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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Expect long hours when congress is in session for little compensation (in 118 reviews)

  • Hours can be insane, leading to poor work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Press Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time

    Pros

    Great access to incredible people

    Cons

    long hours for little pay


  2. "Spring Internship"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives as an intern

    Pros

    Really cool to have full access to the Capitol and all of its hearings and committees.

    Cons

    Interns do a lot of busy work, and a lot of long days sitting at a desk answering phone calls and waiting for a project.

  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. "House of Representatives Staffer Review"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant

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

    Pros

    Exciting and interesting environment. If you work for a good Member and with good staff, it will likely be an overall positive work experience. There's also the opportunity to move up quickly on the House side.

    Cons

    The entry level positions mainly consist of the "grunt work." Not very high pay. Depending on which office you work in, can be a cutthroat environment.


  7. "Congressional Aide"

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time

    Pros

    Great way to serve your country and see democracy at work.

    Cons

    Over the years Congress has become very partisan. Making it very difficult for Republicans and Democrats to work together.

  8. "Scheduler"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced, great access to interesting people.

    Cons

    Tied to a desk, not supporting the agenda of the party I work for.


  9. "Scheduler"

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    Current Employee - Congressional Scheduler in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Congressional Scheduler in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot, expand network, understand legislative policies, connect with local organizations

    Cons

    Work evenings and weekends, pay isn't great, conflicts with potential volunteer activities outside of work due to potential conflicts of interest


  10. "Chief of Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to help so many people and have access to some much information.

    Cons

    The political climate in the United States can prevent the elected officials from working together to strengthen the country.


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