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Review of Madamoiselle

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16 East 40
New York, NY 10016

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1 year

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Madamoiselles slogan is "Bigots R Us". Walking into that waiting room full of really skinny, bored looking women was like walking into a trite Lifetime Network movie special about the underbelly of the fashion world! The temps were so thin and so 5th Avenue. I am a big woman and Madamoiselle give me SUCH an attitude for it. They treated me like the plague and the vapid receptionist was really rude and kept staring at me up and down like I was from outer-space.

I had five years of admin assist and reception work under my belt and a stellar job history, I'm well-dressed, attractive, have a 170 IQ and have perfect diction, but the counselor virtually ignorned me during the interview. He sighed deeply and audibly while I was talking!

He and the other counselors referred to female temps as "girls". And I quote, when a job order came in, the counselor I was being interviwed shouted to a co-worker "Tell them we'll send one of the girls right over!" It was vaguly comical that this badly dressed nebish with a run-away nose hair fancied himself the Pimp Daddy of Mid-Town.

I know, I know. It has a reputation for being sexist, so why did I bother in the first place? Because I was responding to an ad in the newspaper for all qualified applicants.

It strikes me as funny that a temporary agency aquired it's snot-ass magnatism simply because some marketing genius cleverly gave it after the popular fashion publication. Maybe I'd have gotten a really swell $10 an hour temp job had they named themselves after "Voluptous Magazine".



Fri Aug 20 19:23:39 GMT 1999

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