Temporary Laborer (Former Employee), Vienna, VA – March 20, 2014
Pros: accepting company
Cons: low pay
Labor Ready is a good place to pick up a job if you are unemployed, or have a criminal record and such. Most people are pretty nice to work with; you just have to be tolerant. You have to realize that many of the men, and some women, that work there have hit bottom and they are trying to work their way back up. I give Labor Ready high marks because – more... they have given me a chance many times when I was struggling and didn't have a job. I felt the management was fair. There are no benefits and no job security. You hardly make any money, but it varies from job ticket to job ticket. You can apply for training to be a flagman which might help you make more money or help you land a permanent job. – less
Labourer (Current Employee), Vancouver, BC – May 21, 2014
Pros: gauranteed pay at the end of the day
Cons: somedays theres just no work.
A typical day at work is unknown until the minute i start (same idea with co-workers), which i enjoy. i could have a boring slow & easy day or a day where im constantly on my feet, which is what i like. the hardest part is not knowing if you will have a good direct employer. the most enjoyable part is meeting new people and doing new jobs.
Laborer (Former Employee), KAMLOOPS-B.C – July 1, 2013
Pros: they get you work if you show up
Cons: you have to show up at 5 am
They get you to work in your field preference whether its construction or cleaning hotels.The pay is average but you get paid daily and it helps ,when you need to buy food if you've been out of work for awhile.
General Labourer (Current Employee), Hamilton ON – February 4, 2013
Pros: paid daily
Cons: temparory work, shortage of hours, time spent traviling from office to job without pay
show up at the main office at 5:00 am. sometimes get sent out to work, sometimes no work for the day. ive learned to be very flexable with my hours and work schedual to acomidate hours of work that are given to me. The hardest part of this job is not having a steady income to support myself.
Laborer-Hussmann Canada LTD, CCT (Former Employee), Cambridge, ON – January 14, 2013
Pros: get paid next day
Cons: low wages
I have worked at a number of jobs through this agency, most recently as a receiver for a perfume store in Stone Road Mall. In 2012 summer months, I was hired on as an advertiser for the closing of a large department store. Previously to that I managed a warehouse for 3 years. Most of the jobs I do with this company are jobs in which I must work independently – more... of others, although I do work very well with people also. The hardest part of this job was the "on call", where you find out about jobs an hour before they start and still need to run to Labor Ready for the time sheet. The most enjoyable part of the job is where they pay you the next day for your work... – less
Temp Worker (Current Employee), Savannah, GA – December 16, 2014
working here is like armageddon on earth! it's the last pole cast in a drouted pond! when you get work it's a blessing. when you don't it's a waste. seeing everyone around you just encourages survival. you go out to a job site and work for however long the ticket is. then you return to HQ and hopefully get paid. .... you can get anything in there job – more... wise. as long as they want to give it to you, is all. or you qualify. – less
Laborer (Current Employee), Greeley, CO – December 14, 2014
Cons: low pay
I like this job when i first started but i found out that one of the employee's that works there will not call employees for work if they do not like them and will let the companies that are looking to hire though labor ready and pass them over even though they could do the job.
Loader/helper (Former Employee), Detroit, MI – December 10, 2014
Pros: when you have a need for money it is there
Cons: just about any negative
Employee and management disconnect with few rewards other than receiving sub-standard pay. No loyalty for employees who are good hard working assets. Often offering nepotism and favoritism instead of ethic.
Temporary Contract Labor (Former Employee), Portland, OR – December 10, 2014
Pros: flexible, variety, opportunity
Cons: minimum wage pay, unpredictable schedule, communication gaps
Obviously, there are always limitations to temporary labor work. There are also benefits. Having a challenging schedule, especially with a visitation schedule every other week, means keeping a job with regular hours is even more challenging. Having the option to turn down a job if there is a time conflict can be helpful. The daily pay schedule is also – more... helpful if you need ready cash to put gas in the car or pay an unexpected bill. Some of the assignments are short, yet you can count on at least 4 hours pay. Labor Ready is one way to meet those challenges.
The drawbacks include limited job security and minimum wage pay for most of the assignments, as well as not knowing for sure when you will get the next assignment. There is a need for workers who can pass UA tests and 2 levels of law enforcement background checks. Given that not everyone can meet those standards, you might think that job would pay more since it is likely that the company is paid more for a higher level worker. This is often not the case. That said, the only other drawback seems to be the way jobs are assigned. Using a text to work system, you are notified of jobs and are supposed to respond by text to be considered. This would be a very efficient system if they always used it, but many times jobs have been filled by those physically at one of the branch offices. That in itself is not an issue, except that if you only text you may miss opportunities. It is better to go into a branch office to get to know the staff there and let them get to know you. This helps them, and you, get better assignment matches. – less
Construction Labor/ warehouse work (Former Employee), Denver, CO – December 8, 2014
handled calls and dealt with customers, i learned alot about computers, and outlook. it was a tight close relationship more like family. Dealing with sad stories about clients who weren't able to apy back taxes..