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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
6 Reviews
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    Worst Employee Satisfaction ever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    Federal Government provides long term security

    Cons

    Terrible management with no vision or leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire at SES level and above. Most are sharks. Look at alot of GS15 in the Agency Services Organization also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Who"s your favorite?

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    Former Employee - ???? in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - ???? in Dayton, OH

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a job...When you needed a job it was there but not worth all the BS that went on daily.......

    Cons

    Too many to list. Favoritism, BS on a daily basis. No where to go but down. Never heard thanks for much. Work balance amongst employees was the worst I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites... Very bad and toxic place to work.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    3 Years as an Aid

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    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security and basic health benefits is the only pro at NARA in the Federal Record Center (FRC) program. Once in a while they throw you a bone to drive out of town overnight to pick up some boxes and make a few hours overtime, but that doesn't beat a higher starting wage. The people doing the work have great personalities, but this can easily be overshadowed by frustration over the stagnancy in opportunities to advance. They are just starting a cross training program and a career pathing program, but seem oblivious to the cons you are about to read.

    Cons

    Several people have been in my pay grade for over 20 or even over 30 years working at NARA. Even though we are under a "soft hiring freeze", I realized my degree doesn't seem to mean squat in a field of work that doesn't require a higher education. I have applied for every vacancy in the past three years, interviewed twice and seem to be stuck which is extremely frustrating for a veteran of 8 years, a recent college graduate with superior academic achievement, and several years working in the private sector as a supervisor running a $1M satellite operation with only 4 - 6 people. A part of American workforce is dying and sadly it seems to be the competent few. At this rate they will never get up from the bottom of the Employee Viewpoint Survey ranking in the entire federal government. You have to can AND do something to promote positive change!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have learned we only can keep 4% of our profits at the end of the year and anything beyond that must go to pay off the national debt (which is ridiculous anyway), but spend as much of that 4% on rewarding your top laborers - as the economy improves and more jobs become available they are bound to leave NARA and a mass exodus is not what I want to have to come back in and fix like I did in Colorado in the Private Sector - with a new bachelors degree and my experience you can bet I will be the one setting my salary should NARA be so foolish as to let that happen in my career span - NARA can't afford it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Archives Aid

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    Great flexibility with schedule. Work. Life balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement if not a veteran

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    The negatives outweigh the positives

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    If you can get it, the benefits are pretty nice. If you get a permanent job, it's pretty much for life, even if you are terrible at your job. The transformation made things feel new and hopeful for a while.

    Cons

    It's hard to get a job here unless you are a veteran, have a disability, or are a recent graduate (pathways). If you are one of the hard workers you will see the people around you under performing with no repercussions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the people who do not meet the standards of their position. It would vastly improve job satisfaction. Convert term and temporary employees who have proven themselves.

  7.  

    Move boxes

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    Former Employee - Archive Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Archive Assistant in Waltham, MA

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    if you didn't want to see anyone for 8hrs a day this was the job

    Cons

    heavy lifting and no human interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pretty much just comes with the territory

    No opinion of CEO

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