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Updated February 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Good compensation and work-life balance (in 31 reviews)

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

Cons
  • It is an unnecessarily hierarchical structure in many Divisions and Offices (in 3 reviews)

  • There were no cons other than the fact that I was an unpaid intern (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "SEC Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people; great work.

    Cons

    budget issues; uncertainty with every political cycle


  2. "Staff Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent work-life balance, excellent reputation, excellent training opportunities, competitve pay, and excellent benefits/retirement. Very low stress environment and management is very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Hard to move up past the Grade 14 level. Tend to promote people based on tenure and not accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    Look at promoting people based on their accomplishments and track record.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time

    Pros

    Very challenging work with lots of opportunities for input. You are surrounded by very smart people that you can learn a lot from. Good compensation and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Somewhat siloed approach to the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Don't simply move problem SOs from one unit to another. They will keep being a problem.


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  5. "Assistant Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and big offices

    Cons

    Frequently changing bosses and priorities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and trust them to deliver great results


  6. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great legal department in the Enforcement Division. Co-workers were extremely dedicated and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    None, great people, great work environment. Team environment where everyone helps each other out.

    Advice to Management

    Well run office with many hardworking, smart people.


  7. "Terrific Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people (especially in the Office of International Affairs), dynamic work, positive environment, learned a lot and had fun

    Cons

    Unpaid, not a lot of training

    Advice to Management

    Find ways for interns to return full-time!!


  8. "Great Job"

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    Former Employee - Enforcement in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Enforcement in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work. As much challenge as you want.

    Cons

    Dealing with career government personnel that is not invested in their work.

    Advice to Management

    Stand your ground with the union.


  9. "Senior Staff Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, telework, good health benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, promotions are not based on merit

    Advice to Management

    Hold hiring managers accountable for promoting the best qualified candidate. Don't take your experienced personnel for granted.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits but extreme micromanagers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Salary!! benefits, gym, daycare, tuition assistance, medical, retirement, vision, dental, life, etc. The organization as a whole is excellent for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on what organization you are a part of, the work life balance is not great. Extreme micromanagement.


  11. "Supervisory Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Litigation Paralegal in Boston, MA

    I worked at SEC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    group work, follow up on investigations and communications, doc review, witness and exhibit prep

    Cons

    none, everything was positive and very helpful for my career



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