The British Library Reviews

Updated March 29, 2014
Updated March 29, 2014
4 Reviews

2.5
4 Reviews

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The British Library CEO Roley Keating
Roley Keating
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  1.  

    Decent for a job, not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a nice place to wprk at

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst

    I worked at The British Library full-time for less than a 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  

    A fascinating place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The British Library full-time for 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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