US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • good pay and hours but not flexibility (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)

  • The work was more physically challenging than expected due to walking from door to door in the heat of the summer in the south (in 12 reviews)

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  1. What you make of it

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    Current Employee - Geographer in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Geographer in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good job for Geography majors, enough opportunity to learn and grow if you can navigate the culture, sense of mission and civic engagement (if that motivates you), some good managers... If you can find a way to contribute in a meaningful way (and get your point across) you can go far. Pay, benefits, job security, all the benefits of being a Fed.

    Cons

    At least 1-2 years behind modern software tools. Security environment and IT acquisition process makes even pen source tools difficult to acquire. Some bad managers... which can limit your options for self direction, training, and skills improvement. Poor performers are rarely removed at any level.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term goals and those activities that the private sector can't or won't do. Shield your staff from politics. Don't get in the way of good ideas. Be wary of following IT fads that don't serve the mission.


  2. summer work

    Former Contractor - Enumerator in McHenry, IL
    Former Contractor - Enumerator in McHenry, IL

    I worked at US Census Bureau as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was ok but only a short term job.

    Cons

    It was only a short term job


  3. Helpful (2)

    Important work; not much to do

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work done by the Census Bureau is very important. The Economic Census forms the baseline for most major economic indicators in the United States. Pretty interesting, quantitative work. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on your branch, the work can be very slow at times. It really depends on where you are and who you're working for. Some days there would be very little to do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that young employees are constantly challenged; this will encourage more people to stay for the long-term.


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  5. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Opportunity to acquire new skills

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and lack of autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your managers more autonomy


  6. crew leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    you can mostly make your own hours

    Cons

    management is also temps and not very good at it


  7. Decent part-time job with questionable management.

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    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Easy work, brief shifts, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Scheduling was a nightmare, bad management, mostly sarcastic and useless supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans and stop running the place like an institution.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Census Bureau

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + Challenging projects + Alternate work schedule + Telework

    Cons

    - Disorganized management - Outdated technology - Legacy staff

    Advice to Management

    Bring in modern management practices and get rid of top-down command-and-control decision making.


  9. Enumerator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I was able to set my own schedule and work as much as I cared to do. Since I was motivated, I was able to work more than the average enumerator.

    Cons

    The introduction and training was exceptionally tedious and aimed at the lowest common denominator. It is paid, though, so, it is not a make or break part of the position.

    Advice to Management

    This is everything I expected from a part-time government job. Nothing was exceptional, but nothing was ineffective. I had a good experience overall.


  10. Office Clerk

    Former Employee - Office Clerk in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Office Clerk in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at US Census Bureau (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    To work with a lot of different kinds of people. Gain experience to service for people.

    Cons

    The office is not organized very well.

    Advice to Management

    No comment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Beats not eating

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Clerk in Jeffersonville, IN
    Current Employee - Statistical Clerk in Jeffersonville, IN

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay isn't too bad, but then your paid as much as someone who just reads a newspaper or Bible at their guest Part time Intermittents are paid an hourly rate. Absolutely no overtime or benefits, but you can work up to 39 1/2 hrs. If you just want 20 hrs per week, they are happy to schedule that, but you will work Sat or Sun.

    Cons

    entrenched mentality, "diversity" programs, applying for other positions they take the affirmative action candidate or the one with the most seniority, don't expect to be shining up the name tag on your door, just the cubicle where you sit. Your paid the same as the as the guy/girl next to you who just reads magazines all day. Expect to see your schedule posted next to last minute & hours are cut all the time. Vacancies are haphazardly filled to the whims of the current Administration. Don't expect reasonable hours or time off when you want it unless you plan it over 30 days in advance. Work most holidays, always on the weekend, & no overtime. If a crisis comes up, expect to work over unless it will be overtime. Supervisors will thwart your career if it helps theirs.

    Advice to Management

    I could make recommendations just like I do at work, but they will print the page & use it as toilet paper. Later they will send me a "thank you" note. If they do use an idea, they will send me a button. Monetary awards are for Senior & Upper management, not for peons.



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