US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good Benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    You receive very good benefits, including telework opportunities and a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of opportunities for career growth and management skills are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the managers need solid training in communication and management basics.


  2. What you make of it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geographer in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Geographer in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good job for Geography majors, enough opportunity to learn and grow if you can navigate the culture, sense of mission and civic engagement (if that motivates you), some good managers... If you can find a way to contribute in a meaningful way (and get your point across) you can go far. Pay, benefits, job security, all the benefits of being a Fed.

    Cons

    At least 1-2 years behind modern software tools. Security environment and IT acquisition process makes even pen source tools difficult to acquire. Some bad managers... which can limit your options for self direction, training, and skills improvement. Poor performers are rarely removed at any level.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term goals and those activities that the private sector can't or won't do. Shield your staff from politics. Don't get in the way of good ideas. Be wary of following IT fads that don't serve the mission.


  3. Loved this job

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    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Bridgeport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the pay is great. Work is really easy.

    Cons

    just temp job. Lasts about 4-5 months. Comes around only 1 every 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great. No complaints there.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Important work; not much to do

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    The work done by the Census Bureau is very important. The Economic Census forms the baseline for most major economic indicators in the United States. Pretty interesting, quantitative work. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on your branch, the work can be very slow at times. It really depends on where you are and who you're working for. Some days there would be very little to do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that young employees are constantly challenged; this will encourage more people to stay for the long-term.


  6. Enumerator

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time

    Pros

    Wages are above the minimum required by law.

    Cons

    Intermittent employment required own home and car.


  7. good temp job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good people, interesting work, good temporary job

    Cons

    none, a great place to work


  8. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to acquire new skills

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and lack of autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your managers more autonomy


  9. enumerator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible schedule and independent work

    Cons

    there were no cons cons


  10. it manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a fast paced federal government Information Technology organization that is on the leading edge of technology deployment and use.

    Cons

    There seems to be a never ending list of technologies and services that are undergoing major change simultaneously. The pace is fun but its hard to do everything well.

    Advice to Management

    Determine what the true priority for information technology based services are and focus on doing each of them very well rather than attempt to set everything as a top priority.


  11. Good part-time work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, hourly, mileage pay.

    Cons

    No benefits for FR position, Must meet deadlines in short period, training



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