US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
588 Reviews
3.9
588 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.  

    A great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Census Enumerator  in  Hannibal, MO
    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Hannibal, MO

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

    Pros

    You are working with really cool technology, outside in the fresh air. No sitting in a dreary office.

    Cons

    Again, you are out in the fresh air, but you do a lot of walking and driving about. Sometimes don't know what you might run into. A lot of people don't know what you are doing and aren't cool with having gov't employee showing up unannounced on their property.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there were more workers out in the field to help out with the workload and the word was put out better that we would be conducting surveys in their neighborhood, things would go more smoothly for both census takers and fellow citizens.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Quick Money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Best part was working at your own hours, setting up your own interviews. Great pay

    Cons

    Some people will not be very eager to give personal information. Door to door interactions can get scary if you are not prepared (however that definitely depends on where you live)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managment is a mess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Government jobs and a new building outside of the DC city

    Cons

    Politics and agendas pervade every meeting and lack of foresight causes massive issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for first job, bad location.

    Current Employee - Survey Statistician  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Survey Statistician in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good place to start out of college. Lots of training available. They will pay for grad school. Lots of areas to move around to gain more survey analytical experience. Typical govt job benefits. Young crowd. Cafeteria feels like a college campus.

    Cons

    Too many characters in this building. Too many meetings. Typical govt job disadvantages. Slow to move up to a GS13 (usually a supervisor). Bad location!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what the GS12 and under are working on, they're the one driving the data work. More rewards and bonuses.

  6.  

    Government at its finest

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Specialist  in  Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Suitland, MD

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I liked working for the Census bureau. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many bosses. Have 1 for every 3 employees. They are elevated to incompetence. Hard to change jobs within the bureau unless you know someone!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enumerator position

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    Former Employee - Enumerator  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    easy tasks
    helpful group members
    high pay rate

    Cons

    can be hard sometimes to survey strangers at their homes; they tend not to cooperate .
    can be hard to track down people when they are available or at home to ask survey questions .

  8.  

    Great people, but very unorganized

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    Former Employee - Office Clerk  in  Edinburg, TX
    Former Employee - Office Clerk in Edinburg, TX

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

    Pros

    You may dress casually, pay is greater than minimum wage, friendly managers, awesome HR department

    Cons

    due to the seasonal positions, sometimes there may not be work to do and you're left with picking up slack of other departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training for all office clerks and enumerators

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not A Bad Temporary Job

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    Former Employee - Enumerator  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work when you want to and when you can be successful. Not bad pay for the job. I got to learn my way around a new city.

    Cons

    Disorganized and very last minute changes happen frequently. You never knew if you were going to be carried into the next phase of the project until the last minute. Made it difficult to know if you were going to have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more organized and do some more advance planning.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Recruiting Assistant, Crew Leader

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Flexible hours, control your own work as long as you stay within their parameters, I got some supervisory experience for my resume

    Cons

    Pay is low; local temporary management can be erratic (these are not perm govt employees). The people who don't return their census forms also don't like to talk to census enumerators.

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    Temporary Enumerator, Non-Response Follow-Up

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    Current Employee - Enumerator Temporary  in  Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Enumerator Temporary in Harrisburg, PA

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

    Pros

    Self-scheduling, independent operating; challenging to find remote addresses

    Cons

    A lot of driving; temp. job

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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