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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Field Economist Reviews

Updated May 8, 2018

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  1. "Awesome job."

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    Current Employee - Field Economist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meet great people. Work life balance. Respected by my superior and coleagurs

    Cons

    None, I can think of. The work is just great!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2018-01-09
  2. "Federal Civilian Worker"

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    Current Employee - Field Economist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not stressful and not overloaded with work.

    Cons

    Governement positions of pay do not move with the market and they can cut any pay and benefits anytime they need to for the budget. This makes federal work risky compared to the private markets.

    Advice to Management

    If congress cuts civilians pay and benefits, they should cut their own. They make multiple more for less time in the position.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2018-05-08
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Field economist"

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    Current Employee - Field Economist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Health Benefits and gs-12. . Coworkers can be cool . Telework (which they’ll threaten to take away if you are not making your milestones , see below)

    Cons

    Used to be a good and satisfying job in the regions. However: -NCS program is now officially a branch of Social security administration whereby trained economists are collecting surveys pertaining to disabilities. Thus having nothing to do with “compensation or labor” -radically changes the nature of the job. -budget hungry environment and management . They will toss worker welfare out the window to meet managerial... and budgetary goals. -uninspiring leadership. Seldom helps field economists. Just delegate tasks and more worried about self preservation as a manager rather than workplace satisfaction -same tired strategies. Continually reinvents the wheel. -respondents will say no a lot, to a voluntary survey and your managers will blame you for not trying hard enough. -bureaucratic levels or review. Imagine having your work criticized not just by managers but colleagues in the beltway who do not collect data for a living. -multiple program assignments and deadlines will be missed cause of workload . Once again managers will put this solely on your responsibility. -unbelievable amount of negativity and toxicity in the regional work environments. -leadership will say they care but don’t.

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    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone and stand up for your employees and push back on dc and their ridiculous demands on regional workload. Pathetic. Bad systems make good employees look bad.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2018-03-10
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Field Economist"

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    Current Employee - Field Economist in Western, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Flexible schedule. Telework. Coworkers are mostly hard-working and care about their work.

    Cons

    My unit has an unrealistic workload. Management doesn't listen to employee feedback but pretend like they do.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of ORS. NCS staff has too much on its plate. Most staff feels stressed out with the constant deadlines and unrealistic workload.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-03-03
  5. Helpful (2)

    "FE"

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    Former Employee - Field Economist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, good work/personal life balance.

    Cons

    Boring, repetitive and insignificant work.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-02-28
  6. "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Field Economist 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ample leave, decent benefits, job security, reasonable pay. Traveling (good and bad depending how you see it. Locality pay if you're in a decent city.

    Cons

    If you are out in the field office you will be overwhelmed with work and sometimes unrealistic milestones and deadlines. The nature of our surveys are voluntary so we obtain information in a time window that's sometimes out of our control and largely respondent dependent. Some managers understand this but are concerned with making their numbers like you. Tedious bureaucracy and random assignments and internal... request out of right field at times, which may seem indicative of overworked management as well.

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    Advice to Management

    Revise the workload by taking a structural look on how work is distributed among existing employees vs. making a new wing dedicated to any increase in workload. Revise program requirements with the national office to ensure a better time line of data submitted and quality. Eliminate the excess work and boil it back down to basic tangible information.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2016-10-28
  7. "Field Economist"

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    Current Employee - Field Economist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, transit and parking subsidies, easy work/life balance, great bosses

    Cons

    management is very hands off, need to set own pace and goals and stick to them

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2016-03-14
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great overall compensation if you don't mind being part of a stifling bureaucracy."

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    Field Economist in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    Great pay + benefits; by your 3rd year you can be earning $80,000/year in salary alone. Work/Life balance is second to none; I never once took work home with me. Flexplace is avaialbe if requested.

    Cons

    You won't get rich working for government. Most people have become extremely complacent and if you're not careful you can quickly fall into this trap. LOTS of regulation! This is the part that drove me crazy, that is all the established rules and regulations everyone has to follow. All creativity and flexibility is thrown out the window the day you start working for BLS.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2011-11-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Former field economist"

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    Field Economist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    The work culture is fairly lax and low pressure. It's easy to take time off if you have accrued leave. The paycheck is steady, and the "company" is stable in that it won't be destroyed by a recession.

    Cons

    This is a typical government organization. It is slow to change (they insist on using fax to communicate!) and there is an "I got here first" mentality. Race and sex of the candidate are the most important factors when it comes to being promoted to the branch manager level. You will not learn any skills that will help you in other industries. There is virtually no difference in compensation or benefits for hard... workers or sloths.

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    Advice to Management

    Management is completely out of touch and in denial. There is a severe turnover problem, and management believes that it is because they are hiring "too well qualified people". Ridiculous. The only people that stick around are those that value the stability of working for the government, which implies that they are either older and/or have a family. For most people this is a 2 to 3 year post college job, and most... people with a modicum of ambition are smart enough to start planning for their eventual departure almost as soon as they arrive. Most jobs are repetitive and offer little room to acquire new skills. The advice to management boils down thusly: in order to reduce turnover either target individuals for hire that are likely to stay, such as more established workers as opposed to kids fresh out of college, or provide work that will allow workers to gain more skills.

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2010-11-04
  10. "Excellent starting or work/life balance job"

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    Field Economist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    On a teleological level working at the BLS is quite rewarding. You produce a free good (inflation statistics) that many people appreciate. You work in small enough environment that your individual performance has material consequences on published data. Coworkers are very supportive and there is no treachery to be found amongst them which leads to a pleasant working environment even when the boss is far from ideal.... On a more material level the BLS definitely believes in a 40 hour work week even for everybody which means you make more per hour than many in the private sector. One also recieves massive raises (about 22%) each year for the first three years. 13 sick & vacation days per year to start off.

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    Cons

    The first year pay is quite stingy (GS-7 Step 1). Extremely hierarchical management structure. Deeply frustrating for the ambitious

    Advice to Management

    I would say that supervisory managers are less valuable than the top third of the field/frontline staff and should be treated as such.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2008-09-30
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