Mid-Continent Public Library

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Mid-Continent Public Library Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun job, low pay.

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    Current Employee - Access Specialist II (Formerly "Librarian Assistant I") in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Access Specialist II (Formerly "Librarian Assistant I") in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Mid-Continent Public Library part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job is a lot of fun. The people are mostly wonderful.

    Cons

    A lot of the people who work here don't have the education or basic computer skills to be working in a library. Full-time jobs are few and far between. Nearly all of the positions are part time and the pay is VERY VERY LOW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff primarily consists of underemployed, underpaid people with Masters degrees and uneducated, unintelligent non-professionals. If the latter group was cut, maybe the former group could get the hours and pay they deserve. But instead even the tiniest branches have 20+ employees, and MCPL seems content with their bizarre staffing model.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mid-Continent Public Library

    Pros

    Flexible hours, the staff is very nice, everyone is helpful and this job has good benefits and pay, loved working here.

    Cons

    Management was not always great, sometimes very unorganized work environment

  3.  

    I have been working at Mid-Continent Public Library

    Pros

    The employees are very friendly and great to work with in my experience. Most of the work is very routine in nature, which allows employees to focus on helping patrons and other coworkers.

    Cons

    The pay is sometimes less than what you could likely make somewhere else. However, what you lack in pay is compensated for by a great work environment. I think it comes down to where you are financially and whether you are willing to sacrifice some pay in order to have an enjoyable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the whole, I think that management is doing a good job with the organization. However, there have been times where they have stated that new initiatives or benefits would be put in place, but they failed to completely follow through on them in the time period they stated. I would suggest that they not state these initiatives to employees until they are sure about them.

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  5.  

    Library Page

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    Former Employee - Library Page in Lees Summit, MO
    Former Employee - Library Page in Lees Summit, MO

    I worked at Mid-Continent Public Library part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Low stress, flexible, good hours

    Cons

    Boring, tedious, disrespect, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should show better appreciation for library pages

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mid-Continent Public Library part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It pays more than the federal minimum wage

    Cons

    Low pay, salaried employees get rewarded for work done by hourly empoyees, half time for hourly employees is 8-12 hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hourly employees accordingly, don't mislead employees with the labels of full time vs part time, offer benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly and Flexible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Library Page in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Library Page in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    I really loved the people i worked with, great after school/summer job if you're in high school, very flexible hours

    Cons

    Mostly the patrons, but it comes with the territory. If you work in a public library, you're gonna deal with some weirdos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at MCPL is a great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Library Page in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Library Page in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at Mid-Continent Public Library are the flexible hours, relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, and the knowledge you gain.

    Cons

    After working at Mid-Continent Public Library for nearly 2 years I would say that there were no cons, it was an entirely pleasurable experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It started out as a really nice place to work, but over time became worse due to management in our department.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Mid-Continent Public Library

    Pros

    The benefits are really good and paid for by the employer and time off is great! There is good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The management at least in the dept I work for is terrible. There is some micromanaging and we are treated like children. Communication between management and employees is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop micromanaging and give your employees more opportunity for growth and promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly and flexible place to work.

    Current Employee - Clerk
    Current Employee - Clerk

    I have been working at Mid-Continent Public Library part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. The people are friendly to work with. It is great to be able to help people find information. You get to interact with a wide range of people from small children to older adults as well as students and people with challenges.

    Cons

    The library industry is changing. There is some uncertainty about what the clerk job will be as the library changes with new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Headquarters management does not seem to be listening to Managers at the branch level when making decisions about day to day operations at the branch and how things run most efficiently.

  11.  

    Pathetic and one of the most degrading places to work due to lack of competency of management and lack of team work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mid-Continent Public Library

    Pros

    The company is very giving with time off and lenient on scheduling. Very lax environment when it comes to work ethic.

    Cons

    Management micro managing to compensate for inability to do job. Management cannot schedule workers correctly and are unable to do the job of those who they are managing. Also co- workers cannot assist other co -workers in their duties without getting in trouble. Management communicates through email but won't respond to emails. Lack of information of how to do your job due to no training and micro managing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let co workers assist each other and stop micro managing so that work can be done, train your employees, have a free flow of information, and hire competent managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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