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8 people found this helpful  

Stressful, futile and not worth the trouble

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

Pros

colleagues bond because of terrible working conditions. they will generally hire anyone and the interview process for a librarian position was incredibly low pressure.

Cons

one of the lowest paying professional librarian salaries in the country, located in one of the most expensive places to live. their reputation is totally undeserved, its terribly mismanaged and hard work, intelligence and progressive attitudes are not valued. if you want to make a difference in people's lives, or work in an intellectually stimulating place, do not work here. aside from all that, patrons are verbally abusive and make physical threats often - be prepared to deal with it yourself as security often avoids situations like that.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

as some of the other reviewers have mentioned, its similar to working in the DMV. STOP hiring just anyone who walks in the door and hire people who are high achievers. make the effort to get rid of dead weight in management and in lower levels. this is why turnover is high and you lose enthusiastic and smart people. reward your employees with better compensation and/or allow them to work where they want to work. hire people who have the skills that are needed in their location - ie, in Spanish Harlem, look for clerks and librarian who speak Spanish. seems elementary but apparently its beyond the grasp of management.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Like working for a disfunctional family

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY

    Pros

    Best collection in America. Staff dedicated though downtrodden.

    Cons

    Poor pay, no respect from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to stop protecting incompetent leadership and focus on dedicated staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    If you just want a monotony job with no growth

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    Current Employee - Office Aide  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Aide in New York, NY

    Pros

    Paid Holidays
    Paid Vacations
    Closed when there are hoildays

    Cons

    No Growth
    NO Promotion unless you have a Masters Degree in Library Science
    If you have a Bachelor's you can be a manager at a library, but it's very stressful, and the pay is horrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many!!

    Disapproves of CEO
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