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Internet Archive Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Book Scanner
    Former Employee - Book Scanner

    I worked at Internet Archive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful working experience, great work/life balance, wonderful senior management, a great way to improve your professional skill set & great benefits. Quarterly, semi-annual, & yearly evaluations and possible raises. They also had an excellent understanding of how circumstances affects production and performance.

    Cons

    A lot of training is through trial and error, not a great deal of advancement opportunities & the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check what the market value is in the country/state you are opening a satellite in and base the pay on current market value. Other surrounding universities were offering much higher pay to do basically the same work being done at the satellites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I had a great time working at the Internet Archive.

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Internet Archive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is really great, as are the mission and values of the organization. It's a very casual and friendly place to work.

    Cons

    I can't really think of many cons to working at the Internet Archive, but I don't really have much to compare it to. I suppose the pay wasn't quite as high as I would have liked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership seems pretty good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This is a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Internet Archive full-time

    Pros

    The Founder is passionate about our Mission
    We handle many diverse projects at once.
    The overall environment is fantastic.
    The people are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The open floor plan may be distracting for some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bring your tech skills to an important cause.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Internet Archive as a contractor

    Pros

    It's good work, it's important work. You can work in tech without it feeling like you are a burden on the community. Everyone is friendly and lovely.

    Cons

    It's an older non profit and the pace and communication can be slower than a start up environment in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring more remote employees - work to be better about skype and email communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a great place to work if you're an hourly book scanner

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Book Scanner in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Book Scanner in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Internet Archive full-time

    Pros

    -Company has a good mission and free website for the public to use
    -Ok pay ($11/hr) with benefits after 90 days
    -At our location, we had Fridays off (four day work week with ten hours each day)
    -Sometimes there were interesting materials we had to scan and it was neat to see these materials in person (Like being in a museum and being able to examine the objects behind the glass)

    Cons

    -Very stressful and competitive (You had to write the number of pages you scanned on a public board at the end of the day. If the number didn't meet your quota, you were criticized for not working hard enough or not as hard as your co-workers.)
    -It was difficult to scan books with tight margins, brittle pages, or words running into the spine (That's when your quota went out the window.)
    -Quantity is valued over quality
    -Management had favorites (If you met your quota, you were treated well. If not, you would be called into the office frequently to be lectured.)
    -The constant sitting and scanning can get to you after a while and lead to physical problems (back aches and shoulder pain)
    -Agree with another reviewer that there is a great divide between the scanners (hourly workers) and engineers or management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scanners are expected to meet ridiculous quotas when it depends on what type of materials you have to scan. Managers agree to more projects than the scanners can handle and set tight deadlines. The competition and stress create a hostile work environment. Managers should try doing the scanner's job and see if they can meet the quota.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Awesome environment and a great mission.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Internet Archive

    Pros

    Always interesting. A great deal of respect for each other. Very supportive environment. Creativity is highly encouraged.

    Cons

    Non-profit levels of salary and benefits

    Recommends
  8.  

    Turn and Run

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Internet Archive

    Pros

    Pay is good.
    Nice location.
    Flexible work week
    Great mission

    Cons

    Poor communications
    Open hostility between managers
    Unrealistic goals at best or worse no goals at all
    People here create fiefdoms
    Stress express

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much vision and not enough common sense. Or management skill.
    Visionaries should be free to express that but without real management skills this place is going to keep going in circles

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    It's all about the books...people sometimes come 2nd

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Internet Archive

    Pros

    - Friday catered Lunches
    - Cool building and location
    - Relaxed non-profit vibe
    - cool mission
    - The founder has a heart and spends a lot of his own money on the organization

    Cons

    - the founder starts too many projects without thinking it through
    - scanning books sometimes take precedence over people
    - huge divide between engineering and hourly workers
    - Friday lunches are not for scanners, only engineers, sales, management
    - low job security
    - Director makes $200K + but somehow they have no money, hmm?
    - too many people drinking the kool-aid
    - Not allowed to say the word "copyright"
    - they don't always abide by local labor laws

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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