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Free Library of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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  1. "Teen Leadership Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, nice staff

    Cons

    Sometimes can be boring. Hard working with kids


  2. "Librarian"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Librarian in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Free Library of Philadelphia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Noble goals because is a service organization, opportunities for professional development and job stability

    Cons

    The staff does not represents the ethnicity of the community
    Intolerant to constructive critiscm
    Bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Hire more bilingual Hispanic, Asian, Muslim and African librarians and staff


  3. "Would advise against Part-Time Temp employment"

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    Current Employee - After-School Leader (ASL)
    Current Employee - After-School Leader (ASL)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission driven and community based, good hourly compensation

    Cons

    Lack of mobility, bureaucratic nightmare, ineffective managers, zero transparency.

    Advice to Management

    ASL's should have a civil service job class with the City of Philadelphia, or be compensated via the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. Many ASL's work year-round but are stuck with "Part-Time Temporary" employment with the city. ASL's are not benefit or union eligible, like almost any other position within the library system. ASL's are also required to work beyond after school hours, and it's looked down upon when employees have secondary jobs to support themselves.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mired in bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people work there, but some are pretty crazy. Can be satisfying to help patrons who really need your help. Much better than it was years ago.

    Cons

    See above--some employees are nearly impossible to deal with, and union rules mean very few are fired who probably should be. Bureaucracy is huge and ability to choose your own path is very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Not much can be done, since this is a city agency. But adding more non-city positions (grant-funded) might help.


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved working with them over the summer. They paid the max work study allowed for. Incredible work atmosphere

    Cons

    None to speak of really.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best experience (PCI)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment and there was a lot of free time.

    Cons

    Coworkers were awful. They were constantly talking and I couldn't even really use the free time I had to do work or read. They were disrespectful and disruptive.

    Advice to Management

    Get better coworkers!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized & Favoritism"

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

    Pros

    - Some really great people to work with/for.
    - Easy work, easy pay.

    Cons

    For my last position there, which lasted 11 months, I never saw a job description. Asked multiple times for one in e-mail and in person, but never got it. One small mistake can trump all the good work you do but there is also a LOT of favoritism. I've seen co-workers mess up many times but was overlooked due to favoritism. Another co-worker was let go of due to someone not liking them, even though they did not work together nor had any real interactions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Individual Giving - Foundation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The Foundation environment demands flexibility and dedication, and encourages creative solutions and pro-active initiation of ideas. Talented, friendly coworkers, too.

    Cons

    Very demanding with many additional hours. Not much formal training but high performance expectations.


  10. "Flp"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Free Library of Philadelphia part-time

    Pros

    Fun, educational, meet a lot of great people in the staff

    Cons

    Tedious, tiring, sometimes nothing to do


  11. "Relaxing Environment. Avoid if you don't like kids."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Free Library of Philadelphia (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, working at the library as a student was a positive experience. Many times throughout the day (before school lets out), you'll find your self putting away books and helping the librarians with whatever they need. More times than not, you'll searching for things to do and you can instead roam the library and read whatever books float your boat.

    Cons

    When the kids do come in after school, you are required to help them with

    Advice to Management

    None.



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