TrueBlue Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
22 Reviews
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  1. 1 person 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 for less than a 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
  2. 2 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 for 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy, management by words not action. Cult like atmosphere, good ole boy network

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pros are that if you are a mediocre manager or CSR you will last a long time doing the exact same job with the exact same pay.

    Cons

    Once you challenge a process or do not submit to "the way". Clicks are huge. If you are in the right one=Golden. Wrong one=sharpen your resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your branch managers more accountable. Middle management sucks-especially in Florida.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    disappointed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexible schedule, nice covered parking, did work with some good people, free gym access to work out

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunity, do not have strong leadership, do not value their employees, no pay increases, management needs to know how to manage/ be a leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to recognize how hard your people work, need internal growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    StaStay away from this mess of a companyy away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time

    Pros

    competitive pay, mediocre benefits offered. Some talent in management, but real performers not valued highly enough

    Cons

    dysfunctional, antiquated systems and business processes, over-inflated egos, dying business model, profitable only by acquiring competition, poor work-life balance, lack of support for managers, overwhelmed IT department, resources poorly appropriated, political activities apparent to entire workforce, disconnection from field employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop stifling effective contributors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out very well. Learned a lot. After 3 years, culture didn't fit anymore. Didn't like being micro-managed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TrueBlue

    Pros

    Good money, good schedule. Could take time off for family issues with no hassles.

    Cons

    Micromanagement; Politicking gets you further than merit; company spending hundreds of millions of dollars on failing in-house POS software, developers get six figures a year to milk a worthless product, whilst support is underpaid and overworked to support a failing product.

    Upper management is clueless, or apathetic, as long as they're getting paid...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enroll in a management program to learn how to be effective managers. Get rid of CIO who has no IT background because she came from accounting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 1 person 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 for 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
  10. 1 person 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 for more than a 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A typical example of a CPA becoming a CIO

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    Former Employee - IT Professional  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are still people who care but they are going extinct pretty quick.

    Cons

    A typical example of a CPA becoming a CIO – IT becomes a black hole sucking in money to pay for looney decisions, turnover goes sky-high – pros run for their lives, managers and directors who know anything are replaced with yes-men/women. The end result – money wasted on an in-house product would be enough to develop Windows 9. The board got to be insane to let this happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a real leader who knows IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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