“Vacant positions ineffectively filled and lack of training erodes expertise and institutional and professional knowledge ”
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at San Bernardino County LibraryPros
Weighty decisions are made more quickly than I'd expect, so there seems to be more flexibility and a willingness to change course.
The work environment is as low pressure as you’d like to make it.
Colleagues are friendly and make every effort to constructively approach staff problems.
Hiring personnel will do a lot to avoid financially-motivated layoffs.Cons
There's been almost no room for advancement within the past couple of years. Training and opportunities for staff networking (even within departments) have crawled to a standstill. Funding issues have forced management to suspend tuition reimbursement for continuing education, which was meager to begin with.
Direction and philosophy:
Executive level management relies on branch managers to explain organizational changes to its staff, but with the disjointed work schedules passed down in the wake of branch hour reductions, and with staff moved into leadership positions with little preparation (so no immediately reliable agent for timely communication from management to all staff) rumors spread and pass from staff to patrons. On the other hand, any agent for communication from staff to management either doesn’t exist or is poorly promoted.Advice to ManagementAdvice
The public faces of the library need to understand and buy into the direction the library is being steered toward, and not free falling toward, by their executive management.
Branch managers need more time during the day to attend to their most important job, working with their staff, supporting the ambitions and protecting the morale of productive and promising talent from hearsay and unengaged colleagues.
Too few of the right people are being moved into the right seats: Either evaluations must be more thorough, or the prescriptions drawn from them *must* be acted upon, or acted upon more quickly.
Too many seats are left vacant in the shuffle: The funding crisis makes some of this inevitable, but if the case can be made that vacancies we've witnessed are all inevitable (heads of entire departments leaving or being reassigned), services aren't being reduced enough. Leadership needs to mount a concerted effort to examine realistic cuts in services that will rot without support, or solicit staff input in shaping further cuts.Doesn't Recommend
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at San Bernardino County Library in May 2010.Interview Details
They take a written test first and if you pass then you get a in-person interview. They will do a background check and you must pass all drug test. Finally, you are hired!Interview QuestionsNegotiation DetailsIf you have experience, know another language or education, then you have an advantageAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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