US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
589 Reviews
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589 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good pay especially during training (in 53 reviews)

  • Decent pay with flexible hours and opportunities for growth and promotion (in 43 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 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    meh...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Census Bureau as a contractor

    Pros

    good pay and hours but not flexibility

    Cons

    lots of red tape and low chance of extending employment past temporary status

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a better leader for the 2020 census

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Low pay, mundane work

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Suitland, MD

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flex work schedule is good, means you get every other Friday off. Public transit stipend. Nice new office building directly at the Suitland metro stop. Lots of interesting, professional, and nice people if you make the effort to meet them. Good cafeteria. Work hours were stable (no forced overtime)

    Cons

    I was able to finish most of my work by lunchtime, and there was no opportunity to take on additional work or learn about functions of other departments. I asked repeatedly for more things to do, and supervisor told me directly that she was unwilling to give me more work or let me learn from a different department. Pay was appropriate for the amount of work and skill needed, which means it was very low. The office building had a fence and a huge land moat around it to separate it form Suitland, which is not a pleasant or safe area (like much of southeast DC). So there was a long metro ride every morning and evening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The low pay and mundane work would have been fine if I had the chance to work on additional projects - either my own or from a different department - in my free time. At least then I could have built some more experience. It seemed like the management wanted very much to keep people in their specified roles and didn't take too kindly to those who wanted to do more than what was specifically assigned.

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

    It was employment when it was difficult to find any

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader
    Former Employee - Crew Leader

    I worked at US Census Bureau as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of good people on the local level who were looking to make a little extra income with a second job or were between employment.

    Cons

    It's the federal government. They do everything as inefficiently as possible. They hired 3x as many people as necessary, paid out .50 cents a mile for people to travel more than was required, just to put money into the economy in 2010 and to allow people to reset their unemployment benefits to not look for work even longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This was an extremely political move which was beyond ineffective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The Census is a joke

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    Former Employee - Senior Crew Leader  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Crew Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at US Census Bureau as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    While in the fuel you get to meet the people in the community, which is nice. I worked in Central Los Angeles so it was also scary at times. Overall it was an interesting experience.

    Cons

    The U.S. Census Bureau office I worked at was so disorganized it was ridiculous. I highly doubt the numbers we turned in were accurate. I'm sure the management tried their best but all the leaders, myself being one of them, would have to constantly fight with their superior to get their job done. It was a constant uphill battle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your team leaders to do their job. That's why you hired them in the first place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It felt like I was back in junior high school with all the girly drama.

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader  in  Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Vista, CA

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    the hourly pay rate was great

    Cons

    childish drama between people in the highest positions, a lot of trash talking and not enough productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider hiring people that act like grown ups; not children

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good position, if not lackluster management.

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    Current Employee - Field Representative  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay is relatively good, and you get to basically set your own hours.

    Cons

    Be prepared to wait several months to receive your first pay check. You have to keep your own records of your hours and expenses, because they will lose your timesheets. And, you will be putting out a hefty amount of money out of pocket for gas and other expenses. If you have to travel out of area for training, be prepared to from several hundred dollars worth of expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people on time. You can't expect employees to be putting out hundreds of dollars in expenses from day one, and then not get them paid until two-three months after they've started working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked for 2010 Census as a full time contracted staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau as a contractor

    Pros

    You can make your own schedules

    Cons

    Incompetent people in upper management as they too were hired on about 2-2.5 year contract basis, and most of them do not have corporate experience

  9.  

    It's very challenging work collecting the stats for the nation within an anti-government environment.

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    Former Employee - Field Representative  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Fresno, CA

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are paid decently for most field reps allowing you to work from your home and basically on your own schedule.

    Cons

    Heavy management and very little support for those reps in the field. They are hiring inexperienced interviewers that do a lot of falsify data to keep refusal rates down and production up. Most need more training but management are coming from outside and not working up from the field positon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time training those you put in supervisor positions. Having to train your supervisor from the basics of interview techniques to reasons behind each survey to management of personnel sucks as a field representative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Hope to find a new job soon.....have never been this miserable until I started this position.

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    Current Employee - Field Supervisor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work at home, Health Benefits, Retirement benefits.

    Cons

    No overtime, no advancement opportunities, no salary increases, lack of pertinent communication, unreasonable demands at times, required to be available during office hours to answer to SSF and after hours to assist FR's and NO OVERTIME. Negative work atmosphere, no support from SSF. Job duties have varied from the original job posting, have never received a clear job description. Management does not always follow through with what they say and do not hold themselves accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone in the RO should have hands on experience in the field. Exhibit some interest and empathy when field staff calls for guidance instead of behaving annoyed or interrupted. Behave how you expect field staff to behave towards the public, use customer service skills towards your "internal" customers. Realize that we are supposed to be working together towards a common goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very interesting!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot about San Francisco.

    Cons

    The odd responses I would get.

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