United States House of Representatives

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Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
144 Reviews
3.8
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Pros
  • Terrific expertise development for the legislative process and for policy knowledge (in 14 reviews)

  • Rewarding work, interesting projects, fast-paced, constantly changing, never boring (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Typically Congressional staffers work long hours and salaries aren't as high as people think (in 32 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is very troubling as there is mostly only time for work (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work, network, and you might succeed

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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

    You get exposure to the latest policy ideas and top-level government leaders. There is opportunity to grow your network while attending some of the best happy hours and receptions in DC.

    Cons

    Capitol Hill is full of tedious work to be done, especially at the lower levels. Depending on who you work with, some people will make time for you. Others won't acknowledge your existence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Great exposure to tons of networks

    Cons

    No pay, very hard to get actual paid position (that doesn't even pay that much)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great network, long hours

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experience dépendant on office - got to work with talented, passionate people who cared about their work

    Cons

    Work/life balance doesn't exist, gets boring quickly, low pay

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    Congressional Intern

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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

    Great co-workers
    Historical quality to the buildings you work in, i.e. The Capitol, House buildings, Senate buildings
    Good learning experience
    If you get a nice congressman/congresswoman you will have a really great experience, regardless of political allegiance.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Let me say that again.... unpaid... It is very hard to make ends meat even as a legislative assistant (salaries are public record, thank you transparency!). The work can be boring, and being the first line of defense so to speak with the constituents can be daunting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The Best of Times/The Worst of Times

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    Former Employee - Senior Legislative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working on the Hill is truly based on what Member you are working for. I had one experience where we were like family, the other was a hellacious, dysfunctional family. Pros: You will experience things you will never experience again; truly unique look into the legislative process; great networking and resume building; frankly--even for a frustrating process and when Congress isn't talking to one another you will still feel a unique satisfaction/patriotism if you're a history/poli sci geek

    Cons

    Long hours, little pay, and a lot of grunt work in between... as you continue to take on more and more responsibility and get into the policy/Committee areas you are going to deal frequently with turf wars and a lot of ego and competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mind numbing work where you don't learn anything.

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    Former Employee - Congressionsal  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Congressionsal in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Boring work where you don't learn anything new.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Underpaid, Overworked, Under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations
    Current Employee - Director of Operations

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

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interned and previously served as legislative aide.

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    Current Employee - District Representative
    Current Employee - District Representative

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - Have to work multiple weekends a month

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Educational but limited.

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    Former Employee - Director of Special Projects  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Special Projects in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management varies by office so this isn't very useful.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Field Representative and Caseworker
    Former Employee - Field Representative and Caseworker

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unique 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

    Cons

    Politics. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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