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Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Healthy work life balance while still having responsibility (in 38 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, really get substantive handle on securities laws (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There were no cons other than the fact that I was an unpaid intern (in 5 reviews)

  • A lot of red tape and redundant processes (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I served a semester long internship in the Division of Enforcement at the New York Regional Office. Lots of opportunities to work with various different senior lawyers and work on a variety of interesting cases.

    Cons

    The internship will not lead to a permanent position.


  2. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent experience, smart attorneys

    Cons

    Low office morale, many senior people there for the 9-5

  3. "ok, not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SEC full-time

    Pros

    flexible working schedule and nice office

    Cons

    bureaucracy and changing priorities every few years


  4. "Office Automation Assistant (Intern)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administration Automation Assistant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Administration Automation Assistant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, pay, co-workers,

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential, departmental feuds, periods of high volume work followed by slow periods.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (17)

    "Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Counsel in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Counsel in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, interesting cases, a lot of autonomy and responsibility, great training and resources.

    Cons

    Can be solitary, people are nice but largely keep to themselves so the environment is not very collegial. Potential for advancement and supervisory positions very limited because a lot of attorneys stay there for decades; definitely not an up or out structure. Pay is down in recent years.


  6. "Attorney-Advisor in Corp Fin"

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    Current Employee - Attorney-Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney-Advisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, opportunity for regular and frequent telework

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, little to no performance feedback


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Student Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    I worked at SEC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Breadth of work and topics, very interesting subject matter, ability to feel like you're involved in the investigation

    Cons

    Obviously depends on the person, but some attorneys did not dish out useful work to interns (which is understandable). Also no real track to being employed by the SEC later because of Federal application procedures

  8. "if you must..."

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

    I have been working at SEC full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and savings plan

    Cons

    rigid, inflexible, bureaucratic, paranoic culture, unionized


  9. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, work with very intelligent people, challenging work, groundbreaking work, etc.

    Cons

    Unpaid work and employee funded events.


  10. "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Security Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are to make sure all employees make sure they show the safety of other in the company

    Cons

    Some of the challenges of working there are trying to be safe me make sure the safety of others are noticed

    Advice to Management

    Free


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