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County of Los Angeles Public Library Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "Great atmosphere."

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    Current Employee - Library Assistant in West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in West Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at County of Los Angeles Public Library full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a very rewarding place to work at.

    Cons

    Some libraries close at 9 p.m.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Library Page"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Monte, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Monte, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at County of Los Angeles Public Library part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Management
    Healthcare insurance for part timers
    Built up time for sick days or vacation for part timers

    Cons

    Depending on the library managers and staff can be radically different and library assistants treat the employees they oversee radically different at different libraries.

    Advice to Management

    Library CLMs should ensure that assistants are fair and understanding with the employees. CLMs are usually more concerned with the overall library stats and don't interact as much with pages and aides.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Library Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at County of Los Angeles Public Library full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Permanent, steady employment. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Constantly short-staffed, lack of support from administration when dealing with difficult customers. Lateral transfers take over 2- 3 months. Stressful environment. Policies are flexible if a customer complains loud enough.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw your front-line staff under the bus. Customer service can be provided without being hostage to social media threats.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "It's ok!"

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    Current Employee - Library Aide in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Library Aide in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at County of Los Angeles Public Library part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get health insurance if you're a part timer.

    Cons

    They can fire you any time as a part timer without any explanation, so if a manager has it out for you, you're gone!!!
    They change rules according to how the county manager feels.
    No raise in the years.
    Hours have been cut dramatically!
    Librarians get away with murder.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop changing the rules to fit your needs and playing with peoples life’s'


  6. "Fantastic opportunities for beginning librarians with plenty of professional development and growth"

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    Former Employee - Librarian I in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Librarian I in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great colleagues, support staff and community managers. Plenty of training opportunities, ability for lateral and promotional movements, fantastic benefits including medical, life, etc. Interview process is lengthy, but not overwhelming, lots of managers encourage growth in staff. One of the largest library systems in the country with access to millions of volumes that can be loaned between libraries, active at the state capital level to save library funding.

    Cons

    Most support staff is part-time and being cut due to budget constraints, budget constraints limit adding to the collection,

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the support level staff (pages, aides) and encourage growth within the county.


  7. "Unfairly laid off without a reason. Terrible management that didn't follow company rules."

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    Former Employee - Library Aide in Castaic, CA
    Former Employee - Library Aide in Castaic, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pension Plan. Health Benefits. Coworker camaraderie.

    Cons

    A little above hourly wage. Part Time Job. No real opportunities for advancement. Hours constantly being cut and coworkers being laid off due to government budget reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Treat coworkers respectfully and fairly. Follow company rules and policies.


  8. "Better than most"

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    Current Employee - Librarian (Anonymous Level) in San Fernando, CA
    Current Employee - Librarian (Anonymous Level) in San Fernando, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    good salary, excellent benefits, excellent growth potential. Being such a big system means there are lots of opportunities to move upward or laterally depending on your interests.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to take on an undesirable assignment to ingratiate yourself with the bosses. Also, it is very hard to terminate someone so people can feign or exaggerate ailments and be on modified work duty for years.

    Advice to Management

    Plan for the long term; take care of your good people now so they stay around for the long term rather than jumping ship at the earliest possible opportunity.


  9. "Dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Librarian I
    Former Employee - Librarian I
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at County of Los Angeles Public Library full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great hours, salaries & benefits for full-time (paid days off: sick, holiday, & vacation as well as healthcare, 457K & retirement).... often 4-5 hours overtime if you want it @ a Sunday Library

    A large variety of job duties with the public & in offices

    Large variety of locations throughout LA County

    Promotional opportunities

    Most buildings are upgraded & comfortable to work in

    Cons

    Dysfunctional Library Managers & Administration: Do not look for protection from harassment: but you can document & follow the chain of command then apply to the State for help.

    New Department Head, so things could change......


  10. Helpful (2)

    "County of Los Angeles Public Library"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at County of Los Angeles Public Library (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff was amazing. Good people working very hard to do the right thing. They were often inspiring.

    Cons

    The leadership at the time was extremely poor and at times down right mean. The bureaucracy was beyond anything I've ever seen and made it more difficult than it should have been to get things done


  11. "Great coworkers and manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Good life-work balance, Excellent Hours

    Cons

    Budget cuts, staff shortages, Stressful


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