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TrueBlue Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • They do not care about work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Alot of upper management, but no exposure for non management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    stop stifling effective contributors

  3. Helpful (4)

    "disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time (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 Management

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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (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 Management

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


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Not for the strategic sales professional."

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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%.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Do not work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TrueBlue part-time (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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible management"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TrueBlue full-time (Less than a 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 Management

    Try to carry your own weight.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "My 1st year and a half were excellent...Then, upper management changed and the morale went out the window."

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My original DM was amazing. He supported us and made sure we were all successful.

    Cons

    After the change in upper management, the company will never be the same. "Do more with less", "save your way to success" & "I understand you'll have to take a pay cut...." all became common conversations. The corporate neglect to the evident problem at hand is causing the company to emplode. I have never seen a district have so much turn over- everyone quit! Enough is enough, someone needs to step in and recognize the problem or the shareholders are in for a huge disappointment!

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at you newest upper management team. Look at the trends on the district and recognize when things began to go down hill...there is your answer.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great sales team within branch. That is about all I can think of at this point. Other than after a year you can get partial tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Very unstable management, tendency to be two faced to employees. Management has a good Ole boy mind set and if you don't you are shoved out. Take credit for others ideas and work.

    Advice to Management

    Would recommend keeping a closer eye on branch managers and workers. So that they sre performing as needed not just what is being portrayed.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Horrible IT management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TrueBlue full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ok benefits, good size IT hardware infrastructure.

    Cons

    The IT department is all about meetings, and end up doing nothing in the end. They don't trust their own employees, and seniority means nothing here. They don't even care when their long tenured great employees quit. Management thinks there is a line of people out the door just waiting to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Leave, go away starting with the VP of IT. This person is completely worthless to the company, and that uselessness works it's way down to the directors and managers below.


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