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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated April 29, 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 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect long hours when congress is in session for little compensation (in 97 reviews)

  • Hours can be insane, leading to poor work/life balance (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Okay"

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

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

    Pros

    The average age is very young, it feels like a college campus in a lot of ways. Best way to learn how Capitol Hill works and make yourself valuable to future employers.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay. All the offices work differently so it's hard to know what to expect going in.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff's hard work.


  2. "Not for those with a long career ahead of them"

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    Current Employee - CAO Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - CAO Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, and starting salary.

    Cons

    No room for advancement/career development, no opportunity for raises or promotions. Lack of utilizing the technology that is available - very old school principles that an employee must be physically accounted for in the office to be considered a productive, contributing member.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff, they are your greatest asset and knowledge base. By not allowing room to grow it forces us to leave employment to look for that elsewhere.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "435 small businesses"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant and Scheduler in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant and Scheduler in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working alongside history is pretty neat

    Cons

    crazy members, crazier staffers, 24/7 job, and horrible pay to top it off


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth it"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Briefings are opportunities to learn new things.

    Cons

    Spending most of the day listening to angry voters curse at you over the phone is not worth your time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Over worked with little pay"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn a lot about Congress and it's interaction with the Federal Agencies

    Cons

    High pressured job with little pay and benefits. Some teams are hit or miss in work culture.


  7. "Every Office is Different"

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    Former Employee - Senior Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    What's on the news that day is what your day will be about. It's exciting to be in the middle of whatever is in the news, hearing from all types of people and working with your boss to respond to it.

    Cons

    Hill skills are very specialized and difficult to translate elsewhere, aside from lobbying and law. If you have plans to work on a certain issue or with an industry, make sure to really focus on it and build contacts for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that Hill staffers are overworked and underpaid.


  8. "Member Office - NY Congressman"

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    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States House of Representatives part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fasted - paced environment filled with challenges where the demands are many. The hours can be long, but there are opportunities to get recognized and appreciated for your work.

    Cons

    It's all about seniority and wielding power. Lots of lipservice given to building strong networks, but people are jealous and covetous of what they have. Affiliation ia important especially with regard to party, Greek - lettered organizations. They tend to help and favor each others' work.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer and friendlier to entry - level staff


  9. "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. "Short-term congressional staffer"

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    Former Employee - Constituent Services Representative in Edinburg, TX
    Former Employee - Constituent Services Representative in Edinburg, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once in a while you do get to help people in need, you make good connections in the community, decent hours and benefits

    Cons

    We had to do without pay during the government shutdown, staffers avoided constituents and casework, nepotism and cronyism among staff, emotionally unstable bosses

    Advice to Management

    Replacing most of the staff or basing hiring on merit rather than connections and favors owed.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Being an intern has cool perks, but the overall experience is very mundane."

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    Former Intern - Congressional Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Congressional Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Washington DC is brimming with cool events and interesting people. Being able to attend hearings and markups is amazing. You feel important (for a while at least).

    Cons

    My main responsibility as an intern for a Rep. was answering the phone, which is an all around terrible job. The worst part is that you are told to lie. When someone calls and tells you their opinion, you listen nicely, tell them that you will pass their concerns along, then hang up the phone and go back to reading the newspaper. I desperately wanted to tell callers that they were wasting their time.


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