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Updated October 25, 2017
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  1. "Hard on the body, good for the soul."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scanner in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Scanner in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Internet Archive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to amazing printed materials from the last couple of hundred years. A bibliophiles dreamland. Ability to listen to endless podcasts, audiobooks, and music while working. Great management (Boston location). Knowing your contributing to global access to material, metadata production, and data mining possibilities.

    Cons

    Repetitive. Hard on the hips and wrist. Bad health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management - Give better health benefits to your employees. The insurance offered didn't touch physical therapy, which is a necessity if you want to retain employees in positions that WILL result in repetitive motion injuries. Boston Management - You are fantastic. I miss you!


  2. "Disappointing experience to say the least"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Internet Archive full-time

    Pros

    Cool concept of mission. Great resources for a nonprofit (coffee/snack bar, free Friday lunches, fun events).

    Cons

    Executive leadership leading without much experience and training. No norms around evaluation, compensation, job satisfaction. Fraud happening on a director level that was not addressed ethically by the CFO/Founder. Almost no diversity among staff. Very little transparency throughout the organization. No strategy for development purposes. Everything was focused on engineering and non-engineers were looked down upon and treated/compensated poorly

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work/Learn"

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    Current Employee - Scanner in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Scanner in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Internet Archive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Freedom to design your daily schedule, including taking breaks when necessary.
    - Consistent salary raise schedule, once per quarter and based on merit.
    - End of the year bonuses
    - Entire group received $2 raise, alongside year-end bonus, to go from starting $12 to $14 within 5 months
    - Weekly, free lunch/Starbucks perks
    - Paid time off/Flexible with taking extra time off
    - Constant communication about clearly defined production goals
    - Receptive to implementing employee-generated solutions to employee concerns
    - Friendly co-workers, calm, quiet place to work
    - Listen to audiobooks all day
    - Freedom to explore work technology (Linux) and learn more about the tech industry
    - Participate in a great cause (open sourcing information)
    - Very friendly, cheery, and helpful supervisor
    - Super interesting and friendly founder (Brewster) with loads of great career advice
    - Handle very expensive, old books from one of the best museums in the world
    - Healthcare covered
    - Employer matching on 403b retirement plan
    - Steady hours
    - Lots of job security
    - Lots of independence
    - Ample support from team of scanners/engineers through Slack
    - Great name, a perfect stepping stone to a variety of career paths

    Cons

    - Difficult if you're not willing to get your hands dirty
    - Difficult if you're not willing to be creative in solving problems
    - Difficult if you're not self-reliant
    - Difficult if you're not interested in learning about tech
    - Difficult if you're not tech-minded
    - Difficult if you're uncomfortable with manual labor
    - Difficult if you can't be disciplined about your schedule/work

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing to let go of unproductive employees.
    Provide more opportunities to learn about different roles within the company and how they contribute to the overall job.


  4. "Solid Nonprofit with a Great Vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are friendly and the office is comfortable, full of amenities, and pleasant to work in.

    Cons

    Some of the operations are disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  5. "Awesome Non Profit Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coordinators were wonderful to work under. I learned a lot from this company. It developed an interest in technology for me.

    Cons

    None in my opinion but I wish there were more room for improvement but I believe if you are willing to relocate to HQ there maybe more opportunities for advancement there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. "Extraordinary Mission and Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Fantastic Mission (Universal Access to all Knowledge)
    Super cool office (was a church)
    Interesting and challenging problems to solve
    Open catered lunch every Friday

    Cons

    There is never enough time to do all that needs to be done.
    Too many interesting problems to solve (that can also be a good thing!)

    Advice to Management

    Cater lunch every day! Grow a network of volunteers. Take advantage of the beautiful office and host more public events to introduce people to all that happens at the Internet Archive.


  7. "The Chance to have a huge impact"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to help 2-3 million users a day
    Very financially stable non-profit with top non-profit executive level compensation
    Fun, creative atmosphere
    Weekly Friday lunches where artists, activists, engineers, librarians come together
    Lots of public events, talks, happy hours at headquarters
    Good colleagues in collegial atmosphere
    Room to be creative and actually build things
    Very flexible work environment--flexible work hours, work-from-home day

    Cons

    No real paths for career advancement
    Boss can be hypercritical in a public way
    HR systems are under-developed

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture where everyone's good ideas can prosper
    Create a career path for entry-level stars to rise
    Give managers more decision-making authority

  8. "Don't Expect to be Appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -great mission
    -founder with a great heart
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    Cons

    -low pay
    -doesn't seem like manager has had experience managing people
    -low mobility
    -disorganized
    -repetitive work


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Internet Archive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very smart minds and passionate hearts.
    Unique mission.
    Nonprofit with more money than most.

    Cons

    Board consists of four people. Very non-involved.
    Poor management throughout the executive leadership.
    Extreme founder's syndrome; organization runs more like the founder's playground as opposed to a charity in the public's interest.
    No strategy, no accountability, poor treatment of employees, no HR, egocentric founder who sees value only in engineers and is quite condescending towards other staff.
    No room for growth or professional development.
    Inconsistent rewards for a job well done.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the board to be a real one; specifically who will hold the founder accountable.
    Follow the rules that accompany being a nonprofit.
    Put someone in place who can drive strategy that isn't just about what the founder wants.
    Find value throughout the organization and not just in the engineering team.


  10. "Innovation but no structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Internet Archive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some aspects of the culture are fun and most of the employees are kind. This is a great place to work if you thrive in fast-changing, flexible organizations and struggle with much structure.

    Cons

    - If you desire real leadership, good management skills, and processes/structure that are standard pretty much anywhere else, you'll be disappointed here.
    - Salaries are significantly below market rate and hiring managers are not given the power to negotiate with candidates.
    - I would not recommend this organization to younger or ambitious folks who are looking to climb the ladder or be mentored - you won't find that here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers who are willing to build real processes and infrastructure to let the organization mature, and listen to them. Don't pinch pennies with smart, hardworking people


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