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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • This is an extremely valuable internship that you will learn a lot from (in 26 reviews)

  • Lots of substantive research opportunities (committee especially ), minimum admin stuff (but you are an intern) great networking opportunities (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect long hours when congress is in session for little compensation (in 108 reviews)

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

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  1. "Staff Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "A Great experience"

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a great deal about policy and contribute.

    Cons

    Hours can be tough. Definitely not an environment for the faint of heart


  7. "An experience I'll never forget"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit package, some members provide end of year bonuses, great learning opportunities which can propel your career

    Cons

    Low base salary, long hours, very few employee rights, stressful environment

  8. "Staff Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This position offers great flexibility and many opportunities to learn and grow. It is also a great place to make important contacts to build a solid career

    Cons

    Working in a congressional office has the disadvantage of instability. Every Congressman is up for reelection every 2 years, which means you could lose your job every 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Obtain more transparency in certain openings in other offices so if your boss does lose the election you know what offices are in need of staff and what positions are available.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Networking potential, camaraderie among Hill staffers (mostly 20-30 year olds), fast-paced environment, parking, great benefits, the wealth of knowledge all around you. Overall, the Hill is a great place to begin your career in DC. Most stay for 2-4 years before moving on or going back to school.

    Cons

    10-12 hour days are common when Congress is in session (without compensation), staff salaries are typically pretty low unless you're higher up the chain, dealing with spouses, lack of management (totally depends on the office).

    Advice to Management

    Better leadership and management of staff. I was surprised by how little communication there is between staff in my office.


  10. "Great place to start in DC"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Networking potential, camaraderie among Hill staffers (mostly 20-30 year olds), fast-paced environment, parking, great benefits, the wealth of knowledge all around you. Overall, the Hill is a great place to begin your career in DC. Most stay for 2-4 years before moving on or going back to school.

    Cons

    10-12 hour days are common when Congress is in session (without compensation), staff salaries are typically pretty low unless you're higher up the chain, dealing with spouses, lack of management (totally depends on the office).

    Advice to Management

    Better leadership and management of staff. I was surprised by how little communication there is between staff in my office.


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