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Review of ASA

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317 Madison Ave 10th Floor
New York, NY

Total time with agency:
4 months

Wait for first assignment:
1 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
LAN_Tech/Admin 1 Months CIBC - Oppenheimer 18

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On-site time sheet pickup: Y
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Free check cashing at agency's bank:

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If you want to be frustrated both in the process of getting a job, and on assignment I suggest ASA.

As soon as you send in your resume they'll call you with promises of any job you want, and beg you to bring in as many friends as possible. At first I thought it was because they were swamped with work, but I quickly realized that their turnover rate is so high, and they haven't any placement skills whatsoever, that rather than make an effort to place some one on a suitable job, they simply put some one else in your place. It appears to be run on quantity rather than quality.

I was sent to CIBC Oppenheimer to literally do nothing for 8 hours/day. I voiced my displeasure in the most diplomatic way possible, and rather than being placed elsewhere was given a negative review. Also, while I was on assignment for them, they called me on a daily basis offering me positions, finally, when an assignment had ended and I called requesting a new assignment they offered me something for more than $5 less pay then the previous assignment; which was already $2 less than what I had stated was my minimum. Upon refusing they never called me back. It appears that self respect and worth are not qualities this agency looks for in their temps.

Ah yes, Helen, Ernie, Alissa . . . one more incompetent than the next. Go meet them out of morbid curiousity, but then go sign elsewhere, because dealing with these people is an insult to anyone's intelligence.



Fri Dec 17 17:14:53 GMT 1999

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