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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great employer for students!

    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration

    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.

    Recommends
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    Stress free great schedule with the intern program paid holidays

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Management was pretty cool most of the time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work can be unfulfilling at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    more training to overcome perceived knowledge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worst Employee Satisfaction ever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    Federal Government provides long term security

    Cons

    Terrible management with no vision or leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire at SES level and above. Most are sharks. Look at alot of GS15 in the Agency Services Organization also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Cool to have historical documents at your fingertips, chill energy, nice people.

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

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was a student intern and I noted that experiences there lend well to various majors (history, library and information sciences, communications). I might have been lucky that I was placed in a good department within he agency. I worked with some great archivists in records processing who cared about improving our career development and education. They worked with my college schedule and I could change my hours easily if I needed more time off for finals or the holidays. Even students get recognition for the hand they lend to a project. I was pretty surprised to get an award. Students can get performance evaluation bonuses too. I was sincerely happy to be at work where everyone feels like their job is important. I loved being a part of history and researching for my own college papers with the available primary sources. The College Park location is a very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    If you are a student, no employee benefits. Bureaucracy is rampant, but it is a federal agency so I couldn't stay mad at that. The commute was difficult for me; I lived 15 miles away but it still took me over an hour to drive to College Park. The way back sometimes doubled. I tried public transportation once and it took 3 hours to get to work. Also, be prepared for the job agreement to end upon graduating. Typically, openings for full time employees are scarce and competitive. By the time an opening I qualified for did appear I had been unemployed for 5 months and just started at another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to gradually give the interns more responsibility and varied experiences outside of their section. Push them to attend the career development sessions offered monthly. It really benefited me and my peers but I noticed other sections in the agency never let their interns out for these opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Who"s your favorite?

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    Former Employee - ???? in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - ???? in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    It's a job...When you needed a job it was there but not worth all the BS that went on daily.......

    Cons

    Too many to list. Favoritism, BS on a daily basis. No where to go but down. Never heard thanks for much. Work balance amongst employees was the worst I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites... Very bad and toxic place to work.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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