U.S. Senate Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Great job for early career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Senate

    Pros

    Great exposure, looks great on resume

    Cons

    Little room for growth, low salaries

  2. Really depends state/DC and who your boss is

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - State Manager
    Current Employee - State Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume, agency matching benefits (need at least 2 years of service), Senate resources are much better than the House of Reps including an EAP office, printing graphics and direct mail office, and education and training office. If you can last 5, you qualify for retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Really depends on who your senator is and where you are working. If you love legislation go to DC, if you want to help people (caseworker) work in a state office. Two completely different environments, if both offices don't have a grasp on what each one does/functions then a lot of tensions flair. Extremely high turnover (most congressional employees last 1.5 years) I wouldn't do this long term but some people do.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the whole team together occasionally. Have a mission/vision statement so everyone in the office knows their purpose and can prioritize what they do accordingly. Be nice to your employees!!!

  3. Life as a Staff Assistant in the U.S. Senate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant

    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 work-life balance, great place to develop professionally and personally, and pretty solid benefits (transportation stipend & loan repayment options).

    Cons

    Salary would definitely be a con. You will not be making as much as your equally talented peers in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    No advice.

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  5. An incredibly fascinating place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    Pros

    -Great, smart co-workers
    -An incredible working environment
    -Fascinating issues
    -The opportunity affect change
    -Merit-based promotions
    -A great library

    Cons

    -Very low pay
    -Little formal training
    -An occasional sense of stagnation
    -Frustration from gridlock
    -Constantly going through security
    -Terrible work-life balance

  6. Excellent experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legislative Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced, great people, exciting issues.

    Cons

    Gridlock, cutthroat at times.

  7. Fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, always learning, never boring. Good camaraderie.

    Cons

    Work too much to get paid too little.

    Advice to Management

    haha. If we could only give congress advice and have them listen.

  8. Fulfilling

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Governor's Summer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Governor's Summer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Worked closely with the policy team and was able to support substantive policy research and attend related meetings. I also had the opportunity to work directly with the constituents the office serves. Overall, very fulfilling and a great group of public servants.

    Cons

    As an intern, had to do basic administrative work. Meetings involved travel that was sometimes inconvenient without a car. However, my coworkers were always willing to help get me there and back.

  9. A great starting point for a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It is a fast paced and exciting environment. It's a great place to learn the true value of public service and meet great people in the process.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and vacations can only happen during recess. Depending on the office, the pay may not be very much.

  10. interesting work, poor pay and work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn a great deal about federal government processes and about the policy area in which you are involved. The pulse of the Hill is an adrenaline rush.

    Cons

    Demands by far exceed the time available to work, and there is an expectation to be "on" 24/7. People are waiting for you to falter; it is a dog eat dog environment.

    Advice to Management

    Staff should be paid according to their experience and education.

  11. Intern in the Office of Senate Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    It was incredibly exciting to work in such a fast paced environment with other highly educated and motivated people. Got to see a lot of different parts of the Senate and how it works.

    Cons

    Longish hours and not much meaning work is given to interns. I had the extremely good fortune of being paid, but that is not true for 99% of Hill interns.

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