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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Steady job, a little mind numbing"

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    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in DC Ranch, AZ
    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in DC Ranch, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional development opportunities were plentiful as well as opportunities to speak at conferences.

    Cons

    Slow, not enough work to justify the commute. Telecommuting could make it more attractive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your people engaged


  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. "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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Survey Statistician for several economic and demographic programs."

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Survey Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Supervisory Survey Statistician in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, training opportunities (technical, managerial, and project management), environment, location (especially for residents living outside of the city -- PG county, Alexandria)

    Cons

    Insufficient staff resources, long hours for skilled and conscientious employees where resources are lacking, bureaucracy, retainment of subpar employees, many employees in positions they're unqualified for, undesirable cafeteria,

    Advice to Management

    Minimize power trips and work more cooperatively; we're on the same team


  7. "Not a bad office environment"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Columbus, OH

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dependable hours, reasonable amount of respect in the office for people of varying backgrounds given the nature of the work.

    Cons

    Evaluated purely on data-entry numbers. Improvements to the office's overall efficiency or compliance were not valued as much as an extra 10% of output in the data entry role.


  8. "Regional Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very varied work and interaction with field people

    Cons

    Working for the US Government is not really conducive to thinking outside the box


  9. "Field Representative"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Coral Springs, FL
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Coral Springs, FL

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility especially if one has small children. Great part time opportunity

    Cons

    Not enough hours if seeking full time employment


  10. "Survey Field Rep Review NYRO"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home, independent work environment, meet a lot of interesting people either in person or on the phone, quick pay raises in the beginning, supervisors and upper management always express their gratitude for your hard work, positive feedback from supervisors give you more inventive to continue doing well, they pay you for mileage in addition to your hourly wage, training is thorough and you are paid for the time spent learning, chances to make more money, more hours by picking up more surveys, occasional travel

    Cons

    Low pay, you have to use your own cell phone to conduct surveys, you have to make personal visits to homes sometimes in undesired neighborhoods, many times you're "on call" when a survey respondent returns your call because it's hard to make contact with respondents, you work nights and weekends (because that's the best time to reach respondents), you are strongly encouraged to convert respondents that refuse into participants, expected to reach daily deadlines with a certain percentage of completed surveys.

    Advice to Management

    Should listen more to field reps' suggestions to help improve the survey process, should increase wages (we risk our lives every day that we work walking into people's houses that we have no idea what their background is if they're sex offenders or dangerous or not), and thank you for always being grateful for the hard work we do.


  11. "Census work"

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    Former Employee - Non-Response Followup Enumerator in Rocky Mount, NC
    Former Employee - Non-Response Followup Enumerator in Rocky Mount, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay for the area, pleasant work if you like your team. I'd happily do it again. It's a great example of how government work can really help people out in an economically depressed area, while increasing their commitment to their community and country. I wish we had more programs like this.

    Cons

    Though they do make an effort to protect you, there's no denying that Census work is not particularly safe. You have to go to people's houses, sometimes in dodgy neighborhoods, and interview them on stuff they may not want to talk about. I've worked more dangerous jobs, but census work did have its moments.

    Also, most of the positions are temporary related to the ten-year census, so it's hard to find something permanent and make a career of it.

    Advice to Management

    Help your better and more dedicated workers out more if they're interested in seeking more permanent employment in the bureau.


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