OCLC Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
51 Reviews
3.8
51 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent physical working environment and equipment (in 5 reviews)

  • Matrix organization with flexibility to work from home (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Top heavy, arrogant mostly home grown disconnected senior management team (in 5 reviews)

  • Too traditional in senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Doesn't get much better than this.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at OCLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job flexibiliity: Able to move around and do different things. Work from home, flexible hours. Onsite gym, picturesque campus. Relatively up to date development environments.

    Cons

    Pace is slower than most technical companies, if that is a concern to you. If it's not, I think you are in the wrong line of work. Unclear direction during transition to new management. It will get better, just may take some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worthy mission and great staff, though a bit staid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OCLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people overall, many with very long-term commitments to the company. Many are there out of a sense of mission and commitment to supporting the library field, and public libraries/librarians in particular. Good place if you'd like to put down roots, support or connect with library sciences field, doing some interesting work with cloud services and advanced metadata. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    It's the primary tech infrastructure for what feels like a whole field struggling to hold on, and it services organizations that often are extremely budget constrained. It's nominally a tech company, but it doesn't feel like or attract talent like you might expect a larger tech company to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None in particular. Good spot to work, tough industry and market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization, great mission, great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OCLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is excellent. As a non-profit in the library sector, many of the people at OCLC either come from a library background or have some connection to libraries, and all are in support of OCLC's mission which is to help libraries do what they do. Helping libraries is the bottom line.

    Cons

    OCLC has been around since the late 60's and was very innovative at the time, but was quite late in getting into the web. They are doing their best to make up for lost time but still struggle with legacy systems and dependencies. Over the years it's apparently been difficult to say "No" to all the requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just got new CEO and CIO so have opportunity to make some major changes to set OCLC's future vision and strategy. You have many good people who have been with OCLC a long time and have good ideas so take advantage of their experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OCLC

    Pros

    OCLC is a company that cares about its employees. They have many great benefits and a great working environment.

    Cons

    Process can be crippling at times.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, relaxed environment.

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    Current Employee - Intern in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Intern in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at OCLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of passionate people working towards a great goal.

    Cons

    Can be a little slow at times, politics can get in the way especially between the old and new guard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide whether OCLC is a technology or library company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great workplace, great staff and interesting projects for a not-for-profit.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at OCLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, Company that is interested in keeping up with latest technology. Not-for-profit atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lower pay than what a similar position could bring in a for-profit. Slow and not as agile as might be possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a fewer products and lead the teams to greatness.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    6.5 years as an Art Director

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Art Director in Dublin, OH

    I worked at OCLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location, working environment, professional staff, room for advancement, great benefits

    Cons

    In my experience, the cons were minimal. I worked with an excellent team of individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone that worked at OCLC had the same experience (per different managers, etc.)...however, the reason I rate my experience so high is that my coworkers truly cared about my life beyond what I could do in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A place to grow professionally and intellectually

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at OCLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most people are smart and interested in new ideas. Many people will help you if you ask. OCLC is ahead of most companies in methodologies.

    Cons

    Still some deficiencies in leadership - decisions are too democratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone aligned to some very simple and tangible goals and take the fast track to those goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to work. Nice people and an easy going work environment.

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at OCLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A good place to work. Nice people and an easy going work environment. Lots of talented people and a good location in Columbus. A great campus with walking paths.

    Cons

    If you like to move quickly and get things done, you will likely be frustrated by endless meetings and discussions. Decisions all seem to need to be approved/vetted by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set goals/timelines for making decisions and stick to them. Reward people who go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This is a non-profit company and has a good balance of work/life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at OCLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job is stable and the company claims a higher employee retention rate.

    Cons

    slow to change of market and technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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