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Brooklyn Public Library Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits (free health, dental, optical (in 2 reviews)

  • You start off with 3 weeks vacation, a good number of paid holidays, sick-leave (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • little room for growth, pay, low budget, if possible, management should invest in better technology to bring forth better results (in 4 reviews)

  • Constant budget cuts mean inadequate materials, the inability to adapt to rapidly changing needs, and dissatisfied customers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Librarian"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working with children and the adults. The workshops we were able to create were nice. The HR department would ask for task to be completed

    Cons

    The cons was the amount of money put into these programs. With budget cuts, I was terminated. I felt this was unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Speak about funding much better.


  2. "HR Professional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, work hours, and flexibilty

    Cons

    No room for growth and low pay


  3. "Amazing Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time

    Pros

    Lots of support, humor and generosity among the employees. Most people are open to conversation, excited about the work they do and happy to be working her doing what they love. There are a few people at the top who don't understand how to help people enjoy their work more, which is unfortunate, but most love it enough to push past that.

    Cons

    One of the best parts about the organization is its reach to every corner of Brooklyn - this spread out nature, however, makes it hard to communicate to staff and standardize certain aspects of the staffing. There is a perception of favoritism or isolation - which may very well be real and based on this.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more levels and ways for people to grow here. There is a stopping point that isn't that far up the ladder - and we could keep a lot of people if they had ways to continue to grow.


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  5. "ok."

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    Current Employee - SPECIAL OFFICER in Jamaica, NY
    Current Employee - SPECIAL OFFICER in Jamaica, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the people I work with is great

    Cons

    the managers don't like to listen to you.

    Advice to Management

    have an open mind


  6. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits, learning experience, one of the best positions to be in at the library overall, one of the more secure jobs out there (unionized)

    Cons

    little room for growth, pay, low budget, if possible, management should invest in better technology to bring forth better results

    Advice to Management

    if possible, management should invest in better technology to bring forth better results; higher end technology would make the job easier and better


  7. "Nice environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice environment, helping others, learn a lot

    Cons

    can be a bit challenging at first


  8. "Sergeant Special patrolman"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best benefits retirement at the nicest people you would ever want to work with

    Cons

    Stick to the rules and regulations and there will be no cons

    Advice to Management

    A manager is as good as the people he leads


  9. "So-so"

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    Current Employee - Technology Resource Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Resource Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    decent benefits, paid holidays, union, good amount of leave time

    Cons

    lackluster budget, communication could be better, pay


  10. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The library was a great place to work. The staff were very helpful and professional. I was able to work with people of all different ages.

    Cons

    It was a bit too quiet. I would prefer to work in an environment where the staff and the visitors are able to interact and speak freely.

    Advice to Management

    I'd suggest to find a way to obtain more computers and speed up the internet access.


  11. "Homework Helper"

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    Former Employee - Homework Helper in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Homework Helper in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working with kids.
    Freedom to help anyone.
    works with your time.

    Cons

    Lack of materials.
    No structure.
    Kids can get crazy.

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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