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The British Library Reviews

Updated 29 May 2019

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The British Library CEO Roley Keating
Roley Keating
14 Ratings
  1. "Enjoyed my time there"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in London, England

    I worked at The British Library full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A huge amount of data available

    Cons

    Small team, slow in terms of take actions

    The British Library2019-05-29
  2. "Fascinating place with good supportive colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston Spa, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The British Library full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are great. The benefits package is really good. Lots of support for learning and development. A world of knowledge is here. Brilliant work/ life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    Nothing that would make me want to leave.

    The British Library2019-05-16
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Visitor Experience Assistant in Saint Pancras, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The British Library full-time

    Pros

    It is a good place to work with benefits, I'm just trying to fill this space in order to be able to unblock some salaries

    Cons

    There are cons but I'm just trying to fill this space in order to be able to unblock some salaries

    Advice to Management

    I'm just trying to fill this space in order to be able to unblock some salaries

    The British Library2019-02-11
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work unless you work for IT (Technology)"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The British Library full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great organisation. Flexi time can add up to 5 days/3 months. Fantastic place to work if you have a child, good work life balance.

    Cons

    (New) IT management out of their depth, announced restructure which resulted in many people leaving (latest count 20+). Struggling to recruit for the positions as the library does not pay the market rates for IT professionals. Library values not respected. The people that have adressed concerns about the IT direction of travel (Outsourcing everything, poor ethics) have either “resigned” or “moved” to other departments....

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    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing might work for another organisation, but in a place like the library (people being there forever and paid peanuts) you loose cheap resources to end up outsourcing (which anyway you cannot afford). This is not a strategy, it’s suicide. There’s an elephant in the (Technology) room and HR and senior management should acknowledge it before it’s too late.

    The British Library2019-02-21
  5. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The British Library

    Pros

    Great experience and library training.

    Cons

    I wish it could have lead to a full time position.

    The British Library2018-11-21
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    "BL review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The British Library full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, countryside location, colleagues

    Cons

    Limited career progression, no salary increases, poor HR

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and pay them appropriately for the work they do

    The British Library2018-08-03
  7. "Great place if you have a child"

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    Former Employee - Employee Services Administrative in Wetherby, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The British Library full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible, exeptional life-work balance

    Cons

    Very oldfashion policies and system

    The British Library2018-06-26
  8. Helpful (4)

    "The Time Machine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The British Library full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice restaurant. Posh toilets. Feted by the mainstream media.

    Cons

    Question: How many librarians does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but first you have to have a committee meeting. Admittedly this is a rather old joke, but it’s one that sums up the British Library to a tee. However, in reading it, and in understanding its implications, you have just saved yourself the arduous task of ploughing through numerous archive copies of the British Library Annual Staff...

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    Advice to Management

    You've been sat there too long for any good you've been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you!

    The British Library2018-06-20
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Cool Place."

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    Current Employee - Development Team Leader in Wetherby, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The British Library full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A really good place to work. Work varied and interesting. True Flexi time totalling 5 days per quarter with 30 odd days holiday/year means theoretically 50+ days holiday. Has an on-site canteen with decent coffee machines (70p for latte!) and subsidised meals.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay the industry standard for the roles, but then that's because it's a public sector organisation. Also currently going down the outsourcing route for all technical staff :(

    Advice to Management

    Look at the fact EVERY other large organisation has failed with the outsourcing exercise and LEARN from their mistakes. DWP for example "‘Bring IT back in’: Former DWP minister says outsourcing is a fundamental mistake" - David Freud, former minister for welfare reform. It will fail as it invariably does, and you'll have lost all the good people in the process. Morale is at an all-time low.

    The British Library2018-04-14
  10. "Solid but staid"

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    Current Employee - Curator in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The British Library full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Job security, low threshold for satisfactory job performance, access to the collections, opportunities to explore one’s own research interest in slack times

    Cons

    Conservative culture, little job mobility, negative attitude towards innovation, engrained interpersonal problems rarely addressed by upper management, performance management system do not reward ambition

    The British Library2018-04-04
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