US National Archives and Records Administration

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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. Good, bad, and ugly.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    salary is on the high end

    Cons

    bad supervisors leads to bad decisions

    Advice to Management

    more training to overcome perceived knowledge


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  5. Worst Employee Satisfaction ever.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

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

    Pros

    Federal Government provides long term security

    Cons

    Terrible management with no vision or leadership

    Advice to Management

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


  6. The experience was sufficient for the time that I was there. I was able to move around to a few different positions.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Who"s your favorite?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It looks great on my resume, I was able to land another internship at the Department of Justice mostly because of my work at the US National Archives. I met incredible people, including vets, researchers, and just day-to-day people who wanted to learn more about their great grandfather or other family members.

    Cons

    Somewhat strict rules such as no food or water, no jackets, no cellphones, no open shoes. But it's necessary to make sure nothing happens to the legislative documents.


  9. Good place to start as an intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration

    Pros

    Good place to start as an intern

    Cons

    it can become very boring


  10. extremely fulfilling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Records Specialist in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Warehouse Records Specialist in Suitland, MD

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    coworkers.superision,safety,work ethics,great chain of command

    Cons

    n/a no overtime,some equipment,lack of carts sometimes,

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. Student Intern: Archives Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flex scheduling, Good Benefits, Work and Home life balance.

    Cons

    Some goals are unrealistic. Management Staff are hired without out proper experience. Those that are hired are usually former military veterans who only got hired due to veteran's preference. Employees without military service are often overlooked for positions.



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