US Census Bureau

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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.7 570 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

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John H. Thompson

(53 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Enumerator position

    Enumerator (Former Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    Proseasy tasks
    helpful group members
    high pay rate

    Conscan 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 .

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    Government at its finest

    Information Systems Specialist (Former Employee) Suitland, MD

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, but very unorganized

    Office Clerk (Former Employee) Edinburg, TX

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

    Consdue 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 Senior ManagementProvide training for all office clerks and enumerators

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not A Bad Temporary Job

    Enumerator (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsFlexibility 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.

    ConsDisorganized 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 Senior ManagementGet more organized and do some more advance planning.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Recruiting Assistant, Crew Leader

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsPay 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

    Enumerator Temporary (Current Employee) Harrisburg, PA

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

    ConsA lot of driving; temp. job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Meeting with people and assisting them to stand up and be counted with the US Census

    Enumberator (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsLove to be of assistant, while problem solving.

    ConsHours a really long and most people are not home during the day, so you have to stay over into the evening when most people get home.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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    Temporary Gig; Interesting Change of Pace.

    Recruiter; Crew Leader (Former Employee) Chesapeake, VA

    ProsFast-paced; challenging; met and made lots of new friends; as a recruiter I was able to help good people who were financially strapped find much-needed employment. Pay is adequate, with lots of overtime for crew leaders and assistant crew leaders (especially near the end), plus mileage reimbursement.

    ConsThere were no disasters on my crew of 20 (other than the elderly gentleman who "accidentally" dropped the bath towel he was wearing when he answered the door to a young female Enumerator), but a fellow crew leader had one Enumerator who suffered a dog bite. Most people were receptive to interviews by Census workers, but it's not a job for the timid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince almost all positions are temporary, including Management, either start doing "Lessons Learned" reports at the end of the Census period, or if this is already being done then start using them more effectively. I frequently had the impression people were "reinventing the wheel" and trying to solve problems that should've been solved 10 years earlier (or 20... or 30...).

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

     

    Good short term job

    Enumerator (Former Employee)

    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.

     

    it was ok.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was interesting and enjoyable.

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    ConsIt was part time, and not many hours.

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