Brooklyn Public Library

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Brooklyn Public Library Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
23 Reviews

3.6
23 Reviews
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    Part-time Library Associate

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    Former Employee - Part-time Library Associate  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Part-time Library Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible, first pick on new movie releases, and unlimited access to books.

    Cons

    Pay and no medical coverage (but i was part-time)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It"s an experience of a lifetime

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and public, making a difference in local neighborhoods. Rewarding experiences for someone who wants to give back to people

    Cons

    Salary doesn't match for the level of expertise of staff. No room for growth or advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries and make more opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very low morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great employees, librarians, clerical staff, occasionally very friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    This place at times has to be experienced to be believed. Lack of communication between library administration and professional librarian staff is to be expected, all the time. Level of clerical staff training is faulty to be nice. Lack of professionalism in all departments is normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating clerical staff and librarians as criminals who want to 'play' the system, in terms of HR/Sick leave rules. Try to have effective training for clerical staff as well as professional staff. It's a public library, not a detention center for corporate miscreants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I gained a lot of invaluable experience at BPL, from volunteering to the Multicultural Internship Program.

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    Former Employee - Multicultural Internship Program  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Multicultural Internship Program in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Librarians are great mentors with a lot of life knowledge and experience. They're always willing to help you succeed and are happy for you in your endeavors.

    Cons

    Not everyone wants to be here. They kind of settled into a union-protected stable job. It's not a field everyone can find passion in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be a librarian if you're going to complain about 40k-60k starting pay not being enough. Prate a little less, wouldja?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Meeting knew people who will help you in any way they can.

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    Current Employee - Library Page  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Library Page in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The library helps the community with different programs for kids, young adults, and job seekers. it's a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Budget cons and fears that the library may no longer be there and losing your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your colleague and the people under you feel as if their part of the team and don't exclude them from meetings because of your hire status if the meeting also involves them. they'll feel as if they might get laid off and their not part of the family or team as once believed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Low Morale

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    Current Employee - Library Associate  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Library Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library part-time

    Pros

    working with the librarians, supervisors are nice, considerate, flexible and understanding. The patrons can be a mix bag but for the most part, it is great to help them.

    Cons

    So many changes, so many changes. No one knows what to expect next. Morale is extremely low. For the last few years, there has been little room for growth, and with all the changes, one can expect that to remain for quite some time. City Budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the very minimum, listen to the people who are doing the day to day work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Brooklyn Public Library Volunteer

    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Volunteer hours are flexible enough. Lower employees are kind and helpful. The libraries patrons were friendly and appreciated recommendations. The shelving system was easy to grasp.

    Cons

    There weren't many cons, though I would be firm about the amount of time you're willing to give. Being coerced into giving more time than you intended isn't fun.

  9.  

    Great Place to Work Long-term or Short-term

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, work is cut-out for you, and vacation time is fantastic. The salary is fair and working with great staff makes your day better.

    Cons

    Promotions are difficult and each branch has their own environment. You may be unlucky and land a bad one. Communication with upper management can be difficult depending on the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit the branches and see what it's like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is a great library that gives a great deal of attention to the staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work until 9 pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote the staff interests in participating in the management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learning experience about myself and library industry.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library

    Pros

    Nice Staff and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Patrons can be annoying at times when they catch an attitude with you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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