Backstage Library Works Reviews

Updated April 28, 2015
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  1. Good small company. Not a big corporation environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Backstage Library Works full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Integrity. Transparency. You know whether the company is doing well or not months before it affects you in bonuses or lay offs. President talks to employees. Steady work. Good benefits for company this size. Flexible schedule in some departments.

    Cons

    Depending on department, limited opportunity to advance. Several long term employees maxed on salary caps with nowhere to go. Expectations are not always clear.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train your low level managers and team leads to give more opportunity to move up.


  2. cataloging team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cataloger in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Cataloger in Provo, UT

    I worked at Backstage Library Works full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexibility, friendly coworkers, interesting work

    Cons

    skills from this job not super transferable to positions elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    more professional management training


  3. Good for the short term, but a bad choice for a long-term career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked at Backstage Library Works full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility. Benefits. If you're young, you will probably do well at this company for awhile.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers and team leaders. Toxic work environment. Lots of drama, lots of employee gossip. Terrible communication from those in charge will cause problems with the work you do, and you'll get the blame for it. Very poor work environment. I saw this company discriminate against some of my coworkers with health problems, and they lost their jobs over it. They also at one point got rid of many of their lower level, older employees who were over the age of 38, so there was some discrimination there as well. This company only favors youth when it comes to promotions as well. Certain departments are struggling, so your job may only be temporary as the work runs out.


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  5. Could be a great company if there was some training for upper level management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Backstage Library Works full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with. Flexible schedules. Easy work.

    Cons

    Boring. Drab. Everyone is in their own world. Hardly any communication between departments. Absolutely NO training for management positions. All hiring is done from within, which is a good thing sometimes, but no training is available for the newly promoted people. Also, the owner is a micromanaging, defensive, and hyper-sensitive contemptible person. His holier-and-better-than-thou attitude stifles the growth of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Make training available for your management level staff. Make work more enjoyable and encourage involvement in new ideas and products. Don't yell at people or talk down to them. Get involved with your staff without micromanaging them.


  6. Poor Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Technician
    Former Contractor - Technician

    I worked at Backstage Library Works as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Low pay (Lower than a comparable company doing the same work)
    Illegal hiring practices
    Condescending management/supervisors
    Having to ask to use washroom instead of being treated like adults
    Forced to work up to the minute then spend time putting away materials that isn't paid for (illegal btw)
    No flexibility in scheduling

    Advice to Management

    Put your managers through more training. They may be a nightmare for your HR department and a lawsuit waiting to happen.


  7. It was very brief...was laid off after a company takeover

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at Backstage Library Works full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company, direct access to leadership, had a fresh perspective on the business that we were in,

    Cons

    Health insurance went in toilet, threatened large pay cuts and our salaries were at their ceiling leaving little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    They lost a lot of people due to their threat of cutting salaries and benefits when they took over. That really was not a cool way to introduce yourself and make a fresh start only to find out you didn't follow through on what you said you would do. How about being more honest next time.


  8. Backstage

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Backstage Library Works

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stable employment, worthwhile service (we help libraries.) For the most part management values employees and their efforts. Very flexible scheduling for work hours. Good benefits (health insurance) for a small company.

    Cons

    Somewhat low pay -- due to the kind of clients we deal with (libraries.) Not a lot of opportunities for advancement -- the company is not really growing.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes this is too library-like. Shake things up a bit? Recognize poor performance adn eliminate it.


  9. Surprisingly satisfying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Backstage Library Works

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, integrity, benefits, people, communication

    Cons

    Room for growth is lacking

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Backstage is the only company I have worked with where they treat their employees with respect and reward them.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Technician
    Current Employee - Data Technician

    I have been working at Backstage Library Works

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the benefits are good. They are flexible with the hours you work. For instance if you need to come in late due to a poor night, then you can without having to get permission. As long as you're working your required hours you can come and go as you please. They reward their employees with pay raises, bonuses, and other small rewards. They make sure to involve employees in decisions that will affect them.

    Cons

    You have to take a half hour lunch, even if you don't want to. And it's a desk job so you sit a lot.

    Advice to Management

    I think that they do a good job. They are generous in bonuses and giving back to the employees. They realize that the employees are the ones who give them their bread and butter.



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