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Sno-Isle Libraries Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory
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  1. "Page"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Page in Mill Creek, WA
    Former Employee - Library Page in Mill Creek, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interactions with fellow people give you nice experience

    Cons

    None, it is a great job

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  2. "Great learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time

    Pros

    I work with wonderful people who are committed to helping connect community members with resources they need.
    Work is not demanding and community libraries are comfortable places to work.

    Cons

    Workflows can change quickly.
    There are no health benefits for any except full time employees, which causes a lot of turnover.

  3. "Library Page II"

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    Former Employee - Library Page in Freeland, WA
    Former Employee - Library Page in Freeland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This job is a great opportunity for people residing in smaller communities in the region. The pay was great. The benefits were great. I received sick and vacation pay with my part-time job. At the library I worked at, the whole staff got along (rare occurrence at any company!) Overall great place to work.

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of is the work schedule. Mostly, my schedule stayed the same from week to week. Only changed when someone went on vacation or was out sick. So you have to be flexible. You will have to work some holidays and weekends.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "PSA"

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

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for promotion and lateral movement.

    Cons

    Getting offered one of those many opportunities usually depends less on you skills and knowledge and more on who you're currently working for or have worked with in the past that is on the hiring committee.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 5 star rating, it is impossible to get.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "One of the best library systems in the Northwest"

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    Current Employee - LA II
    Current Employee - LA II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong community support
    Huge budgets for materials and staffing
    High caliber employees
    Fabulous programming

    Cons

    Huge competition for jobs both internally and externally
    Employees tend to stay through retirement, next in line are always those who have most experience (years into Sno-Isle), rather than a fresh degree or other valid life experience
    New hires/openings are either 15 hrs a week with minimal benefits or 40 hrs with good benefits
    STAR hiring procedure, always a panel of at least three, always brutal-be prepared!

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities for internal positions
    Go back to 32 hour offerings
    Offer internal job swaps so employees can gain experience at different branches


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Library Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Mukilteo, WA
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Mukilteo, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to meet a lot of people in the community

    Cons

    Hard to go find other opportunities other than the one you have

    Advice to Management

    Good management


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, interesting work, plenty of activity, good atmosphere and great people-watching. Plenty of opportunity to learn new things.

    Cons

    No opportunity for more than a 15 hr week. Unless you are working for fun only, you must have a second job. Even a 24 hour week would make life easier.

    Advice to Management

    Think about allowing pages at least a chance at a 24 hour week and take seriously the fact that we all must have second jobs.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Page II"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Page II
    Former Employee - Page II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and friendly staffs

    Cons

    Very little room for career development


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Proud to be Part of This Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This organization excels at customer service like no other I've seen.

    The Trustees are top-notch. They care about the employees and the service we provide. The system is fiscally solid.

    There is a great desire to change with the rapidly shifting technological landscape.

    Cons

    The hiring system is weirdly out of step. There is no discernible path to upward mobility. The hiring decisions seem quite random. There is no value to seniority at all.

    As the system continues to grow, we face challenges of losing our close connection among branches.

    Advice to Management

    overhaul the methodology for hiring decisions. Add an element for positive performance reviews, internal awards, etc.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great, close staff, opportunities are plenty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sno-Isle Libraries part-time

    Pros

    Close collaboration between staff, opportunities to really express yourself. Must have good time management

    Cons

    Lack of full-time opportunities, decisions are often made at the top with little interaction between all branches or thought to smaller libraries

    Advice to Management

    Allow more staffing options, especially opportunities for benefits


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