Labor Ready Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • they could always find work somewhere (in 5 reviews)

  • I had an opportunity to assist some talented, yet misdirected, temporary employees use their talents to find full time work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Most assignments only pay minimum wage (in 10 reviews)

  • 00 an hour is not enough for the kind of commitment and hard work that LR expects from its employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. The truth about Labor Ready ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Temp Worker/Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Current Employee - Temp Worker/Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employment is easy to obtain, jobs (usually) readily available, flexible schedule, and the greatest benefit ... The configuration [ employer --> employee --> client // or // Labor Ready --> you --> the job ] creates a buffer where Labor Ready (whatever temp agency really) stands as a sort of intercessor between the employee (you) and the client (job). This only works though, if the employer (Labor Ready) has integrity and chooses to be impartial and fair to all parties involved. This can be a benefit to the employee when dealing with demanding, unjustifiable or unfair bosses (at the client site / the client).

    Cons

    Not a living wage, limited choice of the work you perform (first come / first serve), little or no opportunity to advance, negatively viewed in the eyes of most employers (many / most other employers look poorly upon temp workers, seeing them as lacking initiative, unreliable, and many other things, LITTLE OR NO COMMUNICATION ABOUT DETAILS OF JOBS, WAGE, AND DURATION.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees enough to allow them to make informed decisions. In concrete practice this means divulging the details of the job in painful detail - compensation (including but not limited to travel time, wear and tear, mileage, per hour wage, bonus, etc), - job description (including but not limited to the distance to be traveled to the job site and approximate travel time, and the work to be performed) - schedule / scheduling (including but not limited to the specific time the employee will be released from the shift, number and duration of breaks, approximate time of breaks within the day, etc). Do no look down on, intimidate, or otherwise emotionally abuse employees for wanting to know these things - volunteer it because it's the right thing to do. Do no manipulate employees by withholding information or otherwise changing the terms that were agreed upon. EXERCISE FAIR AND JUST JUDGEMENT IN EVERY SITUATION - STAND UP FOR THE EMPLOYEE WHERE IT IS WARRANTED.


  2. Laborer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laborer in Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - Laborer in Killeen, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Labor Ready part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay on a daily basis and the work comes in constantly

    Cons

    They don't pay as well as another typical job

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to the workers that work hard as they do


  3. You could do better.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Laborer in Westmont, IL
    Former Contractor - Laborer in Westmont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Labor Ready as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I got a good sample of different kinds of work, and got good at meeting and working with new people. I explored appropriate ranges of effort, and developed a good work ethic and attitude toward labor.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no stability, and the wage is borderline criminal. There is no advancement within the company from the labor position.

    Advice to Management

    Some career development effort for the benefit of the worker seems reasonable to ask for. It appears though the company has minimal regard for the labor.


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  5. Grunt work

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - General Labor in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - General Labor in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Labor Ready (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - You won't need to go to a gym anymore. - Different work everyday, keeps you guessing what you'll do. - You'll usually get work consistently, unless you screw up.

    Cons

    You're getting paid minimum wage as an extra pair of hands, while if you work for an actually company you'll make much more. There's no future at labor ready, no chance for a promotion or wage increase. You've got to be desperate and have done some time to work here.

    Advice to Management

    They know the name of the game. They're sending people to work, while they're collecting the same hourly wage. Whatever, it's temp work.


  6. The title is what it says, Labor.

    Former Employee - Instructor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Instructor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Labor Ready part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A paycheck at the end of the shift.

    Cons

    An old fashion hiring hall, that never hires from the hall. It's warm body work, and that's what you get. For minimum wage.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Where to begin...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Labor Ready full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I think the work experience is going to vary from branch to branch because they are somewhat autonomous, I will say corporate has been a big help for me in understanding overall expectations for a branch and the long term vision. On the pro side, my branch manager is only a stickler on the OT issue - which should be a non issue because her staff is so small - regarding time off, needing to leave early or having an appointment mid day. She claims to support our decisions on matters regarding workers and assignments. The Temps complaints to corporate we dust off, probably because if they told the whole truth of what they were doing to instigate such a response from us no one would be sympathetic. Its always good to see a temp turn into a permanent employee for one of our clients.

    Cons

    -Pay is low, as someone said this isn't entry level taking an order type work. If you want to pay 11-12/hr for CSR make them PT and hire more per branch to cover shifts, 15/hr for recruiting is abysmal but most manager probably only see us as glorified CSRs, and I know the branch manager makes about 40K before bonuses - if achieved. -Red flags for a company with me is the number of staff members that leave in my first year. Now, you have to look at the back story - has the person been there 3-4 years, been promoted, and just got a better offer, family issues, let go by the company or has the company promised them certain opportunities for sticking it out and it been reneged on - and I've seen all in the past year. -Temps are a challenge- some are just people looking for a leg up, extra money, and easy way to find work with out the pretense of interviews and more stringent application processes - you will deal with ex-felons as well, and some of them are better, more dedicated workers. But be prepared to be cursed out daily by someone who has a bill/rent to pay or chronically ill relative needing medicine, or gas, and expect you to prioritize their "need" over everyone else's including your training, lunch break, or customer request. If branch staff did half the things the temps did we'd be out the door... Be prepared to waste a lot of time dealing with the shenanigans than getting your work done or more responsible individuals out to work, if your branch manager is a softy to the ones with a sob story after they've verbally abused you, your client, or other company departments - and left their assignment early or decided not to go at all. -Area management is competitive with each other, especially in using the better workers on important/large scale jobs like special events. But they are disorganized and don't go into an annually occurring event with a plan, or adequate/accurate information to distribute to temps. Then they call on neighboring branches last minute to pick up slack. Its just, get the bodies out there, and we'll figure it out later, then spend the next week struggling to get people to go to work because the daily pay took 3-4 days. -Because the branches are sparsely staffed taking a day off feels like you're leaving the team in a lurch, and you come back to more work than the day before because your team member(s) were overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, OT is not an issue in my opinion because 40/hrs is all I can handle and staff branches better. Corporate has flowery expectations about what is happening/can happen at the branch level in regards branch staff relationship to the temps. Be responsive to the needs and comments of the local branch staff. District/Branch Management: revenue is important but you won't make any dealing with the shenanigans of temps. If they are employees, treat them as such in all things. If they are a commodity, discard the useless ones - you know who they are. Once they've established a pattern of no shows or being difficult to deal with when problems arise with payment - long term suspend or terminate them. Don't keep subjecting your staff, clients, business objectives and budgets to the shenanigans of riff raff - clean house with TAs as needed so your branch can run more efficiently, you can implement policy changes without a lot of lip, and recruit better temps.


  8. Helpful (1)

    I have had good and bad experiences with this company.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Labor Ready part-time

    Pros

    You can pick your own jobs

    Cons

    You are treated badly by some clients.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better


  9. "Dissatisfied abroad"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - General Labor
    Current Contractor - General Labor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Labor Ready as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the greatest benefits that this company has to offer is the text alert feature, which is free if you have access to a cellphone. All you have to do is text "WORK" to the number they provide you and that lets them know that you are available for work without calling or showing up in the morning. In the old days you would have to go in and sign in at 5:30 a.m. and wait to see if there was a job for you to go to, which was a complete crap shoot. Some people would wait until 9 a.m. only to be told to go home for the day and to come back at the same time the next day. The only other pro to this agency is the ability to get paid daily, which is now loaded onto a prepaid debit card (watch those crazy fees!!!) instead of being printed a check at the counter which would take time to clear your bank or cost you money to cash the check at a store that offered a check cashing service such as Walmart.

    Cons

    Company is a little outdated, at least where I am from, in training and screening processes. Also, background checks take forever even though I had no problems it took more than 3 MONTHS. No health benefits, or any that were at least discussed with myself, even though an employee told me he had a card from them. Most jobs are minimum wage ($7.25 by federal law as of this review in March of 2015) and if there are jobs that are full time that do pay more, they are typically slave labor jobs at foundries or coal plants or something of the equivalent.

    Advice to Management

    Consider even a low cost health insurance premium if one is not currently available, or if there is one available then make it available abroad to every location. Management should also be more specific about job details and not be elusive about pertinent details. For instance, if there is a packing position available in a warehouse, then don't tell workers that the job is in fact a warehouse position that entails driving and some packaging of the product if the position is in fact only a packing position. Lying by omission tends to make for unhappy workers and an unscrupulous business practice.


  10. Learned a lot of different things.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laborer in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Laborer in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Once hired, arrive every day 20 min. before office opens as assignments are parceled out first-come first-served. You are paid the day your assignment is completed.

    Cons

    Some weeks work everyday, others 2 or 3 days a week, not steady employment. Be sure to ask for any safety equipment which ought to be offered to you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more qualified people to go to big companies to create more jobs for their employees.


  11. Management hard to please

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As customer service representative working with people who really appreciate getting a job.

    Cons

    Very inadequate on the job training. All technical training was done on line thru TRUE BLUE UNIVERSITY and very time consuming. No compliments or reviews by management. Pay too low because of split shifts, variable hours and on call too much.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate employe more and communicate more. Raise pay.



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