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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated February 5, 2017
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  • walking door to door in weather (in 15 reviews)

  • Temporary position so no benefits (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    Support, culture, benefits for interns

    Cons

    won't email back after i left


  2. "Easy work"

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    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very simple job and straight forward. Read as worded.

    Cons

    Work place drama, but that's everywhere.


  3. "Math Stat - Economic directorate"

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    Current Employee - Mathematica Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Mathematica Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay (after about 2-4 years and if you try to advance)
    Good benefits
    Relaxed work environment (not always true, but is for me)
    Telework - up to 80%
    Flexible work schedules
    Paid training both on and off site
    They will pay for advanced degrees through JPSM (Master's and PhD, and this always depends on budget)

    Cons

    You need to pick the correct path for yourself or you might be unhappy. However, there are plenty of opportunities for advancement or lateral changes.
    I have heard rumors of cliques, but that happens less with math stats


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  5. "A pretty good place to work but pretty bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is the primary data collection agency for most of the federal surveys you read about in the news. Once you know the lay of the land, and where to look for answers, you can get work done here. You can also just keep your head down and only do the tasks that are given to you by your direct supervisor. That seems to be the way most people do it.

    Cons

    It's a HUGE agency with about 6000 people under one roof, and another 6000 in their field offices. Between the ongoing surveys, the American Community Survey, and the Census count every 10 years, it's a busy place. Some people work across efforts, but most people work on just a few, and as a result "they know what they know." It was always hard to find a clear answer to things that seemed like they were basic agency policy questions. People would regularly claim there was a rule that turned out to not exist, or not exist as they claimed. They were trying to put more things online so staff could get quick/clear answers, so maybe it's different now. But it was a rumor mill when I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you remind middle management to encourage junior staff to to take initiative and do interesting work, particularly when it has cost-saving implications for the Bureau. Some are already good at this, but some career managers there only understand doing work that comes to them in a top-down fashion. Get them to see the value and talent that comes from the bottom up, too (but is often missed).


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Real projects, good experience, good benefits, regular hours, friendly culture, great cafeteria food

    Cons

    Needed to utilize peers for training as managers were very busy/overbooked
    Some older, middle-aged employees seemed disgruntled about careers in government/at Census


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    "Census"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Work is near home. Pay is good and leadership is on point.

    Cons

    The job requires communicating with households. Being a people person is helpful as you will be talking to all different types.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great for a part-timer"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at US Census Bureau (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very Flexible working hours and don't have to face an office politics

    Cons

    Must work on weekends to meet your deadline.


  9. "Field Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, benefits, flexibility, opportunities nation wide

    Cons

    Pay lower than private sector with same responsibility


  10. "Enumerator"

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    Former Employee - Enumerator in Fenton, MI
    Former Employee - Enumerator in Fenton, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Able to self schedule hours and route to complete tasks. Gave all tools to get the job done.

    Cons

    Was just a temporary job - every 10 years.


  11. "enumerator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, mileage, paid for all time worked

    Cons

    temporary job, limited opportunities, grouchy people



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