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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.7 127 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

United States House of Representatives Speaker of the House John Boehner

John Boehner

(36 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Mind numbing work where you don't learn anything.

    Congressionsal (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsLooks great on your resume.

    ConsBoring work where you don't learn anything new.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Underpaid, Overworked, Under appreciated

    Director of Operations (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's great to be in the center of everything and be plugged in to what's going on in your government. It's a bit addicting that way.

    ConsIt's hard to be in a job that you are constantly being yelled at - by constituents, by the other party, etc. etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interned and previously served as legislative aide.

    District Representative (Current Employee)

    Pros- influence
    - ability to help community
    - close relationship with Member of Congress

    Cons- Have to work multiple weekends a month

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Educational but limited.

    Director of Special Projects (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAccess to more information than you could imagine. You can get as much out of working on the Hill as you want, or as little.

    ConsLow pay and slow growth. The only ways to grow are to wait out people ahead of you or jump offices after an election. Committees are a whole different world altogether. It can be rewarding work, but then again, it's Congress, so guess what? No one is paying any attention.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement varies by office so this isn't very useful.

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    Great for the young, skip when you have kids

    Legislative Correspondent (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFast paced environment, Easy to move up and gain more responsibility at a young age ( because there are never enough people to do everything, Being in the center of everything in DC, a lot of potential to make money after you leave.

    ConsWorking in political gridlock ensures that the long hours you work achieve nothing, dealing with bosses who think they are gods gift to the world, working long hours for little pay (i.e. the typical hill stereotype), difficult to have kids and work here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Depends on the Member, Worked in both DC and District for 4 years

    Field Representative and Caseworker (Former Employee)

    ProsUnique experience unlike any other, this is the best aspect of the job
    Got to really help people through casework
    Good contacts, but this is more so on Capitol Hill, there's a huge difference working in DC vs. working in a district office
    Status symbol of a job, although that's a double edged knife

    ConsPolitics. It weighs you down and the environment is really unhealthy having to listen to such negativity every day
    Boss wasn't loyal to anyone on staff, wife tried to control everything
    Sequestration wrecked our budget, and I was ultimately laid off after 4 years of both official and campaign work

    Watch your back. Every member I met on capitol hill, including my old boss, were so pleasant and nice. Some were really that way, but for many, it's just a show. They'll exploit staff and use whoever they can. My motto is you'll never get screwed by a nicer person.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop cutting your own budgets. Yes, I'm conservative and we're spending too much, but slashing congressional budgets does not fix the problem in any meaningful way, and makes it MORE difficult for Congress to find solutions to national problems, since there are less resources to do so. If you actually paid a good wage, you might even get more experienced people than those fresh out of college.

    Plus, the more you cut the budget, the less advocacy staff are available to help taxpayers with problems with federal agencies.

    There's a lot more I could say about individual members, but it varies so I'll leave it at that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rigorous, Underpaid Adreneline

    Legislative Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI only had a legislative internship, so I am also relating the experience of my full-time coworkers.

    For interns, it is a perfect opportunity to meet influential figures in DC and have a thoroughly enjoyable job. Briefings, hearings, and constituent relationships are all informative and rewarding, and there is not a more fast-paced atmosphere outside of Wall Street.

    ConsFor interns, there are no substantive cons other than most internships being unpaid. Sometimes work comes in waves, and a slow afternoon of entering petitions in Voter IQ just drags on forever, then a vote keeps the office up half the night.

    For full-time staff, there is a more serious concern about the lack of compensation and cutthroat environment. Interns have an expiration date whereupon they return to the real world, but for LAs and senior staff, career advancement only comes at the expense of other sharp-elbowed applicants. Whether your aspiration is to move to an esteemed think tank position, a lucrative lobbying shop, or a more satisfying senior staff role; no one particularly enjoys being a generic hill staffer. The pay rarely covers living expenses in DC, and is viewed almost like law school--a proving ground to pay your dues and find opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI actually think the more senior (and thus more hated) members and staff are some of the most respectable and level-headed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Educational and outstanding place to develop Analytic and researching skills in Government Relations

    Constituent Case Specialist (Former Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    ProsI was deeply involved in Immigration and International affairs issues, an area that deeply interest me.

    ConsSome co-workers actively worked to discredit other employees, leading to forced resignation of several good team members.

    Advice to Senior Managementlook at both the positive comments from constituents as well as the bad, There will always be constituents that feel your case workers did not try. You need to support your caseworkers and look at their overall record of cases, not just the few closed minded people, which do exist, that complain because they do not like the answer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good, young work atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are many good benefits to working at the Capitol including experience in public service, living in Washington, and being a part of the fast paced House of Reps. Young people get a lot of responsibility.

    ConsYou will be expected to carry a substantial workload without the compensation you often receive in the private sector. Time off ranges from office to office but is mostly in the 12-16 paid days off per year.

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    Internship opens doors, great on resume, but not meaningful

    Legislative Intern (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe people you meet. Almost anyone is willing to sit down with you for a cup of coffee and to give career advice--take advantage of this. You will learn a lot about politics and legislation, and attending briefings and hearings is really amazing.

    ConsNo pay for a heck of a lot of work. I recommend doing a part-time internship, though with a full-time internship sometimes you get more interesting tasks. Mostly you will be answering phones and having constituents yell at you, writing thank you notes for the Member of Congress, folding letters and sealing envelopes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInterns should be paid. They do the work that no one else has time to do, and yet the office would not run without them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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