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Updated July 17, 2017
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  • Low pay and the only thing that grows in that place is impatience (in 14 reviews)

  • No room for advancement, could be boring for some (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Part-time Tech Connect Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Tech Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Tech Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Library part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had flexible hours and an easygoing supervisor during my time with NYPL. We worked in a small classroom setting of 12-18 students and held several sessions with the intention of teaching students how to use some basic software (MS Office Suit and navigating the internet, for example). The job also kept me constantly reviewing my own skills with these programs, which was helpful.

    Cons

    I worked part-time, and would have appreciated having more hours. Also, the job was occasionally an exercise in patience, as some of the students who attended the classes were clearly there not to learn new skills, but to socialize with their friends who attended. These students were distracting from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    It seemed like there wasn't much structure in the roles that tech connect assistants were given. In the future, it would be helpful to give new hires a better sense of what their day-to-day work would look like.


  2. "Collections Processing Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Mailroom Clerk | Collection Processing Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mailroom Clerk | Collection Processing Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Public Library full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment if you like to work in the public and deal with people. Hours are pretty good and can vary depending on position. There some great people who work for the library and are great to learn from.

    Cons

    Heavy work load and lack of sufficient staff coverage.

  3. "This Place Had the Potential to Be Good"

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

    I have been working at New York Public Library full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Not enough reason to stay for long.

    Cons

    Working with sarcastic, vendictive supervisors. They lack compassion and integrity and easily feel threatened by others. They go out of their way to mistreat any employee(s) they do not like.

    Advice to Management

    Screen your supervisors better. They are out of control. We need decent leadership.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Communication!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at New York Public Library full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job Security (Union-backed). Plenty of training available.

    Cons

    Inflexible, not interested in meeting borough specific programming needs.
    Fixated on high credentials, but not that interested in professional integrity.

    Advice to Management

    When you gather employee feedback, take it seriously.


  5. "Library Technical Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Library Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Library Clerk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility to work for.
    Scheduling is great.
    Give tuition opportunity to continue with education.
    Staff opinion matters even though they are not being implemented
    Staff is friendly

    Cons

    Not easy to get promoted.
    Decisions are usually made without staff being informed
    Most manger do not interact with their staff


  6. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Public Library full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment; accessible to unlimited patrons (in person and online); professional development opportunities; varied backgrounds within each unit/department

    Cons

    The employment opportunities were only within the library system and not remote at the time I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    My last year working within the Development department was actually 2008. The review section did not allow me to select this accurate year. As the Management structure has changed since I worked for NYPL, I have no advice to share.


  7. "Great co-workers and atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Public Library full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers are like a second family which makes coming to work a joy. The atmosphere of the building itself is pleasant, working in a museum-like building is very cool.

    Cons

    The pay isn't the greatest, and there seems to be some issues with implementing some policies that are at times handed down to the public facing staff by the management.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps this is common in any large organization, but the management seems to be disconnected from the day-to-day work of the librarians, and would sometimes implement certain guidelines / procedures that make the job more cumbersome rather than easier.

  8. "Library Tutor"

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    Former Employee - BridgeUp Tutor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - BridgeUp Tutor in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New York Public Library (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fair pay & you really feel like you're working for a good cause and making a difference.

    Cons

    because of the large size of the org, beaurocracy can get a little frustrating.


  9. "Work with what you got."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I worked at New York Public Library (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    lunch time that pretty much no one bothering you one bit.

    Cons

    I did volunteer work they was on top of me because i was late so i got the boss talk

    Advice to Management

    Be on time get the job done on time.


  10. "Great place to gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior/Supervising Librarian in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Senior/Supervising Librarian in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Public Library (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional Training
    35-hour workweek
    Wide range of opportunities

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Little opportunity for advancement unless you've got the MLS

    Advice to Management

    Value branch library staff more


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