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AOC (Architect of the Capitol) Reviews

Updated June 6, 2018
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AOC (Architect of the Capitol) Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers
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Pros
  • "But, overall, AOC is a great place to work" (in 5 reviews)

  • "The usual benefits of working for the Federal Government including pay, benefits, and reasonable job security" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is almost like you DO NOT work for the federal government if AOC is the only "" (in 3 reviews)

  • "It is a large reason they experience such a high turnover rate among employees" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Experience!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team-oriented workplace. Tons of support. A Great place to start out.

    Cons

    None at all. Great people.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Only Temporary Employment until you can move somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time

    Pros

    -benefits, decent pay, exciting environment working in the nation's capitol, plus the ceremonies and events are fun to attend, excellent opportunity for networking if trying to move up in the federal government

    Cons

    -horrible management, unfair treatment towards lower level employees, unfair promotions to unqualified people, lack of consistency in policies
    -high turnover
    -toxic workplace environment
    -lack of relevant training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    - hire people that are knowledgeable in the field and that have management experience
    -offer more incentives to your employees so that they feel valuable
    -get rid of top-level management, too many people

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Tour Guide"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Transportation subsidy
    Education about the bulding

    Cons

    Micro-manged
    short breaks
    uniform
    no promotions
    poor co-workers
    short lunch break
    work holidays and weekends
    repetition to the brink of insanity
    filthy break room
    treated poorly by supervisors and upper management
    constantly chastise

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  4. "Custodian"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Night Custodian in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Night Custodian in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay for your education.

    Cons

    Its at the night time

    Advice to Management

    Na


  5. "Hvac"

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    Current Employee - AC Equipment Mechanic in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - AC Equipment Mechanic in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, job security, great team environment, great supervisors, beautiful historic grounds, and more. Interesting events are always happening on the hill.

    Cons

    As a blue collar employee I have no complaints about Architect of the capitol. The only complaints I ever hear about are from the CVC.

    Advice to Management

    Management has put more emphasis on employee development the last couple of years and it shows. Please continue to support programs put in place to allow employees to reach professional goals.


  6. "Law Clerk Review"

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    Former Employee - Law Clerk/Summer Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Law Clerk/Summer Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Federal Government so the typical government environment which isn't super stressful and an overall nice place to work.

    Cons

    Pay was incredibly little. In fact high schoolers made the same amount per hour as law students.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.


  7. "Great place to work. Great mission and people."

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    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly motivated and focused team dedicated to supporting Congress, the Supreme Court and the American public. Very focused on fairness equality, diversity and excellence. Committed to continual improvement and working together to provide world class customer service.

    Cons

    There really aren't any cons to share. The organization has continually shown a commitment to improve service provision on all fronts to both internal and external customers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value the people the Agency that continue to make the mission happen and take pride in their contribution!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "White Collar Employee"

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    Current Employee - Professional in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Professional in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love architecture in buildings. Wonderful experience to see the beautiful architecture in the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, House and Senate buildings.

    Cons

    Poor management exists at all level. Supervisors are not held accountable for violating the Agency's standards of conduct and mistreating employees. Employees working in legislative branch agencies of the federal government have no whistleblower protection and management officials take advantage of this fact.

    Advice to Management

    Condoning bad behavior by supervisors affects employee morale. The good rating in the climate survey is a farce. While the feedback is real, employees don't put their real names, races, where they work on these surveys for fear of retaliation.


  9. "I loved working with all my co workers and the experience was wonderful"

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    Former Employee - Costodial Worker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Costodial Worker in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours were wonderful and not to far home and I loved it.

    Cons

    The lunch breaks at 4am was a little hard to adjust to.

    Advice to Management

    To continue to keep your employees on their toes and keep up the good work.


  10. "Pros and Cons to working for the AOC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visitor Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Visitor Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AOC (Architect of the Capitol) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    •The work environment is never dull. Always something going on at the Capitol (E.x., ceremonies, receptions, visits by foreign dignitaries, etc...).
    •It is great place to work if one enjoys providing outstanding customer service and meeting different types of people.
    •The grounds and Capitol complex are well maintained and beautiful. The architecture of the buildings are amazing!
    •My supervisors and colleagues are very helpful. Great place to work if one likes working in a team environment.
    •Good benefits.

    Cons

    Human Resources and the Administrative Staff needs improvement. My observations of the HR and Administrative Staff have not impressed me. Improvements need to be made. There is a "pass the buck" mentality, and lack of communication with AOC stafff and with new employees during the on boarding portion of the hiring process.

    Advice to Management

    HR and Administrative Staff need more training with customer service.


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