Labor Ready Reviews

Updated 13 October 2014
Updated 13 October 2014
130 Reviews
2.7
130 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I was able to help temporary employees find work and sometimes full time positions (in 5 reviews)

  • For many workers, assignments give workers an opportunity to try different kinds of work and as a means to obtaining full time employment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Expects people to rearrange their schedules for a two hour assignment 40 minutes away that only pays minimum wage (in 10 reviews)

  • Need to sharpen it to the company/goal and conduct real world training to the branch Managers (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was ok it you want to make a quick buck and you get paid daily.

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

    I have been working at Labor Ready as a contractor

    Pros

    Met Cool People. IT was interesting. 1 hour Lunches.

    Cons

    Last minute changes. 15 min breaks is not enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY MORE FOR THESE LABORERS THEY DO THE DIRTY And Dangerous work!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learning many different job fields and gaining experience...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver/Laborer/Wearhouse in Sherwood, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Driver/Laborer/Wearhouse in Sherwood, AR (US)

    I have been working at Labor Ready part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Help you with a wide range out work experience...

    Cons

    Just not enough work never not consistent...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the workers on the same job when others don't show up for work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's a great option you get out what you put in!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Steubenville, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Steubenville, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    This place can will change the lives of those who are willing. If you have the right mindset you will do well. I have had several people tell me that they have change their lives.

    Cons

    The people that don't believe they make a difference is what can impact an entire branch and community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve and Wayne you are Rock Stars. Keep growing and allowing us to provide specialization. We are well on our journey to True Blue!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If your desperate its a quick way to get some money working various labor assignments. T

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

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

    Pros

    If you are really hard up, its a quick way to get money. They pay you the same day. One assignment in particular turned out to be long term and I got lots of overtime. They text you everyday with the various job assignments.

    Cons

    Lately they have been limiting overtime. A lot of the jobs are dangerous and dirty. Most assignments only pay minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to boost the pay. Some of the assignments involve very dangerous heavy lifting and you risking injury for minimum wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked at Labor Ready full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its quick and easy to get in.

    Cons

    They dont have their stuff together.
    Direct deposit takes up to 3 days.
    Online application wont be found.
    Their system has bugs.
    Try to play you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worsest agency ever!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Rude, disrespectful staff at local office. Recruiters are hardheaded and unreasonable and treat workers horribly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temp Worker in Decatur, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Temp Worker in Decatur, IL (US)

    I worked at Labor Ready as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very easy to get hired on by this company

    Cons

    Unreliable hours, Rude recruiters. Branch manager actually HUNG UP ON ME when I expressed my frustration with the way I was being treated. Extremely unprofessional staff at local office. Expects people to rearrange their schedules for a two hour assignment 40 minutes away that only pays minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and pay them a living wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Sales Manager Labor Ready

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Sales Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Sales Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)

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

    Pros

    I very much enjoyed meeting the public in my job. Meeting supervisors, owners, managers on different job sites. It was interesting to learn what they do and how they work. I made a lot of friends.

    Cons

    The comparisons the company made to lower employment areas were unrealistic in their goals for me. I was stretched too far in area so that most of my time was spent driving which was unproductive. People employed by Labor Ready did not last 5 years. 800 offices and no one lasted over 5 years. That says A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The DM's of this company should study demographics and educate themselves better. All they did was shout numbers when I was there. No one ever helped mentor. They only cared about the all mighty dollar and not the workers at all who were taken advantage of. The workers are the life's blood of this company and I never saw upper management even SPEAK to any of them. My paycheck came from their sweat and it made me feel guilty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The CSR: Cogs in the BLUE MACHINE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience in what not to do.

    Cons

    CSRs are overworked and underpaid. Every few months more responsibilities are added while wages are held down and overtime is restricted. Management has no understanding of how a branch - let alone a 'super branch' functions. All management is concerned with is NOI, weekly gross margin, not having any OT for CSRs and not receiving customer complaints.

    One person cannot:
    • open an office 5:30 am,
    • dispatch 20 - 40 workers - have those workers report on time,
    • conduct site visits,
    • contact customers to see how business is going,
    • call potential new customers,
    • place new job orders,
    • recruit new workers (applications, drug tests, E-verify, interview),
    • call delinquent customers for payment,
    • complete regular office management (update W-2, run new background checks, update customer / employee records, clean the office, order supplies, trouble shoot IT issues) and
    • payout workers
    without making any mistakes.

    Such a work schedule would burn out the most enthusiastic worker leading to fatigue, low morale, errors and finally resignation or termination within 2 -3 years.

    While there are some CSRs that have worked for Labor Ready for 5 - 10 years (senior CSRs), these are not the ones who handle the bulk of the above responsibilities. Senior CSRs have carved out their own responsibilities and limits and have pushed all new responsibilities on junior / rookie CSRs. For example, some senior CSR do not conduct site visits or only handle closing of the office - so they never come in at 530 am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the Customer Service Representative (CSR) position into a salaried position, with a salary range between 45k - 55k. Remove the 40 hour restriction. The work that CSRs handle cannot be completed in a 40 hour week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Labor Ready helps you get back on your feet.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Asheville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Asheville, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    I was able to help temporary employees find work and sometimes full time positions.

    Cons

    Your jobs do not always go the way you planned them daily with call outs from workers with odd excuses at the last minute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Labor Ready

    Pros

    Helping people find work..improving there self worth

    Cons

    On call 24/7. Finding qualifies workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay and help

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