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US Census Bureau Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "OK for starting out, tends to bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good social life. Good Metro commute.

    Cons

    Work can be pedantic. The locale is awful in a lot of ways.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger strategic thinkinng.


  2. "Lessons Learned and Positive Outlook"

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

    I worked at US Census Bureau full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They offer flexible work schedules.
    Opportunity to participate in leadership programs.

    Cons

    Difficult to move from support to professional series within agency.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "Nice gig"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter & Crew Leader in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Recruiter & Crew Leader in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked the lead up to the 2010 census. Good money for the type of work it is. Nice opportunity to serve your country and meet alot of good people. Good workplace diversity.
    Will test your organizational and supervisory skills.

    Cons

    No pay during the periods in between operations, although sometimes they would try to find something for you to do if the gap was short. Information about operations only provided on an as needed basis.

    Advice to Management

    Be objective and let an employee's reliability, integrity and performance be your guide in hiring and promoting.


  4. "Not a bad place to get a start"

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

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work available around the decennial years.

    Cons

    It can take 10-20 years to get a permanent position, unless you get lucky.


  5. "Toxic environment in Oakbrook office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau part-time

    Pros

    Some very nice coworkers, decent pay, interesting work.

    Cons

    Administration dehumanized people, wouldn't even look you in the eye. Atmosphere of repression and hostility. You couldn't even do your work because of the continued change in what they top management wanted. You would have to read their mind to know what to do and then when you tried to fulfill their wishes you would hear from your supervisor that it was totally incorrect and sub par work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat workers as human beings and show some respect. No one should be belittled and mistreated or worse ignored. You have great staff, if they could have any autonomy, level of trust, you would get 10 times more productivity and improve the abysmal morale.


  6. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Survey Statistician in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Survey Statistician in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Job security, pension eligible (but you do have to wait about 25 years to get a decent amount - wasn't worth it for me!)

    Cons

    Management in most of the regional offices is terrible. I would not recommend this environment for someone young, motivated & bright. Looking back on this job the only thing that learned was how to play office politics.


  7. "A great agency to work for"

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

    Pros

    pay, benefits, gym, cafeteria, building, management

    Cons

    I didn't have any cons at all.

  8. "Field Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Good pay, Meet lots of people

    Cons

    temporary employment, Some people will not be willing to participate in the survey


  9. "Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Census Bureau full-time

    Pros

    Variety of work, team leader was great.

    Cons

    Some people given more slack than others.


  10. "Flexible schedule"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Census Bureau part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, independent work, supportive staff, and you're not stuck in an office!

    Cons

    You will come across unwilling respondents; facing rejection is a given at this job. A majority of the work is done in evenings and on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have additional incentives for good work, since our pay varies inversely with our production: the faster and more efficiently we produce results, the fewer hours we have to log - and the lower our paycheck!


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