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US National Archives and Records Administration Reviews

Updated April 20, 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)

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

Cons
  • Not a lot of room for advancement if not a veteran (in 8 reviews)

  • The upper management of this agency leaves a lot to be desired (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "For the ministry if japan"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  2. "Archives Aid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Records Retrieval Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Records Retrieval Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation and sick pay every pay period

    Cons

    lack of leadership in management

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally and get better leadership in management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "National Personnel Records Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Over-time pay and monthly bonuses for production. Promotion possibilities. An okay job over all. Helping veterans obtain their information for benefits is gratifying.

    Cons

    Very stressful. Production is pressured more than quality and it is hard to do that to our veterans. You have to cheat the system to be able to get your production numbers. Pay is terrible so you are forced to work overtime to be able to afford to live. In a bad area of St. Louis, so everyone has to commute at least 35 minutes to live somewhere nice.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more.


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  5. "Archives Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Archives Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good healthcare and benefits. Flexible work time.

    Cons

    disconnect between Management and employees. Hard to gain promotions. Pay is below average. Worked hard.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees thoughts and suggestions.


  6. "New(ish) employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great agency to work for with important mission to preserve our nation's history.

    Cons

    Many job series are low-graded and salaries are low


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Monotonous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Federal holidays off, accumulate paid sick/annual leave. Some of the work is easy to do (mentally), but can sometimes be physically difficult.

    Cons

    Sexist environment, especially in my department. Extremely monotonous work. Sounds exciting because you will be dealing with historical information, but working at the lowest GS level (archives aid) proves to be boring and almost depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't evaluate employees based solely on "who is a favorite." Realize that women can do this work as well as men.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Go to Another Gov't Agency if You Can"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Archives Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Archives Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability. Federal holidays, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    1) Very little advancement (unless working for a non-Presidential facility - or working at Archives 1 or 2 (Washington, DC or College Park, MD, respectfully)
    2) Government promotional system
    3) Upper-level - DC - Mgmt completely out of touch with Archivists.

    Advice to Management

    The Archivist of the US is the most vain glorious director of an agency I've ever known. There is a reason the the National Archives (NARA) ranks last on the evaluation of all government agencies. The work is great if you love history - as I do - however, the upper-level mgmt - the DC Board of Directors - has absolutely no idea what archivists do. Furthermore, the Office of Innovation is a joke. We've been through multiple re-designs of our Archival Search system (ARC then OPA and now the Archives Catalog) in 2 years because Innovation doesn't know anything about innovating. If you want to go into history at the Federal level the best places to work are either the Library of Congress or the Smithsonian. - BTW - Charles Piercy is NOT the CEO of the National Archives.


  9. "NARA Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Archivist in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Archivist in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great first experience with working for the Federal Government. Decent Pay for an Internship. Very flexible with school schedule.

    Cons

    Work can be redundant at times.


  10. "Federal Work Study Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Archival Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Archival Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A wonderful easy position for someone new to the DC area.

    Cons

    Not enough hands on experience.


  11. "Admissions clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Admissions Clerk in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Admissions Clerk in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Everyone is very nice and helpful. Perfect job while still being a college student. Pay is also great for a student. Best part is being able to study while work is slow. Constantly in front of a computer so you can make the time pass by real quick. Get to interact with people from around the country and all walks of life. They throw a lot of office parties with great food. Every now and then get the chance to see the former President. Best job I have ever had!!

    Cons

    Customers can be very annoying and demanding at times. Have to answer phones and answer dumb questions all day. Questions are very repetitive and get old. At times you get used to it being slow and when it suddenly get busy that kinda sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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