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Good cause, Excellent benefits, Rigid Work Environment

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I worked at New York Public Library full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great benefits, Excellent opportunities for librarians working in specialized fields, Unusually high compensation for librarians, Supportive learning and development department. The opportunity to work at one of the best libraries in the world.

Cons

Lots of uncertainty about funding and constant threat of lay-offs. Evenings and weekends are usually required even in positions that would not normally require them--professionals who are not librarians. Very active rumor mill.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The flat organizational structure seems to be more of a myth than a reality. The only evidence I saw of it in my tenure there was a sharp reduction in administrative support, and executive responsibility without empowering professional and clerical staff to take more control over their work.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    They take advantage of students

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    Former Employee - Library Page  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Library Page in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's a flexible job hours, librarians do alright.

    Cons

    Very low pay, management is reluctant to offer raises but the keep promising raises to keep you around. Staff is unpleasant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat students like idiot's

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    In a period of change, coming up more pennies than quarters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Public Library

    Pros

    NYPL is a great place to learn about how a large non-profit functions. If you are looking for a place with a lot of history and the clout of a established cultural organizations, it can be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Currently under an period of massive change of management and mission. Tough financial constraints can make for a lot of difficulties in getting things done. In general, the organization is slow moving. It seems to be in an internal battle fighting to figure out it's place in the larger in ecosystem of information services in a time where digital is rapidly shirking traditional media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on figuring out the top priorities. Try to do less things at the same time. Invest more in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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