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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
169 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    I had an excellent time working over the summer here. Learned a lot, met some great people, and work wasn't hard at all.

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    Former Employee - LegislativeAssistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - LegislativeAssistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Meet lots of people -- Great networking
    Engaged with current events
    Ability to make an impact

    Cons

    DC is expensive
    DC is humid

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It has been a wonderful experience working for the Committee on House Administration.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    I've been able to come to work every day at the center of democracy for our nation. It's very interesting to see the inter-workings of Congress and how the House operates as a whole.

    Cons

    The compensation is tough when you consider living in Washington, D.C straight out of college. There is a lot of turnover in many of the offices and committees on the Capitol Hill campus because of this.

  3.  

    Your experience will depend on the people around you.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Open-ended career path that can take you in any direction, just think of all the issues that the federal government touches. Great camaraderie and often great relationships are built here.

    Cons

    Long hours, both in the district and on Capitol Hill. Under-appreciated by the public.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Incredible opportunities to meet important people and fairly easy to get a job after interning
    Able to work on what you feel most passionate about

    Cons

    Mostly administrative work for interns - answering phones, filing, etc
    There is a lot of idle time

  6.  

    Exciting, Challenging Work

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work. Learn the in's and out's of the legislative process. Got to experience things few people will ever see or do.

    Cons

    Occasional long hours, poor compensation compared to the private sector, cutthroat environment. Could be slow and uneventful during congressional recesses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I interned for the Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Capitol Hill.

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience being in the middle of the United states government day in and day out. Learned alot about the legislative process and how our elected representatives work for constituents.

    Cons

    Wish they would have gave interns a little more responsibility, tasks became repetitive after a while. Got boring when Congress wasn't in session and not much to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns a little more freedom and responsibility to help out more around office, and don't have as many interns when Congress isn't in session.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Press Intern

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    Current Employee - Press Intern
    Current Employee - Press Intern

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Surrounded by young, driven, intelligent people. If you ask questions and pay attention, you can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Can be slow at times

  9.  

    Necessary experience for working in DC

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    Current Employee - Communications Assistant
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant

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

    Pros

    If you want to work in DC or in politics, Hill experience is critical. It's also exciting to walk the marble hallways and rub shoulders with important and famous people. It's a beautiful and majestic work setting.

    Cons

    The pay is bad, the hours are long, and the government "perks" are not what they were (although there is always a reception to attend). The work culture can really depend on the structure and mood of the office and the member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy beers for the junior staff, especially the staff assistant. They work really hard and a little goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Great experience
    Builds communication skills
    Many connections made

    Cons

    Can get repetitive
    Experience largely depends on office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to people who have previously interned for your rep/sen

  11.  

    Senior Policy Adviser

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Adviser in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging place to work.. Depending on the office that you are in, you will not be bored and you have to the opportunity to positively impact the lives of many Americans.

    Cons

    The pay is way too low to decently survive in DC.Your experience is depended on the office that you are in - many offices have very inexperienced Chiefs of Staff which can adversely impact your experience. Your success in the office depends on not just what you know but who likes you. There are many unqualified people on staffs, some of which are positions of authority, and they are there because of who are they know - a donor's friend, friend of the Rep.'s wife, etc. Come to Capitol Hill WITH a strong moral compass otherwise you may be lead down the wrong road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chiefs of Staff need to have better overall management skills. Also, how about building into the budget AUTOMATIC yearly cost of living increases that would be very helpful to your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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