US Chamber of Commerce Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Great experience, low salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great platform to launch career, expand DC network, and work on top policy issues

    Cons

    Always have to be thinking about fundraising, limited ability to travel unless you are senior management, questionable practices by senior management

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and award based on merit, not nepotism.

  2. The Chamber is like a family

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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

    Good benefits and PTO policies; collaborative environment

    Cons

    lacks professional development opportunities

  3. Intern

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Chamber of Commerce as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities, the people are very friendly, the general culture is great

    Cons

    I don't really have anything bad to say.

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  5. Former Intern

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

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Upper management really looked after their interns, always made sure their were opportunities for expose themselves to other parts of the Chamber
    -So many great people that work there; a lot of fun getting to know not only other interns, but higher ranking management as well

    Cons

    -noticed some behind-the-scenes politcs
    -some of the work was a bit dry sometimes, but not often.

  6. The internship is what you make of it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks and access to meet Fortune 500 execs and various levels of government employees

    Cons

    Internships are not very structured. You may just be sitting around waiting to be given mundane tasks and errands if you don't take the initiative and plan your own project with a supervisor. I just couldn't get behind the Chamber's values.

  7. Content

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation, professional environment, significant and relevant mission

    Cons

    Uneven treatment from managers, needs better work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on sustainability rather than short-term growth

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, smart colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart and qualified people work at the Chamber. The expertise and skills for each division are as specialized as I've seen in a city like DC. Good balance between experienced senior management and strong, up-and-coming junior staff.

    Cons

    Professional development is hindered by stringent promotion/raise policies.

    Advice to Management

    Break the bureaucracy and initiate more policies directed at enhancing and promoting internal talent.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Nice place not for long though

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Chamber of Commerce as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Great location
    Friendly coworkers
    Beautiful building

    Cons

    Stale work environment
    conservative culture
    Dull tasks

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