Great company to work for
Stage Hands (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 15 December 2015
I use to work office jobs and have gained a lot of weight at my desk. After working for Nasco in the summer, I lost over 20lbs. This kind of work requires you to be very physical, it's not for everyone but if you don't mind labour work, it's the best!
Hours are all over the place but flexible, which I like. Previous management was not the best, where I heard stories of management playing favorites due to how many shifts you accept, so I made sure to never decline a shift. However there is new management now and they seem much better.
The scheduling system is not the best, where they send last minute emails or text asking if you're available. And sometimes there isn't enough information for you to find the right location but if you give yourself enough time before a shift, then you should be fine. Punctuality is very important with this company, if you don't show up on time don't expect more work. Also compare to other contract companies, they pay you on time! I've never had an issue with their payment system.
I love this company because to me, it doesn't feel like work, compare to my previous office jobs. Working together, with a group of colourful characters, to build a concert stage from the ground up is surprisingly satisfying, especially stepping back to see the final creation at the end. Sometimes, you will see arguments break out but in the end of the day all of us are too exhausted to argue, and later become good buddies, and even gone out for beers at the end of a shift.
Free lunches, being outdoors, physical work, enough hours in the summer, flexible, building things from the ground up, get to explore Toronto, Overtime Pay
Scheduling (Not the best but not terrible either), Not many shifts in the winter