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Volunteer (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOOctober 15, 2018
I cannot speak for all branches of SLPL, but the one I volunteered at was really relaxed and slow-paced. It was a good position if you enjoyed minimal interaction with people, but the work was slightly tedious and redundant. I personally enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, but I could not see myself working there as an actual employee because I prefer more interaction, and I did not the few interactions I had to be restricted to children and the occasional person who only needed assistance for a few minutes. My supervisors were really nice and patient with me, and it was very easy to talk to all of the staff.
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Flexible hours, relaxed environment
Cons
Repetitive tasks, minimal interaction with others, slow-paced
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Adult Outreach Assistant (Current Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJune 15, 2019
I've held three positions in three different departments. Great benefits. Lots of free time but need to look busy. Managers tend to micromanage. Only with the PTA position did I have a good management. Employees are not encouraged to be innovative. Jobs are rigid and wrote. You get a quick overview training, Then you really learn the job as you work. You'll need a specific library degree to advance to management. Would recommend if you like structure, reliable income, and responsiblities that don't evolve.
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Micromangement
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Wonderful patrons and coworkers... awful leadership
Librarian (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOApril 24, 2019
Working at SLPL could have been a truly wonderful job, but management was never on the same page and different branches were given different levels of autonomy and freedoms. Management explicitly stated that HR would not rescue staff from conflicts with them, and expectations were difficult to meet due to high volume of patrons and other daily needs.
6 month probationary period allows management to terminate people without explanation, and there is no sick time allotted for people in probation period.
Complete lack of support or communication from leadership, no morale boosting, and an actual culture of secrecy and denial for fear of losing one’s job.
I wish I’d approached HR about many concerns when I had the chance.

And yet, the staff and patrons were a joy to serve. Could’ve been an amazing place.
Pros
Diverse community, pleasant coworkers
Cons
No leadership communication, no integrity, no advancement, low pay
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