No longer what it used to be
Locator Technician (Former Employee) – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – May 1, 2018
This job was actually quite fun and laid back for me when I started. I picked up the ability to locate fairly quickly and started banging out more and more tickets per day that were close to where I live. My supervisor was a seasoned locator with 20+ years under his belt and one of the nicest guys in the world. I worked a decent amount of overtime, but didn't have to, and I actually got a couple big bonuses for remaining damage-free. However, a couple years into working here, USIC began swallowing up contracts that they had no business acquiring. Also, due to more locators being fired or quitting, my assigned area tripled in size. I was promised help with this area, but 2 more years passed by and...nothing. Now, I had 5 to 7-way locates on multiple projects and was expected to keep those up to date on top of completing 24 house tickets per day. This was during the hottest summer on record, in which I lost 30 pounds (starting at 165 lbs). On-call weekends during the summer are brutal, you will live in your truck and never go home. Working weekends became mandatory. Management even threw a fit when I had to take off 2 weeks to take care of my wife after a major surgery, even though advance notice was given. Bottom line is that this company is a good way to get your foot in the door of the locating industry. If you survive a couple years working here, most surveying companies will hire you in a heartbeat and pay you 30% more. Work towards that, but do not stay here.
Take-home truck, decent benefits, fellow locators are great to work with
Long hours, can't leave your house during on-call, high turnover, unreasonable expectations from management