Pros: great people, good food, scenery and environment, good stepping stone if in a rut, work isn't difficult, housing isn't bad.
Cons: sketchy management, leads not well versed in english language, bias towards americans from lower management, inadequate wages.
To start off, the work is not all that hard. A lot of the positions involve standing around and doing menial tasks. The enjoyable and fulfilling jobs seem like they are off limits and are granted to friends or family of leads. In my time with Unisea I have seen countless hardworking people turned down for jobs while friends and family of the blue and – more... red hats (leads and supervisors) move up. It's like most corporations; Oversight in all the wrong places. Another thing I didn't like about Unisea is that spoken English is a requirement for employment, but my leads couldn't speak it well enough to train me on an especially physically demanding job. I was injured on that same job. Three of my ribs became dislocated and was causing intense pain. When i went to make an injury report, I had to continue pressing the two safety personnel to record it and make an actual report. They kept making excuses as to why they don't shouldn't need to. I went to the clinic and got my ribs popped into place. What followed over the next four days was bizarre. I was woken up by security at 3am the next day to be escorted to the main security office. I was questioned about my injury. The man kept insisting that my injury was not caused by the job I was doing, yet there was another employee who suffered a similar injury on the same job (plate freezer, loading) I missed the next two days of work. I tried to go back to the clinic on the fourth day because of increasing pain. As I was about to head to the clinic i was pulled aside and told that I had to talk to security again, this time the head of security. Same questioning. I was prevented from going to the clinic. I felt intimidated. I wasn't ever interested in workers comp. I just wanted my ribs to heal so i could continue making money.
The pay (7.75 at my time of employment) is not worth the work. I still cannot figure out how Alaska has that low of a minimum wage compared to it's cost of living. Or why Unisea pays minimum wage to begin with. Granted, it's not completely necessary to buy food and drink because it's provided four times a day, but other things like clothing, phone cards or cellphones, stuff to pass time, etc, cost a lot of money. Also you need to buy drinks for your room because the galley isn't always open. The room and board charge is steep for a place that wouldn't be able to find employees if it didn't provide it's own housing. I think they should provide it free of charge like they used to. They already offer hefty bonuses and nice apartment housing to almost everyone except processors, yet they charge for the 4-6 person dorms. The only good I found during my work at Unisea was the food, people, and scenery. Everyone should conquer bunker hill and make an effort to hike the island. Very peaceful outside of the processing facility. The only reason i will work there is because I have to. They know this, and I believe that is why they get away with underpaying. That, and every dollar is 41 peso in the Philippines, so the majority of employees actually make a living wage, just not the Americans.
*Everything contained in this review is what I experienced while working for Unisea Dutch Harbor. Everything stated as actual events did in fact happen in my time of employment. I provide this review so that any prospective employees can get a better idea of the type of corporation Unisea is. – less