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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
40 Reviews
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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.  

    Great community, even during the long-hours.

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    Former Employee - Legislative Director
    Former Employee - Legislative Director

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Working on legislative issues in the U.S. House is a great experience to learn policy issues, actors, and the policy-making process. It is also a great place to grow, as there are supportive more experienced staffers or others available to help you along, even if your own office doesn't have much interest in professional development.

    Cons

    The budgetary freeze has made it hard for offices to add staff in response to a growing workload, impacting work-life balance. This balance is impacted even more considering that you largely don't have control of your schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The institution of the House should work more to help individual office managers advance the professional development of more junior staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Terrible pay, priceless experience

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and high visibility environment. Can be very rewarding. Ironically the offices are under-staffed, so an enterprising SME has many opportunities to make a name.

    Cons

    Long hours, year-long efforts can sometimes amount to nothing, sarcasm from the general public about your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really applicable since each Member manages their office independently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast-paced, fun, and rewarding place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Congress is a great place to work if you want to pursue a career in public service without sacrificing potential career growth. Despite the hyper-partisan political environment currently in our nation, bipartisanship isn't dead in the halls of Congress and it is an extremely rewarding place in which to work and find common ground and make progress for the American people.

    Cons

    Budgets continue to be cut, so salary growth has been stagnant over the past few years. That is unlikely to change because there is little political will to raise office budgets. Hours also have the potential to be very long and you have to make many sacrifices for your office if you want to play a valuable role with your team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to develop the careers of your employees. It gives them the ability to contribute more to your office outside a rigid job description, and if they move on as a result of their development, it's always good to have a friend in another office when advancing the priorities of your Member of Congress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a great overall internship experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Working for the federal government obviously comes with many perks such as benefits, time off, and inside info.

    Cons

    If you do not live in DC, the commute can become tiresome on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    District Office's of Representatives-A Perfect Start to a Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Richmond, CA

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The amazing part about working in a district office is that you connect policy and resources to community leaders in real time. You build a reputation based on the ideas and research you conduct to execute all types of projects from policy papers to events. You also meet amazing professionals and leaders in a myriad of industries.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there's very little opportunity for upward mobility within an office because if you work for a popular member then people stay in the same position for years. If you work for a demanding member then there might be too much turnover. Also, the long hours and weekend work can get to people. This is not a job/career for the person who wants to spend a lot of quality time at home. I enjoyed the pace because of the impact it had on the community. You'll have to think about the future of your career and make sure you keep your options open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very rewarding and a great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, able to focus on specialty areas, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    I really cannot think of a con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship

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

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working for the House is the invaluable experience and the firsthand look at the legislative process. Working for the House is a worth the sacrifice.

    Cons

    The hours are long and sometimes challenging. There is a lot to know, consider and remember when dealing with different staff, groups and constituents. I

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Incredible experience, like no other job in the world.

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

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

    Pros

    Working on issues of importance and meeting with various stakeholder and constituent groups to try and solve their problems.

    Cons

    Long hours and not great pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, they are on the front lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Staff Assistant

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on which Congressman you work for....I have loved my job.

    Cons

    Pay could be better for the hard work that is done for the Congressman and the constituents

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    United States House of Representatives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting, fast paced, always something new happening

    Cons

    Long hours and can get stressful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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