Production Resource Group

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Production Resource Group Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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    Easy on workload

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Production Resource Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly, very easy going, but knowledgable. Very nice experience

    Cons

    I dint find any con for the time i worked there.

  2.  

    A corporation with an inhuman, cartoonishly corporate attitude towards their employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at Production Resource Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Steady Pay, Good Benefits. (Though you must be "full time" to receive them and this can be an issue)
    Some great co-workers. Really some of the best and smartest people you could dream of working with. Just fantastic.
    Lots of gear and knowledge in the building. If you want to learn, and put effort in, you can get valuable experience.

    Cons

    Now onto the bad.

    1. No incentive structure. Whatsoever. Employee sanity not a concern
    Management has complaints about work not getting done, always pushing for higher quality work although all they use is the proverbial "stick" to encourage their employees. The only instances of management commending an employee for their accomplishments consist of the occasional "working hard? That’s why I like to see" type comment as upper management passes through the shop floor during the busiest of times. This has to do with pay-rates, overall management style and the culture that the company (at least this branch) has been run under.

    THERE ARE NO RAISES. THERE IS NO VERTICAL PROMOTION (only horizontal, expanding responsibilities but never any expanding pay). Starbucks workers in Washington State make the same rate and have their college paid for by the company. There is a high level of technical skill required for much of this work to be done competently; pay and raises do not reflect this. Because of this there is an overall attitude between many of the shop workers to do the bare minimum. Doing more than the bare minimum will only get you tasked with more work, more stress, more responsibilities and thus a proportionally decreasing rate. "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down". This finds the company with an extremely high turnover rate, consistently losing skilled workers. Management doesn't seem to understand this is where most of the client complaints are originating. Being proactive is not rewarded (it’s almost punished) and doing a subpar job is seemingly rewarded. You will be overworked, undervalued, and underpaid.

    2. Employees are treated as extremely replaceable. Acts like Wal-Mart rather than Cost-Co.
    On the wall inside the atrium there is a company description, featuring a sentence along the lines of "our most valuable resource are our employees". Although this may be technically true, the posturing and attitude management has couldn't be further from this platitude.

    Not one of your legitimate complaints or concerns will be addressed; to even have them or speak of them is taken as an affront to management. Having a discussion about said complaints with a manager in a position of power will likely result in being verbally assaulted with expletives. < That is not an exaggeration. (To be fair not all in management there are equally unprofessional, just the ones that make the decisions. Some are great people). One employee, after working at the company or the better part of a decade put in his 2 weeks notice. He was escorted out of the building immediately. This is the attitude.

    There is absolutely no attempt at keeping employees satisfied or keeping them around. Because of this they hire many low skilled, low cost employees who cycle though quickly. This leads to much of the lost or broken gear in the shop. Paying fewer more qualified people slightly more would lead to a much smoother and efficient operation.

    Interns are kept at intern rate, well after their internship ends with the promise of full employment always dangling, yet never materializing. Bringing that fact up to management would make you seem ungrateful for the internship and terminate you anyway. Similarly new workers are kept at "temporary status" much longer than the 3 month trial period, this helps to avoid the cost of benefits or including them in end of year raises. Many promises are made and never kept. To be unhappy with that is to have a “poisonous attitude”.

    There are no standards within departments. No manuals for how run a department. This is dangerous with such a high turnover rate. With knowledge leaving the building and under qualified new hires coming in, it is a recipe for long-term disaster.

    3. The Union you must join
    I’m all for unions, they're extremely important and the treatment and demonization of unions in the past few decades is unfortunate. I was excited to join the local. Then I found out more. This particular local, local 59, offers almost no other work. PRG is really the only reason for its existence, thus it finds its self at the mercy of PRG. Per the contract there is no collective bargaining. There is no strike power. There is no real recourse for issues. The initiation fee is nearly one entire month's pay. When you have bills to pay, transportation to pay, etc, being paid the shop rate of 15$/hr... 1600$ (Application & Initiation) is completely unacceptable. Its unacceptable when it offers little to no apparent benefit and the union knows EXACTLY how much their members take home. Further this shop needs skilled labor, as people retire or quit taking their knowledge with them, it is going to be harder and harder to find people to fill these roles. Even as an entry level job, keeping your head above water and paying dues to a spineless union is a perilous position to put yourself into.

    There are good people here. Ones I respect tremendously. Unfortunately those with power in upper management are not those people. Middle management and general staff is not the problem. There are those in upper management who know the issues and wish to correct them... though they lack the ability or power to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement incentive structure immediately. The working world runs on incentives, use that. Fire underperforming workers, reward good work and hire competent people. Quality over quanity.

    Treat your staff with respect. They are not children. Their respect, trust and happiness will be more valuable in the long run the their fear. Machiavelli's The Prince should not be your operating manual.

    Earn back the trust of your staff. Take an honest interest in them. Be clear with the direction of the shop overall and of specific employees future there. Keep promises you make.

    Establish internal seminars for employees wishing to learn. Teach them different departments around the shop. A more skilled and educated workforce will reduce staff needed, raise the quality of work, and tremendously reduce the amount of lost and broken gear in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall not too bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Production Resource Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company works hard to provide good health benefits to employees. Stable place to work but not much opportunity fo growth.

    Cons

    Things have really tighten up financially so there are no raises or reviews in Orlando office at least

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on ways to grow the business and reward good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not much teamwork in corporate

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

    I have been working at Production Resource Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Industry it's in is really cool and sometimes there were perks like Broadway tickets. There wasn't any crazy work hours.

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork and high employee turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more teamwork and truly listen when employees give input. Growth in the company seems very minimal and employee turnover is too high for employees to feel security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with great potential but greedy executives

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bergen, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bergen, NJ

    I worked at Production Resource Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The industry and people you work with on the lower and middle branches are GREAT, and the projects are phenomenal. Who wouldn't be happy to point out their projects on TV or at the concerts or casinos

    Cons

    Upper management is detached from the lower branches. Lay-offs seemed unjustified, and profit margins are their primary concern... not service quality or employee sanity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your empolyee's are what make the company great, show them that you appreciate them more often, and recognize the ones that are overworked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career

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

    I worked at Production Resource Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, I mean the people that work here have some of the best attitudes and work ethics. They offer opportunities for entry-level(recent college grads) to establish themselves in their career field.

    Cons

    Low Pay, Not much room for Growth, Disconnect between Management and average staff employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees!

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Size is what keeps this company going. Good people, terrible management.

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

    I worked at Production Resource Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Entrepreneurial spirit can lead to excellent growth. Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Communication is basically non existent from Sr staff to line workers. No clear direction that the company is going. No controls over sales staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Figure out what the long term plan is for the company and communicate it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing company, with great advancement opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Production Resource Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Advancement Opportunities
    - Great Benefits
    - Employees First
    - Opportunities for all different types of production
    - Opportunities to work on some of the worlds largest productions
    - Well known company in the industry

    Cons

    PRG has been rapidly expanding over the last couple years, although the expansion has been great for the company, they are still struggling with streamlining the various aspects of operating as a large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Paskal - Subsidiary of PRG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Production Resource Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    casual work environment with opportunity to work hard. You can excel your understanding of the industry by learning at a rapid pace if you so choose.

    Cons

    no safety precautions taken for type of work being performed. High Voltage handling should have safety training associated. Lack of structure throughout the corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have an established process for operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    unlimited resources, limited accountability

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

    I have been working at Production Resource Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader, with huge gear invenotry

    Cons

    little to no cooperation between separate divisions and depots. often find yourself serving as a customer advocate. below average compensation. unprofessional people in management/hr positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the company more customer-centric, create incentives for working between divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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