
    --Work rarely results in legislative wins, so experience gained is more symbolic since no policy is actually getting done.
    --The Hill is an island, so you won't see or know people outside of it while you work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate responsibility to make up for staff not being compensated well--empower them more with experience.

    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great opportunity to make a contribution on behalf of congressional constituencies. Service with a purpose.

    Former Employee - Project Administrator
    Former Employee - Project Administrator

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Providing a service to various groups of people in need of assistance from the federal government. Realizing that the work you're doing is actually benefiting people. Helping to make things better for home state.

    Cons

    The congressional work schedule was usually long especially during election cycles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember that staff wants to grow and learn new things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Summer Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    The pros were that I was able to gain a great experience on the hill during the summer, see and be around many famous faces, learn about political structure, and actively contribute in my senator's work.

    Cons

    The Federal government is so tricky to deal with. There are so many loopholes and rules that it makes it frustrating as nothing seems to get done. I can't do the federal government thing.

  8.  

    It was a very good experience.

    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People were nice, and extremely passionate about what they did. Was able to learn a lot, and meet interesting people.

    Cons

    There were not really any major negatives to speak about. Everything seemed to be good at the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

  9.  

    Best JOB I ever had

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    Being a part of the government, they had programs (they would pay your tuition) to let you go back to school and would work with on the hours of your classes. My department really believed in education.

    Cons

    It is very had to get a job in the SAA from the outside world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great People + Work Environment, but not challenging enough

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    Current Employee - Senate Intern
    Current Employee - Senate Intern

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    Never a bad thing to say about any colleagues, ALL professional and helpful. Networking, Helping individual constituents.

    Cons

    Not very Challenging. Yelled at by constituents frequently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more challenging projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A lot of responsibilities for an intern, allowed me to grow. Very disorganized.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Newark, NJ

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was able to work independently with guidance when I wanted it. This allowed me to grow a lot as a professional. When I was able to help a constituent it was very rewarding, although this was rare.

    Cons

    The office is very disorganized, and I'm surprised more constituents don't fall through the cracks. Being yelled at by constituents all day and not being able to help a vast majority is very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make organization a priority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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