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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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Pros
  • There is never any reason to stay late, nothing done at the Archives is time sensitive, so good work life balance I guess (in 6 reviews)

  • Really good pay for the type of work you do (in 5 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 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very small chance to earn a promotion unless you have a Master's degree"

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    Former Employee - Archives Technician in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Freedom to take on major projects and tasks
    -Interact with customers and learn valuable professional skills

    Cons

    -Upper management is a mess and often hire externally rather than internally

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the organization and reward employees.


  2. "National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO - Looks and feels like a prison"

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    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I learned many things about the military, as well as how disorganized the government has been with military records since World War I. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Prison-like building in St. Louis as there is no cafeteria and nowhere to go eat within the 30 minute lunch time. The outdoor break area is spoiled because it is next to the smoking area. Every indoor break room has a TV on, whether you like it or not. Temperature in the building is very hot, as evidenced by the many people who have fans at their desks. As for the work - it is production oriented. You are always under pressure to meet daily completed assignment numbers. The pay is horrible for the work performed. I made the same hourly rate in a very depressed area of New Mexico, under much less stress.

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee is a productive employee. Many people are not happy at NARA in St. Louis due to the pressure of production and nowhere to go for a real break during the day.

  3. "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.


  4. "Archives Technician"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Customer Service, Flexibility in hours, job easy enough

    Cons

    Morale of the workers, no room for growth for lesser grades, very top heavy

    Advice to Management

    More promotion opportunities, Management need to listen more to the people ACTUALLY doing the work


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "HR Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at US National Archives and Records Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits: Health and dental, life insurance, FERS Retirement, Good Pay, Very flexible schedule options, Sick and annual leave, paid holidays, work-life balance, New building.

    Cons

    The upper management of this agency leaves a lot to be desired. HR upper management (as of 10/6/16) is horrendous. Violates prohibited personnel practices and merit system principles. Discrimination from the highest levels of the HR Department. Until management is removed, you do not want to work here!

    Advice to Management

    I would start with the basics of federal human resources. Study the merit system principals, don't discriminate when making personnel actions and NEVER violate the prohibited personnel practices under any circimstances.


  7. "WNRC"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, Decent Pay, Entry Level jobs, Plenty of opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Upper management, Lack of operating procedures available to employees, Non-climate controlled warehouse.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee relations with management, current programs allow employees to improve relations with each other. Improve work space environment.

  8. "Archive tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy work , flexible dress code, no micro managing

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, dirty job


  9. "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.


  10. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Archives Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisory Archives Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really busy place to be

    Cons

    Volume of projects exceeds facility capacity

    Advice to Management

    be innovative with solutions to current challenges


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