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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
631 Reviews
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John H. Thompson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay especially during training (in 49 reviews)

  • Great pay- as a crew leader is was paid about (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Even with full time work, no benefits were provided because the jobs were intermittent in nature (in 25 reviews)

  • Dangerous to go door to door in bad neighborhoods if you're an enumerator (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Frustrating management and co-workers, repetitive work, lazy managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Statistician in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There's the option of teleworking up to four times a pay period.

    Cons

    There are too many supervisors who are promoted based on their technical skills but not their management and people skills. Managers are more concerned about maintaining the status quo than improving how things are done. Upper management is laughably out of touch with what is going on in the agency, which makes for tone-deaf town hall meetings. There's definitely a lack of professionalism across this agency. Employees don't know how to engage with others in an appropriate manner, which makes for a very uncomfortable work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the reorganizations, listen to feedback instead of ignoring it and doing as you please, encourage employees to work on projects that will help their work in the long-term, don't be short-term focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free parking, near metro, alternate work schedule, teleworking if you can get it, improved union management, gym (it's $35.00 a month, but Planet Fitness offers it for $10.00...go figure), loves to spend money on technology,

    Cons

    It's located in Suitland, waterless urinals, high priced cafeteria, nepotism and cronyism in the workplace, famous for creating review boards when GAO find faults, top heavy with minimum minority employees in management, reorganization every three years, no training, no promotions, veterans preference is frowned upon, security is a joke especially in IT, being proactive is a sign of weakness, image over substance, unethical and incompetent management. Unprofessional behaviors in meetings that reminds you of high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to your employees, you get what you put in. Hire and promote minorities. Please stop designating employees as points of contact (POC) for duties outside of their job. It is unfair, unproductive, and mismanagement of your employees. Instead hire sufficient people with the proper skills rather than having to borrow from other divisions. They already have a full time job. You have review boards and advisory groups, security POCs, SharePoint POCs, inventory POCs. Stop, stop designating employees as management just so that you can bypass union regulations, laws, and Union Management for the simple purpose of making it easy on yourself. Lastly, do the right thing and lead by example!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The Census Bureau experience has been awful.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor (Interviewer) in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Auditor (Interviewer) in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great part time job for students. Liberal dress code.

    Cons

    Management is inept, under educated and basically part of "the neighborhood".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain training and people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Would not work there in management again....very disfunctional organization that wastes a lot of our Taxpayer dollars.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager of Administration in Grand Junction, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager of Administration in Grand Junction, CO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well paying, very structured, looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Senior management is very dysfunctional, don't really understand challenges at the Census Center level, waste Taypayer dollars, not continuity from one census to the next, you start all over again, except for the "by route" manuals which do not make sense but you have to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the hiring requirements for critical jobs, make it a more open process vs. only statistical, it's crazy to ask a mentally impaired Veteran to process payroll.....etc., etc., etc., does not make sense, this happens throughout the 2+ years of employment up to and including the actual Census time. Automate and get rid of the entitlement mentality of senior management in the States, they'll quit there low paying private jobs just to come to work again for the Census because they make so much money, and they will lie, manipulate etc., to make sure they have a great rating in order to be hired again for the next Census....Totally revamp the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Low pay, treated like dirt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    To a large degree, you can set your own hours. Training is good.

    Cons

    Taking abuse from the public, new organizational structure that puts isolated field reps at the mercy of incompetent field supervisors, constant pressure to make unrealistic numbers that are not revised to reflect current reality, pay frozen. This is NOT the same as working on the decennial census.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying respondents modest amounts and you will have better compliance. Try adopting a 360 degree review process that will weed out incompetent field managers that make the field staff's lives miserable. It is clear that individuals are not valued by the new organization. There are good people at the Bureau, try supporting them in the work they do, rather than treating them as disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid the headquarters location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work - life balance, benefits, cafeteria, building, and walking trail

    Cons

    Managers make up their own rules regardless of agency-wide policy - example, employees are allowed two telework days per week according to telework policy; yet, many managers refuse to follow the policy and create a new policy for their own department. So instead of following the agency's mandated telework policy, random managers act as though they own their own island. The employees feel resentful and intimidated, and the managers are not held accountable.

    Micromanagement is in peak form. Be sure you fill out your form on the day that you telework that details what you do each and every hour that you are teleworking.

    Low morale in field division.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Disorganized, ill-equipped, and downright corrupt.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Regional Technician in Chicago, IL

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a Regional Technician out of the Chicago regional office, I trained people across the Midwest and commanded field operations. In all honesty, the workload wasn't too difficult, and there are good people who worked there, although not in the upper management level.

    Cons

    -Because most people are hired on contract, there's very little communication with upper management, not that the director was open to critique. The deputy director was often accusatory in her meetings, creating a hostile work environment.
    -Definite favoritism practiced towards people that have worked there longer, even though some are obviously 'gaming the system'.
    -Chicago politics exist in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should scale down unnecessary or incompetent employee base.
    Upper management should be made accountable to an outside party.
    Incentives should be better aligned, and not structured in such a way as to create a 'dog eat dog' work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    You can do better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    It was a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    Nepotistic bureaucracy at its worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I would never do it again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    I really don't have any pros I hated It I would not do I guess you can say I learned a lot But that is about it I hated it

    Cons

    Everything is rushed , to stressful

  11.  

    My experience was outstanding, and challenging.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Great team players, can choose hours.

    Cons

    Assignments very short, needs more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoyed working on the team.

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