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U.S. Senate Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  • We worked long hours and often on less than glamorous tasks, but every moment was worth it (in 53 reviews)

  • Low pay and difficult to move up (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Legislative fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    One of the best places to learn about policy and network with top leaders in the nation. The level of learning you get here was worth every second spent at work. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience.

    Cons

    Workload is pretty high but then again you are doing really important work and you are learning a lot so I thought it was worth it.


  2. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Interning for the committee is exciting and educational. You get to witness up close some of the most significant things going on in Washington.

    Cons

    You are sometimes stuck at a desk depending on what is going on in the committee during the period you are interning.

    Advice to Management

    Have more challenging and quick projects for interns to work on. Share with interns the agenda of the committee in the big picture.


  3. "Competitive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great networking and a mandatory first step to working on the hill

    Cons

    It is very competitive and the pay is extremely low


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  5. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Networking with all of the hill staffers

    Cons

    Unpaid and you have to get your own housing

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Proctor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong sense of community; good employee resources. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Can be a bit insular. Climate depends on politics.

    Advice to Management

    Love the things that are done for the employees - holiday parties, education and training opportunities, resource fairs. Would be helpful if salaries in the legislative branch were done by grade level to make transferring to other federal branches easier.


  7. "Interesting work and colleagues"

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

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Your work is very relevant and you have influence outside of the Hill

    Cons

    hours can be long and sometimes at low pay


  8. "Your boss makes all the difference"

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

    I worked at U.S. Senate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No better place to get federal legislative experience, this is where it all happens. For any and all negatives I list, the bottom line is there is no substitute for experience here. Things move slowly, but you have opportunities to contribute to vital legislation that will really change people's lives.

    If you work in constituent services, you have opportunities to help people individually that will be very rewarding. You can't help them all, but you can do some real good.

    The staff and members are generally more experienced and mature than in the House. Things move slower, there's more bipartisanship.

    Pay is publicly disclosed, so little chance for disparate pay/pay discrimination among staffers.

    Better job security compared to the House - elections are every 6 years as opposed to 2.

    The Congressional Research Service and other tools are available to help you and your member get to know your issues and your duties.

    My favorite perk was access to the Library of Congress- basically any book ever written.

    Cons

    The office culture and opportunities varies A LOT by the boss (the Senator, the chief of staff, the LD). If the boss is good, people will stick around for decades; if not you'll see a lot of turnover. My office was not at all interested in staff professional development or education, I had to make my own effort there. I saw another woman endlessly criticized for needing to leave on time (not even early! on time!) to take care of their kids.

    The pay is generally lower than what you'd get in the private sector. A lot of bosses will make appropriate pay decisions, but a lot know that an army of 24 year-olds will do the job for free, so you don't have a lot of leverage in pay negotiations. That's why so many people go to lobby after-- it's easy to say they're "greedy" but living in DC is expensive.

    Office politics rule - the bosses' buddies get the jobs, promotions, raises, period. A lot of opportunities are never even posted and just handed to a favorite. Likewise, an "inner circle" springs up of these buddies, and they make the decisions. If you're not in the group, you're chopped liver. But, they're very defensive and are not interested in changing, so be prepared to play that game or get pushed out.

    It's a bit like a customer service job - most constituents will be reasonable in their expectations of you and the member, others will not. Some will be very abusive because to them you personify "the government," even if you're trying to help them. Similarly, even as a staffer you have to be very careful about your public/social media conduct as the media/constituents are watching.

    Advice to Management

    Make more effort at staff diversity, professional development, and networking opportunities.

    Break up staff "cliques" and be sure that all employees are treated equitably.

    Adhere to best practices for employees' work-life balance.


  9. "I love the Senate!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Senate full-time

    Pros

    Working at the United States Senate has always been a dream of mine. The people working at the Senate are highly professional, patriotic, and proud to serve their country.

    Cons

    Working at the US Senate is a highly demanding job. The work-life balance is sometimes not in an individual's favor, especially when Senate is in session.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to shine and lead by example! I am so very proud to call the US Senate my professional home away from home!


  10. "Press Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to intern, learn alot

    Cons

    Here during an election, things are changing and people are uneasy
    Not that much interaction with Senator


  11. "US Senate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and co workers.

    Cons

    Job always unstable due to elections.



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