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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
645 Reviews
3.8
645 Reviews
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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.  

    Was a Great Place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Survey Statistician in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great, even though we do not get pay raises as we use to. It may be more worthwhile to get a get outside of the govt doing a comparable job. And the best perk is Job Stability and knowing you should not get laid off (aside from fire-able offenses).

    Cons

    They are reorganizing now and pretty much clueless as to what they are doing. As well as having employees do more work, but for the same pay. Mind you in the past 5 years they have only increased pay 2% cumulatively over 5 years. Mgmt acts (and they may truly be unaware since they lack proper leader skills) clueless that employee morale is sinking fast. And that does not mention all of the millions of things we must do now that waste more time. Prime example - having to fill out 3 different time sheets!!!! As far as job advancement is concerned you may be a little limited in options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmt needs a lot of help really. Mainly because they dont hire leaders that went to school for Mgmt. They simply think anyone can be a leader and essentially anyone does become one. There are no real requirements to advance really, just that you have connections. My advice is that you hire people that truly know about leading people and managing vs just picking any kid off the street and making them one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very intriguing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Operations Manager in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Field Operations Manager in Bronx, NY

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Meeting people from all walks of life and navigating through area of canvassing.

    Cons

    It was only a one year contract position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should hire a year prior to Decennial Census to ensure appropriate training skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Temporary Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Decent Pay for a temporary job.

    Cons

    Difficult to transition to full time work.

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  5.  

    Enjoyed the challenge of placating disgruntled Americans who were unable to see the visionary aspects of US Census info

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enumerator On 2010 Decennial and and 2011 American Survey Temp Work in Rio Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Enumerator On 2010 Decennial and and 2011 American Survey Temp Work in Rio Linda, CA

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

    Pros

    I was tasked weekly with an assignment and I met and exceeded all goals.

    Cons

    Information flow from upper management was slow and daunting, inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide goals and flow chart info with a current, updated web site for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Census work door to door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livingston, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livingston, MI

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Assigned territory, clear directives, work at own pace

    Cons

    Uniform pay scale regardless of productivity or prior experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider experience /productivity pay element

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    U.S. Census Bureau

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager for Technology in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager for Technology in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Decent wage, very nice people, rewarding work

    Cons

    very demanding work schedule; required to work weekends as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design better enterprise applications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Never dull, modest pay, very little teamwork

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    You meet new people every day and learn about their lives -- confidentially. You can't tell anyone who you see or what they say. You just get statistics. It's a job where honesty and integrity are appreciated. All training is on-the-clock. All mileage is paid.

    Cons

    You work alone and report to your immediate supervisor. There is very little interaction with the other reps.
    And you can't tell your family any details. This is a job with little room for advancement. The hardest part is not knowing how many hours you'll be working next week. The work is gradually being phased from in-person interviews to on-line surveys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More bonuses would be good for morale.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My position as an enumerator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enumerator in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Enumerator in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    I got to work outdoors.
    I got to meet people in my neighborhood
    The pay is good

    Cons

    The job is of short duration.

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

    Very comfortable if you don't mind the commute and climate of complacency

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible and understanding but this leads to general incompetence remaining while the performers generally move to somewhere else in the DoC

    Cons

    Unmotivated coworkers. The size of the organization is very large so things move extremely slowly and most enterprise-wide solutions don't have a good low level way of being implemented eg SharePoint, matrix management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people accountable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ongoing field representative for the US Census Bureau handling several surveys in my geographical area.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Field Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    A great job for somebody who is in between jobs or needs to set your own hours. There are career opportunities here for those who are dedicated, and understand the nuances of a job like this. Its part sales, part technology and part study in human nature.

    Cons

    Amazingly political for such a decentralized company. Amount of work ebbs and flows depending on the seemly whims of your supervisor or department head. Not a job for everyone. Need to be a self starter and motivated. Evenings and weekends, but a lot of freedom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, communicate, and listen to your field representatives from time to time. Some are inexperienced, but some know what they are talking about. Some surveys are run like personal fiefdoms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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