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TrueBlue Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was sometimes great, but poor management practices ruined the gig.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    When I started with them they had a good solid staff, and a plan to improve their technology and IT practices.

    Cons

    The good solid staff were driven away when the company started blindly following trends and gave it's future away to a consulting group. The most successful Senior management was the most political and least effective I have ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a management team with the strength and desire to actually manage IT rather than trying to offload it to third parties. Don't politicize software development so much, demand higher quality from the contract consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible management

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid mileage, health benefits. Unless youre upper management there aren't many pros.

    Cons

    No raises, on call 24/7, management is lazy but takes credit for all of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to carry your own weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    the company is really about making sure you take care and spend time with your family, employee of the quarter recognition

    Cons

    no consistency, little to no interest in wanting to compensate employees with raises, tons of work for 1 person to manage and do a constantly good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees with more respect, they work really hard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales rep

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    Former Employee - Sales in Pompano Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Pompano Beach, FL

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time

    Pros

    They are really fast growing company that is getting bigger every day and buying other companies within teh staffing business

    Cons

    Company is very big but know as many different names because of all teh different acquisitions

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was once amazing

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leadership, at the time I joined had a clear and certain path. They lived the values and provided a diverse work environment in which minorities did have a strong opportunity for career growth. Joe Sambataro, then CEO, was the embodiment of these values and strong moral character.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is skewed depending on the brand you work for. If you work at Labor Ready, there is very little balance, Spartan, improvement, Centerline, improved, CLP, improved and Planetechs, excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creating a Diversity and Inclusion committee does not in effect provide the necessary input to improve your current situation. It seems the only reason this committee was created was to mitigate damages in case of either a single suit action or a class action, which I see coming your way.
    Acquiring companies is a sign of great stabuility and cash flow, two major attractors for take over, although promoting employees of companies you buy over those that have been loyal to you, have stronger capabilities, even though you have no effective method of measuring these if not by sometimes inadequate VP opinions, does erode these loyalties and your talent drain is just beginning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promotes 'political ' performers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a growing company,with a lot of opportunity. They expose great values, and their mission statement is solid and extremely worthwhile. There is a lot of potential at TrueBlue

    Cons

    The values that senior leadership promotes, are not lived by the senior leadership.

    This is an extremely high politics work environment, where adept political performers acheived high results quickly, and people that do good, hard , heads down work, and are easily lost in the shuffle.

    We've recently seen hard working, award winning employees terminated without apparent cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the values and mission statement you have taken so much care in crafting. Spend time seeking the high end performers not by listening to the most vocal, but by watching. Seek first to understand ..... And then to be understood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    unstable management

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great job helping to put workers out on new and long term jobs. Enjoyed growing the business with new and existing clients in the construction, oil & gas industry.

    Cons

    Management was unstable and unpredictable. Poor judgement calls were made with no support. People were written up and fired after receiving awards. It was a challenge to figure out if you were going or coming with management. I saw multiple people fired who were good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customers they will tell you who is really doing there job and who isn't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TrueBlue part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Seems to be growing, it been around for a long time

    Cons

    Constant turnover, it seems like no one stays longer than a year here, people talked negative about the company, no pay increases. Lots of clicks, gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to give pay increases to the people who deserve them, take more time to acknowledge your hardworkers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company is small but growing, providing opportunity for career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, NY

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company growth and stock options

    Cons

    With growth comes challenges to mature

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not for the strategic sales professional.

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility. Lessons in patience. Some good people.

    Cons

    Extremely poor commission schedule: max 8% of gross margin dollars.
    No strategic thinking- throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.
    Sub par training.
    Company has an awful reputation so most sales calls are an uphill battle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to be strategic in what you're trying to accomplish- A little more time on the front end saves time/effort in the long run. You may also want to consider mentioning less often during sales meetings that we are a 2 Billion dollar company right after you've decided to cut sales commissions by up to 75%.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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