U.S. Senate Reviews

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U.S. Senate President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
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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 place to gain real life experience.

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    Current Intern - State Office in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - State Office in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Hollywood of politics. The Hill is a great place to brush shoulders with the brightest politicos in the country, and to learn the trade beyond what the media perpetuates. Amazing networking. Access to some of the most beautiful art in the world.

    Cons

    Severe lack of diversity. Old world, old money kind of place. Moving up or over is difficult. Hyper competitive. Sometimes, you may be better qualified - but one of the bosses might owe someone a favor. Work environment completely depends on what office you work in.

    Advice to Management

    Give more real opportunities to interns, provide greater networking opportunities, perhaps a mentorship program would be beneficial, more educational seminars that interns can attend.

  2. Experiences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome Experiences where you can go anywhere and do anything on the hill

    Cons

    Some days can be exceptionally slow especially when the senate is in recess, and there can be times when you have nothing to do.

    Advice to Management

    Hold more intern bonding opportunities

  3. Interning in the senate!

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

    I worked at U.S. Senate

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

    Pros

    This is the place to intern at any point in your college education.
    Senate staff are incredibly understanding and want to see you succeed.
    Staff help you to find placement post internship
    Tough circle to break into, once in then set for life

    Cons

    No pay.
    Expensive to commute and eat, dress, etc.
    Sometimes large amount of administrative work,

    Advice to Management

    Pay interns!

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  5. Fantastic experience as an intern for a distinguished Senator.

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern you can see much more of Washington than the average layman, and in many offices you are right up front with the policy creation.

    Cons

    Much of the work you are doing is pretty menial, but the free time outweighs that.

  6. Great for experience, make this a stop along the way, not a life-long career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    great exposure, lots of responsibility and access to information

    Cons

    long hours, lack of work-life balance, low pay

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    Constituent Services Representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office Culture, benefits, work-life balance and flexibility. Working in the state is much more laid back than working in the DC office.

    Cons

    Lack of mobility, the job is also very monotonous. Needs to be more potential for outreach in the community

  8. Overall Great Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall great experience and awesome team members. It was an honor to serve.

    Cons

    There really aren't any that I can think of.

  9. Be a team player. Hardwork and dedication pay off.

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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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Incredible experience. Public service. There is a lot of variety in the issues and work you will be handling on a daily basis. Peers and senior staff offer an endless resevoir of knowledge, experience, and guidance. Highly competitive. 2-3 years of Senate experience can put you just about anywhere, if you know what you are doing.

    Cons

    Mediocore pay. Some colleagues are primarily concerned with personal success- they will stab you in the back then throw you under the bus if it means self-preservation. Highly competitive. Highly demanding. If you expect to advance, you will definitely need to take on additional responsibilities and assignments whenever possible.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep the government open, haha. On a serious note, please recognize the commitment and drive of junior staff to achieve. Reward hardworking and team-oriented employees.

  10. Only good for a resume booster

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

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -great networking opportunities
    -many talks and events for interns to attend
    -great way to learn about the various resources and programs your Senator is involved in providing for your state
    -several opportunities to sit down and speak with your Senator
    -good resume booster

    Cons

    -the actual work is mundane
    -the talks that were part of the weekly speaker series for the interns were extremely biased
    -intern coordinator did not respond to suggestions that these talks be more balanced

    Advice to Management

    Try to create an internship program that promotes the freedom to express new ideas and perspectives, as this is the only way our country will grow and progress. It felt like the interns were being molded to support certain views and ideas, rather than exposing them to the many perspectives that exist.

  11. Solid experience

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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

    Opportunity to handle a variety of issues
    Fair amount of mobility

    Cons

    Salary is not the best

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