Library of Congress Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
24 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - very interesting work
    - management is open to detailing staff to other areas
    - access to lectures and documentaries

    Cons

    - definitely not on the leading edge of anything
    - lots of old people around but I guess that means they like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Not everyone is a librarian

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    Current Employee - Liaison Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Liaison Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable, except for when there are budget debates in Congress.

    Cons

    Archaic. The mean age of the library employee is somewhere around 58 years old. Poor management and leadership. Lots of retirement in place. Some people work really hard where others are hardly working. The organization needs to be overhauled but no one wants to go through the effort. Salaries are arbitrary and rest largely with your manager and not your actual work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one really reviews staff position descriptions every year to make sure they are accurate. Promotions shouldn't be given to the longest standing person for surviving the longest. People who work hard should be acknowledged and managers shouldn't be so lazy about submitting paperwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Not Ideal for a Contractor...

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

    I worked at Library of Congress as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    None that I can think of... the job was what it was.

    Cons

    No communication between contractors and federal overseers; contractors held to a higher standard than federal employees;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training; provide clear cut job expectations; and hold yourself accountable when the ball is dropped because it is not the job of the contracting worker to forsee your end goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Mixture of Amazing and Frustrating Staff

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with the most amazing collection of materials and many of the most talented and dedicated people in the world. Great work life balance. People stay here forever.

    Cons

    An ever changing and shifting morass of paperwork and rules and changing management.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Working in the Nation's capital for the Nation's Library

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    Current Employee - Division Chief  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is awesome to be surrounded by cultural information and people with a passion for their subject.

    Cons

    archaic technology, institutional culture can be resistant to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the influence of a unified executive team to truly move the agenda forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to develop skills

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Library of Congress

    Pros

    Flexible, great benefits, support for professional development

    Cons

    Hard to move up ladder quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  8.  

    Employer doesn't show apperication of employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Was able to have access to any published book and checkout.

    Cons

    There was no upmobility or growth in agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be experienced in job and exercise professionalism. Most are being hired by friends instead of on their work performance and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Wonderful!!!

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    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Clerk in Washington, DC

    I worked at Library of Congress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Working at the LOC was one of the greatest experiences in my life. Everyone was very friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Government funding and available positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Enjoyable

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Library of Congress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    interesting people, great area, good work/home life, understanding superiors

    Cons

    lonely, little contact with others, at the mercy of the government

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Filing Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Filing Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Library of Congress part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly co workers, teamwork, flexible hours..

    Cons

    Sometimes there are slow days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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