Very good job but not for everyone
Dispatcher (Current Employee) – Encino, CA – July 28, 2016
I'm a current dispatcher at this company and I would definitely recommend it to most. However, this job is NOT for everyone - you have to be able to deal with some stress, know computers decently, be able to talk on the phone well (everything is recorded), and be a fast learner. Common sense is crucial. You must also work weekends and holidays, but shifts are very flexible as you can easily switch with coworkers, and we get double pay on holidays.
Training is about 4 months: 6 weeks in a classroom and about 10 weeks 1 on 1 with another dispatcher who will teach you. Yes, you get paid regular wage during training. It IS a difficult job to learn (I'd say only about 6/10 actually make it all the way through), but NOT a difficult job to DO.
Most of the bosses are pretty nice, and almost all of the dispatchers are between age 20-30 and are really cool people to work with.
Time FLIES at this job (at least for the day shift). You are often so busy you don't have time to look at the clock. Very rarely do I find myself bored at this job. Once you get through training you get offered a TON of overtime, too.
Lastly: the health/vision/dental benefits are pretty awful so don't expect to get much from that. I think we get 6 paid sick days a year and i think 7 days of paid vacation.
Time flies, tons of overtime, flexible schedule, awesome co-workers
Hard to learn, can be stressful, low pay, working weekends