US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
608 Reviews
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608 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay especially during training (in 49 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 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was A Great Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in Clermont, FL
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Clermont, FL

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

    Pros

    They pay really well and the training is great. I loved the people I worked with and they were always willing to help out. As a whole my group was very organized and followed all the laws exactly.

    Cons

    The work can be irregular and may have to deal with difficult people. Also depending on where you live you may be outside in the heat or cold.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work environment

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    Former Employee - Survey Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Survey Statistician in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    Fun, easy, and relaxed work environment. Does not get too stressful and you can work at your own pace

    Cons

    A bit boring at times, hard to move up if you don't want to and easily get stuck in the same position.

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    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    Simple and constitutionally-mandated work

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    Former Employee - Office Clerk in Merrillville, IN
    Former Employee - Office Clerk in Merrillville, IN

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

    Pros

    One can see one's accomplishments by the end of each day

    Cons

    It was only a seasonal, temporary way to make extra money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make use of the staff in a more permanent way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Data Collection and Public Relations

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Representative in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Field Representative in Hayward, CA

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interaction with diverse population including learning of various cultures in our area. I enjoy people and this job gives one the ability to do home visits and see folks in their own environment.

    Cons

    Convincing folks to participate in U.S. Census Bureau Surveys, especially when the person has a negative view of government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is helpful when management works in the field as due the field personnel so they can have a realistic view of what field representatives encounter.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    This was a temp position assisting with office paperwork needed by field census takers which I found quite ok.

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    Former Employee - Field Office Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Office Clerk in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There was lots of overtime in the beginning, the office atmosphere was relaxed and casual, and since it was temporary there was not a lot of office politics to worry about.

    Cons

    There weren't many cons I can think of because the stint was so short. I was only sad when it was over because some of my co-workers were really nice.

    Recommends
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    Don't make it your career

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    Good if you want to use your skill for a socially redeeming purpose

    Cons

    but terrible if you think you are going to be allowed to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many managers should just retire...

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    A great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Hannibal, MO
    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Hannibal, MO

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

    Pros

    You are working with really cool technology, outside in the fresh air. No sitting in a dreary office.

    Cons

    Again, you are out in the fresh air, but you do a lot of walking and driving about. Sometimes don't know what you might run into. A lot of people don't know what you are doing and aren't cool with having gov't employee showing up unannounced on their property.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there were more workers out in the field to help out with the workload and the word was put out better that we would be conducting surveys in their neighborhood, things would go more smoothly for both census takers and fellow citizens.

    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    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 (less than an 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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  10.  

    Great opportunity to contribute to the community and great flexibility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Census Bureau

    Pros

    I was able to set my own hours. I liked learned about parts of the community I hadn't previously explored. While challenging, meeting members of the community, educating and encouraging them to participate for the good of the community was a rewarding experience.

    Cons

    The work was more physically challenging than expected due to walking from door to door in the heat of the summer in the south.

  11.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and great supervisor

    Cons

    seasonal and short term for part time only

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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