The Red Guide to Temp Agencies

Review of Careerblazers

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590 5th Ave
NY, NY 10036

don't know

Total time with agency:
Half a year at least

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Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?

Tests given:
Excel, Wordperfect and typing

Payroll policies:
On-site time sheet pickup:
Direct deposit of payroll checks:
Free check cashing at agency's bank:

Medical insurance:
Dental insurance:
Paid vacation:
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I have never seen a more obnoxious and blatant display of "bait and switch" in my life. These people advertise lucrative, highly stimulating jobs in the Sunday NY Times with 90's phrases like "team player wanted!" and "room for advancement!"

You call and ask if they have temp jobs for immediate occupancy.

"OF COURSE!", they promise. But after you spend two hours filling out pages of paperwork, tax forms, taking their computer skills tests and sitting in their bublegum pink waiting room they tell you that they don't have anything right now, but that they will call you when they do. It's half a year later, I'm still waiting for a call, and every time I checked in with them I was rushed off the phone by some girl who was obviously doing 20 things at once and didn't seem to want to talk to me at all, let alone take five seconds to see if they have anything availible.

Someone on their temp staff actually told me that my Excel and Wordperfect skills are not up to par and that I'd be lucky to get $8-9 an hour and that I should set my sights lower because "sometimes you have to go backwards to move forwards!"

I don't want to be a career secretary, I just wanted something to do to have an income while looking for a new job in my industry.

Perhaps I should mention that I have an advanced degree and solid work experience in the computer industry?

Careerblazers not only never placed me with any jobs, they also never called. Not once.



Sat Aug 14 20:45:29 GMT 1999

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