General Laborer (Former Employee) – Kennewick, WA – July 21, 2016
Labor ready varies by location I have worked at several locations and some are competent but you still get sent to some of the worst jobs for absolute minimum wage. The Kennewick, WA branch is particularly bad, often times they will request workers to come in an hour or so early and not pay them.
Paid immediatley at the end of every weekday shift
Rude staff, unpaid hours and travel under threat of termination
Laborer (Former Employee) – Long Beach, CA – July 21, 2016
They offer many different job opportunities with great companies who will hire you on. I've gotten most of my work experience there at this company. It's guaranteed work everyday for people who are early birds.
Laborer (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – July 18, 2016
Very good and reliable staffing agency. I was looking for more in my life at the time so I went to college and they wasn't to fond my choice. However always work and great jobs. Little more flexibility and school support great company.
cleaning and debri removal (Current Employee) – Lanham, MD – July 17, 2016
a tipical day for me at work is easy as long as the customer is pleased and I don't have any bad reviews also I can learn a lot more as long as some one is willing to teach me and work with along side me. I also look forward to moving up in any desired filled of where ever I am
laborer (Former Employee) – charlotte, lubbock, santa fe, las cruces – July 16, 2016
I haven't work for labor ready in over 5 years and was thinking I might work for them again in the near future and I happened on these reviews which were rather hard to believe how many people say great things about their experience. To me Labor Ready is a last resort for quick cash.
Maybe something has changed in their protocol but when I worked for them it was as follows:
You have to get there early in the morning, 5-5:30 am, and usually sit around the dispatch hall uncertain if you'll be assigned to work for the day. If you don't have a vehicle, this reduces your chances of being sent out (understandable) but if you DO have a vehicle and don't want to use it to transport other workers this almost obliterates your chances.
You may say, Why would you not want to transport other workers to the jobsite? A lot of reasons, including not sure if they have drugs on them. If you do transport a co-worker, the co-worker usually takes the opportunity to tell you their hard luck story and try to make you feel bad that you have a vehicle and they don't and to weasel you to buy them a coffee or give them a cigarette.
The jobs I got varied from pushing a broom to digging a ditch to carrying air conditioners up and down stairs. Unloading a truck full of sheetrock, carrying concrete forms, jackhammering, grading dirt underneath a building, chopping down trees with dull instruments, were assignments I was lucky enough to avoid due to being female and judged as incapable of succeeding at them (probably accurate in many cases).
The pay was almost always minimum wage. (The supervisormore... at the job site will often tell you how it's not their fault, they pay Labor Ready 2X and Labor Ready only pays you X).
I have encountered a problem once or twice working with people who are under the influence on the job site. I don't want to be moving scaffolding or carrying heavy objects with a person who is under the influence, for obvious reasons. The site supervisor doesn't usually do a whole lot if you report it (he doesn't want a confrontation) so you just have to try to partner up with someone else. Labor Ready can't necessarily do anything unless the problem person is also on a Labor Ready ticket.
After you finish work, you have to drive back to Labor Ready and wait for them to issue your paycheck. By this time it's at least 6pm.
If you're lucky, the employer to which you were dispatched gave you a "repeat", meaning they were satisfied with your work performance and want you back at the job site the next day. Then you can get to Labor Ready the next day an hour before the start time to pick up your work ticket. In rare cases Labor Ready may give you the work ticket the night before and let you go directly to the job site, but generally not.
As for the dispatch staff at Labor Ready, they run the gamut from having a heart of gold and being the only positive caring person you see all day to being mentally checked out and not really giving a rat's behind about anything.
As for the job site supervisors, again, they run the gamut from buying lunch (pretty rare) to telling you Whatever State law says they don't have to give you a break and you'll work 8 hours straight.
There are a few reviews on this site that have the ring of truth to them, but many seem artificial. I wouldn't put it past Labor Ready to "encourage" people go on this site and write positive reviews, probably for some incentive like a free soda.less
get a few great stories out of the experience
not an efficient or desirable way to make a living
Laborer/Driver (Former Employee) – All over IL and MO. – July 14, 2016
Great Job, but I needed more from a job that they offered. I wish that I can say more on the matter, but it just nothing moer to be said on the matter. Thank you for asking me about it in the frist place.