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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
629 Reviews
3.9
629 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.  

    Challenging, yet rewarding at the same time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    This company has a simple yet very efficient training program.

    Cons

    This company has a rigid work environment. There is a form and a rule for everything you do. Sometimes these methods are out of date and there is a newer simpler way of doing things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    clerk

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    It was a decent ok paying job.

    Cons

    It was not an permanent job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel welcomed to approach you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good part time job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You can create your own schedule
    Good work is recognized

    Cons

    Supervisors are ill equipped to assist you do a better job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train supervisor to assist field workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fasf-paced and ineresting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Mesquite, TX
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Mesquite, TX

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

    Pros

    The training was very good and supervisor was understanding. A lot of "IF THIS, THEN DO THIS." scenarios that were handled ahead of time.
    The pay was excellent for relatively easy work.
    You were expected to do your work, and responsible for doing it right. Not a lot of micomanaging at all.

    Cons

    It's an odd push.pull relationship when you are told that you are temporary and but expected to be efficient.
    The pay was adequate but I wish the job lasted longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing but maybe have bonuses built in for speedy work. Encourage seasonal workers to work hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Job was very laid back.

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in West Memphis, AR
    Former Employee - Enumerator in West Memphis, AR

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

    Pros

    The pay was great and the work wasn't too stressful.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything negative about the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enumerator
    Former Employee - Enumerator

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

    Pros

    good pay, no stress, interseting

    Cons

    seasonal, not enough hours, gone

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I consider it a privilege and an honor.

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Springfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay is great; meeting new people every day; easy to get excited about protecting peoples' privacy; amazing additional perks, decent superiors, love traveling, room for advancement, an honor to work for our Federal Government, create my own hours, beating deadlines gives me a rush

    Cons

    Usually a part-time position, I wish I could work more hours as allowed by Federal Law

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring training to us instead of us traveling to Oakbrook, though I do love traveling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent internship

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    Former Employee - Intern in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible schedule allows you to chose your work hours as long as you do 40 a week. Never saw employees working more than this.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic red tape prevented me from working on any serious projects as an intern instead I hopped around smaller projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Census work door to door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livingston, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livingston, MI

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    I would do it again.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Operations Supervisor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Field Operations Supervisor in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    This was my second temporary assignment as a Field Operation Supervisor. Each time I had a staff of 85 census takers go door to door where they lived to take surveys of the changing demographics. It was rewarding to meet new people and to be apart of the decennial census taking. I had an awesome supervisor.

    Cons

    The only negative I can think of is that the assignments where quick and short in nature. We had to meet a strict timeline and deadlines as we reached several phases of the project. To their credit, it was what we agreed and signed up for. The position required me to recommend terminating staff assignments that did not meet quota or violated the agency policy while taking census. Sometime there were too many steps to terminate an assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign a FOS to focus just on personnel matters and FOS to focus on filed operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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