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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated November 30, 2016
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is the best I've seen in the federal government (again, in the right places) (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent pay, convenient bus ride (or parking (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • This organization has a large % of its workforce in warehouse-type jobs within little room for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • The upper management of this agency leaves a lot to be desired (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources/Employee& Labor Relations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Employee Relations Specialist in Florissant, MO
    Current Employee - Employee Relations Specialist in Florissant, MO

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

    Pros

    Working for the federal government gives you many opportunities to serve veterans.

    Cons

    No exposure to non-federal laws.

    Advice to Management

    Be strong, be consistent, but be fair.


  2. "Job Reiview"

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    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management was very pro worker

    Cons

    No room for advancement there

    Advice to Management

    Assist workers with lateral movement and training


  3. "Great interaction with departments"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of teams and sectors within NARA and you're never limited to staying in one spot.

    Cons

    There is a limit to new ways of thinking or programs, similar to other government agencies. The agency also keeps around older employees and doesn't make way for younger people interested in joining NARA>

    Advice to Management

    Push for the implementation of new tools and ideas.


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  5. "Comfortable work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at US National Archives and Records Administration part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly co-workers, very nice and understanding supervisors.

    Cons

    Location is far from other businesses. Not uncommon to see bugs, after all you are working in a cave.


  6. "Good but not great"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Excellent staff, professional environment, good about hours and time off as long as you have the right manager

    Cons

    Can end up working long hours, not particularly fulfilling

    Advice to Management

    Get new office space/figure out how to stop treating your special events team so badly


  7. "For the ministry if japan"

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    Former Employee - Intern in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible pays well boss was nice

    Cons

    extremely boring and tedious work

    Advice to Management

    terrible the workers at NARA were racist


  8. "Great Job for Veterans"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time

    Pros

    Flex schedule, time off, and health insurance.

    Cons

    Upper management micro manages, lack of pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  10. "Work"

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

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, times, time-off policy

    Cons

    Social aspect, time at work, future growth


  11. "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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 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



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