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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great career opportunity

    Oct 15, 2022 - Union Journeyman Electrician in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Work on the best , high profile jobs Excellent training center , work with talented electricians, great wages and even better benefits. You are treated with respect and dignity.

    Cons

    Might end up in a bad shop. Might end up working with cut throat coworkers who will throw you under the bus to save their jobs. Long wait if you do get laid off.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Rigorous program towards an excellent career

    Dec 26, 2022 - Apprentice Electrician 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Extensive training program including full time work, college course 1/semester @ 1x/wk 430-630 and electrical theory which runs on a public school schedule 1x/wk from 430-830. Also have to do 1 wk of hands on training/year. (Each semester/class you can only have 3 absences, after which there will be a meeting on wether you can continue, depending on individual circumstances (reason for absences, overall progress in class up to that point, you can continue, 4th absence your dropped having to retake class, after 2/3 failed attempts, you can be dropped from program. Have to pass each semester to get a raise (small raise) and move through the program. Initiation/benefits begin after 6 mths. After 4th year, with successfully passing the MIJ test, you’re an “MIJ” for a year before taking your A test, where you’ll become a full A journeyman. So all together 5 1/2 yr apprenticeship. 3 pensions, benefits package is excellent, several clubs, and other “perks” like tuition reimbursement for you and your spouse after you finish apprenticeship, The program is strictly regimented and rigorous but not designed to make you fail. If you do what you have to do and keep up on your work (like any other schooling, it’s really not that difficult. It IS designed to weed out the individuals who are not willing to put the work in and actually learn the trade as one should. I know I don’t want to be working with, near, or by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing! It is a true brotherhood that welcomes you and takes you under their wings, like everything in life, you get the same energy you put into it.

    Cons

    You get paid very little through your apprenticeship. Recommend getting in as young as you can. It’s a hard program to complete successfully having other responsibilities such as children and bills. But def worth it once you do. Other con, is the forced furlough and the dark cloud of possible lay offs which follow you. At which point you go to the bottom of the list at the union hall (usually mths long), collect unemployment, and have the option of taken up to a certain amount out of 401k (if you have it, and with penalties).

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Union Strong

    Dec 19, 2022 - Apprentice Electrician 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great opportunity that seems almost endless. Paid training, vacation, 401k plans, HRA and more.

    Cons

    As times get hard people try to budget and cut cost. Due to our high standards to make sure that employees are safe in their work area and they get paid a fair days pay they look to cut on their professional trades leading to more guys on the bench.

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