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Old 05-25-2015, 01:55 PM   #29
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that a good deal,, working at the KOA, she get to be out of the unit interacting with other humans, dogs can only do so much, and make a bit a cash for the cause. Does that give a discount on the space and such..?? I guess when it comes time to leave she will be unemployed for a while.. how about other locations and other KOA, wonder if that gives her a leg up if they need help..

My wife comes from a executive secretary/ small business owners background so running a campground would be right up her ally..

I do appreciate your input and posts on this deal.

Do you know the areas the company has contract in.. I see that california is out, no big deal to me. any idea how many other guy do the same thing here. and why the big hire need.. business getting better or folks dropping out.

one more thing.. on the days the weather is bad and you have to say in do you get paid or not and who keep up with your hours, miles, miles to new locations . you do direct deposit..

happy memorial day !!!

ps how many hours a week you average.. is you don't mind my asking..


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Let's see. I'll answer and comment in the order of posts below my last one.

We went full-time in June 2013.

Margo does work at the KOA now. She's a retired dental hygienist and is working now for extra $ and something to do. The survey thing isn't her cup of tea. She likes outside recreation but not working outside full time and that's a point I want to make. This job isn't for everyone. If you don't truly like being outside in good weather and crappy then you won't like the job. I think it's really important to like what you do and I tell people to really think about it before jumping in. Heaven for me is walking a country road in the morning with the cows and it's those times I feel lucky to have found the job.

Future projects may be known 6 months ahead but not necessarily staffing so unfortunately you can't really expect them to give you a lot of lead time on your next job. Typically you'll know a few weeks in advance from one to the next. To be fair though, I will mention that I've gotten a phone call on a few occasions asking if I could leave for a new assignment almost immediately. When that happens it's due to an emergency somewhere and the company reimburses you for any unusual expenses like prepaid RV park rent, etc. The more travelers we hire the less likely that will happen.

The techs that take the winter off actually leave the job and then are re-hired. I guess from an HR standpoint they have to do it that way. Every one that wants to come back is hired back.

Training is done at the closest ongoing project to where you are when they hire you. I was hired from Florida and chose to go to HQ in Georgia for my training because I wanted to meet everyone and see the building etc. We have projects all over so it probably isn't a very great distance for anyone to travel. You do have to be mobile at that time. The $500.00 bonus is paid to you 4 weeks after you're hired - after 2 weeks training then after the first 2 weeks you are working. That bonus is meant to pay you back for getting yourself to your training assignment and it IS taxable income. They used to pay it up front but got ripped off a few times so changed it.

As for income taxes. I trust they they're doing the right thing. I guess just like with any other employer you would work for. It was important to me to check this out really good when I got started which is the main reason I actually went to the main office and met everyone. I didn't look for any diplomas on the walls but I trust the HR people I talked to are skilled. They outsource the payroll portion to a company called Oasis. Never miss a check and never had any problems with filing my taxes. Interestingly, we don't do any work in California. From what I've heard it's a union state and the labor costs are too high so our company doesn't look for contracts there. There may be more to it than that but I'm not privy to that info - at least until I take over and run the place myself :-)
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:21 PM   #30
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The KOA work experience is a good thing. She can pretty much work at any KOA now since she has the computer system down pat. They give you an option of working for a break in the rent or paying a regular hourly wage. We decided on the hourly wage since she's the one working the hours and we felt that was more fair to her.

Business is booming which is the reason for the new hires. We need more, more more. It's hard for me to say where the contracts are at any given point - not being in the HQ office. I do know we have had long standing contracts in Nashville, the Carolinas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas, the Dakotas and Utah. It changes from year to year. I've been back to TN twice and Utah twice but different parts of the states. Both occasions because the gas company I worked with asked for me back. That's a good thing in my mind. If I REALLY want to go somewhere different I would probably be able to.

I work 40 hours a week all year. We can't work in the pouring rain or real wet conditions so I do lose a day occasionally to rain. Not passing showers, we just take a break in the truck and wait for them to pass. Weather systems that prevent us from working for the whole week do happen (TN ice storm and VA hurricane to name a couple). In this case the company pays a weather guarantee of 24 hours if you get rained out for the week. Granted, it's not a full weeks pay but I think a good compromise. You still get the $200.00 per diem so still a great deal in my opinion.

I'm glancing up to your post for your questions.. We have direct deposit and we keep up with our own mileage. We submit an expense report every week and it's paid on the next payday - each Friday.
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #31
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you worked for the gas company there in OH? sounds like the deal for you if you wanted to do it.
Yes I did. It was a great job while it lasted. The last ten years or so ago more and more college educated people came in that never had to work in the field and thought they could run the company from a computer keyboard, what a joke. Anyway, our three kids and their families live within 150 miles of us. My wife likes cool weather so northern Ohio in winter and farther north in summer is her preference. Beside all that we both really like retirement.
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:10 PM   #32
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SO kevin,,

it been a couple weeks now and it appears the weather has gotten HOT up there in UTAH.. i know it hot here in NC as well. Guess you dont have the 72 dew point we have to deal with and the 95 degree days..

With this project starting to wind down any idea where you might be heading next?

have you heard any more from HQ about needing more people in the field? man i wish we could jump in an RV and head your way.

anywho hope all is well and happy.. sounds like utah was a hoot.

You are not a big blogger like some of the guys i follow.. its like twitter sometime with 3-4 post a day.. I'm thinking they should get a job or take a walk.

thanks again
Carl

ps does the foreman title get you a raise?
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:00 PM   #33
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come on dude where are you.. you hit it hard for a while now nada. lacky..
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Man! Talk about being called out. I'm still here. Still in Utah, where it hasn't been that hot actually. Easier to work in than the humid south. I do need to post on the blog though, getting behind there. Since I posted here I've gone from supervising my 3 man crew in Provo to the whole project in Utah and Wyoming. Field supervisor promotion so yeah, a little extra cheddar.

I believe I'll be headed east come October. This new job requires me to do field evaluations during the winter so I'll be moving around a bit then heading back here come March. I plan to visit my Mom in Johnson City TN and my brother in Havelock NC so may be passing through Raleigh. Maybe you can recommend a good Carolina BBQ place we can meet up.


We are still hiring. Right now most of the winter work will be in the southeast and possibly near Dallas but not positive about that. I should know more later on the new projects.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:30 AM   #35
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hey man...

glad to hear all is well. nice to hear you are a "super" now.. quite the deal for sure and i am sure the extra cabbage is not bad either..

I can understand when you are working and living life stuff get pushed to be back burner so to speak and now with all your responsibility and all it no wonder we have not heard from you guys..

have a good one and hope to see you on the flip side.

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Old 08-19-2016, 03:42 PM   #36
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SOOO ..

just to update here a bit..

Kevin, aka Pepthedog is or was made the travelers (field inspectors) manager in I beleive March of this year. They, him and wife, are or were living in atlanta.

I sent him a email in march or so and they were looking for appz 10 new people at that time. When we got back in contact later they had only hired about 7 or so. (trying to get people to go to certain places at certain time is hard for retired people it seems.. )

When i was taking my AS to a local storage place to get weighed in april I missed a turn and wound up in the local natural gas utilities companies parking lot where there we two van with southern cross door magnets on them..

it is a small world..

not sure if he has filled the jobs, need more folks or what is going on. He was traveling more on airplanes vs the airstream so posting is a low priority.

I am sure if you are intrested in this type deal he would be willing to talk to you.

I know he still keep up with the airforums so shoot him a message.

ps: hope you are well my friend and doing good.. see you soon..
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