US National Archives and Records Administration

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Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Admissions clerk

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    Current Employee - Admissions Clerk in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Admissions Clerk in College Station, TX

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Perfect job while still being a college student. Pay is also great for a student. Best part is being able to study while work is slow. Constantly in front of a computer so you can make the time pass by real quick. Get to interact with people from around the country and all walks of life. They throw a lot of office parties with great food. Every now and then get the chance to see the former President. Best job I have ever had!!

    Cons

    Customers can be very annoying and demanding at times. Have to answer phones and answer dumb questions all day. Questions are very repetitive and get old. At times you get used to it being slow and when it suddenly get busy that kinda sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Great for a student position

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    Former Contractor - Archives Technician - Student in College Park, MD
    Former Contractor - Archives Technician - Student in College Park, MD

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay and workload is great for a full time time, especially one attending a college in the DC area. It is close to the University of Maryland so you meet a lot of people doing interesting research. Coworkers and work atmosphere is okay.

    Cons

    Upper management won't leave and they have tendencies to micromanage everyone. The position is pretty entry-level so it is nothing you want to do beyond graduation. Even if you miraculously get a position full time, it won't pay you much more than you made while working in school.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for opportunities to keep the better students when they graduate. The federal government loses a lot of talented students under the temporary Pathways program and they will need the bright students to eventually lead NARA as the older people are forced to retire.

  3. Dysfunctional upper management.

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    Current Employee - Archival Science (Student Trainee) in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Archival Science (Student Trainee) in College Park, MD

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, government holidays.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional upper management, dubious hiring practices, antiquated, unevolved archival practices.

    Advice to Management

    Hold upper management accountable for their inactions, lack of support, and stubbornness for the "status quo."

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  5. Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, times, time-off policy

    Cons

    Social aspect, time at work, future growth

  6. Great employer for students!

    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The supervisors are extremely accommodating for student schedules. I worked there while I was a student at UW and it was great. Decent pay, convenient bus ride (or parking!), nice supervisors. Paid sick and vacation, even for students!

    Cons

    There are no windows in the entire building! It is pretty tedious, repetitive work. Some days drag on and on and on.

  7. Solid Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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. Stress free great schedule with the intern program paid holidays

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    Current Intern - Data Transcriber in Spanish Lake, MO
    Current Intern - Data Transcriber in Spanish Lake, MO

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great work life school balance, decent pay for what you do, I had my own space and managed my own time as long as you hit your quota most of the time your golden.

    Cons

    Very repeative work gets borning can make for a long day. The Pathways program has ended and all student interns will no longer have a job my last day is March 31, 2015

    Advice to Management

    Rotate jobs throughout the shifts, training with step by step example would be nice and to be trained for more than 15 minutes would help

  9. Government perks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Very flexible and relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Work can be unfulfilling at times.

  10. Cool Job To Have, But Wouldn't Make A Career Out Of It

    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Spanish Lake, MO
    Current Employee - Archives Aid in Spanish Lake, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Weekend and Holidays off, Hours of operation are awesome( You wont get off any later than 6pm), Work really easy, and the work environment is really family oriented!

    Cons

    Really no room for advancement, It one of these jobs that you sort of have to wait for someone to quit or retire to move up and that doesnt happen often

    Advice to Management

    Management was pretty cool most of the time

  11. Good, bad, and ugly.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.

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