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US Chamber of Commerce Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
35 Reviews
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35 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked for one of the business councils in their international department. It was a rare and unique experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities to interface with members/clients who are among the most powerful players in the D.C. circuit. You also learn a lot about international trade and commerce, and what keeps CEOs awake at night.

    Cons

    There is often a lot of bureaucracy and red tape in trying to get approvals for projects, signatures for paperwork / documentation, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more off-sites to promote culture and team-building

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great Place to Learn the Association World, but Bound by Old School Thinking

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

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of prestige that comes with the Chamber name. It's a heavyweight in Washington, and it means something to people.
    There are a lot of smart people who work at the Chamber and it's a great environment to learn from those people.
    They cover lots of issues, basically every issue, and in a shared services department (like I was in), you get to learn a lot about several issues.

    Cons

    As others have mentioned, it's very bureaucratic. What's frustrating is you hear about exceptions to the bureaucracy, so sometimes it feels aimed at most of the staff, but not everyone. You learn who the exceptions are quickly.
    The work life balance is entirely dependent on your department and manager. In my experience, if you let them, they will walk all over you. Be protective of your work life balance and try not to yield.
    I had a reasonably good experience there. But I have seen other people who had a decidedly different experience. It's a very gossip-heavy environment and there are winners and losers.
    Would I recommend the Chamber to a friend? Not sure. It depends highly on the person you are working for and the people in the department. There's too many variables among departments to make a fair determination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be on merit, not on tenure or popularity.
    Be more transparent about strategy and give people the opportunity to feel like part of the process, not just a cog in the machine.
    HR has too much power and individual managers need to be empowered to take the action that best accommodates their needs. It's a large organization and some of the policies make it far too centralized.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a bad place to be.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Chamber of Commerce

    Pros

    Prestigious brand, Great holiday party, some good perks

    Cons

    Hard to move up, institution is very set in its ways.

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  5.  

    Nice place not for long though

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

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce as an intern

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Great location
    Friendly coworkers
    Beautiful building

    Cons

    Stale work environment
    conservative culture
    Dull tasks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to get entry-level experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Chamber of Commerce

    Pros

    There are many smart people, and opportunities to connect with other influencials in the policy world across the city. There is a strong contingency of young people.

    Cons

    If you are looking to avoid bureaucracy, this is not the place for you. You must be privy to playing office politics in order to move up or survive. The reputation of the institution is beginning to falter a bit. The office culture is extremely stuffy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that your younger employees are assets and give more autonomy.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Misery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    That you didn't have to get anything done and you'd be around. The benefits we also descent but nothing to write home about.

    Cons

    The people. The way that people "own" businesses doesn't allow for the whole system to work together. Rather, it sets departments against each other. It would actually be much more lucrative if they leveraged all the different groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Antiquated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are some nice people.

    Cons

    This place was very antiquated, they're big believes in using old technology and going about things as if it were twenty years ago. While I worked here, it was an incredibly slow paced environment-the slowest I've ever worked at in my fifteen years of experience. They aim to aquire recent college graduates and keep them for most of their careers, which is probably why there are so many people that have been there for ages--that way they don't know how the rest of the work places operate with today's technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move forward with the times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Experience

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

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different resources available

    Cons

    HR puts on blinders to blatant misconduct. This place is a joke and really accomplishes nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work and learn.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Chamber of Commerce

    Pros

    The exposure to new things and different companies

    Cons

    The work life balance could be improved. Several departments expect employees to work non-stop.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    a fantastic place to work and grow your career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    opportunity to engage in broad subject areas with some of the best and brightest in town, a positive and engaging culture.

    Cons

    the iconic building is in the heart of NW across from White House and official visits can make traffic a nightmare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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