Production Resource Group

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Production Resource Group Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great intern experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New Windsor, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New Windsor, NY

    I worked at Production Resource Group

    Pros

    Rotated through each dept, felt like I was able to contribute, had mentors in each dept, interns had a diversity of interests

    Cons

    high stress and under pressure when many show deadlines came at the same time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, limited opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Production Resource Group

    Pros

    Great office environment and working relationships

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities for the ambitious employee

  3.  

    Creating my position with PRG was a great learning experience and prepared me to take on bigger professional challenges.

    • 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

    Pros

    Worldwide company with an established reputation, creative environment, freedom to learn

    Cons

    Too many in roles of senior management and they weren't on the same page, hard to coordinate and meet expectations without being able to see the big picture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Production Resource Group

    Pros

    cool place to work at

    Cons

    none that i could think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Big company, great benefits, great people, terrible communication, no room for growth.

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

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

    Pros

    The people you work with at this company are the best in the country at what they do. If you choose to work for PRG, know that they have excellent human resources with a fountain of knowledge in every aspect of the Entertainment Industry Provider world. Never hesitate to ask questions, ask for help, or just talk with someone. The benefits package that comes with this job is also top of the line. The dental is okay, the medical is pretty good and the eye care is top of the line. Because the company is so large you also get the opportunity to use cutting edge products for A/V and Lighting, which allows you to have more hands on experience with the new tech that is always coming out.

    Cons

    Many promises are made upon entering the company, however (and very unfortunately so) they do not always follow through on the promises that are made at the interview level. Along with that, communication is one of the biggest problems that I have witnessed at a company before. More times than not you will end up hearing information from people who are not your direct manager or boss and will not be even "allowed" to hear certain things for what seems to be no apparent reason at all. The different "departments", if you will, of the company do not have good communication between each other, either. The sales, management and operations departments do not meld together to create a cohesive unit, but are more individual compartments that tend to keep the other departments out of the loop, which causes a bit of mayhem when it comes to details regarding show shipment, necessary equipment, etc. Finally, the pay is (in my personal opinion) not equal to the amount of work expended during the day. Pay raises do not happen annually, bonuses are not handed out to all employees, just a select few from the upper echelons of the company, and undercutting is a huge problem. They will not bring up pay raise unless you do, and even if you bring it up, you are not anywhere near guaranteed to get a raise at the end of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open communication is key to having a smoothly operating business. Keeping people in the dark who should be enlightened with certain knowledge does not benefit anyone, especially those who deserve to have knowledge. Finally, offer a pay raise schedule to all employees, not just employees who are internal. This will provide employees with 1) more financial stability 2) it will let them know that the company actually cares about them 3) it will give a drive to work harder and care more for the quality of the work being put into the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Easy on workload

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Production Resource Group as an intern (less than a 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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with great potential but greedy executives

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 a 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

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