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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • This is an extremely valuable internship that you will learn a lot from (in 25 reviews)

  • Lots of substantive research opportunities (committee especially ), minimum admin stuff (but you are an intern) great networking opportunities (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect long hours when congress is in session for little compensation (in 106 reviews)

  • Hours can be insane, leading to poor work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Press Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love politics and helping people, I can think of no better place to be.

    Cons

    It's not for everyone and I can see people not enjoying it.

    Advice to Management

    nurture talent


  2. "Press Secretary"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great connections and information for those looking to gain political experience

    Cons

    Very long hours for workers


  3. "District Outreach Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is always something new to learn everyday.

    Cons

    Current political climate is unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Offer ongoing training.


  4. "I plan the events for the Congresswoman"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The exposure that you receive

    Cons

    The pay is not where it should be

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "House of Reps LA"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and lots to do

    Cons

    More people get promoted than fired


  6. "Staff Director"

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    Current Employee - Staff Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great experience shaping public policy

    Cons

    Expect long hours when congress is in session for little compensation.


  7. "Legislative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United States House of Representatives (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, ability to impact national policy

    Cons

    Long hours, pay leaves much to be desired

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to keep institutional knowledge


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Natural Resources Committee"

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    Former Employee - Press Team in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Press Team in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, fast paced, center of the action, plenty of opportunity for growth, committee salaries and benefits are not bad either.

    Cons

    Some of the people are great but a lot of people are only concerned about themselves, their power, and moving up to the top no matter who they have to knock down in the process. A lot of energy is wasted watching your back and protecting your job. Too many policy people end up in press and don't know best press practices. Good luck trying to change the status quo. 10 people need to sign off just to get one press release out the door. The way things are done are very old school and staff is averse to change.

    Advice to Management

    Do not reward employees who are are disrespectful, gossipy, destructive, information hoarding, and power hungry. Reward employees who work hard and exhibit humility.


  9. "It's what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your boss, you can gain a lot of experience in policy. There is also a lot of room for growth if you move to different offices. Navigate that carefully though because loyalty is really big on the Hill.

    Cons

    You work on behalf of your member, so even if you don't necessarily agree with where your Member stands on a certain issue, what he/she says on the matter is what you have to advocate for.

    Pay can also be a downside. Until you get to a certain level, the salary won't match the cost of living in the area.


  10. "US House of Representatives"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities and room for professional growth

    Cons

    Relatively low pay unless you are in senior positions


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