SEC Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2020

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47 Ratings
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  • "There are no cons to working at the SEC(in 9 reviews)

  • "It was during the Spring semester, so not many social events to network with lawyers and other interns(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Almost good"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at SEC part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    eh, it's alright I guess.

    Cons

    poor time in the coffee lounge.

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  2. "Work-life balance"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor 

    I have been working at SEC full-time

    Pros

    They really allow for flexibility when you need it, including sick leave for doctor's appointments and telework to facilitate changing schedules.

    Cons

    Many layers of review, which leads to many re-writes.

  3. "Division of Economic and Risk Analysis"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Economist Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is fantastic for a 9-5 role. As an economist, if you are part of a rule, the work isn't high-level. A lot of politics that can somewhat be navigated - hit or miss.

    Cons

    During the interview/fly-out, they advertised 30% research time, 70% policy work. However, this was very misleading as internally, it is only 10-15% research time and the rest policy. Lots and lots of meetings with the attorneys if you are part of a rule - not very efficient. The RAs at the SEC are not of the same level as those in the Fed banks. Very hard to freely publish. It is hard to generate wealth because of the many restrictions on trading - which is understandable given the role and insider information one may have access to.

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  4. "Excellent place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Chief in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great training and development opportunities. High quality workforce.

    Cons

    This is a high intensity workplace.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Law Clerk Experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SEC

    Pros

    They allow you to really jump in on the fascinating legal work taking place at the SEC. The attorneys are all very friendly to the law clerks, take them out to lunch, and the Honors program as a whole hosts every so often workshops, speaker events, and receptions/hangouts.

    Cons

    There are a surprising amount of law interns and the amount of immediate post-law school jobs are few (but they do exist). It sometimes feels like they aren’t really working hard to try to develop you professionally or gear you up for career success after the internship. Workload was ok.

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  6. "Best Federal Gov Internship"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was honestly not expecting the SEC to be such a lively and fun place to work. My mentors were amazing and I still love talking with them even months after leaving DC. Everyone I spoke with was so smart and motivated--they could have made a lot of money in corporate jobs, but they all cared about what they did. SEC office is also beautiful and work never felt depressing. Projects were all things that my mentors and I agreed would help me grow and things that I found personally interesting. Since it was unpaid, my office wanted to make sure that I was growing and enjoying myself as much as I could.

    Cons

    It's a shame that you cannot be paid for federal positions. Other than that, I really felt valued and that my co-workers wanted to make sure I was getting as much value as I could from this opportunity.

  7. "Consultants"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, plenty food choices, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Commute to Union Station, seats in corridors.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Scrum master/ Snr Business Analyst"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SEC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture and wonderful workplace

    Cons

    Highly competitive and demanding environment

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  9. "Attack on pay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are great and the work is interesting.

    Cons

    Management claims to value employees but the recent scaling back on pay and benefits indicate otherwise.

  10. "Providing excellent office management and administrative support to senior managers, directors and executives."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta Junction, GA

    I worked at SEC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work remotely. Excellent working environment.

    Cons

    Working hours. Not enough diversity .

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