Brooklyn Public Library

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Updated August 5, 2015
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  1. part timer

    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    they are flexible with schedules and willing to work around school schedules.

    Cons

    there isn't much experience gained out of this job.


  2. Passport Acceptance Agent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Passport Acceptance Agent in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Passport Acceptance Agent in Brooklyn, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being able to work in such a iconic location, which houses such great literary minds. The dress code is laid back, and not stuffy. The area surrounding is such a beautiful area, with Prospect Park, Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Museum.

    Cons

    The pay is low,and not much is done to make the part time staff to feel part of the library as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Try to increase the wages, make the part time staff feel as welcome as the full time staff.


  3. Good...not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work days, good pay, friendly staff

    Cons

    Sometimes can feel like the same day over and over...gets repetitive

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Some customer service mostly shelving

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library part-time

    Pros

    There is some downtime and the job isn't hard

    Cons

    Big workload on Monday and you work some weekends


  6. A decent place to work but management needs to change their approach drastically

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Project diversity - Different clients and departments to work with

    Cons

    - Higher ups do not value/respect/understand graphic design & marketing and rejects ideas that would help the library in favor of old and poorly thought-out ideas - Managers don't manage the department(s) well and don't know how to say no to unrealistic demands. Those demands are then piled onto the designers and copywriters in the form of unrealistic deadlines and too much work. Good staff isn't respected and cared for.

    Advice to Management

    - Learn how to manage the department WELL, and learn how to say no to clients as well as the higher ups. Protect your department and your people. - Take care of the good staff before they leave.


  7. Not the Place to work if you are a Web Developer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employees are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    Manager gives vague and incomplete requirements (You will send multiple emails to get info about what is required ) and what they call a project no one would ever call a project (The projects will make you feel as though you are still in school and you have a term paper due). No one documents what they are doing in their code and when you ask them what is going on they don't remember or they don't know what his going on in their own code. The code is messy and hard to follow, variable names and method names are not properly named, so you may see a variable called "thenum" and have no idea what "thenum" is. You may see a method and from it's name you think it does one thing, then to find out it does something completely different. You are setup to fail here, I would advise other developers to stay away. Do not expect to do much coding here. If you are looking for a place where you can learn new technologies, this is not the place to be, do not expect to grow as a developer here.


  8. Great Pay and Great Working Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pay per hour was amazing, the most I've ever had in my professional career to date. The manager I had was very friendly, understanding, and easy to get along with. With the exception of some meetings and special events, the job provided a lot of autonomy. You are in a position to provide valuable service to the community. Classes enable struggling students a supportive environment in which they can learn through alternative methods. Internship opportunities are provided to students. Metrocards and snacks are provided to students. Class sizes are very small--usually half the size of a public school classroom. Very little micromanagement. A lot less politics compared to working in the public education sector. Short work week and short hours.

    Cons

    There were no benefits for part-time workers, but to me, the pay per hour more than made up for it. I don't personally care about these things, but for someone looking for paid days off, medical, etc., this part-time position did not provide those. However, there was some sort of retirement account if you so choose to open one. The partnership the library has with outside organizations are totally useless in terms of developing effective lessons plans or curriculum. These bureaucratic relations stifle creativity and effectiveness in the classroom when it comes to teaching students. You sometimes have to follow the rules of how to create and present a lesson so that it fits the standards of the agency you are working with, even though the model didn't necessarily make much sense. Having to create lesson plans every semester is akin to reinventing the wheel, a highly annoying part of teaching.


  9. Great and fulfilling position helping a community eager to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Librarian in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance and extended time off. Volunteering is a great way to get started.

    Cons

    Salary is low. Great second job or for retirees. The children's area is crazy and not a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide actual librarians with experience, education, and management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Absolutely inefficient and unproductive organization!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Librarian in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Librarian in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair benefits, workload, friendly staff and supervisors.

    Cons

    Very low office culture, no professional, personal, and career development, Mundane, uninteresting, non-creative job that does not require even college-level education (only high school diploma). The library is turning into a children's day care center and noisy playground. There is the end of the library.

    Advice to Management

    The whole system needs completely new and different way of management. The BPL needs a new leader who cares about opinions of the employees.


  11. Easy but Repetitive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part-time Library Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Part-time Library Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Easy to work - Quiet Environment - Independent Work - Build relationship with patrons

    Cons

    - Repetitive Work - Low pay - Lack of communication through facility



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