US National Archives and Records Administration

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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated March 26, 2014
Updated March 26, 2014
28 Reviews

3.3
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  1.  

    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

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time for 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My experience was not so great.

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    Former Employee - Student  in  Spanish Lake, MO
    Former Employee - Student in Spanish Lake, MO

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The compensation and hourly pay is very nice. Also the sick and annual sick leave is great. This job is intended for students so they make it very flexible according to your schedule.

    Cons

    The management at NARA is horrible and very backwards. You get promoted doing mediocre work. If you excel and succeed at your job, you are kept where you are.

    Recommends
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    Good but old

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Flexible hours, great insurance and a good amount of paid time off plus 11 holidays. A friendly environment too.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive at all. At least for me the job is very boring and tedious. I'm not motivated to work hard as the bonuses aren't worth the extra effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A Good Company To Work for if you're permanent

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    Current Employee - Archivist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Archivist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    They treat you well when you're a permanent employee. They are very flexible with you

    Cons

    When you are a student, they don't really care about you, only getting work finished

    Recommends
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    Boring, Tedious, but not the worst place in the world

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    Current Employee - Archives Aid  in  Valmeyer, IL
    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Valmeyer, IL

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration part-time

    Pros

    Went in as a student under the STEP program, which they no longer have. For a college student, the pay was great, and they have flexible scheduling and understand how hard it is to balance work and school. We have workers who only work during the summer, and others who only work one day a week.

    Cons

    I think this one is dependent on who you are and what section you're hired into. As a member of Search, we had to do exactly that, which meant going through heavy boxes trying to fulfill standards that are almost impossible to make. I can only think of two or three out of our entire office who honestly make standard.

    Recommends
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    NARA

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    Former Employee - Archives Technician  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Dayton, OH

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pretty good pay

    Cons

    Politics , not a lot of full time perm positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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  8.  

    Its a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    Stable employment as long as you make your quota.
    co-workers are nice.
    Working with americas history.

    Cons

    very low pay
    required to complete 20 - 21 casses a day, no matter the complexity.
    seems like long term older employees are not encouraged to apply for new opportunities - only young students will get any of the developmental positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat all people fairly. Provide opportunity to all employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Start for Library Science Students

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Worker in New York, NY

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, small staff that makes it easy to get to know co-workers, occasionally food and drink are provided, there are opportunities to learn more about the logistics of Archives Management, the work is not too difficult

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement without a degree in the field, work becomes tedious and mundane when no new responsibilities are introduced, sometimes find yourself looking for work to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Student workers should have additional responsibilities other than processing and data entry.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Decent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration part-time

    Pros

    Despite being a republican presidential archive, there was a lot of tolerance for the liberal viewpoint

    Cons

    far away from everything ever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    overall satisfied, not challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    never have to take work home with you, always have a guaranteed lunch break, workload is not heavy, etc. etc.

    Cons

    the work is not challenging. The agency always tops the list of the most unhappy places to work in the federal government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be a good idea for the agency has a whole to have a channel of communication among different levels of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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