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US Census Bureau Suitland Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  • walking door to door in weather (in 15 reviews)

  • Not enough hours if seeking full time employment (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Modern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telework 4 days a week, support for modern IT resources, always challenging and tricky problems to solve

    Cons

    Horrible, horrible, building location for an HQ, unless your a perm govie, your opportunity for growth is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make smart technical employees term


  2. "An interesting experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice. Also, it has a good work/life balance as far as the ability to telework, the maxiflex schedule and also the compressed work schedule.
    Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Outside of that, there's not much more that is positive.
    The people are sometimes nice but you can't blame them because everyone is dealing with their own issues. Management walks around every now and then. Don't expect a smile though because you won't get one.

    The office I work has very low morale and a very high turnover rate.
    There are no growth opportunities because just about ALL the jobs are pre-selected. Don't let the fact that you see it on USAJOBS fool you. You make the cert, come in for an interview and realize the person who got the job has no where near your qualifications or on the job experience.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based on skills. Provide upward mobility path.

  3. "Oracle Database Administrator"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Suitland, MD
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Suitland, MD

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

    Pros

    Complex Environment with HUGE learn potential

    Cons

    No negative comments at this time


  4. "No Integrity and Violates Laws"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The job duties are more administrative in nature; Very Basic
    - You see how data collected on surveys, are used for society
    - Depending on your supervisor, you are able to work a VERY flexible work schedule
    - It's part of the federal government, so you enjoy all of the perks of working for the federal government
    - Opportunities to train in other career fields, and/or be reassigned. (Only if you play by the rules, and keep your mouth closed).

    Cons

    - Hiring officials are not forthcoming about the job duties they are hiring you for, even when you are very clear about the type of career you are looking for
    - They have violated several laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Acts. I am still waiting on some of my approved Reasonable Accommodations, since requesting RA in February 2017. And, I'm a disable veteran.
    - Management have harassed me none stop, for reporting them to the Union, because they chose to ignore me about my job disinterest and physical limitations, and tried to force me to hurt myself even further.
    - They will withhold the true nature of the job, ignore what you tell them during the interview, hire you to do the very thing you informed them in the interview that you had a disinterest in doing and couldn't do, and purposely sabotage you on any other job opportunities you have
    - The job duties are more grunt work, secretarial type of duties (i.e. picking up distributions from other offices, updating calendars with people's leave days and mail schedules, data entry where you input information into a spreadsheet, etc.).
    - No analyzing, math, statistics work involved
    - Hardly any work to perform, except a lot of busy work
    - You're a Survey Statistician but you don't mail out surveys, collect the data, clean up the data, analyze the data, report on the data, etc. You are not even allowed to see the data, so how can you call yourselves a Survey Statistician?
    - I would say the majority of the agency is miserable, but afraid to speak up, in fear of retaliation. Glad I'm in a position where I don't have to work, if I don't want to.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire the type of people that actually don't mind performing the job duties of your agency.
    - Stop wasting skillful, technical, experienced people to come and be your "secretary"! No one with this type of background, is interested in administrative and secretarial duties.
    - If someone clearly described what type of career they are looking for, then RESPECT THAT PERSON's INTEREST!!! What someone has in mind for THEIR career, is independent of what you are wanting or "needing".
    - Obey the laws, especially when it comes to someone with disabilities!
    - BE HONEST! STOP LYING! STOP BEING DECEITFUL!


  5. "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


  6. "decent"

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Suitland, MD
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great hours and decent benefits

    Cons

    benefits could have been better

    Advice to Management

    provide better feedback


  7. "Field Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent job with autonomy to schedule interview assignments according to your availability.

    Cons

    Once a year for 4-5 months

  8. "Needs better leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Suitland, MD
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great building for work life balance with walking paths and multiple eateries.

    Cons

    Needs leadership that can get behind implementing best practices and good processes in place

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and process improvement


  9. "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


  10. "Math Stat - Economic directorate"

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    • Senior Management
    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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