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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
658 Reviews
3.8
658 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.  

    I loved working for the census bureau8. As long as you did your job correctly and on time you were good. I loved it

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Springdale, AR
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Springdale, AR

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Field workers work on your own, get paid for mileage and plenty of work.

    Cons

    On your own schedule andt hen after a week you are pushed harder and harder to perform

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be ,more responsible about taking care of employees that should never work the census in following years. come up with better maps

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Assistant Manager for Field Operations, 2010 Decennial Census

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    Former Employee - AMFO
    Former Employee - AMFO

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    Never a dull moment. Job is best described by 1 word, flexibility! Things change quickly and often more then once. It gives you the opportunity to think fast and react quickly. Allows you to use your brains and not necessarily go by the book.

    Cons

    Not for the thin skinned because you are always under pressure and thank you's and good job and praise, come rarely!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everything, and every moment is a catastrophe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Payroll in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Payroll in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    good hours, specific training, particular about hires - great co-workers

    Cons

    Temporary, mandatory overtime, strict rules, sometimes boring, routine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check your ego at the door

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay and interesting work

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Flushing, NY
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Flushing, NY

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Also hours were flexible. Worked with alot of interesting people.

    Cons

    Had to be available to members of my team at all hours. Not alot of chances for overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a little more organized for the next project

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great pay for seasonal work

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    self-driven work environment, reasonable compensation, opportunities for full-time employment

    Cons

    federally organized training, not much work variation unless you excel,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure you pick proper employees for the management and crew leader positions, can cause frustration disorganization of information and tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Beats not eating

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    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
  8.  

    I liked it.

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    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
  9.  

    Decent place to internship.

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    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.

  10.  

    Benefits are good

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    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
  11.  

    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

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