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United States Congress Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
65 Reviews
3.8
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United States Congress Vice President of the Unites States Joseph R. Biden Jr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast-paced work environment in the great city of Washington, D (in 6 reviews)

  • You really feel like you are making a difference in peoples lives, the benefits are good and the work environment while hectic can be fun (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, low pay, high cost-of-living expenses (in 8 reviews)

  • some office don't promote from within, a lot of turnover, low pay and no overtime compensation, long hours, office politics (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Staff Assistant

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

    I worked at United States Congress full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience - I think the best thing was the diversity of people, policy advocates and constituents that would come in every day wanting just a moment of your time. The only thing that keeps me from giving this job an abysmal rating is that I got to see/do/meet some incredibly interesting things and people.

    Cons

    After a while (and it didn't take long) the bargain-basement salary and the constant high-stress environment of a very demanding Member made the experience wear thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really have no incentive to "improve" upon recruitment and retention -- there is an endless supply of smart, ambitious, some would say cut-throat/desperate kids who were lining up to take my job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Congress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This was a great place to get a first hand view of how things work on the Hill.

    Cons

    Could get boring when Congress was not in session and constituents weren't calling or visiting the office.

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    Hill press jobs great for young people

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    Former Employee - Press Secretary  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Congress full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great resume booster. Great experience collection - small staffs and too much to get done means you get a lot of exposure to policy, politics, writing, constituent help, crisis communication and the whole operation of a congressional office. People move a lot around the Hill between different offices, so it's a great place to network, build relationships for future jobs.

    Cons

    Typically very low pay for very long hours. If you don't want to work 24/7, there are thousands who would gladly take your place. This is why people with families end of leaving the Hill. Chiefs of staff tend to be young with no management experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great, fast-paced internship

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

    I worked at United States Congress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Many tasks in the office, exciting and welcoming work environment, staff eager to help interns learn. If your office is smaller, you will get more responsibility, which is great as an intern.

    Cons

    Tedious and monotonous office tasks, substantial work is only given after a longer working period

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing if you don't work for one of the many crazies.

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    Former Employee - Communications Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communications Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Congress full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working in Congress with people who wanted to make a difference in the nation and the world is one of the most inspiring things I've ever done,

    Cons

    Working with some of the sociopaths who will do anything to succeed including harming the people they work for is not so fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for staff to report lawbreakers and ethical violations without fear of repercussions.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great, exciting, fun.

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

    I worked at United States Congress full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of work in the office.

    Cons

    Large gaps between assignments in the office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 Congress full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work, hands-on experience - given a lot of responsibility quickly, which is great as an intern. Can also meet a wide variety of people quickly.

    Also: Paid internship, respectable salary, transportation benefits

    Cons

    Depending on which offices you work in, the age group of your coworkers can vary widely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management appointed by Congressmen, could possibly change every few election cycles - not applicable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity - once in a lifetime

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Congress full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great access to all levels of government and policy makers, fast-paced environment, decent degree of autonomy.

    Cons

    Politics! But really, the main con is the lack of pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the staffers: check your egos at the door; we're all here to work. No need to bring an attitude. To the Congresspeople: listen to the people! :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working on the Hill is the best

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

    I worked at United States Congress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    In the middle of all the action

    Cons

    Low salaries and grossly overworked, but always worth it.

    Recommends
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    Getting more difficult

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Congress full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    proximity to the capitol; your fingerprints on policy; lots of other passionate staffers and peers; free reception food and alcohol; benefits are good

    Cons

    Experience depends on individual office environment; salaries at an all time low due to budget constraints; little stability due to the electoral process; long hours; threat of furlough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using our salaries and benefits as a political weapon

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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