Overall amazing experience
PROCESSOR (Former Employee) – Naknek, AK – July 21, 2019
NOT for the lazy or high maintenance! It's a lot of work in a short amount of time. I rated Work/Life Balance 3/5 because you work 15-18 hours EVERY day of the week, leaving almost no time for recreation, BUT it's only for one month out of the year, so it's totally worth it. You will have a tough time if you're among the 35% of workers to get either the eye infection or strep throat, but even then, the medical staff is excellent at taking care of it. The most redeeming factor for the tough living conditions (besides your paycheck) is the free meals. You get all the food you could ever want three times a day. They have so many great options every time, not once was I ever disappointed.
Another reason to go is just the weather and scenery of Naknek. It can be very calming if you're the type to appreciate it and makes the whole thing feel like a break from life back at home.
Again, it can be a tough life while you're there, but at the end of the season, you go home with up to $4,000 and a sense of accomplishment. It's not your typical job experience.
Tip: Bring insoles for the boots you will most likely have to wear. Your feet will be very sad without them.
Tough living conditions