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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
152 Reviews
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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.  

    Beats not eating

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I liked it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You set your own hours. I liked working in my neighborhood. I liked interviewing people.

    Cons

    It was necessary to work some evenings and weekends. Sometimes there was no work for a week or more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be organized. Clearly express what you want done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Decent place to internship.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Computer Science in Suitland, MD
    Former Intern - Computer Science in Suitland, MD

    I worked at US Census Bureau as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules are great and the benefits of working for the government are great in having job security and good benefits.

    Cons

    Its the government so the pay is less then the private sector plus have to deal with life time bureaucrats who move a slow pace. Takes much longer to get anything done.

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  5.  

    Benefits are good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    All the federal holidays off, time off on election days, partial telework and an alternate work schedule.

    Cons

    Most employees are opposed to change including management. They consider an outside hire a threat to their old school processing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training is vital. Be open minded about efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    my experiance with this company was good I learend what it takes to be census taker it required a lot of miles.

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    Former Employee - Census Worker in Alto, TX
    Former Employee - Census Worker in Alto, TX

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

    Pros

    It if you love to travel in this job it is for you.

    Cons

    alot of miles in the heat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The advance is you are basicaly your own boss.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Very intriguing

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    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
  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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