US National Archives and Records Administration

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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Monotonous

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    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Federal holidays off, accumulate paid sick/annual leave. Some of the work is easy to do (mentally), but can sometimes be physically difficult.

    Cons

    Sexist environment, especially in my department. Extremely monotonous work. Sounds exciting because you will be dealing with historical information, but working at the lowest GS level (archives aid) proves to be boring and almost depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't evaluate employees based solely on "who is a favorite." Realize that women can do this work as well as men.


  2. Okay Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work Environment, Great Co-Workers

    Cons

    No room for any advancement, much lower pay for comparable jobs.


  3. NARA Internship

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    Former Employee - Archivist in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Archivist in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great first experience with working for the Federal Government. Decent Pay for an Internship. Very flexible with school schedule.

    Cons

    Work can be redundant at times.


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  5. Some great people, some not so great

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern

    Pros

    Most of the staff in the Human Capital Office are really nurturing and invested in career growth.

    Cons

    NARA is a stubborn agency that is mired in backward bureaucracy. It is a stifling work environment as many people seem disgruntled with management.


  6. Federal Work Study Intern

    Former Employee - Archival Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Archival Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A wonderful easy position for someone new to the DC area.

    Cons

    Not enough hands on experience.


  7. Solid Experience

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

    Pros

    There was a lot of good training in the IT field. You are encouraged to take as much training as you want.

    Cons

    It is a governmental organization so there is not much desire to grow; there is not so many vacancies because people sit in their positions for years

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Good, bad, and ugly.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quality of life is great if you're in the right occupational field. Work-life balance is the best I've seen in the federal government (again, in the right places). Pay is on par with other federal agencies. Buildings are nice and the people in most locations are dedicated to the work they do.

    Cons

    This organization has a large % of its workforce in warehouse-type jobs within little room for advancement. Those jobs are also paid the least, have the least time for development, and should look at hose jobs as temporary steps to someplace else. The organization still hasn't gotten past a reorganization that happened 5 years ago and some anger and frustration still exists....I don't think leadership has handled it well and it shows.

    Advice to Management

    Empowering employees means letting them make decisions regarding their own programs. You are not the expert in all things just because you rose through the federal ranks. Many decisions are yours to make, many are yours to delegate and TRUST your people.


  9. manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    salary is on the high end

    Cons

    bad supervisors leads to bad decisions

    Advice to Management

    more training to overcome perceived knowledge


  10. The experience was sufficient for the time that I was there. I was able to move around to a few different positions.

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    Former Employee - Record Retrieval Aid in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Record Retrieval Aid in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job was extremely flexible and accommodating to my college schedule. The work was routine and simple to do working in the Record Retrieval section.

    Cons

    The working conditions weren't always the best, but with the new facility I'm sure its better now. The Supervisor wasn't the easiest person to talk to.

    Advice to Management

    Take classes to learn and prepare for supervisory roles mif it is not something you are good at. Just because you qualify for a job doesn't make you good at it.


  11. Great definable experience, learned a lot of things that will push me forward in the future.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location, Its a great place to tell people you work in the same building that houses the Charter of Freedom.

    Cons

    Lack of responsibility on management part.



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