TrueBlue Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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TrueBlue President, CEO, and Director Steve Cooper
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Lots of potential but...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tacoma, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at TrueBlue as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some dedicated and talented people. A promising business to be in as temporary workers become more the norm.

    Cons

    Hierarchy-oriented; e.g. some Directors will not talk to you unless you have Director in your title. A fairly political environment. Much of senior management has come up thru the ranks which is good from a career advancement standpoint however it also means they have alot of always-done-it-this-way thinking as well as some unqualified people in senior positions. Slow to change. They have alot of upside opportunity as a business but can't seem to get out of their own way and move forward on great new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Make some fundamental changes in leadership and corporate culture. Make the investment to move the business to modern technology.


  2. Helpful (4)

    It was once amazing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership, at the time I joined had a clear and certain path. They lived the values and provided a diverse work environment in which minorities did have a strong opportunity for career growth. Joe Sambataro, then CEO, was the embodiment of these values and strong moral character.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is skewed depending on the brand you work for. If you work at Labor Ready, there is very little balance, Spartan, improvement, Centerline, improved, CLP, improved and Planetechs, excellent.

    Advice to Management

    Creating a Diversity and Inclusion committee does not in effect provide the necessary input to improve your current situation. It seems the only reason this committee was created was to mitigate damages in case of either a single suit action or a class action, which I see coming your way. Acquiring companies is a sign of great stabuility and cash flow, two major attractors for take over, although promoting employees of companies you buy over those that have been loyal to you, have stronger capabilities, even though you have no effective method of measuring these if not by sometimes inadequate VP opinions, does erode these loyalties and your talent drain is just beginning.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Promotes 'political ' performers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a growing company,with a lot of opportunity. They expose great values, and their mission statement is solid and extremely worthwhile. There is a lot of potential at TrueBlue

    Cons

    The values that senior leadership promotes, are not lived by the senior leadership. This is an extremely high politics work environment, where adept political performers acheived high results quickly, and people that do good, hard , heads down work, and are easily lost in the shuffle. We've recently seen hard working, award winning employees terminated without apparent cause.

    Advice to Management

    Live the values and mission statement you have taken so much care in crafting. Spend time seeking the high end performers not by listening to the most vocal, but by watching. Seek first to understand ..... And then to be understood


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  5. Helpful (5)

    unstable management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job helping to put workers out on new and long term jobs. Enjoyed growing the business with new and existing clients in the construction, oil & gas industry.

    Cons

    Management was unstable and unpredictable. Poor judgement calls were made with no support. People were written up and fired after receiving awards. It was a challenge to figure out if you were going or coming with management. I saw multiple people fired who were good workers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your customers they will tell you who is really doing there job and who isn't.


  6. Helpful (4)

    A typical example of a CPA becoming a CIO

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are still people who care but they are going extinct pretty quick.

    Cons

    A typical example of a CPA becoming a CIO – IT becomes a black hole sucking in money to pay for looney decisions, turnover goes sky-high – pros run for their lives, managers and directors who know anything are replaced with yes-men/women. The end result – money wasted on an in-house product would be enough to develop Windows 9. The board got to be insane to let this happen.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a real leader who knows IT.


  7. Helpful (6)

    You've been Warned

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at TrueBlue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexibility, easy hire process, some nice people

    Cons

    Incompetent, money-driven senior leadership, high stress to make your numbers

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people well and pay them well



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