United States House of Representatives

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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
149 Reviews
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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.  

    Good, young work atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are many good benefits to working at the Capitol including experience in public service, living in Washington, and being a part of the fast paced House of Reps. Young people get a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    You will be expected to carry a substantial workload without the compensation you often receive in the private sector. Time off ranges from office to office but is mostly in the 12-16 paid days off per year.

  2.  

    Educational and outstanding place to develop Analytic and researching skills in Government Relations

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    Former Employee - Constituent Case Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Constituent Case Specialist in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    I was deeply involved in Immigration and International affairs issues, an area that deeply interest me.

    Cons

    Some co-workers actively worked to discredit other employees, leading to forced resignation of several good team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at both the positive comments from constituents as well as the bad, There will always be constituents that feel your case workers did not try. You need to support your caseworkers and look at their overall record of cases, not just the few closed minded people, which do exist, that complain because they do not like the answer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship opens doors, great on resume, but not meaningful

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

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

    Pros

    The people you meet. Almost anyone is willing to sit down with you for a cup of coffee and to give career advice--take advantage of this. You will learn a lot about politics and legislation, and attending briefings and hearings is really amazing.

    Cons

    No pay for a heck of a lot of work. I recommend doing a part-time internship, though with a full-time internship sometimes you get more interesting tasks. Mostly you will be answering phones and having constituents yell at you, writing thank you notes for the Member of Congress, folding letters and sealing envelopes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns should be paid. They do the work that no one else has time to do, and yet the office would not run without them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great work environment, mostly young peopled, very relaxed work atmosphere

    Cons

    Work assignments usually not very challenging, many times no assignments or anything to do. This was true for the staffers and LAs, as well, it seemed.

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    House of Representatives

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides the opportunity for a tremendous amount of upward mobility and exposure to a wide range of experiences.

    Cons

    Roles are burdened with bureaucratic red tape and many times work is inhibited by slow moving approval processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved being an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States House of Representatives as an intern

    Pros

    The place is full of history and people you see help steer the direction of our country. Most people are respectful and will give you a unique perspective of things you tend to only hear about on TV.

    Cons

    You'll come in bright eyed and with your ideals, but you won't necessarily be totally disheartened when you leave. You'll leave with a different perspective. Hours are long and there's no pay.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It has been a good experience working for a member of Congress and I hope it will lead to better opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Constituent Services Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Constituent Services Representative in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work/valuable experience, learn lots about government, good benefits, good connections, federal holidays

    Cons

    Overbearing chief-of-staff, getting yelled at by insane constituents, divisive politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and compensate them appropriately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long hours and little pay but unforgettable experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Being a part of the legislative process from the inside is an incredibly unique experience. The people you meet, the action you witness, it's one of a kind. The work hard, play hard attitude makes for great stories, receptions and happy hours too.

    Cons

    High supply of eager workers and few spots means little pay. Hard to get your foot in the door but once you're in, there's great opportunity to move up or around.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Worth the Sacrifice

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    Current Employee - Senior Attorney
    Current Employee - Senior Attorney

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

    Pros

    The ability to make a direct difference to the American people is outstanding. The network and connections gained through this experience is priceless.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is very troubling as there is mostly only time for work. The grid-lock in the U.S. Congress hampers the amount of well-needed bills that are passed and overall substantial oversight measures taken.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Leaves you jaded

    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Being close to the legislative process, access to snacks, lots of free food events. You feel like you are part of a team

    Cons

    Seeing how corrupt some politicians are and seeing how typically they vote for or against a bill solely to keep their job

    Disapproves of CEO

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