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,
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.
Managers frequently did not meet with employees to keep them informed.
This is a female dominated profession and women are given career opportunities.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Senior colleagues are not appreciated or supported.
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.
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.
An attempt was made to improve working hours but most employees are unhappy with being forced to work on Sundays.
The library profession overall needs to have its image enhanced at all levels including schools, colleges and public libraries.
Job security seems to be more stable than that in private industry.
Several of the libraries are not meeting ADA requirements for the disabled.
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.
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.