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  1.  

    Terrible pay, priceless experience

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and high visibility environment. Can be very rewarding. Ironically the offices are under-staffed, so an enterprising SME has many opportunities to make a name.

    Cons

    Long hours, year-long efforts can sometimes amount to nothing, sarcasm from the general public about your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really applicable since each Member manages their office independently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Exciting, Challenging Work

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work. Learn the in's and out's of the legislative process. Got to experience things few people will ever see or do.

    Cons

    Occasional long hours, poor compensation compared to the private sector, cutthroat environment. Could be slow and uneventful during congressional recesses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    You get to learn about the basic function of the U.S. Congress and learning to give tours teaches you where things are located in the Capitol.

    Cons

    Interns are often tasked with mundane tasks such as running errands for the office and performing administrative functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow interns to actually LEARN about your member of Congress, his/her signature legislation, and constituent concerns. Interns are not supposed to be free clerical support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast-paced, fun, and rewarding place to work

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

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Congress is a great place to work if you want to pursue a career in public service without sacrificing potential career growth. Despite the hyper-partisan political environment currently in our nation, bipartisanship isn't dead in the halls of Congress and it is an extremely rewarding place in which to work and find common ground and make progress for the American people.

    Cons

    Budgets continue to be cut, so salary growth has been stagnant over the past few years. That is unlikely to change because there is little political will to raise office budgets. Hours also have the potential to be very long and you have to make many sacrifices for your office if you want to play a valuable role with your team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to develop the careers of your employees. It gives them the ability to contribute more to your office outside a rigid job description, and if they move on as a result of their development, it's always good to have a friend in another office when advancing the priorities of your Member of Congress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I interned for the Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Capitol Hill.

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience being in the middle of the United states government day in and day out. Learned alot about the legislative process and how our elected representatives work for constituents.

    Cons

    Wish they would have gave interns a little more responsibility, tasks became repetitive after a while. Got boring when Congress wasn't in session and not much to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns a little more freedom and responsibility to help out more around office, and don't have as many interns when Congress isn't in session.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Press Intern

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    Current Employee - Press Intern
    Current Employee - Press Intern

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Surrounded by young, driven, intelligent people. If you ask questions and pay attention, you can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Can be slow at times

  8.  

    Necessary experience for working in DC

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    Current Employee - Communications Assistant
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to work in DC or in politics, Hill experience is critical. It's also exciting to walk the marble hallways and rub shoulders with important and famous people. It's a beautiful and majestic work setting.

    Cons

    The pay is bad, the hours are long, and the government "perks" are not what they were (although there is always a reception to attend). The work culture can really depend on the structure and mood of the office and the member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy beers for the junior staff, especially the staff assistant. They work really hard and a little goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bloated and non-responsive

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    Current Employee - Congressional Aide in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Congressional Aide in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Most are fortunate to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about what they believe in. Most are there to make a difference (even if they lack the skills to accomplish it).

    Cons

    A whole lot of activity. But little of consequence actually being acomplished. 50% of that is structural and 50% is the fact that the majority of Capitol Hill Staffers are grossly underqualified when it comes to actual policy formulation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more qualified Staffers. More need backgrounds in policy analysis and less in politics. And reward those who do seek the proper education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Working on the Hill can be exciting and rewarding but for the most part it is not intellectually stimulating and can get you down.
    -exciting
    -rewarding

    Cons

    Working on the Hill can be exciting and rewarding but for the most part it is not intellectually stimulating and can get you down.
    -not intellectually stimulating
    -long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge people and improve work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Office of Attending Physician. Horrible experience. Worst job of my career.

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    Former Employee - Office of Attending Physician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Office of Attending Physician in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Conversing with Senators, Representative, and Supreme Court Justices was a great experience. Was able to attend events that were closed to the public.

    Cons

    The office environment was very hostile from the top - down. Horizontal communication was not too bad, but every employee was scared to bring anything to management. Time-off policies were non-existent. If you need some time, you were usually given the time you needed, but once you returned, you were ridiculed for taking the time and then "disciplined" by being given extra time to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your employees involved in decision making. Also, allow them to bring ideas to the table that would make their lives easier thus making your lives easier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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