U.S. Senate Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. U.S. Senate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's the center of politics, it's fast paced, there are numerous resources at your disposal

    Cons

    it is long hours, hard work, and there is dysfunction

    Advice to Management

    taking classes on management would help


  2. Rewarding experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing environment, always moving quickly. Rewarding work.

    Cons

    Demanding your full attention. You deal with everything from office politics to national politics on a daily basis.


  3. Every office is different...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tight-knit community where there are opportunities for advancement if your work product quality and reputation are good enough both internally in your office and with colleagues in other offices. Some offices offer flexibility and leave policies that can accommodate work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not all offices allow for work hour flexibility, and pay can be significantly lower than what can be made in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees real-time feedback and do annual performance evaluations. Verbally thank employees when they work on difficult projects. Thanks go a long way to help with morale.


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  5. Good for a time, but always be looking for your way out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time

    Pros

    Experience, network, research, leverage, understanding

    Cons

    Pay, upward mobility, transferability of skills, hours,

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your interns, they work for free give them something to write home about and not just a picture; resume bullet points.


  6. Overall grat experience!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to be exposed to the nation's capital and everything that goes on during the summer on The Hill. Learned a lot about congress.

    Cons

    Unpaid and some of the work can be tedious.


  7. Senate Aide

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    Current Employee - Senate Aide
    Current Employee - Senate Aide

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interaction with communities; leaning about new policies.

    Cons

    Constituents can be disrespectful when they do not get what they want. Work on the weekends.


  8. Congress is a great place to get experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Counsel in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Counsel in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good office, a lot of networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Lower pay and longer hours than the private sector


  9. Constituent Services Advocate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Senate part-time

    Pros

    This job offers the opportunity to help people navigate the maze of federal agencies and resolve a variety of issues. No two days are the same.

    Cons

    You're on the frontline for people who have complaints, whether they're rational or not.


  10. Policy development and analysis

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are in the right office, excellent environment and ability to take leadership role on projects. Good place for entry level development and learning the inner workings of the federal government.

    Cons

    Long hours and stressful environment at times. Decent benefits, though the pay can be low for the area. Fast pace and tedium can be difficult especially during budget season at the beginning of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Office moral and collegial atmosphere are important in this type of work and management needs to work to help employees maintain a work-life balance, which is difficult even during the best times.


  11. Great Place for Career in Public Policy

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Ideal place for gaining experience into the functioning of the legislative branch. Insight into how lobbying efforts gain traction within a specific office

    Cons

    - Upward mobility with a competitive environment and less positions as you move up the ladder. For obvious reasons, pay is on the lower end of the spectrum.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing except pass a few more come sense bills. Stop with the being in session on Fridays



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