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poor atmosphere
Soft Services Manager (Former Employee) –  London20 March 2018
poor atmosphere. I worked here for 6 months and couldn't wait to get away. There is a very nasty blame culture. Managers are lazy and will spend hours playing with the internet instead of working. Poor
Pros
Easy job
Cons
Blame culture
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Friendly Environment
Finance Business Partner (Current Employee) –  Boston Spa15 January 2018
Staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
Lots of specialisms regarding Collections as well as back office roles
Flexible working
Based on two sites with travel between if role requires
Pros
Flexible working
Cons
Pay has been frozen
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Great place for learning new skills
LIBRARY ASSISTANT (Current Employee) –  London9 January 2018
A typical day at work usually invovles solving many customers and solving any problems with requests that we come across. The best part of the job is the amazing collection of items that you have access to, though in some roles this is fleeting. It's a great place for those who love problem solving or learning in general.
Pros
Educational atmosphere
Cons
Repetative tasks
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Pressure for more with less
Technical Quality Manager (Former Employee) –  Wetherby, West Yorkshire11 October 2017
This is an organisation with some really good people. Unfortunately financial government pressures mean a lot more has to be done with a lot less creating stress and pressure on the workforce.
Pros
Flexi time
Cons
Static pay
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Great Management
Library Assistant (Former Employee) –  Euston11 February 2016
The management is excellent and the staff and managers are very supportive. The management are very organised on a daily basis and I enjoyed working in a busy environment.
Pros
Great Team
Cons
Wage
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strict hours and professional standard
Library Assistant/Data Entry Management (Current Employee) –  London, ENG25 July 2015
The British Library is a public institution with over 1000 employees with professional standard applied to all aspects of all work positions. It is a great place to work if interested in libraries with busy but friendly attitude and good supportive management.

I learned to be informed, accurate and efficient in cooperation with others as well as to work to strict deadlines and comply with strict regulations.
Pros
Library books to use at all times; good canteen, discount in the Shop.
Cons
Relatively low pay and long hours.
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calm work place
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  London, ENG13 April 2015
The British Library have good management and hard working staff and good job security. It's a nice and calm place to work in !
The hardest part of the job is long hours but it's a good team.
Pros
nice and calm place
Cons
long hours
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Varied and challenging
Administrative Officer (Former Employee) –  Boston Spa, West Yorkshire4 February 2015
Retrieval and dispatch of items required by users of the British Library reading rooms in London, using automated systems.
Retrieval, scanning and dispatch of items by electronic delivery to all parts of the world with in 2 hours of receipt of the end users request.
Pros
Freindly work collagues
Cons
Repetattive work
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Estates Administrator / Procurement
Estates Administrator / Procurement (Former Employee) –  Wetherby, ENG18 September 2014
The work loads were acceptable, but the opportunity for career progression were limited.
Pros
Flexible Working, Colleagues
Cons
Inertia for change, Management Bullying.
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A good place to work as team
Storeman (Former Employee) –  London, ENG19 March 2014
well my day was starting receiving the goods and checking all
after that time to put all on your exactly places, draw everything on system.
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