Internet Archive
2.8 of 5 4 reviews
www.archive.org San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Awesome environment and a great mission.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Internet Archive

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

ConsNon-profit levels of salary and benefits

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Book Scanner (Former Employee)
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 Senior ManagementScanners 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Turn and Run

Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Internet Archive

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThere 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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