Labor Ready Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
130 Reviews
2.7
130 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I was able to help temporary employees find work and sometimes full time positions (in 5 reviews)

  • For many workers, assignments give workers an opportunity to try different kinds of work and as a means to obtaining full time employment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Expects people to rearrange their schedules for a two hour assignment 40 minutes away that only pays minimum wage (in 10 reviews)

  • Need to sharpen it to the company/goal and conduct real world training to the branch Managers (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible Experieince

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Labor Ready part-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to this job at all dont work here

    Cons

    They use a cell phone for almost every thing , very low pay on average 30 bucks a job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do background checks on the companies who work with you guys and stop treating temps like crap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its quick and easy to get in.

    Cons

    They dont have their stuff together.
    Direct deposit takes up to 3 days.
    Online application wont be found.
    Their system has bugs.
    Try to play you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worsest agency ever!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Rude, disrespectful staff at local office. Recruiters are hardheaded and unreasonable and treat workers horribly.

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    Former Employee - Temp Worker in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Temp Worker in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Labor Ready as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very easy to get hired on by this company

    Cons

    Unreliable hours, Rude recruiters. Branch manager actually HUNG UP ON ME when I expressed my frustration with the way I was being treated. Extremely unprofessional staff at local office. Expects people to rearrange their schedules for a two hour assignment 40 minutes away that only pays minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and pay them a living wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    weird experience

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of my coworkers were very helpful in my learning process

    Cons

    Misled into believing I would earn more than my starting wage. Training was incomplete. There was a panic button to use in case we got irate workers. This made me nervous because a lot of my shift was worked alone in the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your reps know everything they need before expecting them to do the job alone. Stop the cussing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Apparently, there is an 'I' in team

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Blue Springs, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Blue Springs, MO

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My branch manager was the greatest boss I've ever had. I had the flexibility I needed and the challenge I craved.

    Cons

    -they spend money on new companies for growth and fail to compensate the staff appropriately.
    -no team work as far as a district goes. Very cut throat. The district manager is the worst.
    -upper management pushes teamwork and being fair but then turns everyone against each other.
    -SO much work and responsibility for one person. Very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, just care about your employees and appreciate the work they do. Give them a raise...this is no entry level $10.00-$11.79/hr job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Labor Ready part-time

    Pros

    there aren't any to state here

    Cons

    The payrate is horrible. It's just not enough to properly maintain bills & care for my family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the payrate

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Complete abuse of the common worker

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    Current Employee - Common Laborer in Lawrence, MA
    Current Employee - Common Laborer in Lawrence, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, and getting paid the same day IF someone happens to be in the office after your job assignment is over.

    Cons

    Work is hard to find if you do not have transportation and upper management has an incentive to reduce employee compensation as much as possible through corporate structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the lively hood of average workers when sending them to the most hazardous jobs in the country and fight for better wages for them as oppose to profit margins for the owners considering every dollar earned by Labor Ready is off the backs of human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    drugs r us

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Labor Ready

    Pros

    possibility of getting hired by customer

    Cons

    having to work with people who are stoned or drunk before during and after work
    they only care about money- we brake our backs and they are charging 20+/- an hour for us, we get 9
    office is completely inept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there are some skilled/good laborers there find them and pay them more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Putting people to grueling work at minimum wage

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    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do provide daily pay to people desperate enough to work for low wages. There is a degree of flexibility which allows for people with other responsibilities to pick and choose when they can work. Some of the work is in retail, stocking shelves for companies like Walmart. For many workers, assignments give workers an opportunity to try different kinds of work and as a means to obtaining full time employment.

    Cons

    Labor Ready's own records show that 10,000 workers (nearly 1.6% of its claimed 600,000 employees) are injured on the job every year. The AFL-CIO in a 2002 reported that Labor Ready works are injured at three times the U.S. average national rate. Various labor unions have accused Labor Ready of deceptive practices and of mistreating their employees.

    Labor Ready has come under fire for misclassifying workers (for example, as clerical rather than construction) which has resulted in the company paying less money (and in some states nothing at all) into state workers compensation funds than would otherwise be required. It has been alleged that this conduct is systematic and intentional. I myself have seen workers on construction sites operating equipment (lifts, bobcats) while they are classified as construction clean up. Skilled workers are supposed to be compensated at prevailing wage , while the construction clean up workers only receive minimum ( or near minimum) wage. I have also seen this happen on retail remodeling work sites
    I have witnessed age and race discrimination when choosing from amongst similarly situated workers. (Labor Ready claims that they make assignment on a 'best fit.' basis) although this many times leaves older or less well dressed workers with no work: no pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making policy changes which discipline managers who operate unfairly or mistreat workers. I suggest that the high employee injury rate occurs when employees invariably are assigned to do jobs that they are untrained and unsuited for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Day work day pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Labor Ready

    Pros

    dont have to work everyday

    Cons

    Hard work for little to no pay :(

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