As someone who has held very decent jobs for 3-6 years at a time, rising through the ranks very quickly at each, and earning a great deal of pay by working smart and hard, I have now had my first experience at Labor Ready. Due to my move to a city where regular jobs are not just difficult to find, but nearly impossible, Labor Ready offered me an opportunity to pay my bills.
I take a great deal of pride in my work ethic, my skills and experience, and my respectful interaction with others. That said, I'd like to address Angry Guy's assessment of those who line up at Labor Ready's doors. I feel that Angry Guy's description is based on his own unique perception of the experience and most likely, his own stereotypes so please, don't read too much into it.
Dirty looking clothes? Well, yeah, I suppose that's fair, using twisted logic, but think about this. If you've ever worked in a construction, or manufacturing environment, then you know very well that a new pair of pants or even boots will look decades old within weeks. Not years... weeks! Good pants and boots are anything but cheap. That being the case, and considering that minimum wage at Labor Ready doesn't exactly afford anyone an opportunity to buy a new wardrobe, let's cut some slack here. If a Labor Ready associates clothes appear to be in a taters, consider it a testament to their work ethic knowing that lazy people don't wear out their clothes by standing around!
Labor Ready employs the "Best match, Dispatch" system. This means that they apply the right employees with the most experience to any given job. If you show up at 5:30 and your only work experience is with welding, then don't be discouraged by the fact that the guy who signed in at 8:30 gets sent out on a job at 8:45 to move furniture when he's got 15 years experience.