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No room to grow

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries

Pros

You do get benefits if you're part time at 20 hours a week. If you have no career aspirations are content with occasional lateral moves within the organization, I’d recommend it as a nice job if you like working in customer service. It’s a relatively safe work environment. Job security is great.

Cons

Little to no room for advancement or growth despite any extra effort you put into your work or into expanding your knowledge base about the organization and the services it provides. Even though current managers & the Director were librarians who were able to work their way up through the ranks, those same women now seem to have instituted a standard of not promoting current employees if they can at all help it. Outside candidates are usually, if not always, chosen for the higher-paying jobs, indicating a sentiment that current employees simply aren't qualified to those same openings, despite their Sno-Isle experience.

On their employment home page Sno-Isle claims to provide "...continuing opportunities for training and development, so you can explore a career that will be vital and interesting for years to come." This doesn’t appear true as I can say that I’ve rarely, if ever, seen it practiced: see above comment.

Job security is great: no matter how poorly someone may perform their job, they won't be fired; the poor performance will just be ignored, or they’ll be moved to another position.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior management people are purposefully separate from and out-of-touch with employees in the branches and are way too comfortable in their jobs, simply because there’s no accountability or methods for measuring work product. Start holding managers and directors accountable for their lack of management skills (there are some good managers, but there are also some real duds) and find a way to make them show they’re really working 40 hours a week.

All areas of leadership need a serious routing to allow those truly in touch with the public and those with fresh ideas to lead the library. And most of all, please open your eyes and recognize the talent right under your noses. Hire from within: you have some amazingly talented and innovative people working here, so why the fanatical obsession with looking outside? Outside people aren’t magical; they’re just someone else’s employees.

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for Sno-Isle Libraries

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries

    Pros

    Professional environment. Caring culture with mix of new employees and others who have worked there for decades. Very committed to serving customers. Senior leadership very engaged. There is room and opportunity to make a difference and be noticed for it. Less interoffice politics than many other places. Non-unionized.

    Cons

    Moderate salaries and wages. Organization needs to concentrate on what it takes to move to the next level of excellence.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable but stale.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries

    Pros

    Great schedules, very flexible. All benefits paid, no cost to you. Very stable. Yearly anniversary raises and cost of living increase of 1-3%.

    Cons

    Leadership team doesn't have a clue. There is no room for advancement. Limited jobs available. The salary is lower than other jobs in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your lower management. The people running the company really have no clue. They are promoted librarians. Definitely not business people.

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