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Review averages

  • 4 employees say

    Excellent (1)
    25%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    25%
    Subpar (2)
    50%
    2.75
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for DC Public Library

Reviews - What employees say

2.75 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • Schedule shift to six day week instead of five

What I like about the company

The community is warm and welcoming

What I dislike about the company

Time spent building community across grade levels

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    DC Public Library
  • City
    Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

is offered is offered
  • 29.Jun 2016
  • Employee

librarian

2.63

Company Culture

Employees were seldom rewarded for good work.
Some managers were known for watching employees on the security cameras all day and rarely communicated with employees.

Support from management

Managers selected did not possess strong leadership skills. They often could not relate to employees.

Teamwork

The teamwork was reflected in the strength of the manager.

Freedom to work independently

Employees were extremely limited in structuring their areas of responsibility. Attempts to be creative were limited.

Internal Communication

Few managers held meetings with employees.

Gender Equality

Women were allowed to advance in their careers.
Unfortunately, there was a serious problem with sexual harassment which was rarely addressed.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Although sone older workers were hired, in general, long serving colleagues were not valued. It seemed to be a common practice to harass them by constantly moving them.

Career Development

Training was encouraged but there are few opportunities for advancement. Employee retention is a serious problem.

Overall compensation for your work

Benefits are poor because of the D.C. Government.

Office / Work Environment

The buildings were always too hot or too cold. Computers frequently malfunctioned. Employees frequently had to endure the wrath of the public when the public computers malfunctioned.

Environmental Friendliness

Not all of the libraries had recycling bins.

Work-Life Balance

Little concern was given to employees working hours. Some of these problems existed because there was seldom adequate staff. Sunday as a required work day was a big problem and interfered with family time.

Company Image

Employees are frustrated by
having to deal with the homeless who are often dangerous due to mental illness.

Job Security

The library has been stable.

Handicapped Accessibility

Ramps and elevators are provided but bathrooms doors are not handicap accessible.

Challenging Work

The task of shelving books and "book picks" was boring and repetitive. Creating book displays and exhibits did give me a sense of accomplishment.

Suggestions for improvement

  • There is a need to hire more employees. Also, managers there needs to be a more effective means of selecting and training library managers.

What I like about the company

The library offers tuition assistance to employees.Opp

What I dislike about the company

Opportunities for creativity are extremely limited.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
2.00
Challenging Work
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    DC Public Library
  • City
    Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2010
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered
  • 21.Apr 2016
  • Employee

Librarian

1.83

Company Culture

Supervisors have not commended employees. Fairness and trust of managers and fellow employees was an issue.

Support from management

Managers were frequently not trained for the job. Some just did not have good people skills,

Teamwork

Most employees were aware of the need to work cooperatively.

Freedom to work independently

Employees were allowed to voice their opinions but they were still ignored.

Internal Communication

Managers frequently did not meet with employees to keep them informed.

Gender Equality

This is a female dominated profession and women are given career opportunities.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Senior colleagues are not appreciated or supported.

Career Development

Employees are encouraged to advance the careers and financial assistance is provided.

Overall compensation for your work

Employees are not happy with the current health and retirement benefits.

Office / Work Environment

Some libraries do not have adequate staff offices. It would often take too long to have computers and copy machines repaired. The libraries need to have fax machines for staff.

Environmental Friendliness

Buildings are usually too cold or too hot. Several of the buildings are not ADA compliant. Water damage has caused mold in buildings that have not been renovated or rebuilt.

Work-Life Balance

An attempt was made to improve working hours but most employees are unhappy with being forced to work on Sundays.

Company Image

The library profession overall needs to have its image enhanced at all levels including schools, colleges and public libraries.

Job Security

Job security seems to be more stable than that in private industry.

Handicapped Accessibility

Several of the libraries are not meeting ADA requirements for the disabled.

Workplace Safety

There have been workshops to inform employees about the hazards of the workplace. My main concern was that there should be library police in every building. The libraries are frequented by people from group homes that house the mentally ill and people from halfway houses. Some of these people are violent.

Challenging Work

Independent projects are often affected by "red tape" to the point where employees are discouraged in planning programs.

Inclusive / Diverse

Diversity programs such as Black History, Hispanic History, Women's History programs are promoted as well as those for gays, lesbians, etc.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Hire people who want to work either Sundays or weekends only.

What I like about the company

They do offer tuition assistance.

What I dislike about the company

The night and weekend hours were physically tiring and not conducive to planning activities to what should be the employees free time. There are
limited options for promotion.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered is offered
  • Company
    DC Public Library
  • City
    Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

is offered is offered

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Review averages

  • 4 employees say

    Excellent (1)
    25%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    25%
    Subpar (2)
    50%
    2.75
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

DC Public Library
2.75
4 reviews

Industry average (Other Industries)
3.25
148,169 reviews

kununu average
3.28
2,614,000 reviews