US Census Bureau
3.7 of 5 507 reviews
www.census.gov Suitland, MD 5000+ Employees

US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.7 507 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

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John H. Thompson

(39 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good short term job

Enumerator (Former Employee)

I worked at US Census Bureau for less than a year

ProsFlexible hours
Decent pay for part-time and temporary job

ConsTraining week was ponderous
Some supervisors are impossible for everyone to work with

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter screening for supervisors is definitely needed.

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it was ok.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Census Bureau

ProsIt was interesting and enjoyable.

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ConsIt was part time, and not many hours.

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Good for temporary work

Enumerator (Former Employee)
Mulvane, KS

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

ProsFlexible schedule, get paid for training

ConsDon't know how temporary the position may be, it can be a month or less, just depends upon the government

Advice to Senior ManagementGive enumerators more of a chance to move up in the organization for full-time jobs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Otherwise great, if you can handle autocratic micro-managers.

Fiele Representative (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsWorking individually, figuring out how to accomplish goals on your own, interesting meeting new people, truly amazing co-workers, great for hard-working retirees or those who can handle two jobs with this job being of them, can be amazing fun, and can feel very rewarding to get what turns out to be important work.

ConsManagement can be inexperienced and inflexible, severe micro-managing, extremely high stress levels, sometimes over-competitiveness, not so great vehicle use reimbursement if you live in a city that puts lots of wear and tear on your car, requires 40 hours per week of time though you may only get 10 hours of work per week. This job used to be 4-5 stars for me, but immediate supervisors and constant changing of rules routinely can make this job unbearable about 25% of the time.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire capable people for supervisory roles with strong Field Representative experience from within the the ranks instead of hiring people with little or no experience whether from inside or outside the ranks. Smart people but who have no experience brings slow, painful results without strong experience working the field.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Gaffney, SC

I worked at US Census Bureau for less than a year

ProsBetter than average pay most times

ConsTravel time more than desired

Advice to Senior ManagementNo comment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Crew Leader Assistant (Current Employee)
Toledo, OH

I have been working at US Census Bureau as a contractor for less than a year

ProsShort term, somewhat flexible, make connections in your community.

ConsLong hiring process for a short time of work. Working in the field sometimes in unsafe environments.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't send people to bad neighborhoods alone. I had a gang walk past me in the inner city in broad daylight, and I did not feel safe.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a good experience

Geography Clerk (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsMost of the people were nice to work with

ConsHad some issues with people who I worked with directly, however minor issues overall. Lot of changes while I was there, and now they not even in Boston anymore

Advice to Senior ManagementValue all employees and listen to their ideas and suggestions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Opportunities at the US Census

Census Worker (Former Employee)
Lincoln, NE

I worked at US Census Bureau as an intern for more than a year

ProsWhen applying for the temporary positions, if you are ambitious and a hard worker, it is easy to be promoted to a higher level. Each phase of the Census lasts only about a month. Each month you have an opportunity to show your capabilities.

ConsAs with any government position, things sometimes move at a snails pace. Training materials are also inadequate.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a professional accomplished educator to make the training materials. Watch for interoffice politics when promotions come up. I have seen excellent managers dismissed because of false allegations of those who wanted the position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Field Operations Supervisor (Former Employee)
Bronx, NY

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

ProsTeamwork based, Fast-paced environment, Great pay, Long Hours, Overtime, Be a leader. This occupation would get the best out of your senses, you must be ready to take charge and to lead a team of 7-10 Team Leaders who each have a group of 5-10 Enumerators. About 120 people all together and you are responsible for every single one of them. By one week you probably would know each one of them by name and must step in to support and mentor in order to get the job done.

ConsLong Hours, Always on call, restrictive to a short timeline, management do not care. Definitely not a walk in the park, so if you are a parent or have a limit schedule to be in this position, then I wouldn't recommend it. The amount of work can get a person serious stress. I saw all kinds of emotions specially when the time is up and you are no longer needed for the position. People cry, fight and become aggressive, must keep your head up and avoid confrontations. Management only care to get their numbers and if you cannot meet those numbers consider yourself fired on the spot.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire personnel based on the actual need of the operation in order to return better accountability and complete reports. This is serious business, not a race, budgets for infrastructure and social need funding depend on the data obtained.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Field Representative (Former Employee)
Horseheads, NY

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

ProsGot to ride my motorcycle on the job

ConsSome supervisors were jerks, some supervisors were real jerks

Advice to Senior Managementnon

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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