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NY State Senate Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. "Chief of Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NY State Senate full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience, meaningful work - you get to feel like you are part of it all!

    Cons

    Crazy hours and travel. Fun when you're young, though!


  2. "Constituent Aid Review"

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    Former Employee - Inter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Inter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NY State Senate part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good working experience
    friendly staff
    hands on learning

    Cons

    dealing with angry or rude constituents almost daily

  3. "Well..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at NY State Senate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work
    Lots of learning opportunities
    Some amazing coworkers
    Excellent benefits
    Strong vacation/leave policies

    Cons

    Terrible pay
    Long hours
    At the mercy of your particular boss
    Meaningful work is great until you don't succeed and then it's worse than meaningless work


  4. "Session Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NY State Senate full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to inner works of State gov't; ability to learn, grow and develop as a young professional; networking

    Cons

    Periods of high volume work followed by slower periods

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This was a rewarding experience. You get to play a role in shaping local and state policy.

    Cons

    Intrusive of your personal life


  6. "New York State Senate Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - very flexible hours
    - very fulfilling work

    Cons

    - Have to work on weekends sometime.


  7. "Looks Good On My Resume, At Least!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NY State Senate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people that I worked along side with were great and made going to work more bearable.

    Cons

    If you ever want to get ahead, you had better know someone in the high-ups. Minimal job security. Overtime policy limited to using extra earned time to "volunteer" to campaign for senators.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better support to staff.

  8. "Former Chief of Staff"

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot by researching, training and supportive staff from other offices who were willing to be helpful (not cut throats or haters) and excelled to the highest post under a Senator plus made a good salary thank to the Senator who felt staff should be well compensated for there hard work and dedication to her.

    Met, sat, listened, negotiated, compromised and lobbied many people to get the job done and always made sure the Senator was updated, looked good and represented well including her offices and the wonderful staff who I miss :(

    Cons

    Unfortunately once you leave through no fault of your own and try to get back in the Senate or Assembly (Dem or GOP), all the people who knew you, your member, your work, dedication, determination and great reputation does not matter and they seem to turn the other cheek :(

    The NYS legislature has some dumb people working there and to make you wonder "how did they get that job?" but it is all about who you know and if they like you, some people are just out for themselves which is sad. The NYS Legislature is a great institution to work for but can be upsetting when you or anyone tries tirelessly to back in the swing of the things because they like the work, flexibility, resources and knowing that they are or will be part of history in the making to change laws, mandates and people's lives.

    So if you work for the legislature try to keep the job because of the many perks available but don't abuse it because Preet is watching or if you are seeking to work for the legislature, well get prepared to stand in line!

    Advice to Management

    For anyone reading this, the NYS Legislature (Senate and Assembly) is great and can be a rewarding place to work but the powers to be or decision makers should always consider or take inconsideration a former employee if they want to get back in regardless of past situations or member.

    People should not forget where they came from or how they got started or who gave them the chance or opportunity and no one better than the other regardless of Title, Money or Power, we all have to face the Lord 1 day.

    Remember "It's Hard out there for a Pimp"


  9. "Crazy place to be in"

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    Former Employee - Press Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Press Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It looks good on your resume if you want to work in City/State government or go to DC. NY State politics (along with CA politics) is about the only state policy arena that gets respect in DC.

    Cons

    It gets respect in DC because it's ruthless. If you're working for either conference, it's generally a bit better, but if you're with an elected official in-district: bend over, grab your ankles (no lube). I lasted 1.5 years and I learned some of the most invaluable lessons about being a professional setting, but it's no good long term. Get in, get your resume brownie points, then run, run as fast as you can.


  10. "Not too bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NY State Senate full-time

    Pros

    -Great experience
    -Get to meet some great people and exposure to once in a lifetime events

    Cons

    - Not much growth potential
    - Hard to leave the area once ready due to employers not wanting your skills

    Advice to Management

    - Fix promotions


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