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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
160 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Terrific expertise development for the legislative process and for policy knowledge (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Typically Congressional staffers work long hours and salaries aren't as high as people think (in 32 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance is very troubling as there is mostly only time for work (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great training ground and opportunity for developing leadership and a rolodex.

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

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

    Pros

    Terrific expertise development for the legislative process and for policy knowledge.

    Cons

    Cut-throat, hard to advance if you're not smart about the political nature of the job and environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Long hours and better pay can be found, but it's a great 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

    There are always interesting people around and if you're working for the right person, you can see legislation you worked on get passed into law. Offices are hit and miss - some Members of Congress are great to work for - others are a pain.

    Cons

    Long hours - it's not unusual for offices, particularly for 1st term elected officials, to be working late into the night on a very regular basis. Pay isn't great either.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Busy, exhilarating, intimidating, fun

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work experience and networking

    Cons

    internships are unpaid and demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal orientation system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Incredible opportunity that everyone should strive to try at least once in their life.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives

    Pros

    Incredible networking opportunities, high pressure situations, day-to-day responsibilities/tasks never the same. Health insurance, while not 'free' as many claim, is subsidized at a good rate. TSP (Federal Goverment 401k) matches up to 5%, student loan repayment.

    Cons

    Salary increases more rare than the private sector, in addition to lower pay overall. Does not offer many opportunities for advancement, as higher ups tend to settle in.

  6.  

    Educational but limited.

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    Former Employee - Director of Special Projects in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Special Projects in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Access to more information than you could imagine. You can get as much out of working on the Hill as you want, or as little.

    Cons

    Low pay and slow growth. The only ways to grow are to wait out people ahead of you or jump offices after an election. Committees are a whole different world altogether. It can be rewarding work, but then again, it's Congress, so guess what? No one is paying any attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management varies by office so this isn't very useful.

  7.  

    Great Internship

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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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience for any college student looking to go into public policy. A very hands on internship with opportunities to explore various fields in public policy.

    Cons

    Dealing with constituent calls can be exhausting sometimes, but it is part of the job and a very important part of daily tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay for interns would make the pool of interns more diverse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great work, low pay.

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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

    Exciting place to work. Proximity to power. Good people, for the most part.

    Cons

    The hours are long, and the pay is low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Tremendous Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work with great people and on numerous interests

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on the Member, Worked in both DC and District for 4 years

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    Former Employee - Field Representative and Caseworker
    Former Employee - Field Representative and Caseworker

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

    Pros

    Unique experience unlike any other, this is the best aspect of the job
    Got to really help people through casework
    Good contacts, but this is more so on Capitol Hill, there's a huge difference working in DC vs. working in a district office
    Status symbol of a job, although that's a double edged knife

    Cons

    Politics. It weighs you down and the environment is really unhealthy having to listen to such negativity every day
    Boss wasn't loyal to anyone on staff, wife tried to control everything
    Sequestration wrecked our budget, and I was ultimately laid off after 4 years of both official and campaign work

    Watch your back. Every member I met on capitol hill, including my old boss, were so pleasant and nice. Some were really that way, but for many, it's just a show. They'll exploit staff and use whoever they can. My motto is you'll never get screwed by a nicer person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting your own budgets. Yes, I'm conservative and we're spending too much, but slashing congressional budgets does not fix the problem in any meaningful way, and makes it MORE difficult for Congress to find solutions to national problems, since there are less resources to do so. If you actually paid a good wage, you might even get more experienced people than those fresh out of college.

    Plus, the more you cut the budget, the less advocacy staff are available to help taxpayers with problems with federal agencies.

    There's a lot more I could say about individual members, but it varies so I'll leave it at that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great for the young, skip when you have kids

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    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, Easy to move up and gain more responsibility at a young age ( because there are never enough people to do everything, Being in the center of everything in DC, a lot of potential to make money after you leave.

    Cons

    Working in political gridlock ensures that the long hours you work achieve nothing, dealing with bosses who think they are gods gift to the world, working long hours for little pay (i.e. the typical hill stereotype), difficult to have kids and work here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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