Great For Singles without a Trade
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Hamel, MN – December 30, 2013
Due to the high turnover rate, the management really doesn't even care who is there, as long as you do your job. You make terrible pay. But because you work so much overtime, the take-home money is pretty good. It's hard to save money since you have to buy bachelor meals i.e. tv dinners, ramen noodles, hot pockets or have to eat out at the only local diner. You are gone away from home for at least 6 to 8 weeks at a time. You live out of your bags from one motel to the next. You will be in some pretty remote places that don't even have a gas station. It is very stressful. Most jobs entail you working on the track 10hrs, then working more, on the machine, when that is finished, when possible. For the most part, when something breaks on the machine, you and the crew will be the ones repairing it. If you have and are close to your family, this will be extremely hard for you as you will be in places that have no cell reception and some motels won't have long distance. There is tremendous opportunity for advancement due to high turnover rates. If you are willing to learn the knowledge and show that you are willing to work hard you can be a crew leader making around 50k a year. It's a hard life, but can be rewarding if you are willing to make the sacrifices. "truck time" is usually around 4am. Minus the travel time (to and from the machine) you will be working until 6pm or later. You do not get planned breaks or even a lunch period. Having a laid-back personality helps with this company. You will see all parts of this country, which was really awesome in and of itself.
take-home money, opportunity for advancement, getting to be in nature
away from home for long periods, being treated like paid slaves, diet options are minimal