United States House of Representatives
3.7 of 5 122 reviews
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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.7 122 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

United States House of Representatives Speaker of the House John Boehner

John Boehner

(33 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Terrific expertise development for the legislative process and for policy knowledge"
    in 11 reviews
  • "have to be able to work in a fast-paced environment"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Typically Congressional staffers work long hours and salaries aren't as high as people think"
    in 26 reviews
  • "low pay, hard to transfer into private sector unless related to politics"
    in 9 reviews
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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

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    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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    Landing an internship on Capitol Hill is great, but being an intern isn't all its cracked up to be

    Congressional Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsBeing a Capitol Hill intern is the best way to learn the legislative process. Interns also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures on Capitol Hill. Washington D.C. is an amazing city!

    ConsWork assignments were rarely challenging. The Congressman I worked for was actively involved with the development of his interns, which I was very lucky to have. But most Congressman won't invest time in their interns, let alone remember their names. Capitol Hill Internships are unpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDespite a low approval rating, Congress is doing their best to make things work. Imagine if you and your colleagues were responsible for the well being of 350 million people. It's a tough job for anyone.

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

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    Being an intern has cool perks, but the overall experience is very mundane.

    Congressional Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWashington DC is brimming with cool events and interesting people. Being able to attend hearings and markups is amazing. You feel important (for a while at least).

    ConsMy main responsibility as an intern for a Rep. was answering the phone, which is an all around terrible job. The worst part is that you are told to lie. When someone calls and tells you their opinion, you listen nicely, tell them that you will pass their concerns along, then hang up the phone and go back to reading the newspaper. I desperately wanted to tell callers that they were wasting their time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start a career

    Legislative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsMeet interesting people, learn about multiple issues, understand political machine

    Conslow pay, hard to transfer into private sector unless related to politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great!

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsLots of experience and opportunity for employment

    ConsLots of work and no pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interning is easy work to get your foot in the door on the Hill.

    Legislative Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIf you want to be a Legislative Assistant and/or eventually a lobbyist, this is where you start. Interns do lots of mundane tasks to allow LAs to get their more important work done. If you've never written politically correct or sensitive letters or other written product you will get some good training.

    ConsDisenchanting effect on your perception of Representatives representing the will of their constituencies.
    Unpaid labor is probably technically illegal, but all internships seem to be completely unpaid. Living in DC is very expensive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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