U.S. Senate Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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U.S. Senate President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
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Pros
  • It is a fast paced and exciting environment (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, long hours, and there is a lot of busy-body work (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Senate Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best opportunities one could have. The people you work with are some of the most intelligent people and everyone is working to make a difference and help the constituents.

    Cons

    The internship is unpaid and living in Washington can be very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for interns to take on greater tasks and being able to personally shadow the senators would be a very enlightening experience.


  2. Administrative Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, great resources to get the job done, stable environment.

    Cons

    No cons. Great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Development opportunities for growth from entry level to management


  3. All depends on the boss

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to the Capitol, history, policymakers. Working in the Senate provides a unique look into Congress that most Americans just never see.

    Cons

    When Congress is in session, life is hectic and unpredictable. Work-life balance is tough to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    It all depends on the Senator you work for. Find a great one and stick with them.


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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Rewarding place to work with great opportunities for advancement. If you want to learn about public policy, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    This is more of advice - take it upon yourself to look for career advancement opportunities and act on them. Don't wait for people to come to you for opportunities.


  6. Senate Committee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    Greater subject matter depth than personal offices Ability to originate and lead projects Work with a wide variety of interesting stakeholders

    Cons

    Often very long hours Must be willing to stay in the background; all work is on behalf of the boss and by the boss, not by you! (Not so much a con as it is good to remember!) Job security uncertain due to elections and retirements


  7. Intern

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Spending time around lots of powerful people. -Fun environment for a student or young professional. -lots of positions open up, making it easy to move up.

    Cons

    -a lot of busy work as an intern -though mine was paid, many are not.


  8. Worth it, but definitely not for the pay

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The connections and experience you'll make are unparalleled in any other job. Interning on the Hill is basically the only way to get hired there, unless you have upper level experience

    Cons

    Pay is next to nothing, and hours are long. There's a lot of turnover but it's a very competitive environment.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your interns and lower-level staff. Remember that some things that are commonplace to you- meetings with members, hearings, etc. - would be huge experiences for them, and try to include them if possible.


  9. Press Secretary

    Current Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    flexibility, exciting environment, potential for quick upward movement

    Cons

    long hours, bureaucracy and lower pay versus the private sector.


  10. Good Segway into politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    Great experience to get your feet wet in politics.

    Cons

    Mostly administrative work, or work that the paid employees did not want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Give creative incentives so that interns will stick around.


  11. Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast moving, flat organization with amazing access. There are lots of opportunities for advancement if you are capable and work hard.

    Cons

    Low compensation and job security.

    Advice to Management

    Every office is different, so the more you can make your expectations known, the better.



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