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Brooklyn Public Library Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Pay and Great Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great and fulfilling position helping a community eager to learn.

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    Current Employee - Librarian in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Librarian in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide actual librarians with experience, education, and management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Absolutely inefficient and unproductive organization!

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    Current Employee - Senior Librarian in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Librarian in Brooklyn, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Easy but Repetitive

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

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    very nice

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    Former Employee - Wrkshop Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Wrkshop Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    meet a lot of people

    Cons

    Absolutely no cons for this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leadership

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Management loves people who suck-up!

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    Current Employee - Clerical Aide III in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Clerical Aide III in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You start off with 3 weeks vacation, a good number of paid holidays, sick-leave.

    No OT required.

    Basically the kind of job that is done by the end of the day--nothing hanging over your head.

    Union--protects your job

    Cons

    Salary: Very low wages; no increases until union negotiates a new contract every 5 years or so. Even then, it only amounts to a cost of living increase. If you work only part-time, you don't get any raises until the minimum wage increases. You could be working there for 8 years with no increase, no benefits.

    Nepotism: When a promotional job is advertised, don't bother applying unless you are a favorite of management, i.e, sucking up to them, gossiping with them, stabbing your co-workers in the back for them, etc. They already have someone in mind for that job, and that person will get it!

    No justice: Managers welcome spying on co-workers; love to hear gossip and encourage it from those who are brown-noses, but you never get a fair hearing. Once something is said by one of their cronies, you ARE guilty!
        - Hardworking clericals are penalized by being made to take on additional jobs, while the lazy coast along and get away with it. They aren't required to do much, so long as they show up and kiss-up.

    Unprofessional: Managers are very disrespectful, many times in public, to librarians that they don't like. They are constantly being scolded in public and in staff rooms, rather than in private meetings.
        - Managers have racist attitudes, and make racist comments depending on what neighborhood they are in. In my heavily Jewish community, I've heard many racist comments by management about the patron population.

    Limited scope: Due to lack of staff, librarians are relegated to doing practically the same job that the clericals do. They sit at the reference desk all day issuing library cards, helping patrons use the computer, and throwing out perfectly useful books (weeding the collection), because the shelves are too full, instead of creating programs that promote literacy and a love for the written word.
       - In keeping with the above, when there is down time, we are not allowed to read a book at the reference desk. God forbid that we should give the impression that reading is a good thing. I guess "Candy Crush" is a preferable alternative.

    Union ( yes, I have it both in the pro and the con!) Protects the job of the hardworking, as well as the job of the person who shows up and does absolutely nothing all day!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value hard work over friendship in the workplace. In the long run the diligent workers are what will keep the organization running smoothly and effectively.

    Give everyone the same opportunities, not just the clericals or librarians that are your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    Very low morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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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