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Updated Mar 29, 2014

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2.7 3 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

The British Library CEO Roley Keating

Roley Keating

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    Decent for a job, not a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company


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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsImpossible 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 Senior ManagementTry to stop politics and competition between divisions from getting work done.

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    A fascinating place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsThe 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.

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