If you are the type of person who likes to go to work, do your job, talk to no one, and then come home, then this is absolutely the job for you. However, if you are the type of person that likes to make friends at work and enjoys communicating with co-workers, then this is not the place for you! The cataloging department at OCLC offers decent pay and great experience for your resume, but I personally felt like a robot when I went to work, because no one talked to each other. You were expected to work completely independently, and never as a team. It was very strange. No one was every unfriendly or rude, but it was not a friendly, healthy environment for someone who enjoys making friends on the job. Not recommended for anyone who enjoys working as a team!
I really appreciate the freedom that OCLC has given me to take time off to see my kids activities. The benefits are also second to none. The pay is lower than most places and there is little room for advancement, but for stability, it can't be beat.
OCLC is a great place to work . . . up to a point. Its done remarkably well in providing back office services to libraries for 50 years, developing new types of services for managing library data. The workforce is professional and dedicated to executing on OCLC's overall purpose : to serving libraries. The benefits and work/life balance are first rate. That said, OCLC has struggled to redefine itself as a library cooperative for the 21st century.
Excellent benefits and work/life balance. Educated and dedicated rank and file
Company lacks vision and can't articulate where it wants to be in 10 years
OCLC is non-profit organization company, job is security, and has good benefit, good working environment. Most of co-workers are nice, company location close to my house, has good training class. But the company re-org every year.
Excellent work environment, having a great time working with the team and co-workers are very supportive in all aspects regarding the project. Learnt lot more new versions of technologies which are very helpful for further career opportunities.
Retrocon Operator (Former Employee) – Washington Court House, OH – December 6, 2016
My job was to convert card libraries (mostly universities) to computer files. Conversions were verified by other Retrocon Operators, who generally used their own opinions to rate my performance. Many times we would be part way through converting one university and switched to another university in the middle of the conversion. Details on library cards could be interpreted many different ways. I did the best I could and with a few exceptions, enjoyed the challenge of getting everything right. Completed files were sometimes lost by people who verified files, which meant I had to do it all over again.
Great mission but not very agile for a small organization
Director (Former Employee) – Dublin, OH – June 17, 2015
OCLC is a great place to work if you are passionate about libraries. It can be challenging to get things done as the pace of decisions is slow and there are a lot of hoops to jump through to get project approval. New leadership is trying to change the culture but has brought in less transparency to business planning processes.
Mission and co-workers
New leadership is trying to get more work out of fewer people
Data Services Intern (Former Employee) – Dublin, OH – December 8, 2013
I loved working here. The coworkers were friendly and fun to be around, they give you time to learn your responsibilities, and it truly is one of the best companies to work for in Ohio. I highly recommend applying. It reminds me of Google, though not as cool.
Likelihood of advancement, free doughnuts on Fridays, free gym, compensation, health insurance, retirement benefits, culture of happiness, friendly coworkers & higher ups, accommodations if necessary
At least one black out per month, parking can be a pain though it's usually fine, not enough entry level positions
Independent Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – July 14, 2013
I felt like part of the team. I was only contracted for a short amount of time but felt like I was embraced as part of the team/culture immediately. Everyone is polite and treats everyone as a whole individual (having a personality and life outside of work).