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The British Library Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
6 Reviews
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The British Library full-time

    Pros

    very good to work for well looked after

    Cons

    nothing that really comes to mind

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, slow work.

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at The British Library part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The British Library has a lot of great, intelligent people and it is a very relaxed environment. It was a great learning opportunity for anyone who is interested in research or information management.

    Cons

    The work is very slow and not at all demanding. There is hardly an opportunity to work with any large projects or teams much less manage them. The library also has a no reference policy for interns applying to future employers and they are never hiring which defeats the purpose of interning for someone looking for a job in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop restructuring everything in the library, it has created an unstable work environment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a nice place to wprk at

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst

    I worked at The British Library full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brand recognition, location, stable comapny

    Cons

    HR department and it involvement in everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Currently at least, the whole place is consumed by a terrible negative atmosphere.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The British Library

    Pros

    Decent internal training courses provided.
    Flexible hours.
    Generous annual leave.
    Relaxed atmosphere.
    Given autonomy to take responsibility for own workload.

    Cons

    Impossible to have your voice heard by senior management. Any advice offered is always ignored.
    In I.T. pay is terrible.
    Very negative atmosphere and sense of inertia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stop politics and competition between divisions from getting work done.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent for a job, not a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The British Library

    Pros

    Some of the staff can be very supportive and helpful. Will teach you many things.

    Cons

    Some of the staff won't want to teach you anything. Keep it like a guarded secret.
    You generally need to "suck up" to advance or keep your head low, as someone will always give you a reputation.
    They love hierarchy there and will remind you of your status frequently.
    Management is seen to always be on the lookout to cut jobs, so you have to always be busy unless you are friendly with the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your workers more. Base progression on performance not who has scratched each other's backs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fascinating place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The British Library full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is one of the world's greatest cultural heritage institutions, the collects are amazing and they are fantastic to work with. Really interesting projects in the digital library space.

    Cons

    The current economic climate is affecting the Library badly with it being down sized which is affecting morale. Can be very bureaucratic and it does take a long time for things to get done / approved.

    Approves of CEO

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