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Updated November 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice people, amazing architecture, great benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance is VERY important and upper management is always looking for ways to improve (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Rules that make no sense, but must be followed to the letter (in 2 reviews)

  • There aren't a lot of young people working at the Library (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Retired"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique one of a kind place of employment.

    Cons

    Very Political and Unions are at times difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Hold individuals accountable...


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Outdated Agency"

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

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance, pay is ok.

    Cons

    Very hard to advance. Many people have been in their positions for 20+ years and they do not like to see younger people in high positions

  3. Helpful (2)

    "The LOC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great conversation starter, The Jefferson building is the best.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling, way to much favortism

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting clicks and causing unrest among the employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very Cool Experience"

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    Former Employee - Library Technician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Library Technician in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you get to work with the collections, it was a very surreal experience. The jobs are a little repetitive, but some people like that rhythm.

    Cons

    It's sometimes hard to get things going. Its still a library and things move slow.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just focus on these day to day tasks, but have some direction to improve the tasks at hand.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Super interesting work at Congressional Research Service"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Meaningful work advising members of Congress and their staff on important issues

    Cons

    Few young people and staff often has resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in new blood to ensure that products are cutting edge


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Telecommunications Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Telecommunications Engineer in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Engineer in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Library of Congress (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A wonderful work environment and learning experience

    Cons

    The hallways are very long


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good place to work.

    Cons

    Jobs openings that I qualify for are few.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. "By the Book"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating and telework friendly environment

    Cons

    Few if any champions in Congress

    Advice to Management

    Streamline mission in a budget constrained environment


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Excellent employer, offered promotional opportunities, provided services for employee, good work environment

    Cons

    Strong internal hiring process, difficult for external hirees

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build morale, give employees opportunities, and maintain the access to collection for the American people.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Looks good on Resume"

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    Current Employee - Library Technician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Library Technician in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly enough
    Great benefits package
    Commuting cost of public transportation is paid for you
    Good start to your career

    Cons

    Most employees wait about 30 years before being promoted (not much promotional opportunities, especially within a specific division)
    Education means pretty much nothing if trying to work your way up from the bottom
    Pay is not the best when starting from the bottom, despite being qualified for higher pay based on education and experience (frustrating because many people here get paid about 6 figures)
    Library is very behind in technological services/products for patrons

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth within the Library


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