US Senate
4.2 of 5 78 reviews
www.senate.gov Washington, DC 150 to 499 Employees

US Senate Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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4.2 78 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

US Senate President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Joseph R. Biden Jr.

(26 ratings)

98% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "It looks great on a resume but the pay does not support cost of living"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The issues are important, and you can make a difference, even if you can't pass that certain bill"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low pay for lots and lots of work, many late nights, not good work/life balance"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Long hours, stress, tough bosses"
    in 11 reviews
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Best place to start a career in DC

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Senate

ProsThe best place to start in DC. Very exciting work environment. You'll meet a lot of people who want to help you succeed in government, lobbying, or public relations.

ConsLow pay but the experience more than makes up for it.

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Great experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Senate

ProsLearned a great deal - excellent professional networking opportunity.

ConsLong, stressful hours. Expensive place to live.

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Great way to see U.S. politics at work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Senate as an intern

ProsYour're there as the news is being made
Attending hearings is a great way to deepen your knowledge about topics you are interested in
Chances to work closely with staffers

ConsAnswering constituent calls in some offices takes up most of your time
Unpaid, DC isn't cheap

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You learn a ton, but work on the whims of your boss

Staff Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at US Senate full-time for more than a year

ProsConsider your time here a crash course in American government and history. I learned more doing this work than I did in graduate school. You meet a lot of great and interesting people, and you get to be in the heart of the action.

ConsMany, many people here view their relationship with you as transactional. Be careful with who you trust and what you make public - people WILL use it against you, especially co-workers. Be especially cautious of California Senate offices and make sure never to trust your boss. Alway watch out for yourself.

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing I can say will matter, you hold all the cards. Of course you should pay your staff more; you're asking these young men and women to pretty much run the legislative branch, should they really qualify for food stamps? Also steps at least a little time making your staff feel like part of a community. A lack of this is what leads to a lot of the competition and back stabbing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worked as an intern in US Senator from Utah's office, assigned to tax and finance liaisons.

Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Senate full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat exposure to national politics and working in a professional office. Helpful mentors and coworkers. Interesting work and access to networks and unique opportunities, like attending congressional hearings.

ConsCan't think of any personally! Honestly, I only wish I had made more of the opportunity and found more work to improve my skills.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are terribly busy, but take the time to meet with your interns and new staff one-on-one, or at least in a group. Make it clear that they are part of the team and are both valued and expected to contribute.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Senate

ProsFoot in the door, easy. If you can prove yourself at this position, you can easily get promoted within the office.

ConsMundane, must be friendly at all times. If you get bored easily, this is not the job for you.

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It was an impressive and interesting experience. I am very glad I took part in this internship.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Senate as an intern for less than a year

ProsWhile interning here you have reasonable hours, access to interesting hearings, and get an inside look at DC politics, looks great on resume. I certainly do not regret this experience.

ConsSome of the work can be tedious. Interns do a lot of sorting, filing, scanning of constituent mail. You are definitely at the bottom of the totem pole.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Communications Director (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Senate full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgreat for resume, fast paced, tight-knitted community

ConsBurn out is very common

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great way to see the inner workings of policy and political procedure in the US

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Senate

ProsGreat people to work with, great city to live in, great exposure and connections to be made. Can observe senate in a very up close way, great guest speakers.

ConsMinimal, many internships not paid. Beyond that not much to complain about, security can occasionally be a hassle and a suit in DC in august is not always the best.

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Fast-paced job which requires a combination analytic and interpersonal skills for a rewarding career.

Legislative Correspondent (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Senate full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- You learn the political and legislative process
- You gain valuable professional skills
- You gain expertise on a wide range of issues
- You gain great networks and have the opportunity to serve your fellow citizens

Cons- The hours can be long
- Office environments can be less structured and require more motivation on the part of the individual to advance and grow professionally
- Low pay

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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