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Updated December 4, 2014
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  1. It's great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Public sector unionized position with decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up
    Very very few full time opportunities.

  2. Micromanagement, meaningless work, passion-less co-workers, terrible culture.

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    Former Employee - Librarian in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Librarian in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Toronto Public Library full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, stability, benefits, nice people.

    Cons

    Soul sucking bureaucracy, terrible management, co-workers who have lost passion, work for the sake of work, all those typical things that occur in large government institutions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your professional staff like professionals instead of uneducated children. Allow more transparency in decision making so staff understand the process. Allow from Librarians to have more autonomy over their branches so that the community can determine service and not bureaucrats that have never done public service in their lives. Take chances, innovate rather than just talking about it.

  3. Safe place to work with generous union benefits. Needs to encourage higher knowledge standards, less sycophancy.

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    Former Employee - General Librarian in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Librarian in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Toronto Public Library full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Professionals have freedom to do their work. But the work itself requires a lot of multi-tasking and inclusion of new approaches to information resources.

    Cons

    Not necessarily the best management. Little staff input into changes. A culture of sycophancy and hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and seek staff input in a meaningful manner. Don't just go through the motions. Management practices need to be more democratic, less hierarchical. Managers should be evaluated by staff, in order to develop a more open workplace.

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  5. Pretty good.

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    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of benefits, decent wage. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Monotonous work sometimes. Silence is golden.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, keep doing what you're doing.

  6. Great part time job for student

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    Former Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Toronto Public Library part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, with annual pay increases.
    Easy work and relaxed environment (depending on location)
    Flexible schedule.
    Great supervisors based on my experience.

    Cons

    Supervisor quality depends on location. I've heard some horror stories.
    Promotions solely based on seniority, not merit.
    Job quality varies a lot by location.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe assign the number of hours based on merit

  7. A good workplace but not enough full-time positions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library part-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Toronto Public Library is a nice place to work if you like interacting with the public and most branches have a friendly work environment. Additionally there is: good compensation, unionized, paid breaks, and moderate flexibility in terms of schedules.

    Cons

    There are more part-time jobs than full-time jobs in the systems so it can take years to advance to even full-time work. Additionally many jobs are filled based on seniority not on competence which can be extremely frustrating for well-educated young people.

  8. Toronto Public Library Page Position

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    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Extremely Competitive part-time wage
    -Moderately Flexible Schedule
    -Various growth and development opportunities within the company

    Cons

    -Entirely Seniority based: Seniority rules everything from job security to position upgrades
    -Limited hours of work
    -Unionized

  9. Great people and place to work at, especially for part time students.

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    Current Employee - Page
    Current Employee - Page

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This job pays fairly decently, especially considering the minimum job requirements. The work itself is straightforward and simple and not at all strenuous on both the body and mind.

    Cons

    The schedule is fixed, so there is not much flexibility in terms of working different days each week or even more or less hours.

    Advice to Management

    To do something about the double standard in work efficiency, especially with Pages.

  10. limited room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library

    Pros

    books, magazines, dvd, cd, audiobooks

    Cons

    limited mobility because of union

    Advice to Management

    get rid of union

  11. Repetetive but satisfying.

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    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Page in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Toronto Public Library

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You interact with the public and it is a very interesting and helpful way to build social skills. Great benefits, opportunites for career advancement.

    Cons

    A little repetive, smelly customers(LOL), could get a little frustrating due to lack of respect for materials inside the library.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic work, there are so many good and caring people in this organization and so far it has been a pleasure being employed by TPL

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