Labor Ready Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 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.  

    Complete abuse of the common worker

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    drugs r us

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Putting people to grueling work at minimum wage

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic Shop Driver in Manville, NJ
    Former Employee - Mechanic Shop Driver in Manville, NJ

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

    Pros

    You will get paid daily, But at or slightly above minimum wage.

    Cons

    Pay rate does not match work involved. And jobs have very slim chance of becoming permanent. Steady temporary work force is there objective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Laborer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    You get paid the same day you work and sometimes you don't like on the weekends.

    Cons

    Management isn't always honest and they keep you in the dark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep your word

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 :(

  8.  

    For those who have no where else to go

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temporary Labourer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Temporary Labourer in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Labor Ready part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have a reason to travel around your region to work. You will meet many persons from different walks of life. The pay is good. There are plenty of opportunities for those who need to get started with some verifiable work.

    Cons

    Your physical strength will be tested, if you do not have any specialty skills (office, machine operation, etc). As an employee for this temp agency I have learned the meaning of hard intensive labor. The company will play favoritism for those who have been there the longest. Meaning your first week could be on an off work week. Also much like most other temp agencies, you will be spending at least two hours of your morning sitting in a waiting room awaiting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing some verbal motivation for employees to advance their careers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    odd jobs working to different companies

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Labor Ready part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    different location each day travelling to site

    Cons

    Not permanent jobs waiting for customers to make request

  10.  

    It was great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Cook in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - First Cook in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You get to cook at various food establishments throughout the city.

    Cons

    Not enough work to pay the bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers fairly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I really like working for them

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sign Holder in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Sign Holder in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Labor Ready part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    they don't judge people form their past

    Cons

    Not have the experience for some of the jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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