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Updated May 12, 2017
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  • Long hours, government pay grades are lower than the private sector (in 56 reviews)

  • Low pay and difficult to move up (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent career launchpad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, challenging and stimulating work, working with talented and driven people, excellent networking opportunities

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, high stress


  2. "Too many power hungry people that can't be wrong!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staffing in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great healthcare and benefits
    -interesting experiences in region
    -travel
    -Government holidays
    -decent stories to tell
    -patriotic events
    -meet alot of people
    -gain many contacts
    -decent food and drink at events
    - good options for training

    Cons

    - young staffers don't understand real life experience
    - power curupts absolutely
    - ambitious power hungry people lie to get what they want
    - everybody pushes the blame
    -it's all about who donates the money
    -bad work- life balance
    -Too much stress and pressure for stupid stuff that real people don't even care about
    -many managers have no business in leadership positions

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to crack down on the bad characters that are power hungry (they are usually the campaign related people). Maybe even legislation should be passed on this corruption. We need servant leaders in these offices. In office HR is a joke because no one will speak up out of fear of getting fired.
    Our government leadership and congressional offices need some accountability and to know what it is to serve.


  3. "Prestigious position with low pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great connections and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Low pay and difficult to move up

    Advice to Management

    More diversity.


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  5. "A place where inaitive pays off"

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    Current Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Senate (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, access, fast-paced, opportunities to quickly advance into more senior roles

    Cons

    Limited to bad internal management, good for those that don't require being managed, pay lower than the private sector


  6. "Worth it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Bronx, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great honor. One is surrounded by talented, caring, smart people. Opportunity to interface both with the general public and decision makers.

    Cons

    All drawbacks were worth it. We worked long hours and often on less than glamorous tasks, but every moment was worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work--continue to provide interns with opportunities to participate in history, learn, and network, and keep asking a lot of them!


  7. "Great way to get your foot in the door"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn about Congressional procedure.

    Cons

    Long hours, government pay grades are lower than the private sector.


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Senate part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to see the U.S. government in action. You get to involve yourself with the legislative process and use your free time to explore and observe the goings on.

    Cons

    Although there were many pros, at the end of the day, as an intern your responsibilities are limited to what your direct supervisor finds you fit to do. Very subjective.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the program the same, but possibly reward better performing interns with more opportunities to advance and maybe look for a part time job.


  9. "seven year Capitol Hill staffer"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating and engaging work environment; likely to work alongside intelligent and motivated individuals; great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay; wide variety in management styles; job security never assured.


  10. "Press Assistant Reveiw"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Press Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Press Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's an exciting place to work, but during session, expect long days and sometimes weekends. Press Assistant jobs can vary widely, but I was responsible for press clips, helping with social media, drafting op-eds, and media monitoring.

    Cons

    Long and sometimes unknown hours, having to do clips on the weekends, doing a lot more work than the pay justifies

    Advice to Management

    I know there are budget confines to work within, but the salary of this and other jobs within Hill offices are quite low and make living in the DC area next to impossible without other assistance or jobs.


  11. "Educational and fast paced"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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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 U.S. Senate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn a lot about our Legislative Branch.
    Meet a lot of powerful people.
    Teaches you to work in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    Pay is terrible for how much you work.
    Only intern for one month intervals.
    Being an intern means you do mostly busy/bookkeeping work. Can be boring at times


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