US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
582 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.  

    enjoyed working with the public on such an important assignment, gathering info that is used to make a different

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    Former Employee - Enumerator  in  Macon, GA
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Macon, GA

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

    Pros

    enjoyed working independent, traveling to different counties, meeting people from different backgrounds and social involvement

    Cons

    working in inclement weather conditions was the worse but the job itself made the con worth working in the heat, rain a non issue

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    as a part time seasonal worker I didn't expect benefits, or promotion. I was offered and accepted an extended assignment which worked out great, there was little down time from one assignment to the next

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great job

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    Former Employee - Enumerator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and great supervisor

    Cons

    seasonal and short term for part time only

    Recommends
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  3.  

    sr. sas. etl, programmer, sas BI/DI

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    Current Employee - SAS Sme  in  Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - SAS Sme in Lanham, MD

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

    Pros

    good environment, training system , challenge

    Cons

    aws, flexable working hour, promotion oppotunity good

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    team leadership

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  5.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Chattanooga, TN

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

    Pros

    great training, ability to work at home and travel

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement. Manager was not clear on direction

    Recommends
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    Excellent workplace, talented managers & coworkers, & a perfect introduction to federal employment.

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    Current Employee - Office Operations Supervisor  in  Bangor, ME
    Current Employee - Office Operations Supervisor in Bangor, ME

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

    Pros

    The hours were perfect, the experience working for the federal government invaluable, & the creative, hard working team environment was phenomenal!

    Cons

    The hardest part was that it was only a temporary position which ended shortly after the Census itself ended. I would have loved to have continued to work in the Admin office, & potentially worked my way up to the Regional office, etc.

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    It was exceptional place to work!

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  7.  

    Fun temporary job that pays well

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    Former Employee - Enumerator  in  Morehead, KY
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Morehead, KY

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

    Pros

    thorough instructions, excellent supervision, encouragement, daily meetings, mileage payment, working outdoors, meeting new people, constant variety, semi-independent work, choosing your own hours, being assigned a partner, getting to see the country

    Cons

    temporary work only, dangerous roads, dangerous dogs, hostile people, off-road driving, catching people at home, persuading suspicious people to cooperate, remote locations

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    Keep up the good work

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  8.  

    Fun! Different from other part time jobs.

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    Former Employee - Enumerator  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Surprising flexibility in hours worked/times worked...Good pay. Working outside in summer. Getting exercise. Working close to home.Nice coworkers. Nice manager. Made friends.
    Interviewing people to collect data was interesting. I truly enjoyed meeting and talking with people.

    Cons

    Very few..sometimes felt I was walking into slightly dangerous situations. I knew my manager was always just a phone call away, though.

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    Keep it up. It worked! Too bad it's only once every ten years.

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  9.  

    Best job I ever had! Wish the census was every year.

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    Current Employee - Census Worker
    Current Employee - Census Worker

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

    Pros

    Great pay!!! Work your own, flexible hours. Got to clock time for anything census related, including using the internet for census relating searches. I enumerated in a small town, so danger wasn't an issue for me. I really felt like I was contributing to something important doing this job. It was also really cool how there was a different mixture of people hired on as well. I worked amongst a lot of elderly people and people who might find a hard time finding employment elsewhere.

    Cons

    It's not a full-time position!

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    Go America!

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Excellent experience. Helping the city level and country accurately gather demographic data which helps with funding.

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    Former Employee - Census Enumerator  in  Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Concord, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with people

    Cons

    Households were hard to get a hold of or uncooperative.

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    A little more structure. at times it felt like temporary managers had no answers to daily problems.

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    Great job experience

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Clerk  in  Flint, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Control Clerk in Flint, MI

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

    Pros

    Very eclectic group of people to work with. Many different operations, so job stays interesting. Compensation is higher than average in area.

    Cons

    The training is always verbatim. While I understand that this is necessary because of the diverse settings for local offices, it tends to be very boring.

    Recommends
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