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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.7 127 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

United States House of Representatives Speaker of the House John Boehner

John Boehner

(36 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Rewarding work, interesting projects, fast-paced, constantly changing, never boring(in 11 reviews)

  • Terrific expertise development for the legislative process and for policy knowledge(in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Typically Congressional staffers work long hours and salaries aren't as high as people think(in 28 reviews)

  • low pay, hard to transfer into private sector unless related to politics(in 9 reviews)

127 Employee Reviews
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    I interned for a Representative for one semester.

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe experience of working on the Hill is worth it. There are uncountable opportunities to network, and you get a great view of the legislative process. Plus, you get real insight into what most Congressional offices are actually focused on: pleasing and supporting constituents.

    ConsMost work is fairly administrative. You work long hours. Intern's don't get paid, and most people in member offices get paid very little.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Your experience will depend on the Member of Congress. Also, my was based on district office employment, not DC.

    Constituent Services Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent opportunities to meet an unlimited number of people, exposure to any industry you can think of, helping people solve problems, personal interactions with leaders of the country, constant problem solving with extreme variance in complexity, opportunities for travel (local, rare national, and very rare international)

    ConsLow pay (depending on the Member), long hours, sometimes meeting people/constituents at their worst/most desperate, instances where unable to help, some agencies are completely unshakable in their complacency, focus can swiftly focus on DC office priorities and District office is left out of communication strategy, limited opportunities for advancement within most offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you empower your employees, in DC and district offices equally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is what you make of it, however very dull and long hours in my opinion

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Networking and Resume spot

    ConsLong hours, little to no pay, and very dull quiet office

    Advice to Senior ManagementLiven it up!!

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    Intern

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGiven a great deal of responsibility right away. Very rewarding.

    ConsOffices vary greatly in culture and intern responsibilities, do some research about what you're going to be doing if possible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay the interns, and give the staffers a raise. They work long hours and really deserve it.

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    OK job with more perks than pay.

    Field Representative (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsOther than helping affect positive change in the country, you also participate in the policy conversations going on in the country. Most jobs here also lead to better jobs in various fields.

    ConsPay is not great and if you live in DC definitely not that great for the cost of living.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Legislative Assistant

    Legislative Assistant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat experience with policy and an environment that can't be beat in terms of making change.

    ConsLow pay and and long hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunity to learn

    Intern (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are so many opportunities to learn and innovate. There are congressional workshops, access to databases, etc...

    ConsLonger hours, but it comes with the territory. It's civil service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Internship with Rep. Rob Andrews

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Get a foot in the door
    -Staff is friendly and supportive
    -Flexible hours for part time interns
    -Guidance and help always available

    Cons-Opportunities for advancement are limited
    -Was not able to attend Congressional hearings
    -Not enough substantive research work thrown my way
    -Unpaid

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    A diverse and engaging place to work.

    Press Assistant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIt is an honor to work with Representatives elected by their constituents and to contribute to the Legislative process.

    ConsThere is great variety in every day work issues (given the current policy issues), and there is not a regular routine always. This may not be a con for some people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Change career paths!

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsPrestige
    Chance of running into celebrities/important people
    Great resume experience

    ConsNOT BEING PAID
    Costs of living in DC
    Most people are not there to address the issues
    Cutthroat, selfish environment
    Miserable staffers that take out their frustration on powerless interns
    Being screamed at, degraded, and undervalued

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a consistent internship program across the House instead of each office setting their own standards.
    PAY INTERNS! At least give them a transportation and living stipend.
    Treat interns as equal human beings not dirt beneath your shoe.
    Remember you once started as an intern!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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