Free Library of Philadelphia

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  1.  

    "An inspirational culture of people who love to help."

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people who work at Philadelphia's libraries are pleasant and eager to improve their communities with many various kinds of creative offerings. This inspires one to pitch in and be a better person.

    Cons

    Like any large organization, sometimes management decisions that defy explanation come down from headquarters. One kind of has to roll with them, and assume that the folks downtown are dealing with a different set of issues, and that the changes will be helpful for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When managing a program at a regional branch from a central branch, constant communication is a must. This goes for employees, too. Not just management.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very fun job, learn lots of things. Working with kids is an amazing experience and brightens your day even when your mind is in a storm of problems.

    Cons

    None, though you need to develop patience and need a tolerance for kids. It's best if you like kids and helping people.

  3.  

    A Venerable Institution Searching to Remain Vibrant and Relevant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Free Library of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    a valuable service to a community that, overall, greatly appreciates staff efforts.
    an opportunity for various job pursuits within the organization, opportunities for advancement.
    strong and sincere camaraderie among front line staff.

    Cons

    Disconnect between frontline staff and higher level administration.
    The organization is in the midst of fundamental change and generational succession (as is the profession as a whole). *This could be seen as a pro as well as a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The vision and mission of the organization is clear and inspirational, but guidance, support, and encouragement in reaching those noteworthy goals is lacking

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Actually a rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Librarian II in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Librarian II in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Students, quiet environment and engaging workplace. The library is a great place to meet get and intelligent young minds who like to read and generally enjoy a library presence.

    Cons

    Rowdy children in the library can be disrespectful, some people get angry over late fees. The real problem stems with people not following the rules of the library, child or adult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more dedicated workers instead of people just looking for a quick job.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Very friendly, relaxed environment, Least stressful job I've ever had. a very good stepping stone in my career

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    Current Employee - Staff Accounting in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Accounting in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Free Library of Philadelphia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    partial city and the perks come with it, 16 pay holidays and ok benefits too

    Cons

    not challenging at all after the first year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a more challenging task and some thing different once in a while

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Interesting, enjoyable and informative

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    Former Employee - Digital Resource Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Digital Resource Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work through a Bill Gates Computer Grant and the people who attended the computer classes were wonderful and some of the office staff was also.

    Cons

    To much politics in who gets hired, promoted or stays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure attitude of people who work in the Free Library of Philadelphia

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Friendly, relaxed environment... Least stressful job I've ever had.

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    Former Employee - Teen Leadership Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teen Leadership Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the people (both co-workers and patrons) and the relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is very friendly and the kids in the LEAP are a blast to be around, even while having to be in a "quiet" library. Being able to spend your free time reading the library books and checking out new releases before they were available to the public was also a major plus. Not to mention how helpful getting those pesky late fees removed was!

    Cons

    Seasonal Position. You can only work there as a Teen Leadership Assistant in the LEAP Program until you graduate from high school and then your employment with them is terminated. If you wanted to continue working there,, there is a possibility of moving up to becoming an After School Leader, but seeing as there can only be one per branch, it is very competitive to get this position. I loved working there, so I wish there was other ways or positions open for TLAs to continue on in after graduation.

    Recommends
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    Associate Leader

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    Former Employee - Associate Leader in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Leader in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is great, the other associate leaders are usually a good group

    Cons

    Be ready to travel around to the different branches on your own dime and be ready to deal with superiors who are nit-picky. The hours are limited so you can't really ask for more just to see your pay check go up. Some of the "bosses" can also be condescending

    Recommends
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    The Free Library of Philadelphia

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    Former Employee - Teen Leadership Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teen Leadership Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This job was comfortable, easy, and calming. The staff there was usually pleasant to others.

    Cons

    However it is a very slow and boring job/ Plus it is in a dangerous location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    A good chance to develop skills if you are a self starter and good at working without supervision.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Ability to work with a wide variety of people and organizations from all over Philadelphia. From this perspective, it is a good place for networking opportunities, etc.

    Cons

    There is little structural support for professional development, and management isn't always great at their job. You have to take a lot of personal initiative to get things done, which is either good or bad depending on your personality. There's also a lot of siloing--many programs, responsibilities, etc are duplicated across a number of departments, making the whole operation pretty inneficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate and improve communication across prgorams, improve your entire web/IT department, develop better relationships between librarians and foundation staff, fire unproductive workers.

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