Toronto Public Library Employee Reviews

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Good Place to Test Your Knowledge
Cyber Senior Volunteer (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON28 September 2018
It was nice to work with different seniors every session. They are all different and asked very different questions, so it was like doing a re testing on your knowledge on technology.
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It's a great place to work
(TPL) Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON9 September 2018
I have been working at TPL for the past 4 months and I am loving it.
All the IT staff is very nice and supportive, making my life much easier to support the staff.
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3.0
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Working as a Volunteer at TPL
Student Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON21 August 2018
Working as a volunteer with the TPL was a humbling experience, I enjoyed helping the community, though we do not meet each others needs in terms of employer/employee needs.
Pros
Get to help community
Cons
Not an actual job
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Nice experiance
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Fairview mall , North York20 July 2018
That was summer program for kids of new comer families learning how to read English. I and the student whos age between 6-9 read stories and play educational games to improve their language. It is an hour each Saturday in the Library location. It was volunteer job for me to gain Canadian experience.
Pros
Great environment
Cons
Short time
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4.0
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Casual and stress-free workplace environment with many lively community member interactions.
Library Page (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON21 June 2018
Working at the Toronto Public Library was fun, a typical day was sorting and shelving books and tidying up the library. The management cares about you and respects your schedule. The workplace culture was very casual and everyone was close with one another. The hardest part of the job was the physical walking around and lifting but it wasn't too bad. The most enjoyable part was being able to interact and talk to people from the community around the library.
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This is so good for coommercial students
Library Assistant (Former Employee) –  Scarborough, ON8 June 2018
I have completed B.com in English medium is that possible to me to get job in Toronto In Canada and still I am doing IELTS and I didn't do any work before.
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super chill with a great diverse team!
Page (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON12 June 2018
Very easy, a straightforward job that's not stressful at all! Managers are super chill and very easy to talk to as well as all the coworkers. It's a very diverse team of workers which is refreshing to see and a great job for people who are just entering the workforce! Cons; quite boring and in a small branch, not much to do.
Pros
great coworkers/managers, very chill, stress free
Cons
boring and super repetitive, usually a lot of clean up, not much to do sometimes
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Nice Library
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 May 2018
Very nice and quiet library. Easy access to resources and many other alternatives if what is wanted not there. Amazing employees and very flexible with schedule.
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'twas fine
Activity Facilitator, Activities Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON12 July 2017
pretty chill, you play games with kids and supervise arts and craft and come up with ways to get them interested, no food tho, but people are nice and stuff
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4.0
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Great for students
Page (Current Employee) –  Scarborough, ON6 September 2017
Only take this job if you're okay with 10 hours a week and an inflexible schedule and have 10 years to wait to have a chance to move up. You get to meet new people and get used to the regulars, which is nice. The job is not demanding at all, extremely repetitive. The higher salary is great but not enough hours to really reap in the benefits.
Pros
Quiet
Cons
No chance of moving up
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fun
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON5 August 2017
Great!. Get to work with kids and teach them how to read. IT is a great experience , and the coordinators are amazing. It is a pleasure to work there.
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4.0
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Repetitive Work, but better then average pay
Page (Former Employee) –  Toronto25 July 2017
Working in the children's section is the worst because shelving children's books is a nightmare

You learn organization skills and time management skills

Difficult to advance in the job due to seniority but pay raise every year, plus always above minimum wage. But also stable job, very unlikely to be fired.

Quality of Management depends on location, but librarians are nice people.
Pros
Consistent work
Cons
Can be hard on the back
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Fun & Educational
Volunteer Work (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 May 2017
Volunteering at the TBL, was very fun. You get to meet new people, and some of them even became my friends. Very positive environment. Brings the community closer together.
Pros
Meet new people.
Cons
It can get a little boring sometimes.
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Very enjoyable
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 May 2017
Very Enjoyable location to volunteer in. Lots of new faces to meet and greet and filled with people who care about your well being, love to see you smile.
Pros
Friendly people
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4.0
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Productive, Excellent team work
Assisting Customer Service and Administrative Work (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 April 2016
We have a very good team here. Our main job is customer Service and we are organized. I do assist with customer handling, Office supply and delivery. Some of my responsibilities are shelving books, assisting with community programs; such as book club, mom and kids events.
Pros
We help each other
Cons
short hours
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3.0
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Good Bad and Ugly
Shipping/Receiving Clerk, Driver, Caretaker (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON28 October 2016
Somewhat stable with a pension even for part-timers, but you will need to be there a long time (10+years) before you really start to feel any sort of stability and regular hours.

A somewhat toxic culture with a lot of backstabbing.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Iregular shifts
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committed to fostering a positive and progressive workplace culture
Human Resources Diversity Assistant (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON3 June 2016
committed to fostering a positive and progressive workplace culture
fosters a corporate culture that sets the highest standard of integrity, professionalism and ethical behaviour.
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Great place to learn
Literacy Tutor (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON25 February 2017
Great people, good atmosphere, good place to develop skills and learn new things. Great place to volunteer and meet new people and learn.
Pros
great place to learn
Cons
not easy to get in as an employee
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Productive and learn customerservice skills
Page and Public Service Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON13 August 2013
Enjoy the working as a team. work very close to management as a Administrative assistant to the cosmetic department. Organized year end events. Still get together with co-workers.Long hours are the most productive since when there are no phone calls you can focus more on your job.
Pros
Developed the love of taking care of administrative work anjoy the planing and organizing.
Cons
Short time of work experience
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Great Environment for activities and teamwork
Youth Advisor and Bookkeeper (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON1 July 2016
It was a very enjoyable experience working as a Youth advisor in the York Woods branch of TPL. Everything from interacting with the children to working alongside the fantastic team members I had made this volunteer experience a great incentive to pursue a job.
Pros
Activites, Enjoyable Creative Planning
Cons
None that I recall
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