Trouble Finding a Good Paying Job

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Kate

Rochester, PA

#1 Aug 5, 2011
I don't understand how people can expect you to love and survive on $8/hour. They think they are doing you a favor by paying more than minimum wage! One employment agency promised me $14/hr jobs and called to tell me they had a $8/hr job 35 miles away from me that would last three weeks. That's not even worth it because of the time I'd lose missing phone calls and interviews.

I know the economy is bad, but why put out new ads for 30 positions (at the same company) when you're not going above $10/hr. In the long run isn't it better to pay half as many people twice as much? Are there any "good" companies to work for in Pittsburgh that at least offer a living wage?
watchacallit

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Aug 5, 2011
Kate wrote:
I don't understand how people can expect you to love and survive on $8/hour. They think they are doing you a favor by paying more than minimum wage! One employment agency promised me $14/hr jobs and called to tell me they had a $8/hr job 35 miles away from me that would last three weeks. That's not even worth it because of the time I'd lose missing phone calls and interviews.
I know the economy is bad, but why put out new ads for 30 positions (at the same company) when you're not going above $10/hr. In the long run isn't it better to pay half as many people twice as much? Are there any "good" companies to work for in Pittsburgh that at least offer a living wage?
Google has an office in Pittsburgh, you could apply with them.

Penndot will pay, I hear those flag ladies make $15.00/ hour ;)
Clem

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Aug 17, 2011
It's tough getting on with Google, unfortunately. And I am not sure what the flaggers make, but it is at least $15 an hour. But you must get those jobs through the union or know somebody. It's a highly politically charged environment.

Kate is right. One simply cannot make it on such low wages.
moving to pittsburgh area

Princeton, WV

#4 Feb 2, 2013
im looking for a decent paying welding position around pittsburgh. im moving from wv in march because of the lack of jobs here. so far pitssburgh seems to have the highest openings in the welding industry. i am certified in mig fluxcore spray transfer and 7018. i have 4 years experience with mig and tig and various thicknesses. if anyone knows of a good pace to apply please let me know.
Just Saying

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Feb 2, 2013
$8 an hour is not a living wage in the da' Burgh; even the city was considering living wage legislation a few years ago that pegged a "living wage" at least $10 an hour!! Try one of the Marcellus Shale drilling companies... they're supposed to be the regions salvation if you believe the lobbyists who bought our state legislators.
Good luck

North Port, FL

#6 Feb 3, 2013
I left the Pittsburgh area due to the job shortage a while ago. There used to be a few barge companies and steel fabrication Co's in the scottdale uniontown area, not sure if they are hiring or if they still are there but it may be a start..
moving to pittsburgh area wrote:
im looking for a decent paying welding position around pittsburgh. im moving from wv in march because of the lack of jobs here. so far pitssburgh seems to have the highest openings in the welding industry. i am certified in mig fluxcore spray transfer and 7018. i have 4 years experience with mig and tig and various thicknesses. if anyone knows of a good pace to apply please let me know.

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