Try to comply with their requests (including on-demand/short notice) and you could be their go-to person when they need to replace someone who either quit or was ill. The idea is to swiftly exit your temp position and enter a ‘permanent’ position at the factory. For many who have lost their jobs due to severance/awful economy from 2007-201Xs and beyond, you know that the word ‘permanent’ has totally lost its meaning. Landing a ‘permanent’ position means you’ll also leave behind the ‘after 44 hours’ overtime policy. It’s a relief to earn overtime after 40 hours of work. Most temp agencies I’ve seen during exhaustive job searches rarely offer overtime after 40 hours of work – the gold temp standard for overtime is almost always after 44 hours. At Christmas, the temp agency gave us – its staff – various quantities of gift cards depending on the degree of work you gave them.
Factory work is repetitive, and can be arduous but especially very boring. You will want to eat well/sleep well with shift work since it is a stressful endeavour for the body. At certain peak times of the year especially, but essentially on short notice, you may be asked to work extra hours. Be prepared to have extra food – RTEs (granola bars/slow-perishable foods) in your bag, since you don’t want to eat the junk from the vending machines. You’ll save money preparing/bringing your own food, plus, sometimes the vending machine food is stale, not to mention severely lacking in nutritional value. You’ll be looking out for yourself because obviously you won’t have a guardian there.
It is a very industrial atmosphere – lots of smoke from the DCMs and lots of chemicals in the CNCs. It can be very dangerous too, so you really have to be careful in your work area; keep it clean and tidy. For some reason, I just love to keep hitting my elbow on the bins. Since there are no cameras – except for maybe the DCMs, they keep a relentless close watch on people; this can be extremely annoying/irritating. For the factory (client), you’ll also want to comply with their demands/requests. One former co-worker would have been hired after only five months had he not refused their demand/request to clean. During slow periods, the boss will have you cleaning various areas of the plant. The factory gave us a meal at Christmas and in the summer. Factory work is not for everyone – it is an utterly impersonal atmosphere. Certainly, there’s no religious cross on the building, but many bring their heart and soul to the job.
It doesn’t really matter how fast and hard you work since the factory operates at one speed – the speed of demand for its products. The place is an army of workers, machinery and resources. One worker does not make a difference since there are replacements for the replacements and training is perpetual. To give you my $0.02, the first temps to get hired are: quick learners who are universally/instantly likeable; one was hired after only four months. If you are a slow learner who does not integrate so well in a new environment, eventually, you will most likely be hired if you provide a solid effort, don’t miss work, follow their instructions, and comply with their demands/requests. There are people who goofed off, took long breaks, but always did their jobs – it took them longer to be hired but they eventually got in after following the plant protocol.