US Census Bureau

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US Census Bureau Reviews

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

    Never dull, modest pay, very little teamwork

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    You meet new people every day and learn about their lives -- confidentially. You can't tell anyone who you see or what they say. You just get statistics. It's a job where honesty and integrity are appreciated. All training is on-the-clock. All mileage is paid.

    Cons

    You work alone and report to your immediate supervisor. There is very little interaction with the other reps.
    And you can't tell your family any details. This is a job with little room for advancement. The hardest part is not knowing how many hours you'll be working next week. The work is gradually being phased from in-person interviews to on-line surveys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More bonuses would be good for morale.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    My experience with the US Census Bureau was rewarding and it tested my knowledge and potential and business skills.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager for Recruiting in Lexington, SC
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager for Recruiting in Lexington, SC

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

    Pros

    You will learn how to work with diverse personalities. Sharpen your people skills and the ability to size people up.

    Cons

    Setting goals, with a tracking plan to make things happen. The cooperation and dedication of the employees working with me was exceptional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that know their strengths and abilities to get a job done without problems. When faced with problems, find solutions as soon as possible and implement them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    Excellent, great people

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    Former Employee - Field Operations Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Field Operations Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great work ethic, compensation was fair, good opportunity to meet new people and provide a service to the USA. Enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management were unqualified, and slowed the work effort, most were from the Regional headquarters, politics was the rule apparently in the Regional office.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to work. Staff are collaborative , friendly. and mission focused.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    Staff are very mission focused. Teams generally work well together. Good work environment. Flexible work schedules. Free parking.

    Cons

    New senior executives want to be involved in every decision. Very frustrating for senior level management. The location of the Census Bureau is not in the safest area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly empower staff. Allow them to make decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    I was an Enumerator and my job function was to obtain personal information for 2010 census

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    The group I previously worked with were all displaced mature workers from banking companies, stock, etc. and had an interest in doing their job efficiently. The locale was close to my home, no car necessary.

    Cons

    Trying to convince individuals that the information we are obtaining would not have a negative impact on their immigration status.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Easy Work, Nice Supplemental Income

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader Assistant in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Crew Leader Assistant in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    You get to choose your own work hours, receive plenty of work assignments, and get to work with a small team. We received a work phone [a mobile device called i-phone 5 made by Apple], were fully-trained to perform our work duties, and received plenty of help from upper management, IT, and fellow workers. Decent Pay in sync with Cost of Living expenses and received mileage reimbursement.

    Cons

    It's a short-term contract work with no career outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all Crew Leaders are people of Excellence.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Good temp job

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    Very flexible. Paid well compared to other part time work.

    Cons

    Some sketchy neighborhoods and peoe that don't like to answer questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very Pleased with experience

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    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great hours and opportunities for crew leaders and upper management. Worked with my families schedule to accomplish mission goals and keep employees happy.

    Cons

    temporary work. Would love to work full-time with the bereau

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow a way to apply for longer term jobs for your management. If there is already a way, ensure it is passed down through your chain of command.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice mix of independent field work and teamwork.

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Good extra money, can set your own hours for the most part and ability to work in the field without a lot of supervision.

    Cons

    Hours are not set or determined, often short notice for scheduling so you have to be ready and basically on call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to for the bureau to keep well qualified leaders on retainer so there is not so much turnover, but that is the rub when you conduct these surveys every decade.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Expansive, engaging and enlighening

    Current Employee - Enumerator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Enumerator in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This organization is tasked with collecting a plethora or data on our US citizens. It was really interesting visiting areas of the city I never knew existed and working with those whom I enumerated. I was thrilled to be included in all operations from beginning to end. And, it was a super way to earn extra money at a good rate of pay.

    Cons

    While the work was engaging, I felt that sometimes the "office" folks did not always know how to deal with field operations. In the morning we'd have a set of rules and by the afternoon that would change. Also, I felt that even though some processes required repetition, that some of them just did not seem necessary. Just my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd be sure that you were all in agreement and in concert with one another so that the entire process made sense, was consistent and enabled field operations to have a truly successful experience. Also, be sure that the supervisors are engaging and not drill sergeants.

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