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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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  1. "Decent"

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

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

    Pros

    Free Parking
    New Building
    Lots of programs

    Cons

    Slow progression
    LOTS OF BACK STABBING TO GET PROMOTIONS

    Advice to Management

    listen to the newer people and not the people you know


  2. "Decent paying short term job"

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    Former Contractor - Field Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Field Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    worked for the census during the 2010 census cycle. Cool to see how the Census works. Great way to make some quick cash (if you have a flexible scedule, took some time off, etc).

    Some of the people you work with are cool.

    Cons

    very disorganized Regional management.

    Didn't let us use overtime hours, even though the job required some overtime during the training/orientation session.

    Somewhat ignorant frontline managers - weren't very professional; yelled on conference calls, etc. Very odd.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the experience for Field Ops Managers and Crew Leaders by improving the quality and caliber of Office and Regional Leadership.


  3. "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).


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  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NOT!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    Convenient, clean, good for career development.

    Cons

    You must be in the right department, division and branch and you must be the right colour.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those that actually DO your work.


  8. "Field Representative"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on your own
    Travel, never visit same place twice
    Meeting new people

    Cons

    Wear and tear on personal vehicle.
    Driving during bad weather storms and winter weather.
    Have to use your personal phone for work

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key
    Inspire people to grow
    See potential in people


  9. "Quality Assurance"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Cleveland, MS
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Cleveland, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It provides a good opportunity to meet people and serve the United States.

    Cons

    I'd rather not say, last experience not so good, even though I worked extremely hard.

    Advice to Management

    Want them to recognize the hard and dedicated workers efforts to get the job done.


  10. "Good federal agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and a good place to work

    Cons

    There is resistance to change


  11. "Field Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Field Supervisor
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    flexible hours; work from home

    Cons

    deadline pressures; supervising even a few sluggish Field Representatives can sap 90% of your strength; few options for firing people...it's a government job

    Advice to Management

    Be more in touch with the Field's day to day struggles.



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