United States House of Representatives

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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
141 Reviews
3.8
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Pros
  • Rewarding work, interesting projects, fast-paced, constantly changing, never boring (in 11 reviews)

  • Terrific expertise development for the legislative process and for policy knowledge (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Typically Congressional staffers work long hours and salaries aren't as high as people think (in 28 reviews)

  • low pay, hard to transfer into private sector unless related to politics (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Short-term congressional staffer

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    Former Employee - Constituent Services Representative  in  Edinburg, TX
    Former Employee - Constituent Services Representative in Edinburg, TX

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Once in a while you do get to help people in need, you make good connections in the community, decent hours and benefits

    Cons

    We had to do without pay during the government shutdown, staffers avoided constituents and casework, nepotism and cronyism among staff, emotionally unstable bosses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replacing most of the staff or basing hiring on merit rather than connections and favors owed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Repetative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good Pay

    Cons

    Not challenging, government job. Some people work, some don't. Work still has to be done

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Being an intern has cool perks, but the overall experience is very mundane.

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Washington DC is brimming with cool events and interesting people. Being able to attend hearings and markups is amazing. You feel important (for a while at least).

    Cons

    My main responsibility as an intern for a Rep. was answering the phone, which is an all around terrible job. The worst part is that you are told to lie. When someone calls and tells you their opinion, you listen nicely, tell them that you will pass their concerns along, then hang up the phone and go back to reading the newspaper. I desperately wanted to tell callers that they were wasting their time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    lots of bureaucracy..

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    hands on experience
    exciting environment to be on the house floor
    general atmosphere of capitol hill is invigorating
    great people who are high performing

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy
    didnt feel like contributing meaningful work
    mostly answering telephones and delivering flags

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underpaid

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

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work is basically mindless and nothing is really that demanding. Lot of young people on the Hill. Great way to meet people.

    Cons

    Basically one of the lowest paying jobs out there. I could have made more as a tollbooth attendant. Can become very high stress at times having to deal with crazies calling in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    review of U.S. House of representatives

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They offer decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    They don't like spending on training unless your in the right clique.
    unless your in the right clique no matter how hard you work you will get nothing.
    unless your in the right clique there really isn'T comraderrie

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fairness all around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Interacting with congressmen and women. Getting to attend some hearing and briefing and there are a lot of receptions when the work day is over.

    Cons

    Extremely quiet. No one interacts with each other (or at least interns). Tons on busy work that make you fell like your not appreciated or necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Long Hours, Underpaid, stressed, frustrated.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Working there is interesting, it's fast paced, and you really do some amazing things working for the country. It is fascinating

    Cons

    It is frustrating, you'll get disillusioned, the pay is terrible and the hours/demands are absurd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop being so stupid.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting at first, gets boring quickly.

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    Former Employee - Chief of Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Chief of Staff in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    See headline. Interesteting at first, but once you know the job and have your systems in place, there's little of real substance to keep you occupied.

    Cons

    The stunning number of self-important (though mediocre) people. Let me say that again. Capitol Hill is filled with very shallow people with a nonetheless stunning degree of undeserved arrogance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the right winders and left wingers in leadership. In addition to being strident, they are simply impractical people.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a great place if you are a thinker/do-er. Lots of BS

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    Former Employee - Leg Aide  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Leg Aide in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Access to high level officials
    Learn a lot about your community
    Prestigious gig to those who don't know

    Cons

    Work is devoid of substance
    Lots of BS
    Merit not rewarded--politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward merit

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