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San Jose Public Library Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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  1. "Excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best customers around. Loved helping people of the community.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow out of your role because of the politics within the system.


  2. "Good but could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Librarian
    Current Employee - Librarian
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    lots of cross training so if you're interested in moving up, it helps a lot
    great co-workers
    innovative programs and services being added all the time
    supportive branch managers most of the time

    Cons

    big emphasis on programming, so you have to be really comfortable presenting and always "being on"
    Need more diverse staff, preferably bilingual or at the very least culturally competent staff.
    resistance to change from older staff
    lots of staff changes since people move away a lot because of the current housing issues.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more diverse work staff. Keep our patrons interests in mind.

  3. "Library Aide"

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    Current Employee - Library Aide in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Library Aide in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    They are flexible, schedules are predictable and can work around your schedule.

    Cons

    There is a min/cap on hours.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I have enjoyed working here for more than 3 years. It is a great environment to workand communicate with community.

    Cons

    Limit hours for part-time staffs


  5. "Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at San Jose Public Library part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun job, good opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Government policies made it difficult to accomplish the tasks at at had.


  6. "Great place to work. Okay benefits."

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    Current Employee - Library Assistant
    Current Employee - Library Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job security. There is a lot of room for growth. Many people start as a page or aid and work their way up. Great pay.

    Cons

    Benefits are okay for full-time employees, and terrible for part-time staff. This includes part-time benefited staff.


  7. "Volunteer at SJPL"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice People and nice evironment

    Cons

    Not a bad place to work at all

    Advice to Management

    Nice attitude and cool stuff

  8. "Best flexible and laid back environment to work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at San Jose Public Library part-time

    Pros

    The hours are super flexible so it's great if you're a student or have two jobs. The duties are really not stressful at all. You don't take your work home with you. The people there are mostly really friendly and down to earth. It's quite a fun and friendly environment to work in.

    Cons

    Working with lazy people who don't pull their weight can mean more work laid out for you. However, that goes with any work place really.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things equal and fair between employees. Don't make it okay for employees to slack off. Speak up and actually manage your employees when it's necessary.


  9. "Library Aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at San Jose Public Library part-time

    Pros

    The job is very simple, just shelving, sorting, and tidying. All the employees are very friendly. They are really flexible with the work hours.

    Cons

    Sometimes the smell can be very bad since we can't discriminate against others. Also, books and DVDs can become unorganized very quickly since it only takes one person to mess it up!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Treat all the employees with respect and they will work hard. Alternate duties so things don't become boring.


  10. "times are changing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    san jose public library has a lot of things going for it. new facilities, good staff and an appreciative customer base.

    Cons

    upward mobility is not good. administration has become very opaque. city politicos use the library as a tool and do not fund it as it should be funded.


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