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Review of ASA

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317 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Total time with agency:
1 year

Wait for first assignment:
1 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Graphics/DTP 8 Months Merrill Lynch 25 Y
Graphics/DTP 1 Months Lehman Brothers 23 Y

Tests given:
Powerpoint, Word, Excel
Extensive training for DTP/WP jobs, some paid

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

Medical insurance:
Dental insurance:
Paid vacation:
Transportation allowance:
Entertainment allowance:
Matching contributions:

I went to work for ASA by accident in January of 1998. Applied for a permenant job they were doing the hiring for, they took me over on the temp side to work so I could stay busy while the client deliberated. They put me straight to work.

A year later, i'm still here. The only bad thing about ASA is their braindead payroll department which works most of the time, but when they forget to pay you, well, just try and get it fixed. They usually say its your fault. One time I got so angry, I pretty much screamed at the payroll supervisor. The agency staff hates the payroll dept as much as the temps do, and will always side with you. There's bulletproof glass over the payroll counter, which is rather telling, if you ask me. Since the unfortunate episode in which I almost went postal on payroll, they have never ever gotten anything wrong with my paycheck. Coincidence?

They are very flexible, and have someone on 24/7, so if it's 7:30am on a Sunday morning and you're going to be late for your 8am shift, you can call up and they'll get the message to the client for you. That's service.

I recommend ASA to anyone who wants to get paid well but can only work part time and needs flexibility in scheduling.



Sun Dec 5 17:43:04 GMT 1999

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