Saskatoon Public Library Reviews

Updated Jan 12, 2022

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Saskatoon Public Library  CEO and Director  Carol Cooley
Carol Cooley
15 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Lovely

    Jan 12, 2022 - Library Assistant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good peers and good management

    Cons

    Lovely but not many hours

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    DON'T DO IT

    Nov 4, 2021 - Librarian in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sometimes I got to take home withdrawn materials. And depending on the branch you are at the co-workers can be lovely.

    Cons

    Sure sure, everyone loves the public library and theoretically what they stand for. Who doesn't love giving free books to excited children, or helping seniors email their grandchildren? I have worked at SPL twice, 2013-2014 and again 2020-2021. Before, it was the best job I've ever had that inspired me to move away from home, go into debt and pursue a Masters degree. After? I can't believe that this is the same organization that I used to love. The corporatization of public libraries has been an issue across the board, but it stands out so badly in a smaller public library system. Staff can't "innovate" because the internal processes for trying new ideas are too hierarchical, and an unresponsive system can't and won't reflect the needs of the community. Everything needs to be approved, and examined, and re-approved, and then brought to the managers, and then thought about, and then start again, and this is why it takes forever to get anything done. A nice cushy city job, that will inevitably burn anyone out who is coming with fresh ideas and wanting to expand partnerships. Recommend to a friend? I wouldn't recommend to an enemy.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Saskatoon Public Library

    Aug 18, 2021 - Lsa 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good locations, nice colleagues, training

    Cons

    Mismanagement, strange schedule, outrageous expectations

    3 people found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Salary not commensurate with work load

    Jul 23, 2021 - Circulation Associate in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The job is stable and continuous learning.

    Cons

    Heavy lifting of bins and fast pace changes, seniority sucks

    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Not great.

    Apr 22, 2021 - Librarian in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There is a very professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    It can be hard to find ways to lead.

    2 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Management doesn't care about you

    Mar 22, 2021 - Circulation Associate in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The supervisor and the manage re really nice and will cooperate with you to make sure of your physical and mental health.

    Cons

    The management doesn't care about the CAs at all. They will do anything they can to reduce their cost of employment, even if that means to cut hours from your block.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    Sep 30, 2020 - Library Page 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Supportive work environment, continuous growth opportunity

    Cons

    Can be boring at times

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Gossip, Lies, and Confrontations

    Jul 5, 2020 - Technology Lead in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you are content with a lower level position and keep your mouth shut there is some job stability. It's very quiet unless you work at the downtown branch a fight breaks out among patrons. This is not that common. Lots of paid sick time. Out of scope staff are very well paid and it's basically half-time work. Salaries are posted publicly on the city of Saskatoon website.

    Cons

    Had professional development opportunity blocked by director for no reason. HR spread rumours about staff under guise of 'workplace investigations' making day to day work living hell for multiple people. Many dedicated long term staff left or forced out. Never received final pay, trying to arrange it is like herding cats because their HR/payroll people are in constant turnover, director does nothing. Lack of professional respect in community. SPL's problems are well known and staff are often pitied for being stuck in a dead-end environment.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Workplace environment depends on which branch you work at

    May 27, 2020 - Library Page in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good people to work with, they care about you, supportive

    Cons

    Management can be tricky at times, downtown is a horrible location/not safe

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    it's okay

    Jun 27, 2019 - SLA 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    great people, lots of variety

    Cons

    structuring needs work, environment is tricky at times

    1 person found this review helpful
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