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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "LSA position"

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    Former Employee - Lsa in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Lsa in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent place to work as an LSA

    Cons

    Not a lot of training


  2. "Administration Disconnect"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is some room to grown within this organization. But it stops if you want to advance into Administration.

    Cons

    The only way one gets into Administration is if you are a "Yes" man and you are liked by the Director and her minions. Everyone in Administration is afraid of telling the Director the truth. But I guess I don't blame them because if you do tell the truth then that's career suicide.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some kahunas and stand up to Administration. Share what staff really feel about the decisions that are made and the impact on the staff and community.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Public Library"

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    Former Employee - Librarian in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Librarian in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The library is a good place to work with great people and a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of activities to participate in.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be out of touch with its employees. Clientele for the downtown library is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to lower level employees. Provide support to employees and opportunities for advancement. Enforce rules and regulations as a means of increasing security and safety.


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  5. "It's a Library"

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    Former Employee - Student Shelver in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Student Shelver in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone who worked there was very nice.

    Cons

    The people can be a little crazy!

    Advice to Management

    Empower your workers, even Shelvers


  6. "LSA"

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    Current Employee - FT Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - FT Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being a source the community can go to for information and help when it comes to their projects, whatever it may be.

    Cons

    NOTHING ! I love it


  7. "Amazing place to work! (Groesbeck Branch)"

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    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant in Groesbeck, OH
    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant in Groesbeck, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff was wonderful
    Management was the best I've ever had
    Eclectic job duties
    Hours were flexible
    Room for advancement
    Great training
    Coronets were interesting
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Still trying to come up with some. I guess the customers could be a bit difficult at times, but they also kept things interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Please let the library be about what it was originally intended: books; and stop trying to make it everything to everybody.


  8. "Amazing Experience"

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    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was a part time Library Services Assistant at my neighborhood branch. I loved it because I got to know more of my neighbors and work with a great group of people. Benefits are amazing, even for a part time employee. I don't have any complaints. Amazing technology and more to come!

    Cons

    I wish other branches would pay more attention the volunteer program. They are such amazing help! Pay is a bit low, but I loved the job!

    Advice to Management

    Management varies depending on branch. Mine was awesome!


  9. "LSA - Virutal Information Center"

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    Current Employee - Virtual Information Center - Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Virtual Information Center - Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive work environment, PTO and Sick time for part-timers, holidays off.

    Cons

    Patrons can be draining. Most assume that working for a library is relaxing and quiet. In the VIC, we're on the phone 95% of the time talking to patrons. It can be draining.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "appalling"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large system, high pay, good benefits, lots of resources.

    Cons

    Draconian management, employees are back-door punished for taking sick leave they are entitled to. Small mistakes are grounds for dismissal. Upper management only wants employees not to make trouble for them. If they decide they want you out, you are gone. Quality of work is irrelevant.

    Advice to Management

    In all honestly, simple humanity and compliance with applicable employment law would be a start.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Lsa in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Lsa in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, lots of room to move within organization

    Cons

    Lack if funding has caused several internal and external hiring freeze


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