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Updated February 18, 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. "Detailee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Detailee in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Detailee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful working place, Seasoned and tolerant environment.

    Cons

    Working environment is especially for experienced, so it may not be a good place for learning.

    Advice to Management

    It is very hard to get into the SEC.


  2. "FOIA Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SEC as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are better than most agencies.

    Cons

    Very difficult to be promoted - you will be stuck in the pay grade you start in.


  3. "Assistant Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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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


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  5. "Legal Summer Honors Intern"

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    Former Intern - Summer Honors(Legal) in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Summer Honors(Legal) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to securities litigation/regulation. The office of general counsel is an especially great place to work because you work with top attorneys on the most cutting-edge legal issues. People are generally helpful and interesting.

    Cons

    OGC tends to be quieter and you will have to go out of your way to get to know people. The resources available are good but it is still a government job so you will not have the administrative support that you would at a law firm.


  6. "Great Job"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Summer Honors Intern"

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    Former Intern - AccountingCorp Finance Department in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - AccountingCorp Finance Department in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEC as an intern

    Pros

    Great Experience with other Interns and Top Management.

    Cons

    Not Much other than I was an unpaid intern.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits but extreme micromanagers"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Great Experience!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - , Office of International Affairs in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - , Office of International Affairs in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEC as an intern

    Pros

    Set me up for a successful career in law. Stands out immediately on my resume for private and public sector jobs.

    Cons

    It was during the Spring semester, so not many social events to network with lawyers and other interns.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great program!


  10. "Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to learn and practice financial accounting and reporting

    Cons

    Compensation based on time not merit


  11. "The best civilian agency"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager PMO in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager PMO in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEC full-time

    Pros

    Great high profile agency protecting the US economy

    Cons

    Washington DC traffic is horrible

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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