Lee County Library System

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    Great job with good salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Assistant  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Lee County Library System full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Predictability, very little variety to schedule and duties, great chance to use people skills.

    Cons

    Daily job functions get routine, but colorful patrons help mix things up! County can decide to move you to another branch with no input from you, can get worrisome when changes occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutbacks always create stress, so keep checking in on employees to keep morale up.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work if you don't mind being a robot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Assistant  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Lee County Library System

    Pros

    As of right now, health benefits are excellent; however, severe budget cuts in the last couple of years could altar that in the future.
    You provide an excellent service to the community; most staff and patrons are exceptionally nice and appreciate you.

    Cons

    No raises for 3 years, and none expected in future; 5 furlough days planned for this fiscal year (they have allowed those with vacation time to use that in lieu of no pay).
    Focus is on building new libraries, renovating old ones, and installation of automated equipment and Self Check machines instead of retaining employees or hiring new ones. 'They' say the installation of the machines will not cut jobs, but the evidence is to the contrary; lost jobs due to the economy will not likely return in future because the machines will have alleviated the need for them.
    If you're unlucky enough to be under a 'bad' supervisor, your life will be miserable; upper management thinks any kind of whining and complaining is just that, instead of realizing that they might have a VALID complaint and a solution, but it's simply dismissed and all staff are instruction not to say anything negative about supervisors. We are all given detailed evaluations 4 times a year; and they are getting more and more detailed and micro-managed; the feeling is that you cannot even go to the restroom without permission.
    There is also A LOT of inefficiency, and it's usually because of poor scheduling and planning on management part - it also seems counterproductive not just as a staff member, but as a tax payer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read and implement some of the advice given in the many leadership materials available at the library! Micro-managing does not work, don't punish all staff for the inadequacies of the few (or yourselves for that matter); most employees want to do a good job and go above and beyond what is required of them, recognize and reward them, they might be able to tolerate the roadblocks you put in their way.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great staff!

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

    I have been working at Lee County Library System

    Pros

    Other staff members are supportive, the atmosphere is that of a family within most libraries. There are fewer training opportunities available because of budget cuts, but they still encourage you to expand your knowledge. Because of budget constraints there are few openings, but you are encouraged to advance your career. Insurance benefits are great for full time employees.

    Cons

    This is a government agency, with lower property values there is less money for all county departments, this has meant furlough days and an increase in insurance premiums. Upper management does not always seem to understand the stress in each library. This is due to having to provide more services to more people with fewer staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time in each branch to see the needs of both staff and patrons. Communicate better with staff about what the budget.

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