Labor Ready

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Labor Ready Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
142 Reviews
2.7
142 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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    Branch Manager

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I had an opportunity to assist some talented, yet misdirected, temporary employees use their talents to find full time work. Personally learned the type of manager I want to be.

    Cons

    Endless hours, constant changes in management, receiving calls from temps at crazy hours because the call center thought it was appropriate to give out my cell phone number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to find a sales strategy and stick with it, at least for 6 months to a year so they can really evaluate if it is a failure or success before changing the strategy again.

    Acknowledge that there is a difference in selling labor city to city. The way you sell in New England is completely different than the Midwest.

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

    Beware

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    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
  3.  

    Good opportunity to add to your resume

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Labor Ready full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to give people opportunities to get permanent jobs and change their lives.

    Cons

    Passionate is one of their core values however, caring too much is sometimes is not a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better more clear direction, follow the core values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Labor Ready

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Labor Ready as a contractor

    Pros

    opportunity for those who are not employed to make extra income

    Cons

    its not a full time position or stable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what youre doing

  6.  

    Lots of hard work

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    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.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 :(

  10.  

    It was great.

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    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.  

    For those who have no where else to go

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    • 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

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