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Updated September 30, 2018
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Library of Congress Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
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Pros
  • "Nice people, amazing architecture, great benefits" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great people, great supervisors, and someone always will to help" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "strict office, poor work/life balance" (in 3 reviews)

  • "It is part of the federal government, and there are inherent challenges that come from being a part of that bureaucratic system" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Library Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time

    Pros

    Great people and incredible collection of books.

    Cons

    No fitness area for employees to use.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "National treasure. Doesn't treasure employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time

    Pros

    World's biggest library. Good salary.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance. Lots of incompetent life-long employees. Antiquated policies. Union hinders rather than helps progress with HR issues. For an incredibly diverse organization, treats women, particularly mid-career women, and non-Christians terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Dr. Hayden inherited a mess of an organization and I have faith she will right the ship eventually, but it's going to take a lot of house cleaning.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "a decent place for some people to work, though it's definitely not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - telework is allowed in some offices, which is really nice
    - most of the people who work there seem pretty friendly and a lot of them stay for many decades
    - pretty convenient to Metro (Capitol South station)
    - new Librarian of Congress seems to be focused on bringing the institution into the 21st century by digitizing as many collections as possible, which is great because the Library of Congress has a ton of amazing stuff in its archives

    Cons

    - lots of layers of management which slow everything down, plus some of them don't even have a firm grasp of all the work that goes on in their sections
    - some employees and managers seem to be complacent, not good at their jobs, and uninterested in making meaningful efforts to improve their performance

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time meeting with one another and spend more time meeting with the employees under you who have to do most of the actual work. Take stronger measures to discipline or remove poor performers, and give greater recognition to the good and diligent workers who have to pick up the slack.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Library of Congress full-time

    Pros

    Largest library in the world with staff dedicated to carrying out its incredible mission
    Excellent pay and benefits, depending on your GS level, with opportunities for flex schedules and teleworking, depending on your duties and assignment area

    Cons

    Some staff should have retired years ago but won't leave because their jobs are their lives
    Some of the newer hires in senior positions lack the experience, professionalism and passion for the institution needed to step into leadership roles and fill knowledge gaps when retirements do occur


  5. "Amazing People, Amazing Mission, Amazing Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a unique institution in a league of it's own. It has amazing collections. Across the various divisions you will find many of the worlds experts on any given issue or topic. People love working here so much that they stay forever and when they retire they come back as volunteers the next day.

    Cons

    It is part of the federal government, and there are inherent challenges that come from being a part of that bureaucratic system.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Beautiful and historical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to books, ability to tour building, Career Development programs offered, network with interesting people

    Cons

    Nepotism, computer software from the early 90's, most manager views do not align with the Library of Congress

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the bad seeds. Get rid of the management and start new. Everyone is working for personal gain and not the public.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Library of Congress full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool place to work! So many cultural activities to participate in.

    Cons

    Aging building (Madison), slow pace of change

  8. "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...


  9. 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


  10. 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.


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