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A good place most of the time.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at Library of Congress full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Great researchers, location, and mission.

Cons

Random acts of senior management.

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  1. FD&C/ISS is a Horrible, Toxic, Demoralizing Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Junior Designer In Facilities Design and Construction in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Junior Designer In Facilities Design and Construction in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Library of Congress

    Pros

    Great benefits, good entry into a government career.

    Cons

    The Library of Congress may be a great place to work for other employees who do not work in FD&C/ISS but you will not find a soul within this directorate who likes their job, especially in FD&C. There is no room to grow, no one likes their job, few actually do their jobs, and the ones that do are so burned out. Management is completely incompetent and hateful. No one takes accountability for what they do, so you as an employee spend most of your time running in circles to complete one task. All the Jr. Designers, Project Coordinators, and Sr. Designers are so demoralized by management (direct and upper) that actually using your brain is off the table. For the Jr. Designer position they like to over hire very talented people who have design experience for this position but it is very much an entry level position. The candidates do not know, however, because during the interview they explain it as a design position when it really is a maintenance position with very little design involved. People quite very often, so it is a very unstable environment. Although construction is high stress, the stress comes from the people you work with who are very ingenuousness and love gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better and they will stay. Create opportunities for your employees to excel, grow, and develop. Treat your employees like they know what they are doing because they are all educated professionals who know how to do their jobs. Give your employees the freedom to make decisions and do not treat them like they are children who need your approval to do everything. Create a process for completing tasks and receiving work and stick to it. Advertise your positions more closely to what the employee will be doing and answer questions truthfully during interview, do not just say what sounds good or what will get the person to take the position. Build moral by being the example of good faith and positive attitude that you want your employees to have. Stand behind your word and be truthful.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Sadly, promotions are based on seniority, not on experience and job results.

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    Current Employee - Library Technician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Library Technician in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Library of Congress

    Pros

    It's a steady government job with many divisions which would allow to find great position I would fit in, but that's based on seniority, not experience, knowledge and work results.

    Cons

    LOC depends on the budget passed by Congress so all the money depend on the political situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote and offer promotions to people, if you want to keep them. Reward good workers and show that lazy bumps are not being promoted. Otherwise good, hard workers will look for other place to work and you will loose valuable, well trained employee.

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