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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
141 Reviews
3.8
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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)

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  1.  

    Good Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, time off policies, office culture

    Cons

    compensation, long days, personal growth

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    District Office's of Representatives-A Perfect Start to a Career

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    Former Employee - Congressional Aide  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Richmond, CA

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The amazing part about working in a district office is that you connect policy and resources to community leaders in real time. You build a reputation based on the ideas and research you conduct to execute all types of projects from policy papers to events. You also meet amazing professionals and leaders in a myriad of industries.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there's very little opportunity for upward mobility within an office because if you work for a popular member then people stay in the same position for years. If you work for a demanding member then there might be too much turnover. Also, the long hours and weekend work can get to people. This is not a job/career for the person who wants to spend a lot of quality time at home. I enjoyed the pace because of the impact it had on the community. You'll have to think about the future of your career and make sure you keep your options open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very rewarding and a great experience.

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    Former Employee - Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance, able to focus on specialty areas, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    I really cannot think of a con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    You're an intern. Just take the job.

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    Current Employee - Legal Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal Fellow in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity after law school and bar exam. Internships are part of life.

    Cons

    While $1,000/mo is impossible to live on, most interns/fellows are unpaid, so I was grateful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? It's Congress, soooo......

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great network, long hours

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experience dépendant on office - got to work with talented, passionate people who cared about their work

    Cons

    Work/life balance doesn't exist, gets boring quickly, low pay

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    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 House of Representatives as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Historical quality to the buildings you work in, i.e. The Capitol, House buildings, Senate buildings
    Good learning experience
    If you get a nice congressman/congresswoman you will have a really great experience, regardless of political allegiance.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Let me say that again.... unpaid... It is very hard to make ends meat even as a legislative assistant (salaries are public record, thank you transparency!). The work can be boring, and being the first line of defense so to speak with the constituents can be daunting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Get your feet wet and then move on before your drown

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

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dynamic and exciting to be at the heart of the nation's legislative process, has the potential to feel like you're doing great service for the nation and for people in your home district, future employers hold this institution in very high regard when they see it on your resume, so from name recognition alone, you can get a good job coming out of here, benefits are good

    Cons

    Overall Congressional dysfunction is a real drag and it's really easy to get bogged down with the fact that nothing gets done, your experience - everything from the day-to-day to personal growth and professional advancement -- will kind of be a crapshoot based on your office, the member, his or her staff and the office's management, work-life balance tips solely toward work,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about working for the House is the invaluable experience and the firsthand look at the legislative process. Working for the House is a worth the sacrifice.

    Cons

    The hours are long and sometimes challenging. There is a lot to know, consider and remember when dealing with different staff, groups and constituents. I

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Incredible experience, like no other job in the world.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Chief of Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Chief of Staff in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working on issues of importance and meeting with various stakeholder and constituent groups to try and solve their problems.

    Cons

    Long hours and not great pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, they are on the front lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting work but it is easy to get burnt out.

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    Current Employee - District Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - District Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Every day is different. You meet and work with smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    Constituents can be very rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that pay and benefits are lower than other professions. Find ways to reward hard work and dedicated staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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