Fish Processor (Former Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – February 5, 2018
By far one of the worst companies I have ever worked for, the management was rude and the island was miserable. We were treated like slaves and the rooms we stayed in had black mold. The security team are a good group of people but everything else was terrible, their was a tsunami warning and we were forced to stay on this mountain for hours and still go into work. By far the worst experience and job of my life.
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – January 15, 2018
The job itself is easy and most of your coworkers are very friendly, yet the management is far from professional. The warehouse manager is a friendly guy and I think that's why he has trouble controlling those directly beneath him which make everyone dread being at work. The main problem at Unisea is drama; this includes people in offices speaking untruths about you to other people in the office, and even if you try to ignore what's being said about you and concentrate on your work, it will in the end affect you and your career at Unisea. So if you don't mind constantly being involved in drama, Unisea has great pay and ok benefits.
Bartender/Server (Former Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – December 25, 2017
I worked there for about a year and never thought I'd enjoy bartending as much as I did. It was quick paced and competitive. You had to prove you wanted to be there and there wasn't any room for slackness. You stayed busy, you made money, and you worked a lot.
Seafood Processor (Current Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – January 25, 2017
A very busy industry. Lots of hrs able to save most of your income. A great place to work. You get to meet different cultures and able to save most of your income. The meals they provide are excellent. they offered a gym in the work place.
Operator (Former Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – December 16, 2016
The island us ripe with drugs and diseases. You will work hard And get treated badly. The insurance is top notch but it doesn't pay near enough. Slave labor and low wages. They further add to the negative by over hiring Filipino migrant workers who they regularly abuse and threaten with discharge. The island is remote and the people who live there are stuck in a mindset they can not be touched. They regularly break safety violations but maintain a+ with OSHA... Obvious pay off the
If your broke and homeless you might get a hot meal
Everything from a to z. Nothing good about this place
Safety and Security Supervisor (Current Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – March 11, 2016
Life in secluded Alaska. UniSea is located in the Aleutian Island of Unalaska- Port of Dutch Harbor. You work here, you live here. Company provides housing, food, shelter in addition to paying for your work. It is not a place for everyone. It is a fish processing plant. Most of the work for processing is in seasons. "A" season is the "Fast and Furious" season. Goes from January to April/May. Work days are long, usually work 6 days a week. "B" season is steady and long. Runs from June to December. There are other opportunities here such as Maintenance Technicians, Safety and Security, Power Plant, Facilities Maintenance, Fabrication Shop, Motor Pool, and Hospitality Division. Advancement opportunities are there but you have to take advantage when they come up. The company takes very good care of employees. Necessary training is provided. The hardest part of the job is that you are away from everything. As a processor, you are placed with other employees whom you may not know and you are expected to live together in dormitory style setting. As you can imagine, not all persons are compatible with others. Full time employees are entitled to an apartment, so there are families here. Great opportunity to save money while you work. Again, it is not the place for everybody but a great opportunity for those who plan carefully and stick to a plan.
Company provided housing, food, electricity, trash service.
Remote area. No McD's, Burger King, Movie theatres Etc.
Hard work, low pay in a high cost town, bias against Americans.
processor, offloader. (Former Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – December 16, 2012
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 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.more... 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
great people, good food, scenery and environment, good stepping stone if in a rut, work isn't difficult, housing isn't bad.
sketchy management, leads not well versed in english language, bias towards americans from lower management, inadequate wages.
QC/QA looking for full time work (Former Employee) – Dutch Harbor, AK – May 4, 2012
A typical day is that you move every minute of the day. You work hard, and there are time to get a little slacking in. You make friends that last a life time. It is good to work there. you WILL work for a few months, then you get a vacation,they pay your way from seattle, wa to dutch harbor. There you will meet a beautiful women . she takes care of everyone, I mean everyone, all 1,700 of us. They cook for you, they do your laundry. they take care of you and all you have to do is show up for work.