Custodian 1 (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – May 13, 2019
Co-workers are your friends, at least some of them. There are some people that have been working there for over 20+ years, and have had absolutely zero advancement working as a Custodian.
The pay is just above the average jobs in Ames, being at $13.04 hourly. However, it can't even pay for the cost of living by yourself here in Ames, because they take most of your money away "thanks" to benefits. So, in reality, you make around $1700 a month. If you are trying to support a family, don't work here unless you have another spouse also working. This job doesn't cover any necessities, especially if your have student loans to pay off.
They also force you to work "mandatory weekends," therefore, you are forced to work 12 full days before you get a weekend off. The management is terrible, they don't care about you at all. In fact, they don't even know you exist because you are at the lowest pay grade scale.
There's also no "promotion" or pay increase for doing a good job. Just make your areas "look" average. Don't work too hard if you decide to work here. There's no reason to be the best because you get nothing out of it.
There are 2 supervisors that are decent, the weekend supervisor (2019) as of right now is absolutely garbage. The worst kind of person to really ask any questions because you just get yelled at, literally.
Getting time off is easy, as long as you ask weeks ahead of time. However, if you ask for a half day, it is quite easy to get. You get 12 hours of sick leave per month, and 8 hours of vacation time per month. Save your vacation and sick timemore... for the summer, trust me, you don't want to work during that time. It's gross, hot and awful.
This is a very laborious job. If you want something relaxing, look else where. If you want to be paid $30k and above, look else where. If you want to clean for a living, take this job. It has great benefits and is likely to still be here within 20 years.
My advice to younger people 20's - 30's, go back to school. Get a graduate degree and move the heck out of Iowa!less