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Updated August 31, 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. "Internship at SEC"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Internship in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Internship in Washington, DC

    I worked at SEC as an intern

    Pros

    Was a good place for an internship and the team of attorneys were helpful when I was not sure of what I needed to do.

    Very willing to work with you on hours you can and cannot work.

    Cons

    Not too much that was bad about working there. Worst part (and best part) was the location since it was in the middle of DC, but it is attached to the metro/train station.


  2. "Attorney-Advisor in Corp Fin"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "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.


  4. "Student Honors Program"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Daly exposure to staff and SEC investigations.

    Cons

    Wish I had done more substantive work. Most of work done was on general things or helping with discovery.


  5. "Bad Place for a Contractor"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SEC as a contractor

    Pros

    Convenient to Metro, good pay, Whole Foods and Giant near by

    Cons

    If you're ok with little experience gained and demonstrated, and being excluded from everything like shunned step child, then working there shouldn't be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors have the same goals as you. Your success is their success literally. They should be treated with respect and as valued contributors. By doing so you'd get far more than you pay for.


  6. "FOIA Specialist"

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    • 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.


  7. "Detailee"

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    • 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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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