Quality Control (Former Employee) – Valdez, AK – December 27, 2017
Cold, wet, undesirable conditions. You will catch something they call "fish lung"--breathing in the cold wet air for sixteen hours a day will make you have a bad, raspy, musty cough. 16 hour work days, 7 days a week, no exceptions. Careless management, good supervisors. Free room and board, however the meals were very low in nutritional value. The dorms are very poor, some rooms have 6 people and all rooms are very hot. Very close walk to town, right by the water, absolutely stunning views. Only a couple months long--good, quick money. You can do anything for a couple months. They DO NOT provide couples housing unless you have proof of marriage!!!--They are strict about it.
Seafood Processor (Former Employee) – Sitka, AK – November 22, 2017
The hardest part of the job for me was knowing whether or not I was going to get to work, and if work was going to come at all this last season. It was very stressful on my pocketbook; being so far away from everything- and having to start my life from scratch- it just didnt happen this time. However, I am hoping for a better turn out next year. Because the management is phenomenal.
Room and board, excellent management, accomodations
crowded bunk situation, hours of work vary according to mother nature, not management.
Processor (Former Employee) – Naknek, AK – November 13, 2017
It's more of a mental challenge then anything because you are away from family for a couple months on a designated island. Your working for more than 10 hours a day and its the same thing everyday until the fishing season is over.
Processor (Former Employee) – Naknek, AK – November 10, 2017
Not a job for snowflakes. Show up, work long and hard, get paid, go home. You are fed and housed so no rent or food bills. Don't be an idiot and spend your money on booze and other non-necessities. Keep your head down for 45 days, bank your cash, and go home with $10k.
Kitchen Assistant (Former Employee) – Sitka, AK – November 9, 2017
It was a great experience to be a part of this company. Hard work is always appreciated. Team oriented. Very friendly management and team. As it is seasonal job - you have to work your hardest. Great company to be a part of.
Seafood Processor (Former Employee) – Naknek, AK – October 31, 2017
The company is plenty honest about the conditions of the work required. People tend to complain about the long work hours, the cold, getting sick and not getting any sympathy. They're not in the business of babysitting hundreds of employees. Fish always come first, then the equipment, then the workers.
My honest suggestion, take plenty of cold medicine, cough drops, whatever you typically need when you're sick at home. You WILL GET SICK.
The work is not for everyone. Have a good reason for being so far from home. Money for school, travel, whatever motivates you.
The food is what it is. Never anything 5 star but you will get fed plenty.
Drink plenty of water, take vitamins, use muscle ointment, take pain meds.
Stocker (Former Employee) – Valdez, AK – October 27, 2017
everything is wrong with it !!! you are a slave sometimes you get crazy amount of hours, you hardly get any sleep , the food sucks. everyone gets sick , you are not allowed to stay in the dorm if sick, you are forced to go to work if you dont you get fired and if you do you are stranded in te middle of nowhere in the cold. if you really need the money you could make significant amount but it all depends on the fish and if you can handle it !
Fish Processor (Former Employee) – Naknek, AK – October 20, 2017
Fish Processing plant. You work 16 hour days and after 3 meal periods, your left with only 6 hours of sleep. Management doesn't really care except about how fast you can go and the work is long, hard, repetitive.
Seafood Processor (Former Employee) – Sitka, AK – October 9, 2017
This job is more suited to people that don't have monthly bills and just want to rack up some extra cash. I would not recommend as a permanent job or career unless you are starting young and pursue it. most of the money seems to be in the higher placed positions, so you would have to really invest time and effort.
Salmon Processer (Former Employee) – Valdez, AK – September 13, 2017
Long hours, hard work, but you get to enjoy working with the people around you and everyone works hard to keep up with the factory's demands. This is a good job for anyone who needs to make money fast. As there is always more work to do.
Cons If you get sick or ill your on your own. I had a foot condition due to working with water in my boots, and was left ditched on the far side of town at 3am. Ended up walking back on my feet through through a thick fog in the middle of the morning.
Extremely low hourly pay, expect to make your money on the overtime
Fisheries Technician (Former Employee) – Alaska – August 31, 2017
I liked my job with Silver Bay Seafoods. It was a learning day every day , working with fresh food and keeping it that way till it left the plant was what I worked at. When I worked there it was right for my age it was early hours, long hours into the night at times. I worked with people from different countrys and it was very nice for me. I did tests on all sorts of things, from machinery to cleaning up of plant to testing fresh water and the caught fish.
living in the plant housing and food prepared there.
Processor (Former Employee) – Valdez, AK – August 16, 2017
Did not like the treatment from management they did not have a control over employees and the company gives you a lot of hope but at the end they try every little detail to not give employees their job bonus