US National Archives and Records Administration

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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
31 Reviews
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    Archive Aid (Pathways Program)

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

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

    Pros

    Paid Holidays, Great work schedule, easy work, and good work environment

    Cons

    No Benefits, Temporary position, No real advancement

  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 (more than an 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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 (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
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great experience and learned a lot that will help me in future positions.

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Archives Specialist in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisory Archives Specialist in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Location, opportunities to learn and grow, most employees really care about the work and want to help the public find information/records and are excited to have younger/eager employees coming into the field

    Cons

    Lack of freedom due to government oversight, poor communication from executive/upper management, budget concerns; some staff appear to just go through the motions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure newer employees know you appreciate their work and want to help them grow and make a career with NARA - otherwise you may lose them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Archives Aid

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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 flexibility with schedule. Work. Life balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement if not a veteran

  7.  

    The negatives outweigh the positives

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    If you can get it, the benefits are pretty nice. If you get a permanent job, it's pretty much for life, even if you are terrible at your job. The transformation made things feel new and hopeful for a while.

    Cons

    It's hard to get a job here unless you are a veteran, have a disability, or are a recent graduate (pathways). If you are one of the hard workers you will see the people around you under performing with no repercussions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the people who do not meet the standards of their position. It would vastly improve job satisfaction. Convert term and temporary employees who have proven themselves.

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    Student Trainee (Archival Science) - Intern

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    Current Employee - Student Trainee (Archival Science) - Intern
    Current Employee - Student Trainee (Archival Science) - Intern

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration as an intern

    Pros

    Had a great supervisor
    Easy work
    Really good pay for the type of work you do
    Earn Annual/Sick Leave, Credit Time, Time-off awards
    Management gave you time off when you needed it
    Management understood that school was your first priority
    Really good coworkers
    Set your own schedule
    No furloughs due to sequestration
    Standards are easy to accomplish

    Cons

    Hiring Freeze
    Same work all the time
    Since interns are not considered to be in "competitive service" (enough though hiring was competitive) they cannot apply to internal job applications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 (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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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
    No opinion of CEO
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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 (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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