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    1,001 to 5,000
  • Revenue
    £75m to £365m (GBP)
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    Government & Public Administration
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Project Management

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Rating overview

Rating is calculated based on 38 reviews and is evolving.


on 27 January 2020
horrible place to work
the british library is a glorified internet café with no hope for promotion. pay rise was once in five years. definitely an us and them culture with a lot of snobbery.
Ops in Boston Spa
on 22 September 2021
Set in a dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines
The Summary is a description from the movie Brazil. If you want to understand the British Librarys internal way of working, watch the movie.Such a shame as what the organisation does is great with a significant number of people really committed to delivering to the public. but a huge resistance to change across the organisation from the management down. The organisation realises it fails to deliver so hires more management to help point out the failings. The same management increases the beaurocracy which drives further failings.
IT Support in Wetherby, West Yorkshire
on 15 February 2020
Unsupportive Bullying Management
Managers who have never managed a highly technical team do not understand systems and making seriously bad decisions without consulting the experts. People leading projects without technical understand of very complex systems. Bad bullying culture and no salary progression.
Research Services Apprentice in London
on 15 January 2020
Great opportunities with dedicated colleagues.
This was a great place to work, just a shame their was no permanent job opportunity there for me. The management were great and the balnce between work, home, and social life was a huge benefit.
Operations Team in Boston Spa
on 31 December 2019
Demotivating, stressful, draining
Reading through previous reviews there are some negative comments and unfortunately from my experience I have to broadly agree. Poor communications. Inadequate people management skills. Reviews, projects, restructures badly handled. Some friendly/supportive colleagues but overall a draining atmosphere.

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Insights from 23 Indeed users who have interviewed with The British Library within the last 5 years.
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Interview is average
Process takes about a week

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How did you resolve a problem? What have you done towards inclusivity? How do you approach working in a team? The usual

Shared on 18 July 2019

Can’t remember but they tend to be very closely linked to the person specification.

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