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Library of Congress Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, great benefits, great stock options, and great vacation package (in 6 reviews)

  • Ability to work independently, work environment is perfect for an introvert such as myself (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Technology outdated, lots of busy work, boring (in 2 reviews)

  • Working for the federal government has its pluses and minuses (in 2 reviews)

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  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.


  2. "Outdated Agency"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. "A labor of love"

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

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time

    Pros

    First hand exposure to primary resources and subject-matter experts.

    Cons

    Stultifying, debilitating, dispiriting, calcifying bureaucracy that rewards extroverts and aggressive position-jockeyers.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to -- and respect -- the "little people" who help make the Library of Congress the treasure that it is.


  4. "Writer, Researcher, Producer"

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    Former Employee - Writer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Writer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most people are very nice and extremely smart.

    Cons

    Stifling, mean bureaucracy with no regard for their employees.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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