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US Census Bureau Suitland Reviews

Updated January 28, 2017
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  • Temporary position so no benefits (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Good place to start."

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    Former Intern - IT Inventory in Suitland, MD
    Former Intern - IT Inventory in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gets you in the door for a federal job. You get through experience to see how you can progress up the ladder.

    Cons

    The job description is false. It says IT Intern but you will mostly do manual labor. Picking up monitors and PC and putting them on the shelf


  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. "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. 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. "SQL DBA"

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    Former Contractor - SQL Database Administrator in Suitland, MD
    Former Contractor - SQL Database Administrator in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Census Bureau as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very Dynamic Place , Overwhelming environment

    Cons

    Little opportunity to grow

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on cross training


  9. "Telephone Interviewer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Speaking to positive respondents from all over the U.S. and the people I worked with made this job exciting.

    Cons

    Being called off work due to lack of work and some of the respondents can be very rude and mean.

    Advice to Management

    No advice at the moment


  10. Helpful (1)

    "bored, but at least I get good benefits."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Suitland, MD
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The union is strong and as a result we have generous teleworking capabilities, flexible work schedules, and a casual dress code. The building is very nice. My friends pick on me for having to work out in Suitland but I like being in a modern building, with walking paths outside, and the commute is easy.

    Cons

    Even though I believe in the organization's mission, the day-to-day work I have can be mind numbing and projects often gets stalled because of communication issues. There is a surprising amount of downtime. Some people seem extremely busy, while other people like me sit around doing nothing and writing Glassdoor reviews because they're bored. It's an odd distribution of work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to give workers feedback, even negative.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology Intern in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Information Technology Intern in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The workplace environment was one of the best I've ever worked in.

    Cons

    Could not telework as an intern.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!



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