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Brooklyn Public Library Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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Pros
  • flexible hours, friendly coworkers, relaxed environment (in 2 reviews)

  • Great benefits, work hours, and flexibilty (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication through facility (in 5 reviews)

  • No room for growth or advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "I've worked there directly and now through a company!"

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    Former Employee - Program Facilitator in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Program Facilitator in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    For a teaching artist or indiviudal in New work who likes to conduct workshops, this is one of the best routes to take ever! The people at the library are always great with assisting the teacher or speaker in setting up or with all help needed. Per hour, the price is excellent! Also, the kids are most often, always a joy.

    Cons

    If you have any concepts for programs you'd like to present to the library, make sure to get your legal copyrights first. I will leave it at that.

    Advice to Management

    As one who worked by contract, even if a specific program is closed, they should have an easy route for former workers to speak with Hr. It was hard for me to obtain necessary information or assistance in thematter after my fist contract ended with them.


  2. "BPL is a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library part-time

    Pros

    Everyone is super friendly and fun.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons.

  3. "Custodian"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, holidays off, hours, weekends off

    Cons

    Salary was bad, dealing with nasty people


  4. "Office Aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, impactful working engaging with the community especially working with low income and immigrant populations.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Engage staff in the process, those who work on the front lines with the public have a keen understanding of the work that the organization's impact in the community.


  5. "It was boring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Public Library part-time

    Pros

    Easy job
    Flexible hours
    Meeting new people everyday

    Cons

    Some of the people at my branch were petty
    Low pay
    Really boring during the down times


  6. "Passport agent"

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    Former Employee - Passport Agent in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Passport Agent in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They work with you in regards to your schedule. Good job to get experience if just graduated from high school.

    Cons

    No room for growth or ever becoming full time agent. Need more pay. It would be good to take into consideration what the staff say cause they are the ones dealing with the different issues.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take out your problems on the staff. Separate the two.


  7. "Part Timer"

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    Current Employee - Part Timer in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Part Timer in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Public Library part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing stuffs to work with and very nice work environment.

    Cons

    Very little budget for part timers and often cut down hours from regular hours. No benefits for part timers.

    Advice to Management

    Increase budget for part timers. 6-8 hours per week is quite unacceptable for people who wants to earn money for their living.

  8. "Librarian"

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    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.


  9. "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


  10. "Amazing Organization"

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    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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